And Then the Police Came

Patricia Bradley Mystery Question

It’s been an interesting weekend, ending with me having laryngitis.

First of all, I didn’t get the book off on Thursday to my editor. The last read-through involved more revisions that I thought it would take, so Sunday night found me diligently working.

I took a break and changed into pj’s and set my alarm so that when I quit editing for the night I could go straight to bed.

Then I went around flipping off lights and found my friend’s cell phone in the living room. Rats. I knew he’d miss it and not know where it was. He didn’t answer his home phone, so I hopped in my car and took the phone to him…

If you’re ahead of me, you immediately realize I forgot to turn my alarm off before I left. And my cell phone was on silent. So I didn’t hear the alarm company call to check and see if it was a false alarm…

I did happen to glance at my phone and saw several messages, but I was driving so I waited until I got home…to find my alarm screaming, my cat scared to death and several texts asking me to call the security company. I stopped the alarm, called the company and got that lovely automated voice. That kept asking me to punch one for technical support, two for…

When I finally get a customer service rep, he wants to know the code to report a false alarm. WHAT CODE?? I couldn’t remember setting a code. So, he turned me over to…You guessed it–an automated operator who wanted me to press one for tech support…

I’m yelling at her (like it’d do any good) and punching numbers and finally get a real person. Just about the time the police arrive. The nice officer looked at me very suspiciously when I told him it was a false alarm, but I’m sure the pj’s that I’d never changed out of convinced him I wasn’t a thief. (trust me, no one would steal my pj’s).

And that’s why I have laryngitis today. But I did get the book off!

And now for last week’s Mystery Question.
  1. “No one was to blame for the accident, but it never would have happened if the other driver had been alert.”
  2. “My car was legally parked as it backed into the other vehicle.”
  3. “I got there first but I had to knock his car out of the way to get the parking space.”
  4. “I was on the way to the doctor with rear end trouble when my universal joint gave way causing me to have an accident.”

And the answer is…#3. Congrats to Delores, Sally, Patty, Hillary, and Helen!

And now for this week’s Mystery Question. This week I’m going with responses people have given police when they’re pulled over. One is FALSE. Unfortunately, three of them were actually spoken to police officers…
  1. “Would you hold my beer while I look for my license?”
  2. “Can you come back in five minutes? I’m in the middle of a telephone conversation.”
  3. “There’s no way I was going 85. I had the cruise set at 80.”
  4. “Look, Officer, I’ve been wearing this girdle all day and I was trying to get home and get out of it.”

So, Mystery Sleuths, which is the false statement? Leave a comment to be entered in the $10 Amazon gift card drawing to be awarded next week.