Thursday, January 25, 2007

A new Murder Mystery Idea

Saying for the Day: Always bring something to read to the Dr.'s Office.

Yesterday I went with Betty to her Doctor’s appointment.
I took along a book to read during her examination.
This was not the greatest book ever but it was a good read.
It also opened up a whole new direction for murder mysteries.
It was called “ Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder” and in addition to your basic who killed the poor guy plot it also had cookie recipes.
The plot may not have been above average but the recipes were.
I can hardly wait to make the “chocolate covered cheery cookies”.

This opens up the possibility of a whole series of “Cookbook Murders”.
We could have “Dead in the Stew” with stew recipes” ;”Murder in the Soup Kitchen” with soup recipes; “Murder by Cake” with cake recipes .
You get the idea.
When we run out of recipes we could move over to self help with titles like “Dead in the Garden” with gardening tips; “The Organized Killer” with tips on getting organized;” The Cleaning Ladies Murder” with hints on getting out blood stains etc.;” The Really Cute Murders: with Martha Stewart type hints.
The possibilities are endless.

We could even put out a series to read in the lobby of the Dr.’s office.
We could have titles like “ The Blood Drawing Murders” with hints on how to get over the fear of having your blood drawn; “Corpse in the x-ray Room”; with hints on how to make sure they only need to take the x-ray once; “The Nurse is Dead’ with hints on small talk with the Nurse during the pre-examination.
These would be the ultimate lobby books.
No more old Time magazines.

The book may not have been the best murder mystery but it is certainly ground breaking
. Any great writers out there that want to join me in writing the “Murders for the Dr.’s Lobby” series.
I might start next week and I could use some help.

@@@@ News from Pigeon Falls-The little town in my garage where the trains still run and buildings come and go-Last night Eino got Tommy, the undertaker’s kid , and went back to the Masonic building. He and Tommy looked at everything and finally ended up back at the mirror. Eino said, “There is something about this mirror that bothers me. But I can’t figure out what it is”. Tommy said “ Its just a mirror”. But then Tommy took another look and his face lit up. “ Its backwards”, he said.” It’s backwards”. He said to Eino “ Raise your right hand”. Eino raised his right hand. “Now tell me what hand does the man in the mirror have up?” Eino said” His right hand”. ”That “,said Tommy.”is the problem”.” The man in the mirror should have his left hand up. It should be reversed. The mirror doesn’t have a mirror image.” Eino now saw the problem as well. “But that’s impossible “, Eino said. “ But it’s true” answered Tommy. “Whatever happened to the building reversed the mirror”. As much as Eino wanted to deny it he knew what Tommy was saying was true. Something had reversed the mirror. But what could do that. That was the question. At least Eino was now sure that the building vanished. Now he wondered why Tommy, the writer, didn’t see it.
Nancy is all excited she and Tommy, the writer, are going cross country skiing this Sunday. They intend to take a lunch and ski in to her family cottage on “ The Lake of the Loon”. It is something she has wanted to do for a long time but was too busy. But since Tommy came along she has been closing the coffee shop on Sundays. She used to cross country ski a lot and Tommy says he did too. In any case she is all excited.
If it goes well they might even consider entering the Pigeon Falls Annual Cross Country Ski Race. That race takes place in February. It is thirty miles long. Fifteen miles out and fifteen miles back through the most beautiful woods you can imagine. People come from all over to be part of it. It used to go across “The Lake of the Loon” . Then came that winter when the lake didn’t freeze well and the skier went through the ice. They got him out and he survived the pneumonia but they decided not to take that chance again. The trail stays on dry land.
Petrovich is telling anybody that will listen that he will have a new prediction next week or the week after based on his latest studies. Eino said that he can hardly wait . Eino doesn’t think people will pay much attention this time.
Will people listen to Petrovich? Will the mirror return to normal? Are Tommy and Eino reversed ?Did the Masonic building really disappear? Will we ever find out where the dragon, white rabbit, and stone hermit came from? Where is the White Rabbit? And of course “ Is Tommy really the undertaker’s kid?

Link for Today-Zelmarq's Blog- What you can do with a little bit of paper (art) .
Leave the ususal Dr. John in the comment . Its the artistic thing to do.
I spent a day not doing much of anything.I watched some televison. I played some PC games. I read a little. I visited the blogs of everybody that visited me yesterday and left comments if they had a new entry. Now I need a breathing treatment.


Anonymous janvangogh said...

I think Petrovich should become a weatherman. His forecasts would be about as good as those weathermen out there already.

6:35 AM  
Anonymous Stacy said...

I've read that book and the author has a whole series of like titles. In fact, the food mysteries are a genre of their own these days.

7:57 AM  
Blogger Lori's Minute said...

How about "Murder By Straw Slurrping" or other pet peeves such as 'Murder in the Express checkout line at the grocery store' or 'Death of a 'Telemarketer"? There is also "Who Killed the Guy Who Left the Empty Milk Container in the Fridge but was found in the Freezer?" it's getting morbid..

We may visit Sat. ...BYE!

7:59 AM  
Blogger Catch said...

How about making murder less messy....martha stewart.

Murder in the Dr's office..they gave me the bill, I keeled over.

How to decorate the body...Martha Stewart.

Death by ice cold stethoscope.

9:40 AM  
Blogger Mimi said...

I would give any book with Chocolat eChip Cookie in the title a chance.

Thanks for the buns. I liked teh raisin one. What are the red flecks? I can not figure out what they are. I don't dislike them or anything. just wondering. Thanks so much again. You two are so kind!:)

11:05 AM  
Anonymous quilldancer said...

Too many questions for this poor girl with vertigo. I must go back to bed now.

2:47 PM  
Blogger goldennib said...

Great ideas. I like the murder series geared towards lobbies:

The Dentist Killed by Drill

The Insurance Surcharge Murders

The Lawyer that Litigated to Death

The IRS Audit Murders

The Principal is the Principle Suspect

4:28 PM  
Blogger Gingers Mom said...

That was a really cute post. Mmmm...I want that chocolate covered cherry cookie recipe....

5:23 PM  
Blogger The Old Fart said...

What a wonderful sense of humor you have Dr John. I could see a Miss Marple or a Hercule Poirot solving the mystery.

7:37 PM  
Blogger ArtsyTartsyViray said...

I love those book ideas.. you had me laughing the whole time I was reading.. thanks.. you gave me the lil burst of energy I need to get through paying all my bills!!

10:01 PM  

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