Friday, March 2, 2012

Interview with Detective Rick Mains of the Stripling, Ohio Police Department

Martin College Senior Erin Shepard interviews Detective Rick Mains from Amanda Flower's Murder in a Basket.

Erin: Detective, thank you for agreeing to this interview.

Mains: It’s my pleasure. The students of Martin College are an important component of Stripling.

Erin (brows raised): Did the mayor tell you to say that? It sounds like a political sound bite.

Mains: No.

Erin: I’m not sure I believe you.

Mains: It’s true, but you can believe whatever you want about it.

Erin: No need to get huffy.

Mains (sighs): Can we please continue?

Erin: Can you tell me about the rise in homicides in Stripling?

Mains: We have had a couple of incidents over that last few months.

Erin: Should citizens be worried?

Mains: I always advise citizens to be diligent and aware of their surroundings. Lock your doors. Don’t walk alone late at night. Stripling is a relatively safe place, but you can never be too careful. As for these cases, they weren’t random acts of violence. The perpetrators knew the victims and had clear motives.

Erin: Martin College librarian, India Hayes, has had a hand in solving both cases. How has she helped in the investigations?

Mains: Ms. Hayes is a smart, resourceful woman, but she should not be messing in my cases. She unnecessarily places herself in harm’s way.

Erin: What’s your relationship with India?

Mains: I thought you wanted to interview me about my profession. Ms. Hayes is not involved in that.

Erin: I disagree since she has helped you solve crimes. How well do you know her?

Mains: Please move to the next question. I’m not answering questions about India Hayes.

Erin: Okay. What is your relationship with the Hayes family?

Mains: I just told you I won’t answer questions about India.

Erin: I’m not asking you questions about India. I’m asking you questions about the Hayes family. Isn’t it true India’s sister is your ex-girlfriend?

Mains (glares): We dated a million years ago in high school.

Erin: How do you think that history with the family has impacted your relationship with India?

Mains (grinding teeth): I think we are done here.

Erin (with a twinkle in her eye): For now.


Amanda Flower writes the India Hayes Mystery Series. The first novel in the series, MAID OF MURDER, was nominated for an Agatha Award. The sequel, MURDER IN A BASKET, released February 2012. First in a new series, A PLAIN DEATH, coming July 2012. To learn more visit Amanda online at You can also follow Amanda at and


  1. Oooh, I like Rick! Can't wait to read about him and India :-)

  2. Aha, I think I smell smoke, and you know what they say about smoke... where there's smoke, there's...

  3. I love the, 'for now'! Lots of intrigue...and not all about the murders.

  4. Thanks everyone! I can't seem to get Rick to reply to your comments. He's pretty private guy as you can see, which is interesting considering his connection to the Hayes family that is anything but private.

  5. I believe Victoria is right. Rick does seem to be uncomfortable about India!

    ~ Krista