Saturday, June 3, 2017

Detective Pete Pappas - No Amateurs, Please!

State Police Detective Pete Pappas here, from Edith Maxwell's latest Local Foods mystery, Mulch Ado About Murder.

My author asked me to step in here and give you a taste of what a real homicide investigation looks like. I thought a quick scene from the book might show you what I'm up against when amateurs get involved. Dr. Maxwell's giving away a signed hardover copy of the book to one commenter here, today, too.

“Pappas, what a surprise. I’ve been waiting for Cam in the car. Is she…” William, rain plastering his thin hair to his head, peered around Pete. “What a relief. There she is, and my wife, too.” He gave a goofy wave. “What’s going on, Detective?”

Pete sighed. “You can’t come in. It’s a possible crime scene.”

“You don’t say.” William’s eyes went wide.

“There was a death in the house,” Pete said. “We’re going to need to question all these folks. Ivan wants to do it down at the station but it’s going to be a few minutes. Why don’t you go on home, sir. I’ll call you to pick up Cam and Dr. Flaherty when we’re through.”

“A death? Who died?” William looked at Cam and then at Deb.

Pete had opened his mouth to speak but Deb beat him to it. “That man we saw in the restaurant last week. Carlos Griffith.”

“How did he die?” William asked.

“That’s yet to be determined,” Pete said. “Please, sir. Let me ask the questions. Did you see anyone go into or come out of this house this morning?”

“Can’t say that I did. Only this one trying to run down a few dozen parade watchers in his fancy red convertible an hour or so ago.” He pointed to Rudin.

Rudin folded his arms and examined the corner where two walls met the ceiling. Pete gazed at him.

“Ruth witnessed that, too, Pete,” Cam said. “She made him go back into the parking lot. She’ll know what time it happened. Daddy, you didn’t see the detectives and the EMTs go into the house?” Wouldn’t he have? Why hadn’t he come looking for her earlier?

“No, I stayed on the other side of the street yakking with Albert and Marilyn in their car. She has some fascinating stories about growing up in the San Francisco area. I told her they’d be late for their lunch but she just kept talking. I didn’t cross over to this side until a couple of minutes ago.”

“All right.” Pete gestured toward the outside. “I’d like you to leave and go back to Cam’s, sir. We’ll call you later.”

"I suppose,” William said. “I’m sure my wife and daughter had nothing to do with this death, though, Detective.”

“Thank you.” Pete’s face was getting tenser by the minute.


“See you, girls.” William gave a little wave.

Pete, here. See what I mean? You'll have to read the book to get the whole story. Suffice it to say, despite how much I care for Cameron and that she occasionally gets lucky figuring out who a killer is, your average citizen has no business getting involved. Please people, leave it to the professionals. 

Who is your favorite fictional detective? Remember, one commenter gets a signed copy of the new book.

Edith Maxwell writes the Quaker Midwife Mysteries, the Local Foods Mysteries, and award-winning, Agatha-nominated short crime fiction. As Maddie Day she creates the Country Store Mysteries and the Cozy Capers Book Group Mysteries.

Maxwell is President of Sisters in Crime New England. She lives north of Boston with her beau and three cats, and blogs here, with the other Wicked Cozy Authors, and with the Midnight Ink Writers. You can find her on Facebook, twitter, Pinterest, and at her web site, edithmaxwell.com.

61 comments:

  1. Jim Chee from Tony Hillerman books

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  2. I can't wait to read this! I love these cozy mysteries! My favorite detective, so far, is Eve Dallas from J. D. Robb's In Death series.

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  3. Thanks for the great scene. I love Sherlock Holmes.
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  4. Thibk I'm going to have to go with Nancy Drew on this one. Still my fave. Just found some of her books at a garage sale. Kkcochran (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  5. Would Mrs. Pollifax count? While not technically trained as a detective, she was very observant!
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  6. My current favourite (police) detective is Craig Johnson's Sheriff Walt Longmire.
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  7. I get a kick out of Agatha Raisin.

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  8. That is difficult but... Miss Marple. I absolutely love the way Christie writes her. I could probably list 25 fictional Detectives I loved though. Thank you for the chance. Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

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  9. Love Maxwell series. I love the Miss Marple series she is always underestimated

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  10. I would have to say Nancy Drew. I haven't read this series yet, but it sounds interesting.

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  11. Maisie Dobbs from the Maisie Dobbs series is my favorite since she is unique and brave. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  12. Harry Bosch is a real character and the novels are captivating. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  13. Sherlock Holmes is my favorite! lkleback@hotmail.com

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  14. Book detective is Eve from JD Robb's books, tv detective is Temperance Brennen from BONES.

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  15. I love so many, including most of the ones listed above. Ngaio Marsh's Roderick Alleyn is still a big favorite, though. I just bought the entire series as ebooks, even though I already owned them! The old paperbacks are getting pretty yellowed.

