Saturday, February 16, 2013

Sleuthing and the BFF


Killer in Crinolines
Berkley Prime Crime
May 7, 2013



Hi Reagan Summerside here

It’s  a dark and stormy night, your car just broke down in the middle of the swamps and you forgot to recharge your cell phone. In the moonlight you see an old house on stilts surrounded by gnarled trees and Spanish moss floating in the breeze,  a lonely light in the window.

The question is… Who’s walking through that swamp with you?
Sherlock has Watson with him, Perot  has Captain Hastings, Nancy Drew has  boyfriend Ned, Stephanie Plum has Lula. Every sleuth has a BFF to chat with, get into trouble with, drink with.

On TV Beckett has Rick Castle. The CSI people have each other to find clues with,  Lisbon has tea-drinking Patrick Jane in the Mentalist, in White Collar Neil has Mozzie.

It’s not just solving the crime together that makes them BFFs but sharing their personal lives. IMO it’s this personal touch that’s the most interesting part of the show or book. Don’t you love when Sherlock does something nice for Watson or Perot and Hastings take on the chase together. 

That LuLa is a once-upon-a-time hooker makes for a great character, that Patrick Jane is hunting for Red John keeps us riveted, that Rick Castle is raising his teenage daughter and has his mother living with him gives a human touch to finding killers.

In my book, Iced Chiffon, protagonist Reagan has BFF Auntie KiKi. KiKi was once a roadie for Cher and spouts Cher-isms when giving sage advice.  

When KiKi was born the angels chanted cha-cha-cha over her crib and turned her into Savannah’s resident dancing teacher. There’s also the other Bruce Willis, a stray dog who takes up residence under Reagan’s porch.

Back to our dark and stormy night. We know about the BFF our sleuths have at their sides when running for the creepy old house. Who would you have? When life goes right to hell in a handbasket, who do what at your side? 
I'll give away a Killer in Crinoline tote from the answers. 

32 comments:

  1. My daughter Cindy! We have the same wicked sense of humor.

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    1. A mom and daughter team...so much fun! What neat things have you two done together? My girls and I like to hike, that takes us to some great places. My husband was one of those guys who could build a bridge from a knife and a toothpick...he'd be a great one to get stranded with on a desert island.

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  2. My Mom. She has been a great sleuth with me when we go hunting geocaches. She is very thorough and not afraid to look in every nook and cranny. Yup, my Mom would be the one.

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    1. Hi, Elaine. What's hunting geocaches? Sound terrific. I need to try this. Wonderful that you and your mom do this together. I should try this with my girls.

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    2. Geocaching is treasure hunting with a GPS. geocaching.com is the website and people do it all over the world and it is a fun family thing, although my husband does not like it. But some of my grandkids really enjoy it too. And some of my kids. When I started I did not have a GPS but our town is mapped really well on google maps so I was able to look at the satellite views and determined from that where I should hunt. It is a very fun game and takes you places you might never know were there.

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    3. I love this! I need to get involved. What fun and gets the family involved. I'm going to check it out here in Cincy. Thanks

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  3. That would have to be my guy, Mark Dreyfus. Being police chief, he's sure to take care of any bad guys or creatures. He's got a great sense of humor to dispel any heeby-geebies. And he takes care of me so good ... well, he is my boyfriend after all.

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    1. Hi, Lizzie. Yep, Mark is a great guy to have around. Somebody who knows the ropes.

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  4. My grownup son or daughter. I would trust them with my life.

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    1. Hi, Ingeborg
      Nice to have great kids like that. You're a good mom.

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  5. Any of my adult sons - or adult grandchildren. Years ago it was mom&me.

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    1. Hi, Karen. Responsibility runs in the family all the way to the grandkids. Sweet. Hope you get a chance to visit with them often. Sounds like a great group.

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  6. Although I love my dog, Sam, he only has 1 eye, and it doesn't work that well, he's almost deaf, and he's on so many pills I had to buy a weekly pill case, so I'm not sure he would be the best sidekick, although he's a great companion. Licorice, my youngest cat, could be a great choice...especially since I think he has demonic powers. You know those wooden toys with holes and a ball with a bell inside that you can't get out...yea, he got it out! He also tackles the eldest cat on a regular basis and hold on as she runs away screeching. As for a human...perhaps my pal Layne (we used to be cops together and she still is one) or Trey (we used to patrol together as well, now he's a hostage negotiator), but they both live in Texas and I'm in WNY. I think I'd get my friend Vinnie to come down from NYC to be my companion. He's an actor, funny as all get out, and a good friend!

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    1. You have amazing pets and friends. What a fun life. Cats see things we don't. I have two and so often wonder...what the heck are they looking at and then they run off like the devil himself is after them and wonder if he is. LOL
      You should put your experiences in a book. What fun...and you can add in the cats and dog.

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  7. it would have to be my BFF, Lynne. We have been best friends for 58 years. She is hearing impaired and I can't see 10 feet in front of me without my glasses. When we are trying to gossip is is hilarious!!! She is the good angel on your shoulder, and I am...well...not the good one.

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    1. Having a BFF for 58 years is wonderful. You are indeed blessed. Sounds like you are a prefect mix the angel and the not-so-much. Keeps things fun.

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  8. Not sure, think it would be my middle child, Holly. She is as warped as I am. And I am waiting breathlessly for the next book....loved the first one.

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    1. You are so sweet Annette! Thank you.
      Holly and you sound like a fun time. Hope she lives near by. We all need to be a little warped in this life, can't take things too seriously.

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  9. My mom, my husband, & my sister, is it possible to have all three? :)

    MinDaf @ Aol.com

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  10. I'd have my daughter too. She's clever (if I do say so myself), resourceful and would keep me calm.

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    1. Hi Mary
      A clever child. She should write! Bet she has some terrific tales to tell. Lucky you to have her around.
      I wish you both fun adventures ahead.

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  11. Ooo I absolutely love Poirot, need to watch a rerun now. Who I would take with me to a creepy house like that? I am not sure I would even leave the car! But if you tell me, I have to, I will take the real Bruce Willis, the actor, with me. I just saw him in action in "It's a good day yo Die Hard" and he still has it!

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    1. Hi, Aurian. I need to see Good Day. Love BW and he would indeed be a great guy to take to a spooky old house.

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  12. I would definitely take my husband. He's not scared of anything & he's good in a fight. Plus he loves me so much that he would defend me against anyone alie or dead.

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    1. Hi, Fezabel. Sounds like you have an amazing dh!! Lucky you.

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  13. I adopted my daughter when she was just 2 years old after having her since she was a newborn as a foster child. She and I have hardly spent time apart with the exception of the usual school, work etc. She says I am her best friend and even at 16 yrs old, she still likes to crawl into my chair at night and "snuggle" with me.

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    1. HI, Sue
      What a darling daughter you have. That she found you is a blessing. My daughter and sil are adopting from S. Korea. He'll be 18 months when they get him. I pray their relationship is as wonderful as yours. Hugs.

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  14. I would have my 2 beagles---they are always trying to tell me something so they might as well help me solve crimes, too.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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    1. Love the pup story. I keep trying to teach my cats how to do laundry. :-)

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    2. They already know how to do it. They just don't want to do it.

      As for who would go with us, it would be each other -- we're identical twins & do everything together: write, read, work. We're best pals, & we've always got each other's backs.

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  15. Killer in Crinoline tote bag winners are:
    Elaine Ellen
    Grayclyn
    Fezabel

    leave your address at DuffyBrown@DuffyBrown.com and I'll mail off you totes. Anyone else wanting KinC goodies let me know.
    Thanks for chatting. Hugs, Duffy

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  16. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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