The Mystery of the Latter Years

Hey-ho, it’s Rey.  The Boss is working on an editing assignment today.  Linda and Cousin Jilly are a bit miffed that I got post patrol today, but I didn’t exactly hear them eagerly volunteer.  I’m so enjoying this now, I can’t help but jump at the chance to blog.

Our boss likes those Nancy Drew mysteries so much (says they help “calm” her during major bouts of stress), I got motivated and borrowed a few.  I really got to like them; small wonder, seeing as I’m a private eye.  He-he. 

Seems, though, that the young amateur sleuths are like forever 18.  That gave me an awesome, fun idea!  Why not feature the young detective and her best chums, Bess Marvin and George Fayne—years later

What would they be doing at the age of 30?  Still traveling around the world solving mysteries, enjoying those not-too-shabby allowances?  Linda and JJ liked the idea, so they’re not miffed anymore.  Here’s our take, starting with my BFF.

Linda:

WPNancyUseNancy decided to go to law school in her early 20s and then partnered with her father for a couple of years.  At 30, Nancy opted for criminal law, and recently set her sights on becoming a DA.  Ned Nickerson stopped pining for her after graduating from university (when she turned down his marriage proposal not once but thrice).  Multi-skilled and never shying from challenges, she’s also working on a part-time medical degree.

Bess married Dave Evans, her sweetheart, and had three children.  They moved to a small town in Iowa, where he currently serves as a high-school football coach.  She remains a stay-at-home mom, designing and sewing clothes for the family when she’s not preparing meals based on famous chefs’ recipes (she has a cookbook collection that, at last count, stood at 589).

George studied Sports Management and opened a small sports marketing firm.  She did so well, she moved to NYC at the age of 27 to open an agency.  She just married a well-known sports announcer, who shall remain nameless for the time being (the wedding was made known to a select few, given a very messy divorce).  George and hubby have just adopted two Shelties—Moon and Stone—and a cross-eyed tabby named Larkspur.

JJ:

Nancy had no desire to marry Ned Nickerson, despite his persistent proposals.  She actually ended up marrying Detective Bridge Blackwood, who she met when solving a mystery that involved her housekeeper’s kidnapping.  When Blackwood didn’t agree with her decision to pursue a career as a police officer, she divorced him and has had no regrets.  She’s currently—and most happily—a Maine Police Trooper.

WPBessUseBess threw off that towel of timidity and opted for pursuing a business career.  She moved to Los Angeles at the age of 20, where she attended culinary school.  Proving a talented cook, she opened a small diner—with much success.  She’s now a well-known Food Network star with a weekly half-hour show called “Bess in Show”.

George moved to Paris to study art.  She’d always been a decent sketcher, but had never had the time—or the inclination—to do anything with that talent until she met an aspiring watercolor painter at a family picnic.  Jean-Pierre swept George off her feet and she followed him to France.  One thing led to another and both are doing exceptionally well, thanks to the three-story gallery they opened last year.

Me (Rey):

Nancy opened a professional P.I. agency when her dad agreed to finance it.  It proved successful.  How could it not, considering she’d made a name for herself, not just locally, but around the world?  The agency did so well in fact that two years ago she opened an office in Seattle and there’ll be one in Los Angeles soon.  She married Ned a few months after he graduated university, but the marriage only lasted a year.  They’re still friends, though.  Sorta.

Bess became a plus-figure model at the age of 20 when a famous fashion photographer bumped into her—literally—as she was leaving an ice-cream shop.  Her triple-scoop cone ended up on his Prada shoes.  They both found it funny and Fate (Cupid) stepped in.  She’s still modeling and has just opened a boutique in Boston, where she moved with the photographer after they got married last year.

WPGeorgeUseGeorge is still living in River Heights and enjoying her job as a phys-ed teacher.  She married Burt Eddleton, who owns his own electronics shop.  This “unadventurous” life suits her just fine.  She stays in touch with Nancy and Bess, and the three are planning on taking a ten-day Caribbean cruise.

Yeah, 18 is fun . . . but not forever.  

Day 7 – Hulaing Along

Can You Hula Like Hilo Hattie is free for one more day.

It’s Linda today—Rey’s on monk-seal volunteer duty today and JJ’s meeting up with a former beau.  In case you missed Rey’s rundown yesterday, let me provide one.

In Hula, we established the Triple Threat Investigation Agency.  That name, by the by, was my BFF’s idea.  You can’t argue with Rey when she gets an idea in her head—it’s like trying to pry a Black Friday sale item from an avid, rabid cut-rate-price shopper.

We have our first official paying assignment: to discover the secret of an elderly millionaire’s young wife.  It seems clear-cut—until she’s found murdered, floating in the beautiful sapphire waters of a deserted beach.  The three of us endeavor to uncover the killer amid a cast of curious characters and find a few secrets, not all belonging to the deceased wife, as well as a number of bodies.

