Friday, October 30, 2009

Get a clue, people

Charles here, forcing you to read about the Type M contest before I give you the clue you really came for.

As part of the Hallopalooza Hunt, everyone who leaves a comment on our blog sometime between October 30 and November 1st will have the chance to win one of SIX prizes. An ARC of Winter of Secrets by Vicki Delany, a copy of A Case of You, by Rick Blechta, an ARC of Pleasing the Dead, by Debby Atkinson, a Jack Austin novel from John Corrigan, an Alafair Tucker novel from Donis Casey and a copy of Out of Order by Charles Benoit. Six prizes for six lucky winners!

Note: if you're uncomfortable leaving your e-mail addresses for us on the comment page, send an email privately to Vicki Delany via her web page letting her know that you made a comment.

Now, the clue…

Type M for Murder – post #6


The private detective pivoted on her stiletto heels at the sound of her old friend's voice.

"Fletcher, is that the crime scene inventory list in your hand?"

The police detective nodded. "Not sure how helpful it's going to be. A greenhouse isn't the cleanest environment. So far we haven't found any useable prints except for the gardener's, Carla's and Mr. Howard's."

"What about the cigar butt?" She pointed to the third item on the list. "Think we could get DNA off that?"

He shrugged. "Maybe – in about six months. I thought you were on a deadline."

She glanced down the list of items found on or within ten feet of the body.
1. The stiletto knife lodged in her heart.
2. A tiny decorative bell that was caught on one of her large sunflower petals.
3. A cigar butt tossed near her feet.
4. A St. Christopher’s Ride with Me Motorcycle Medal in one of her pockets.
5. A broken champagne glass.

There were also numerous grass clippings, sticks, pebbles, fertilizer pellets, and a garden trowel.

"What's this?" Milla pointed at a rough sketch one of the cops had done of the body position and immediate surroundings. It was similar to traffic accident sketches. "You promote someone recently from patrol to your detective squad?"

Fletcher blushed. "I drew that. Helps me remember when I end up in court years later."

"What's this blob near Carla's right hand?"

"Not a blob – it was two pieces of gravel and a small stick. I think she had them clutched in her fist at some point while she was dying. There was blood on them."

"And here?" Milla tapped a glossy red nail against the paper.

"Part of the broken glass. She had a cut on her hand. Might have been the glass or maybe a defensive wound from the knife."

Milla wondered if all the blood was Carla's.

Next Clue Location -


Dru said...

still haven't a clue.

canyonson said...

This is great.

MaxWriter said...

Enjoying the hunt! edithmax at gmail

Jessy said...

I have no idea yet. Enjoying the hunt so far though.
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Chris V. said...

Fun fun!
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DarcyO said...

Well, I have someone in mind as the killer. Hope it pans out.

dlodden at frontiernet dot net

David said...

A broken glass, eh?

speer dot david at gmail

Julie Godfrey Miller said...

Lots of clues here!!!!!!!!!!


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librarymom said...

The plot thickens...

PK the Bookeemonster said...

Lists are always important ... how it fits yet, I'm not sure.
PK the Bookeemonster

CrystalGB said...

The mystery keeps getting better and better.


Anonymous said...

Thanks for sponsoring the hunt & for having prize drawings.

Helen Kiker

Anonymous said...

If I type M and get Murder, can I type K and get the name of the Killer? Great story and fantastic hunt. Thanks for your participation in Hallopalooza! Suzy

Janel said...

I am discovering some great, new blogs. This is so much fun!


Tara W said...

Scratching my head.
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Jane said...

Sabrina??? Where's Audrey Hepburn when you need her?

Anne said...

I am really enjoying this. I have no idea who did it yet.

Riss said...

ooo...I'm beginning to get an idea of who may have dunnit. Great stuff so far! (c:

brizmus said...

So much fun, but I still have no idea!


pennyt said...

What a fun halloween party game!! Please enter my name in the drawing. Thank you.


Kris said...

THis is a blast! Thanks for helping host it!

Char said...

Great story, so far and lots of clues!

edmontonjb said...

I have a thought on who it could be. But I doubt I'm right this early on

M. said...

Hi, my first time here - what fun! All these new grogs.
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kaisquared said...

why would the dna testing take so long?

have fun, everyone!

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Gink said...

Enjoying this a lot. Let's see the bell is probably from when she danced with the Jester. But what is the importance of the trowel, the gravel and the sticks? Was she digging for something?

- Dori (

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