High-Fiving the Fifth

. . . and final day of The Connecticut Corpse Caper promotion.

Today, you have Rey again!

Caper, featuring my cousin JJ, my BFF Linda, and yours truly, was our first unofficial case (before we set up The Triple Threat Investigation Agency).  It launched our exciting, professional P.I. careers.

Friends and family members gather at Aunt Mat’s haunted mansion to collect a share of her not-too-shabby inheritance.  We have to remain a week to collect our share, but if anyone leaves early, his/her share is added to the pot.  We’re only there a few hours when one member of the group dies of unnatural causes.  Bodies soon start piling up.  While these murders are taking place, some pretty strange goings-on take place, like ghostly visits and ghoulish pranks.  The three of us put our heads together, search for clues, and succeed in solving the challenging/baffling case.

Promotion price?  F-R-E-E  (love it)

Promotion dates:  May 10 – May 14 2020

Stay well and be safe!

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Going Forth with the Fourth

. . . day of promotion.

Hey, it’s Rey.  It’s the fourth day for the free/discount promotion re The Connecticut Corpse Caper featuring my cousin JJ, my BFF Linda, and yours truly.

Caper got us sporting sleuthing caps (or as Adwin, JJ’s now ex-beau said, “Snoop Sister” bonnets).  Look who’s laughing now, though?  We solved the case!  Not bad for a trio of snoopers, huh?

To give you a quick overview: a few friends and family members gathered at Aunt Mat’s haunted mansion to collect a share of her inheritance.  We had to remain a week to collect our share, but if anyone left early, his or her share would have been added to ours.  We’d barely just arrived when one member of the group died—and not naturally, the poor flabby slob.  More bodies soon started dropping.  And, man, were there some weird goings-on (like ghostly, ghoulish ones).  The three of us put our heads together, collected clues, and succeeded in finally solving the bizarre case.  Can you spell f-u-n?

Promotion price?  F-R-E-E  (if only everything were)

Promotion dates:  May 10 – May 14 2020

Be good and stay well—back tomorrow.

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Three for Three

You’ve got Rey again.  Hey, how goes?  It’s the third day for the free/discount promotion re The Connecticut Corpse Caper featuring us three—my cousin JJ, my BFF Linda, and l’il ol’ lovely me.

 Caper was our first unofficial case—but it gave us a taste for private-eyeing, one we savored.

A bunch of us gathered at Aunt Mat’s supposedly haunted mansion to collect a share of her inheritance.  If we managed to stay a week, the money was ours; if anyone left early, their share would have been added to ours.  We were there but a few hours when one of the “guests” breathed his last—and not for any natural reason.  Then, the bodies started dropping (and I won’t mention all the weird happenings, including a ghost named Fred).  The three of us started checking for clues and succeeded in finding a few.  Needless to say, we finally figured out who the culprit was.  We made for good amateur sleuths . . . and now make for great P.I.s!

Promotion price?  F-R-E-E  (I just love that word)

Promotion dates:  May 10 – May 14 2020

Continue to stay healthy and safe—back tomorrow.

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Another Day, Another Plug

Hey, it’s Rey again.  It’s the second day for the free/discount promotion re The Connecticut Corpse Caper.

Caper was our first unofficial case.  Cousin Jilly (JJ), my BFF Linda, and I caught the private-eye bug solving a trying (bizarre) series of murders at our Aunt Mat’s haunted mansion.

A bunch of us were there to collect a share of her inheritance.  We had to stay a week and if anyone bailed out, their share went into the pot.  Well, we weren’t even there half-a-day when someone breathed his last, thanks to a little help (can you spell p-o-i-s-o-n?).  The three of us decided to do some snooping, er, sleuthing, and with a lot of trial and error, solved the “case”.

Promotion price?  F-R-E-E  (like, how much better can it get?)

Promotion dates:  May 10 – May 14 2020

Continue to be well—and see you all tomorrow.

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Our First Caper

Hey, it’s Rey.  I’m taking over the The Connecticut Corpse Caper promo posts; Linda and JJ will do the others.

 So-o, let me give you a brief rundown on The Connecticut Corpse Caper—our first caper, er, case (unofficial, of course). It  launched our professional P.I. careers, mostly thanks to me (it was my idea, after all).  Anyway, it is available for a discount / free promotion beginning today, hooray!  That’s May 10th for those not following calendars.

