As most of you know, I was chosen as “Mystress of Ceremonies” for Kathy Owen’s “Dangerous and Unseemly Mystery Book Tour.” Why me? I have no idea. But since it’s my job, I’m gonna make sure that Kathy’s tour ends on a high note!
It’s been an exciting time for Kathy with the release of her very first mystery novel. So if you’ve had a chance to enjoy her book, let me assure you there’ll be more to come in the near future. And if you haven’t had a chance to read it yet, there are links at the bottom of Kathy’s post that will direct you to your favorite book retailer.
Yet, for now, I’d like to hand things over to Kathy because she has an annoucement to make, cause we have winners! Yes winners, as in, more than one! Wahoo!
So take it away Kathy!
Hey, Karen, thanks for having me back to wrap up the Whodunnit contest! We had a great time spreading mystery and mayhem all around the blogosphere, bwahaha.
Here’s the original puzzle:
You have received a partial telegram, stating that the murdered body of Sir Reginald “Good Riddance” Crenshaw, your long-lost third cousin (twice removed) has been found. However, the rest of the message has been lost, scattered and garbled along a trail of multiple telegrams to other people by a drunk clerk at the telegraph office.
Before you can make a claim upon dear Reggie’s ill-gotten wealth, you must establish the particulars of the murder. Where was he found? What was he killed with? And, most importantly, WHODUNNIT?
Now, I know you’re all dying for the solution, but bear with me for a minute as I walk you through a few of the clues from various sites on my book tour. You needed four letters to solve each piece of the puzzle. Those letters, unscrambled, corresponded to a Clue-game style ROOM, WEAPON, and CULPRIT.
The first four stops (Elizabeth Craig, Janice Hamrick, Jill Edmondson, and Margot Kinberg) had the letters to the ROOM. Here were their questions, with the answers:
1. One of the following is NOT a rule of Golden Age detective fiction, as famously listed by literary critic Ronald Knox (in a preface to a 1929 collection of detective stories). Which is it?
Answer – B: The butler should be the culprit
2. What famous fiction private eye said: “The cheaper the crook, the gaudier the patter”?
Answer – I: Sam Spade
3. This detective said: ”Warning. Assholes are closer than they appear.”
Answer – L: Ace Ventura
4. What percent cocaine solution did Sherlock Holmes inject when bored between cases?
Answer – R: 7% (some of those other percentage choices would have killed him!)
The next four stops gave us the letters to the WEAPON. Now that you have the idea, I won’t go into the specific questions, but here are the letter answers:
Nancy Lauzon: E / Renee Schuls-Jacobson: R / Julie Glover: O / Jenny Hansen: V
E – R – O – V Unscrambled, we get: REVO or REVOLVER
Then the final three stops (Tiffany had two clues) gave us the CULPRIT:
Rachel Funk Heller: U / Laird Sapir: M / Tiffany White: P, L
U – M – P – L Unscrambled, we get PLUM, or PROFESSOR PLUM
So, there you have it! Professor Plum killed Sir Reggie Crenshaw in the library with the revolver.
I’ve always thought that one of the defects of the Clue game, however, was that the motive isn’t part of the equation. Well, no more!
Professor Plum had murder in his heart ever since 2005, when Sir Reggie had written a mocking review of Plum’s beloved scholarly work: “T.S. Eliot and Geoffrey Chaucer: Reciprocal Influences on a Wasteland Pilgrimage.” It had been the loving work of 13 years and ran 1,847 pages long. Plum had considered it the crowning glory of his academic career, until that philistine Reggie ruined it for him. Then it was “bye-bye” tenure. Since then, Plum has gone from college to college like an itinerant farm-hand, teaching part-time writing classes to privileged college brats whose idea of writing was sitting in the back of the room, texting with their thumbs. Enough was enough – it was high time for payback.
He found Sir Reggie alone in the library. At first, Plum thought it would be poetic justice if he konked Crenshaw over the noggin with his “Wasteland Pilgrimage” volume – 1,800+ pages makes for a substantial weapon, after all – but he couldn’t bear the thought of bloodstains marring his precious book, even for a good cause. That’s what revolvers are for, after all.
And The WINNER Is: Julie Glover!
Congratulations, Julie, and great job! I’ll be sending you a free ebook copy of Dangerous and Unseemly, and a $25 gift card to Barnes and Noble (winner’s choice).
But, wait – that’s not all! I’ve decided to give away an additional copy of my ebook.
The winner of that drawing is…Nandini Lal!
Congrats! The Kindle version is on its way.
Thanks so much to everyone for commenting, visiting, and competing in the contest, and supporting me on the book tour. It was a blast!
