The opening of Donna Andrews' latest Meg Langslow gives Meg a double surprise:
"Meg! Guess what I found in your basement?"
I looked up from the box I was unpacking to see Dad standing in the basement doorway, his round face shining with excitement.
"A body?" An unlikely guess, but Dad was a big mystery buff--perhaps if I amused him, he'd stop playing guessing games on moving day.
"Oh, rats--you already knew? Well, how soon will the police get here? I need to move the penguins--we don't want them any more upset than they already are."
He disappeared down the basement stairs without waiting for an answer. I abandoned my
unpacking to call after him.
"Dad? I was joking. Did you really find a body? And why are there penguins in our basement? Dad!"
I started the latest Chocoholics mystery, The Chocolate Jewel Case, by JoAnna Carl while standing in line at the grocery store and found another one:
Just when I finally found fifteen minutes for myself, the dead man came to the door.