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“The Return of Kathy Owen, a Mysterious Murder and Clues”

What does Kathy Owen, a mysterious murder and a bunch of clues have in common?

Well, they’re all part of the “Dangerous and Unseemly Mystery Book Tour”.

Over the past several weeks, we’ve visited lots of different author sites in an attempt to keep up with the release of Kathy Owen’s new book. I must say that girl is one popular author. Yet, not only that, Kathy, as the talented mystery writer that she is, weaved a Murder Mystery throughout every post on the tour.

Isn’t that cool? Besides our introduction to Kathy’s new book, you and I have a Murder to solve!

Uh, Karen.

Yes Kathy.

Aren’t you forgetting something?

Oh, that’s right Kathy. Sorry about that. I forgot. It’s just that I get so excited every time I talk about your Murder Mystery. I wonder Whodunnit? Has everyone collected all the clues? Because we have a Murder to solve and that’s why Kathy is here.

So take it away Kathy!

Hi, everyone! We’ve finished the book tour now, and it was a blast! Thank you all for taking the tour with me, and I hope you’ve enjoyed meeting the fab writers and bloggers along the way.

Hasn’t Karen McFarland been a terrific Mistress of Ceremonies?

You’re making me blush Kathy!


Okay, I’m going, I’m going.

Anyway, what was I saying? Oh, yes. I’m so grateful to Karen for helping things along. I know I was originally planning to announce a winner of the Whodunnit puzzle contest and giveaway today, but I’ve decided to give folks more time to email me with their guesses. Remember, the winner will get a free ebook copy of my debut novel, Dangerous and Unseemly, and a $25 gift card of his/her choice to either Starbucks, Amazon, or Barnes and Noble! I’ll notify the winner by email, too.

If you missed any of the stops or trivia questions, no worries. I’ve compiled them all here!

But first, a recap of the 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?

murderHOW TO SOLVE: Look at the mystery trivia questions below. Each correct answer will give you the alphabet letter you need. You want to solve 3 puzzle pieces: which ROOM, which WEAPON, and which SUSPECT.



ROOM CLUES (4 letters, unscrambled):

Question #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?

A) No more than one secret room or passage is allowable

B) The butler should be the culprit

C) No Chinaman must figure in the story

D) Twin brothers, and doubles generally, must not appear unless we are duly prepared for them


Question #2 – What famous fiction private eye said: “The cheaper the crook, the gaudier the patter”?

I) Sam Spade

J) Phillip Marlowe

K) Mickey Spillane

L) Raymond Chandler

Question #3 – This detective said: ”Warning. Assholes are closer than they appear.”

I) Charlie Chan

J) Sam Spade

K) Miss Marple

L) Ace Ventura


Question #4 – What percent cocaine solution did Sherlock Holmes inject when bored between cases?

O) 20%

P) 75%

Q) 5%

R) 7%

So, was dear old Reggie killed in the…



Kitchen (KITC)?

Ballroom (BALL)?

Conservatory (CONS)?

Billiard Room (BILL)?

Library (LIBR)?

Study (STUD)?

Hall (HALL)?

Lounge (LOUN)?

… or Dining Room (DINE)?


Clever, aren’t you? Okay, so now you know where Sir Reggie was dispatched, but what was he killed with?


WEAPON CLUES (4 letters, unscrambled):


Question #1 – Nancy Drew had two friends (who were probably jealous of her cool red roadster!) who acted as her sidekicks and assisted in her investigations. They were:

D) Porgy and Bess

E) Bess and George

F) George and Ned

G) John and Yoko


Question #2 – Nate the Great, a “soft-boiled” kid detective from a popular children’s series, eats a favorite food when he needs to think out a case. What is it?

Q) hot dogs

R) pancakes

S) Doritos

T) broccoli


Question #3 – What trademark tune does Columbo whistle (beginning with the episode “Any Old Port in the Storm”) which the producers worked into the musical theme?

N) “I dreamed a dream”

O) “This Old Man”

P) “Star-Spangled Banner”

Q) “Hokey Pokey”


Question #4 – Agatha Christie’s detective, Hercule Poirot, favored this method of detection:

U) examining physical evidence, such as footprints and tobacco ash

V) using the little gray cells

W) beating a confession out of the murderer

X) relying on eyewitness testimony


*gasp* Oh no, was it really done with the —

(image via wikimedia commons)

Rope (ROPE)?

Wrench (WREN)?

Revolver (REVO)?

Knife (KNIF)?

Candlestick (CAND)?

Lead Pipe (PIPE)?


My oh my, you are a smart one! How about the biggest mystery of all…WHODUNNIT?


MURDERER CLUES (4 letters, unscrambled)


Question #1 – There was a mysterious incident in Agatha Christie’s life. In her early adulthood, she:


T) was accused of murdering her first husband

U) disappeared for 11 days and when she was found had no memory of the time

V) had charge of the hospital pharmaceutical dispensary, in which a large quantity of poison disappeared

W) was rumored to have an illegitimate child


Question #2 – Who were the smartest of the Scooby-Doo gang?

L) Scooby and Shaggy

M) Velma and Fred

N) Daphne and Fred

O) Batman and Robin


Question #3 – Sherlock Holmes is partly modeled after a person in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s life. His name was:

O) Han Solo

P) Dr. Joseph Bell

Q) Dr. Joseph Whittingham

R) Oliver Wendell Holmes


Question #4 – Jessica Fletcher, a mystery writer/amateur detective on the long-running Murder, She Wrote, lived in which town (whose per capita murder rate would have been the despair of local real estate agents)?

J) Ann Arbor, MI

K) Intercourse, PA

L) Cabot Cove, ME

M) Martha’s Vineyard, MA


Was it…

by K.B. Owen
(by K.B. Owen)

Colonel Mustard (MUST): did the upstanding retired army man do the dastardly deed?

Mr. Green (GREE): who is really behind that colorful exterior?

Professor Plum (PLUM): perhaps the professor is the passionate perpetrator.

Mrs. White (WHIT): would White wield the wicked weapon?

Miss Scarlet (SCAR): could the sexy Miss Scarlet be the secret sinner?

Mrs. Peacock (PEAC): who knows if poor old Reggie ruffled that lady’s feathers, and she committed murder most fowul?


Think you have the answer? Drop me a line! Send an email with your answers to kbowen (at) gmail (dot) com. Heck, email me even if you get lost and/or don’t have time to figure it out. This is all just for fun, after all. I’d love to hear from you, and I’ll put you in the drawing, too!

Thanks, and catch ya later,

Okay, now can I pop in here Kathy?

Yes Karen, go right ahead. I’m finished.

Great job Kathy! Thank you so much for the re-cap! Is everyone as excited as I am?

Remember, the winner will get a free ebook copy of Kathy’s debut novel, “Dangerous and Unseemly”, and a $25 gift card of his/her choice to either Starbucks, Amazon, or Barnes and Noble!

So what do you think? Do you like a good Murder Mystery? Do you like to play Clue? Have you any ideas as to whodunnit? You may share your thoughts in the comment section below. But in order to recieve a FREE copy of Kathy’s new book, please send a brief email to kbowen@gmail.com.

Thanks everyone for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments!


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