    Avis

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  16. It's too hard to pick just one from books...Jessica Fletcher is probably my favorite tv sleuth. Dmskrug3@(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  17. I just can't play favorites and pick only one from books (although I do like Greg King a lot from Lynn Cahoon's Tourist Trap series) I've read so I'll give a TV one, how about good old Columbo? That man was relentless!

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  18. There are so many, the cat in the stack series is a fav but if we say a true detective, maybe Alex Cross although Jessica Fletcher is a family favorite.❤️

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  19. Father Dowling. Thank you for this chance. areewekidding(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  20. Hands down....Miss Marple. Love her! :-)

    Nicole
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  21. I like Father Dowling from Father Dowling Mysteries.

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  22. Amand Gamache from Louise Penny's Chief Inspector Gamache series ~ bobandcelia@sbcglobal.net

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  23. Love Spenser from Parker's books. The ghost writer has done
    pretty good in keeping Spenser true to his original character.
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  24. That is a tuffy. Love those mentioned so far. Nancy Drew was my first love. But my all time faves are Charlie Moon and Jim Chee One is Ute, the other is Navajo. Della at deepotter (at) peoplepc (dot) com

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  25. Hannah Swenson from Joanne Fluke

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  26. I have so many favorites! I grew up on Nancy Drew, Trixie Beldon and Phyllis Whitney among others. I'll choose a good mystery over any book an any day. I do like historical fiction and some romance but mysteries have my heart.
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  27. Jim Qwilleran from The Cat Who... series. How I miss that series.
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  28. I enjoy watching "Hercule Poirot" use his little grey cells solving mysteries and mayhem.
    Janet E.
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  29. Love so many of them, just like I love so many authors who write their stories. jawdance@yahoo.com

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  30. I have to stick with Hercule Poirot, with his fussy ways and immaculate moustache. bobwiesmann(at)gmail(dot)com.

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  31. I have two favorites, Hercule Poirot and Amelia Peabody. I never get tired of reading about either of them. Their stories are on my keeper shelves. annettena at yahoo dot com

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  32. Ah, Lord Peter Whimsey. My all time favorite.
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  33. Miss Marple and Sherlock Holmes
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  34. My favorite is Nancy Drew
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  35. So many favorites - the first one was Sherlock Holmes.

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  36. So many favorites! Miss Marple, Campion, Morse, Inspector Roderick Alleyn and so many more!

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  37. My first favorite was Nancy Drew. I have so many favorite fictional detectives, it's hard to pick just one, but I guess I would have to go with Hannah Swenson, she really gets involved in her cases.
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  39. My favorite is usually the one I'm reading about!
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  40. Miss Marple is a great favorite.

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  41. Possibly Jessica Fletcher,as she was a forerunner to pique my interest in others, both tv and written cozies.

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  42. Bill Gastner from Steven Havill's Posadas County series.
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  43. I have so many favorites! Eve Dallas from the JD Robb series is a favorite

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  44. Eve Dallas and Jim Qwilleran probably tie for the top spot on my list. Both their series are ones I enjoy revisiting time and time again. Thank you for the chance to win.
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  45. So many wonderful detectives to choose from! Thanks to all who responded.

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  46. There is no way for me to have a favorite. I love all of them that I read. Each one has something special and each one means something different to me. What a hard question. Will this still count if I dont pick one :)
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    I love this series by the way!

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  47. Monk is one of my favorite fictional detectives.
    Love the cover.
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  48. There are so many fictional detectives, both 'professional' and amateur. I have liked most, and my favorite is whoever I'm reading about at the moment. Probably my all time favorites are Nancy Drew, Hercule Poirot, Monk, and TJ Jensen.

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  49. I enjoyed Mulch Ado About Murder. It was a cute story. I have several fictional detectives that I like. Cherry Ames, Phryne Fisher, Mrs. Fletcher (I grew up watching her and solving the mysteries), Betsy Devonshire in A Needlecraft Mystery series, Theo Browning from Tea Shop Mysteries. Keep writing your wonderful mysteries! Doodlesink@hotmail.com

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  50. Miss Marple is still my favorite fictional detective. doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  51. Congratulations to Daniele Krug! She's our randomly selected winner. I wish I had a book for everybody - but remember, you can always request your library to acquire Mulch Ado About Murder. That way you get to read it, and a bunch of people after you can enjoy the story, too. Thanks so much for stopping by to chat with Pete. There's a giveaway every day this month!

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  52. One of my favorite series!!!
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  53. Who is your favorite fictional detective? This is difficult to pick one. Classic? Of course, Sherlock Holmes in all of its manifestations; Ancient? Cafael books or with Derek Jacob; Classic Christie? Hercule Poirot books or with David Suchet; UK Television? Inspector Morse with John Thaw; Quirky? Columbo; Children's version? Nancy Drew; Cozy? Agatha Raisin or about 100 other main characters in my favorite books... I told you it is so hard to pick one!
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  54. Kinsey Millhone of Sue Grafton's alphabet series is my all time fave fictional private detective

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  55. Nancy Drew from childhood, Miss Jane Marple from my early years and Eve Dallas from the past several years

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  56. I love Miss Marple and Nancy Drew.

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