While piecing together the puzzle, we end up taking a few detours—to the sordid and dodgy domains of drug pushers, informants, and gangs.  Serious game players, these folks play for serious keeps.

Here are some Amazon links The Boss provided:

https://www.amazon.ca/Hula-Hattie-Triple-Threat-Mystery-ebook/dp/B01KEEBNOS

https://www.amazon.com/Tyler-Colins/e/B01KHOZAL2%3Fref=dbs_a_mng_rwt_scns_share

https://www.amazon.com/kindle-dbs/entity/author/B01KHOZAL2?_encoding=UTF8&node=618073011&offset=0&pageSize=12&searchAlias=stripbooks&sort=author-pages-popularity-rank&page=1&langFilter=default#formatSelectorHeader

Aloha Sunday!

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Day 6 – Looks Like another Shameless Saturday of Self-Promotion

Can You Hula Like Hilo Hattie is still available for free.  Yes, f-r-e-e (a marrrvelous word, if I do say so myself).

Hey, it’s Rey. If you’re wondering what Hula is about, let me give you a quick rundown.

Now living in Hawaii (like, how sweet is that?) we take on our first official—super exciting—case.  As professional private eyes, we have to uncover the secret of this elderly millionaire’s pretty young thing, uh, wife.  There’s a twist: pretty young wifey is found dead on a deserted beach.  And there’s a secret all right, one of many (and they’re not all hers).

As we’re collecting clues, we kinda end up with a collection of bodies . . . and a mass of suspects.  There’s a whacked-out druggie, a weird drug dealer or two, and a tetchy gang member or three.  Yeah, we make a few enemies, but we also form some friendships.  It’s all part of the P.I. learning curve.

What seems a straightforward task becomes anything but.  Thanks to a crazy week in Connecticut however, we’re used to dealing with murderers and quirky (crazy) personalities. And we have enough faith in our budding talents to persevere and solve this challenging case.  It’s one heckuva fun ride, though.  Maybe you’d like to accompany us on it?  You won’t be disappointed (my personal opinion only, of course).

Here are some Amazon links courtesy of The Boss (they look kinda messy to me, but whatever):

https://www.amazon.ca/Hula-Hattie-Triple-Threat-Mystery-ebook/dp/B01KEEBNOS

https://www.amazon.com/Tyler-Colins/e/B01KHOZAL2%3Fref=dbs_a_mng_rwt_scns_share

https://www.amazon.com/kindle-dbs/entity/author/B01KHOZAL2?_encoding=UTF8&node=618073011&offset=0&pageSize=12&searchAlias=stripbooks&sort=author-pages-popularity-rank&page=1&langFilter=default#formatSelectorHeader

Have an awesome Saturday everyone.

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Day 5 – Gotta Love Shameless Self-Promotion and What Better Day . . .

. . . than Valentine’s Day!

Maybe you’d love to partake of the discount / free promotion for The Connecticut Corpse Caper and Can You Hula Like Hilo Hattie?

Promotion price for both are yes, indeedy-do:  FREE

Caper: A haunted antebellum mansion, several corpses, and a slew of suspects inspire JJ, Rey and Linda, to become P.I.s.  In fact, they so loved being amateur sleuths, the trio moves to beautiful Hawaii and opens the Triple Threat Investigation Agency—with respectable success.

Hula: Our aspiring private eyes take on their first official case: discovering the “secret” of an elderly millionaire’s young wife. All appears straightforward enough—until the wife is found murdered on the lovely oceanside. As Jill (JJ), Rey and Linda determine to uncover the killer amid a cast of curious, unconventional characters, they stumble across more than one “secret” and trip over a few bodies . . . and don’t they just love the challenge(s)!

Here are various Amazon links (because I love to cover all bases):

https://www.amazon.ca/Connecticut-Corpse-Triple-Threat-Mystery-ebook/dp/B01KEDWHMG

https://www.amazon.ca/Hula-Hattie-Triple-Threat-Mystery-ebook/dp/B01KEEBNOS

https://www.amazon.com/Tyler-Colins/e/B01KHOZAL2%3Fref=dbs_a_mng_rwt_scns_share

https://www.amazon.com/kindle-dbs/entity/author/B01KHOZAL2?_encoding=UTF8&node=618073011&offset=0&pageSize=12&searchAlias=stripbooks&sort=author-pages-popularity-rank&page=1&langFilter=default#formatSelectorHeader

I hope you love reading them as much as I loved writing them.

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!

xox

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Day 4 – Some More Shameless Self-Promotion (coz I just Can’t Provide Enough)

The Connecticut Corpse Caper and Can You Hula Like Hilo Hattie are still available for a discount / free promotion.