How did I get the idea?  Blame it on a crazy week at eccentric Aunt Mat’s haunted mansion.  A number of folks can inherit a nice bit of money (JJ and me included) if we stay the course.  If one decides to leave, the inheritance is divided between those who remain.  Before we know it, someone dies at dinner . . . and then a few more bodies drop and weird shenanigans occur.  We put on amateur sleuth hats and solve the crazy caper.

♦  Promotion price?  F-R-E-E  (ya can’t beat that)

♦  Promotion dates:  May 10 – May 14 2020

Take care—see ya again tomorrow!

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Shame on Me . . . Again!?

T’is true—t’is time again to do some shameless self-promotion.  Which begins <drum roll> tomorrow.

The gals from The Triple Threat Investigation Agency will take over after today—they have no cases and are looking for things to do.  And Rey’s proven quite the blogging/posting enthusiast this year (so expect her tomorrow).

The Connecticut Corpse Caper—which launched the professional P.I. careers of JJ, Rey, and Linda—will be available for a discount / free promotion beginning May 10th.

A crazy week at a haunted mansion—where a number of individuals can inherit a nice bit of money if they stay the course—results in a few murders and bizarre shenanigans.  JJ (Jill), Rey, and Linda, don amateur sleuth hats and determine to solve the crazy, complex caper. 

Promotion price?  F-R-E-E (sounds good to me)

Promotion dates:  May 10 – May 14 2020

Won’t you please help us boost our Popularity Index (PI)?

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WPMay9IIFrom the four of us, a big most grateful thank you!

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Mi-Mi-Mi . . . Me-Me-Me

This is one of those shameless self-promotion posts about . . . me, me, me.

WPNextChapter1My author page is now live on Next Chapter’s new website:

https://www.nextchapter.pub/authors/tyler-colins

Feel free to explore the Triple Threat Investigation Agency mystery series directly on the book pages, which include free previews of all the books (The Connecticut Corpse Caper, Can You Hula like Hilo Hattie, Coco’s Nuts, and Forever Poi.)

A new feature: there’s direct commenting on the author and book pages.  I can communicate directly with readers.  As Rey might say: gotta love that.

If you have a minute or two, perhaps you’d like to take a quick look-see?

Take care everyone—please continue to stay safe and be well!

A Simple Wednesday Morning Shameless Self-Promotion

The Boss has a lot on her plate re the 9-to-5 and mom-care right now, so the three of us engaged in “rock paper scissors” to see who’d post today.  Linda won, but managed to bang up her finger (and her temperament).  Rey’s feeling fairly fatigued so, you have me, JJ, today. 

The post isn’t about me or the agency, but about our boss.  Her building has a monthly newsletter and they featured a brief, informative interview written by the lovely fellow dweller, Judith Michael.  It certainly helped rally her flagging spirits. So, I thought I’d share it here . . . because I’m all for some simple shameless self-promotion (even if it’s for someone else).

The WestClair’s Writer:  Tyler Colins

Look no further than The WestClair to find Tyler Colins, our resident writer.  While Tyler has written both fiction and non-fiction, her focus is on writing mysteries.  She has completed four books in the Triple Threat Mysteries and is well into writing the fifth.

The series centers around three strong female private investigators with distinct and unique personalities. According to Tyler, JJ, the narrator, is calm, mature, and thoughtful.  Her cousin Rey is brash, impetuous, melodramatic, and “won’t take ‘no’ for an answer”.  Rey’s best friend Linda, is smart and a little “nerdy”.

Tyler gravitated to the Triple Threat saying, “I liked the characters or they liked me . . . they wanted me to be their boss”. Of the three women, Tyler’s favourite is Rey because “I want to be her.”

When asked to describe “the unique voice” of her writing style, Tyler likened it to “a 1950’s lounge – easy going, beatnik, laid back, with a cool feel”.  The laid-back vibe of her writing is in contrast to the busyness of Tyler’s life. In addition to writing, she edits fiction for a company in Japan, has a full-time job in human resources, and looks after her mother.

You can find out more about Tyler’s work on her blog https://thewritersgrabbag.com/ Her books can be purchased from Amazon and some will be available from The WestClair Library when the second-floor lounge reopens. It’s best to begin with The Connecticut Corpse Caper, the first of the Triple Threat Mysteries and initially written as a stand-alone book.     as written both fiction and non-fiction, her focus is on writing mysteries.  She has completed four books in the Triple Threat Mysteries and is well into writing the fifth.

