The Chicks: Thanks for paying us a visit, Seven Sinister Sisters!
The Seven Sinister Sisters: Thanks so much to Ellen Byron for inviting us, and to all the terrific Chicks on the Case for hosting the Seven Sinister Sisters on our grand blog tour! We are seven mystery authors, all members of Sisters in Crime, with new books launching this spring.
Our question for today: Which character from your own mysteries would you want to hang out with in real life?
“So many of my characters are ridiculously autobiographical,” says Becky Clark, “I’d like hanging out with all of them. (I am, as you might have heard, a constant delight. And I smell like vanilla and newsprint.) But very close to my heart is Charlemagne “Charlee” Russo, the protagonist in the Mystery Writer’s Mystery series. She’s a writer so she enjoys lots of free time, always a plus in a BFF. She gets free coffee and pastries at her local coffee place, and I’m sure she’d share. Plus, she has an eclectic group of writer friends, and who doesn’t like hanging out with writers??”
Pat Hale would hang out with her PI Britt Callahan, “because it would be a day I’d remember. Britt’s passionate about her cases and fights for her clients like a dog protecting a bone. You never know where you’ll end up when you’re on a mission with Britt. And though she always lands on her feet, it can be a roller coaster getting there. Her approach to wrongdoing is tagged the path less taken. It’s justice for her clients, no matter what, but Britt’s idea of justice is often to the left of center. At the end of the day, a good cigar and a glass of Pinot Grigio and she shifts her focus to family. Who doesn’t want a day like that?”
According to Edith Maxwell, “as much as I love my historical Quaker midwife and amateur sleuth Rose Carroll, I would want to hang out with her non-Quaker friend, Bertie Winslow. Bertie, who loves fancy hats, is the postmistress of Amesbury, Massachusetts, and an unconventional woman for 1888. She lives with her partner Sophie Ribeiro, a lawyer, in what people call a Boston Marriage—two single ladies cohabiting. For Bertie and Sophie, it’s a marriage in all senses except the legal one. Bertie rides astride her horse Grover (named with typical irreverence for President Cleveland), helps Rose in her sleuthing, and enjoys a spot of drink every day.”
Leslie Karst would pick her protagonist Sally’s Aunt Letta. “But it was only after I killed her off in chapter one of the first in the series, Dying for a Taste, that I realized how much I loved her. Letta was the black sheep of the Solari family, leaving town to work at the famous Chez Panisse restaurant in Berkeley, then traveling the South Pacific, and finally returning to Santa Cruz to open her French-Polynesian restaurant, Gauguin. She was feisty, witty, and loved nothing more than whipping up a cheese soufflé or batch of Schezwan shrimp, then sitting down to dinner with a nice bottle of wine to talk the evening through. So why the heck did I kill her off?”
For Shawn McGuire, “it would be fun to follow Jayne around and observe her as she analyzes clues and walks through crime scenes. Morgan is so calm and in control, I’d love to be with her while she performs one of her Wiccan rituals. Then there’s Meeka, Jayne’s West Highland White Terrier. I keep telling my husband that when our youngest moves on to college in a year and a half, I want a dog to keep me company during the day. Problem is, I don’t want just any dog, I want Meeka! Wait, was I supposed to pick only one?”
“Gramps,” says Sue Star, “who is Nell’s dad, sees life through the lens of a bygone era. He’s lovable and surly, funny without meaning to be funny, and Nell—my protagonist—is lucky to still have her dad in her life. I miss my dad, and I feel as if I’m with him again in spirit when I write about Nell and her dad. Gramps is a bit spunkier than my dad was, but he cares just as deeply. Both of them are down-to-earth, self-made men, and they hail from the farm, a simpler way of life. Gramps makes me feel comfortable, just like my own dad did.”
Finally, Cathy Perkins notes that, while Detective JC Dimitrak turns heads, “I’d choose to hang out with Holly (from the Holly Price mystery series). She’s smart and funny, qualities I admire, but what makes her so appealing is her loyalty. If you’re family or a close friend, she’s got your back.”
So now it’s your turn: What character from a mystery novel would you want to hang out with in real life, and why?
And to celebrate our new releases, the Seven Sinister Sisters are having a giveaway! Enter to win by leaving a comment below. Seven lucky winners will receive an ebook from one of us. And one GRAND PRIZE winner will receive a signed copy from each of us!
Our tour runs from January 6th to May 2nd and we’re answering a different question at each blog. Leave a comment at each blog for more entries! We’ll draw the winners from all the combined comments at the end of our tour.
If the grand prize winner is out of the United States, we’ll send an Amazon gift card for the equivalent amount.
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