Promotion price for both:  FREE  

Caper: A haunted antebellum mansion, several corpses, and a slew of suspects inspire JJ, Rey and Linda, to become P.I.s.  The threesome moves to beautiful Hawaii and opens the Triple Threat Investigation Agency—with decent success.

Hula: Our aspiring private eyes take on their first official case: discovering the “secret” of an elderly millionaire’s young wife. All seems straightforward enough—until the wife is found dead along the lovely oceanside. As Jill (JJ), Rey and Linda determine to uncover the killer amid a cast of curious, unconventional characters, they stumble across more than one “secret” and trip over a few bodies.

Here are various [messy looking] Amazon links (coz I’m not that technically brilliant when it comes to them, LOL):

https://www.amazon.ca/Connecticut-Corpse-Triple-Threat-Mystery-ebook/dp/B01KEDWHMG

https://www.amazon.ca/Hula-Hattie-Triple-Threat-Mystery-ebook/dp/B01KEEBNOS

https://www.amazon.com/Tyler-Colins/e/B01KHOZAL2%3Fref=dbs_a_mng_rwt_scns_share

https://www.amazon.com/kindle-dbs/entity/author/B01KHOZAL2?_encoding=UTF8&node=618073011&offset=0&pageSize=12&searchAlias=stripbooks&sort=author-pages-popularity-rank&page=1&langFilter=default#formatSelectorHeader

Thank you.

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Day 3 – More Bout(s) of Shameless Self-Promotion(s)

Aloha Wednesday.

WP2Don’t forget, please – The Connecticut Corpse Caper has been selected for a discount / free promotion.

Promotion price for The Connecticut Corpse Caper (Feb 10 – 14):  FREE

A haunted mansion, a number of corpses, and a sundry of suspects motivate JJ, Rey and Linda, to become private eyes.  The trio moves to beautiful Oahu and opens the Triple Threat Investigation Agency—with not too shabby success.

WP1And starting today (through the 16th), you can also receive Can You Hula like Hilo Hattie free.

The novice private eyes take on their first official paying assignment: discovering the secret of an elderly millionaire’s young wife. It seems straightforward enough—until the wife is found dead in the sapphire Hawaiian oceanside. As Jill (JJ), Rey and Linda strive to uncover the killer amid a cast of curious, unconventional characters, they stumble across several secrets and fall over a few bodies.

Here are various Amazon links (to cover all bases):

https://www.amazon.ca/Connecticut-Corpse-Triple-Threat-Mystery-ebook/dp/B01KEDWHMG

https://www.amazon.ca/Hula-Hattie-Triple-Threat-Mystery-ebook/dp/B01KEEBNOS

https://www.amazon.com/Tyler-Colins/e/B01KHOZAL2%3Fref=dbs_a_mng_rwt_scns_share

https://www.amazon.com/kindle-dbs/entity/author/B01KHOZAL2?_encoding=UTF8&node=618073011&offset=0&pageSize=12&searchAlias=stripbooks&sort=author-pages-popularity-rank&page=1&langFilter=default#formatSelectorHeader

Thank you kindly!

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Day 2 of Another Bout of Shameless Self-Promotion

Happy Tuesday.

A quick reminder that The Connecticut Corpse Caper has been selected for a discount / free promotion.

Promotion price for The Connecticut Corpse Caper (Feb 10 – 14):  FREE

If you’d like to learn what inspired JJ, Rey and Linda, to become private eyes and open their own shop—the Triple Threat Investigation Agency—please check out Caper.

Here are three Amazon links (I like to cover all bases):

https://www.amazon.ca/Connecticut-Corpse-Triple-Threat-Mystery-ebook/dp/B01KEDWHMG

https://www.amazon.com/Tyler-Colins/e/B01KHOZAL2%3Fref=dbs_a_mng_rwt_scns_share

https://www.amazon.com/kindle-dbs/entity/author/B01KHOZAL2?_encoding=UTF8&node=618073011&offset=0&pageSize=12&searchAlias=stripbooks&sort=author-pages-popularity-rank&page=1&langFilter=default#formatSelectorHeader

Thank you!

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Please note: $0.99 promotions are active only in the US and UK stores, and free promotions are available in all Amazon marketplaces!

 

 

Another Bout of Shameless Self-Promotion

Extra, extra!

The Connecticut Corpse Caper has been selected for a discount / free promotion.  Here are the details, dear friends and followers:

Promotion price for The Connecticut Corpse CaperFREE (yes, f-r-e-e!)

Promotion dates: February 10th through the 14th 2020

Please note: $0.99 promotions are active only in the US and UK stores, and free promotions are available in all Amazon marketplaces!

Please check out the antics—er—cases of the Triple Threat Investigation Agency trio (JJ, Rey, and Linda).  And perhaps you might wish to help boost Caper’s Popularity Index (PI) . . . ?

