Overhear a snippet of conversation and think… “That’s weird. I wonder what that was about…”
I’m not sure when this happened, but somewhere in the span of time since I began writing murder mysteries, I’ve begun to notice killers everywhere… suspicious activity… I catch snips of conversation and notice they are plotting murder, or at least giving juicy details that sound like motive. I see people behave strangely and recognize those suspicious signs! We are SURROUNDED! Every day, everywhere we go!
I look at ordinary everyday happenings and wonder how exactly that plays into whatever dark plot they are involved with. Why would a person really NEED all that eggplant? Can a person be paying THAT LITTLE attention to the road if they aren’t trying to escape the law?
I get involved in regular, everyday conversations and I hear people I think are ordinary neighbors or coworkers giving the most heinous murder set-ups…
In fact it’s rather shocking more people aren’t jumpy and panicked.
You know, I didn’t used to be inclined to eavesdropping… I’m not typically a gossip, and before I knew all these people were plotting murder, I just figured what they were discussing was none of my business. But now I can’t seem to resist the delicious details. Oh, I’m still not gossiping, but the details might make a book, or at least get the juices flowing and inspire a scene.
I am also guilty of angling to look into peoples’ bags and purses, in case… you know… something might be used as a murder weapon. Prescription pills, nail files… heck… I might even give MacGyver a run for his money… I could probably come up with a murderous use for a paperclip…
So What is a Person Surrounded by Murderers to Do?
Well keep a notebook handy, of course! I don’t want to LOSE these gems when I get distracted by the next plot or weapon!
And practice CONSTANT VIGILANCE so I don’t end up on the wrong end of one of those plots…
THE BEGONIA BRIBE
Roanoke, Virginia, is home to some of the country’s most exquisite gardens, and it’s Camellia Harris’s job to promote them. But when a pint-sized beauty contest comes to town, someone decides to deliver a final judgment …
A beauty pageant for little girls—the Little Miss Begonia Pageant—has decided to hold their event in a Roanoke park. Camellia is called in to help deal with the botanical details, the cute contestants, and their catty mothers. She soon realizes that the drama onstage is nothing compared to the judges row. There’s jealousy, betrayal, and a love triangle involving local newsman—and known lothario—Telly Stevens. And a mysterious saboteur is trying to stop the pageant from happening at all.
But the drama turns deadly when Stevens is found dead, poisoned by some sort of plant. With a full flowerbed of potential suspects, Cam needs to dig through the evidence to uproot a killer with a deadly green thumb.