Thank you Kathy! And congratulations to both winners!
Kathy Owen’s new book “Dangerous and Unseemly” is available now at:
And please check out Kathy Owen’s website for more historical mystery at kbowenmysteries.com!
Let’s all give Kathy a big hand for a most exellent Mystery game! She did a fantastic job, don’t you think?
So how did y’all do? Did Kathy stump you? She can weave a mean mystery, can’t she? Did you have a fun time? What was your favorite part of Kathy’s book release tour? Do you have a new book on the horizon? What are your plans for making the most out of its release? Are you self-pubbing or going the traditional route? Inquiring minds want to know!
Thanks everyone for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments!
Well thank you Karen for doing such a wonderful job as MC. Kathy’s tour was a huge success, in my opinion anyway, and the game was fun. I didn’t get any of the clues, but I’m not the sharpest tack in the bulletin board if you know what I mean.
Fun stuff reading the clues and solution though. And congratulations to the winners!
w/a Jansen Schmidt
Patricia recently posted..Total Randomness – What Haven’t I?
Thank you Patricia! I’m so happy you enjoyed the game. Not to worry girlfriend. No need to be “the sharpest tack in the bulletin board.” Love that comment by the way. I couldn’t figure it out either. That Kathy can weave a good Murder Mystery, can’t she? At least this gave her a good start. How are you? I hope by your visit this means you are back on your feet? 🙂
Fabulous book tour and launch, ladies. Hard work & play from each of you, but it sure was fun to tag along. Congrats to both of you and both of the winners!
Lynette M Burrows recently posted..Going to Mars: Word-by-Word Bear Style
Thank you Lynette! He, he, he, this Mistress of Ceremonies was a big job, but I made it. And Kathy is an amazing author of historical mystery fiction. I hope you had fun. That’s what it was about after all. I hope all is well with you and hubby Lynette! 🙂
Such a fabulous contest, ladies. Thanks for sharing it all with us! Even as a cheerleader from afar, it’s been fun. 🙂
August McLaughlin recently posted..My Thriller and Folk Tunes: Gifts For You
Thank you August! As you can see, Kathy weaved an amazing Murder Mystery. And I must say that you rock as a cheerleader, even from afar. Glad you enjoyed it! 🙂
Wow, I’m still confused. hee hee hee You guys rock. Congrats and well done. 🙂
Prudence MacLeod recently posted..Language
Prudence, not to worry girl. I didn’t get it either. It was a deep thought. Kathy can weave a mean mystery, I’ll give her that. Thank you. I hope all is well in your little corner of the world! 🙂
Congrats, to all the winners. I’m so impressed with this surfeit of smartness!
Debra Eve recently posted..Tripping Over the Light Fantastic: A Late Bloomer’s Tale
Hi Debra! Can you believe how smart Kathy is? It’s amazing what she did. She is truely a gifted sleuth. I am blown away. Thanks for your support and have a wonderful weekend Debra! 🙂
I tried, Kath. I really did. But it felt like math. I’m so happy for Julie and Nandini. Some of us have to buy books the old fashioned way. 😉
Renee Schuls-Jacobson recently posted..Dear Diary, I Hate You: A #SoWrong Moment by She’s a Maineiac
LOL Renee! “…it felt like math.” I understand. Really, I do. You wrote a beautiful poem by the way! Thanks for your support and have a wonderful weekend! 🙂
This was fun! And wow – what a lot of work you guys put into this. Very cool. 🙂 Congrats to Julie and Nandini. And I wish you much success, Kathy! 🙂
Rhonda Hopkins recently posted..A POSITIVE FROM A NEGATIVE
Hi Rhonda! It was fun girl! Actually, I must confess that Kathy did most of the work. But she is very cool and as Coleen put it, clever. Thanks so much for promoting the post today on FB and for stopping by. Have a wonderful weekend! 🙂
Congrats to the winners! This was definitely a clever way to launch Kathy’s book. 🙂
Coleen Patrick recently posted..What’s Your Starbucks Name?
Hi Coleen! Yes, wasn’t that Kathy clever? We had so much fun launching her new book. Thanks for your terrific support and have a great weekend! 🙂
Hi, Karen! Wow, thanks so much for the great send-off. I mean, I’m blushing here!
I had a lot of fun doing the tour and reading fab comments, here and elsewhere. You are a fab Mistress of Ceremonies!
K.B. Owen recently posted..Why it ROCKS to talk to 6th graders about novel-writing
Why thank you Kathy. It was quite an honor to be “Mistress of Ceremonies.” And so much fun! You wrote a fabulous mystery and I wish you all the best! Congratulations Kathy! 🙂