Here are three Amazon links (you can never have enough):

https://www.amazon.ca/Connecticut-Corpse-Triple-Threat-Mystery-ebook/dp/B01KEDWHMG

https://www.amazon.com/Tyler-Colins/e/B01KHOZAL2%3Fref=dbs_a_mng_rwt_scns_share

https://www.amazon.com/kindle-dbs/entity/author/B01KHOZAL2?_encoding=UTF8&node=618073011&offset=0&pageSize=12&searchAlias=stripbooks&sort=author-pages-popularity-rank&page=1&langFilter=default#formatSelectorHeader

Thank you . . . or as the Oahu-based P.I. gals would say . . . mahalo.

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Peeves, Not Pets

Hey-ho, it’s Rey again.  Linda was going to take over today’s post, but she had a few too many Mai-Tais last night—a party I wasn’t invited to (which I won’t forget).

Today, I thought I’d post about peeves, not pets—you know, what our current gripes are.  So ya got one from my cousin JJ, one from by best friend Linda (recovering from too much fun, he-he, and serves her right), and one from yours truly.

Linda’s Peeve

WPpeeveD1Ill-mannered people, first and foremost.  Yes, these days, we’re all in a rush, trying to get things done and we’re so focused on that, we forget to be nice.  Remember that word?  It translates into being polite, kind, pleasant.  Last week, some hulk of a guy nearly crushed me against a glass door in his haste to leave a store.  He had a bag in one hand, a cell in the other, and pipikaula clasped between his tense lips.  No apology, just a what-are-you-doing-in-my-way glare.  Granted, he may have been having a bad day—heaven knows we all do—but do we need to extend that to others?  It might not be that bad, even quell said bad mood, if we presented a smile, a greeting, or a simple apology.

JJ’s Peeve

WPpeeveE1Animal abusers.  To hear of an animal being beaten or killed—poached or hunted—breaks my heart.  That a fellow human being could inflict injury or death on a helpless creature / a beloved pet, simply boggles my mind.  If caring for a pet—that wonderful companion that demonstrates unconditional love—is no longer an option, surely another home, even a shelter, is a viable option.  There’s no (!) excuse for mistreatment.

My Peeve

WPpeeveA1Sick people who wanna share the love.  Not long ago, I was sitting in a coffee shop and this woman came in, hacking up a storm.  Sat across from me and continued with the nasty coughing.  Never covered her mouth.  Never even apologized.  Needless to say, I got sick—for over a week!  Nothing I like more than shoving tissues up my nose, whooping up a storm, and feeling like shi—uh, sickly.  People, if you’re ill, show some respect.  Cover up and steer clear!

Ahhhhhh.  Nothing better than purging peeves.  Have a great rest of the week, everyone!  The Boss’ll be back soon.

Pets, not Peeves

Those are for another post.  Hey, it’s Rey!  The Boss, as an FYI, is having some mom-care things to tend to, so ya got me again.

We were walking Button and Piggaletto in Kapiʻolani Park the other day—I had Bonzo in a cool new stroller—and thought a post about pets might be fun.  WPbonzo

So, where to start, my friends?  We-ell, Bonzo is my Checkered Giant rabbit.  I rescued the cutie when his young owner had been murdered during the Can You Hula Like Hilo Hattie? caper.  I never had pets prior.  Man, did I miss out.

WPbuttonButton is JJ’s rescue mutt, a mix—let’s see if I can remember—right, of Havanese, Schnoodle and Chacy Ranoir.  They’re breeds considered hypoallergenic, coz my cousin’s got allergies.

WPPiggalettoChangeDOTorgPiggaletto’s my best friend’s pot-bellied pig.  I was kinda surprised when she brought the porker home one afternoon, and it took a wee bit of getting used to him, but he’s a sweetie and I’ve grown to really love the little guy.

Besides pets being fun and cute and just too lovable, I did some Googling and found out there are actual merits to owning one.  Let me share . . .

There’s decreased:   ♥  blood pressure  ♥  cholesterol levels  ♥  triglyceride levels (a type of fat found in your body, as an FYI)  ♥  feelings of loneliness and/or stress.

And there’s increased:  ♥  occasions for exercise and physical activities  ♥  opportunities to meet people, make new friends (I know we’ve made a few since spending time in parks with the pets)  ♥  sense of safety.

Additionally, having pets is great for kids—gives them a sense of responsibility and bonding.  And, apparently, they can actually stop kids from developing allergies (JJ’s mom should have got her a cat from day one).  And here’s one fact I find amazing: pets can help detect cancer.  Like, who knew!?

There are so many animals in shelters, waiting to have a home, be loved and pampered (kinda like what we humans want).  Please give [lots of] thought to adopting one.  You’ll [both] feel better!