Research, Research, Research

Patricia Bradley Mystery Question

I hope everyone had a truly wonderful Easter Sunday. I believe Easter is my favorite day. We go from the sadness of Maundy Thursday and Good Friday to the Ressurection. For He Is Risen!

A little side note…I often wondered what Maundy meant, so of course, I Googled it 🙂 and learned it’s from mandatum a Latin word meaning “commandment,” Maundy refers to the commands Jesus gave his disciples at the Last Supper: to love with humility by serving one another and to remember his sacrifice.

This year I’m going to make an effort to do just that.

On another note, I’m happy to report that my wonderful editor gave me an extension of twelve days! And boy, did I need it especially when I discovered my villain had killed someone in a way that is impossible.


Yep, that’s what happened last week. First of all, I had insulin in a water bottle as the mode of murder. Guess what, taken orally, insulin won’t kill a fly–the stomach breaks it down. That’s why it’s injected. DUH. So, I spent a day coming up with another mode of murder. So remember that when you read the third book in the Memphis Cold Case Novel series. Research, research, research–that’s my middle name. Now on to last week’s Mystery Question and answer.

Which is the false report from the Police Blotter?
  1. A resident called police because their Facebook was hacked.
  2. A local car rental business called to report that a customer failed to return their rental four days ago. They think customer stole the vehicle.
  3. A man who recently purchased a church building called with questions regarding the caretakers. When he bought the building, he said it was OK for the caretakers to continue staying there, so long as they signed a lease. The couple declined to sign the lease, and as the relationship has degraded, the new owner has decided not to keep the caretakers. Upon informing the caretakers that they had to go, they replied that they “will go to heaven before they move out” of the church. The owner is not sure what to do now.
  4. A man called the police because a squirrel kept stealing his birdseed. He wanted the police to arrest it.

And the answer is…I made up #4 while I was sitting on my deck watching a squirrel eat the birdseed I just put out. 🙂

Now for this week’s Mystery Question: The following are short quotes from actual police reports; statements either taken directly off of insurance forms or things said directly to the officer taking the report. One is false the rest, unfortunately, are true.
  1. “When I told my girlfriend to get out of the car, I thought she’d wait until I stopped.”
  2. “I was taking my canary to the hospital. It got loose in the car and flew out the window. The next thing I saw was his rear end, and there was a crash.”
  3. “I had been learning to drive with power steering. I turned the wheel to what I thought was enough and found myself in a different direction going the opposite way.
  4. “I told the police I was not injured, but upon removing my hair, I found that I had a fractured skull.”

Okay, Super Sleuths, which is the FALSE statement? Leave your answer below in the comments to be entered in a drawing for either a 2017 Christian Market Guide or a copy of Lynette Eason’s Moving Target (or another book in my library if you already have Moving Target).