WPallselfThe series centers around three strong female private investigators with distinct and unique personalities. According to Tyler, JJ, the narrator, is calm, mature, and thoughtful.  Her cousin Rey is brash, impetuous, melodramatic, and “won’t take ‘no’ for an answer”.  Rey’s best friend Linda, is smart and a little “nerdy”.

Thanks so much, Judith!  The gals and I are very appreciative.

Continue to stay safe, everyone.

Ta to the Talented Sandi Wallace

My heartfelt thanks to Australia-based crime writer Sandi Wallace for her four-star review of The Connecticut Corpse Caper.  The first book in the Triple Threat Investigation Agency series details the crazy antics at a haunted antebellum mansion that “launched” the P.I. careers of JJ, Rey, and Linda.

The Connecticut Corpse Caper is the first in the Triple Threat Mysteries and my first read of this author. It’s a fun twist on the traditional isolated country house whodunnit trope – the writer’s style is energetic and brims with quirky humour and description. There’s a posh mansion, tonnes of hidden passageways, a singing-talking ghost, and a cast of both likeable and unlikeable characters all required to stay a week to inherit a packet of money. When the body count rises, corpses disappear and unexpected parties make an entrance, it’s time for our amateur sleuths to get to work to solve the case. A very enjoyable cosy mystery. (Reviewed on March 11, 2020)

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WPSandi2Sandi’s love of crime stories and avid interest in policing enabled her to step into crime-writer shoes, with successful results!  She has won numerous prizes for her short crime fiction, including several Scarlet Stiletto Awards.  Her debut novel, Tell Me Why (the first in the Georgie Harvey and John Franklin series), won the Davitt Award Readers’ Choice.  Congrats Sandi!

Equally exciting is the fact that her fourth rural thriller, Black Cloud, will be released on July 22nd 2020 and her entire back-list will be republished (with more titles in the pipeline).  As an FYI, Black Cloud, Tell Me WhyDead Again and Into the Fog are currently available for at your favorite Amazon store.

At present, Sandi is working on a standalone psychological thriller—something for us readers to look forward to!

WPSandi1You can follow Sandi Wallace’s book news via her Facebook page (Sandi Wallace – Author), as well as Instagram, Pinterest, and her website.

Please connect with Sandi here:

https://www.instagram.com/sandiwallacecrime/

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8431978.Sandi_Wallace

https://www.sandiwallace.com/.

Seri—ously … ?

Hi, it’s Linda.  The Boss had “stuff” to take care of today, so I stepped in.  Given the three of us at the Triple Threat Investigation Agency have had cases with multiple murders/murderers, we thought it might be interesting to look at serial killers. 

While the murderers in The Connecticut Corpse Caper, Can You Hula like Hilo Hattie?, Coco’s Nuts, and Forever Poi did kill a few people who crossed their paths, we never truly viewed them as “serial killers” (or SKs, as Rey likes to call them).  They executed people for specific reasons.  The National Institute of Justice, by the way, defines a serial killer—SK—as a person who has committed two or more separate murders, generally with some psychological and/or sadistic sexual aspect.  Wikipedia defines an SK as someone who has killed three or more people.

There was a time—the latter part of the 20th century specifically—when there appeared to be a glut of them.  Remember Ted Bundy, Son of Sam, John Wayne Gacy, The Zodiac Killer, The Hillside Stranglers . . . ? 

Did you know, though, that the number of serial killers has dropped 85% in 30 years?  In fact, the FBI says they account for less that 1% of killings.  (I wonder if the writers of Criminal Minds considered that.)   Some of the reasons were that the latter part of the 20th century had turbulent times, people moved frequently, and hitchhiking was common.  Finding victims wasn’t overly difficult.  Moreover, computerized databases and data banks, and utilizing DNA for forensic purposes, didn’t exist until more recently.  Add to that: longer prison sentences and reduced parole, as well as the abundance of security cameras.

In case you were wondering as to the types of SKs, there are said to be four major ones.

Visionary

These serial killers hear—and respond to—voices or visions, which compel them to murder certain types of people.  Visionaries tend to be psychotic.

Mission-Oriented

This one experiences a need to kill certain people that fall under a given group (call girls, women/wives, transient workers, those with certain religious alliances or a particular race, as examples), but this type isn’t considered psychopathic or psychotic.

These former two tend to be focused on the act of killing and do so swiftly.

Power- & Control-Oriented

This SK experiences sexual gratification by dominating and humiliating victims.  Sociopaths, they live by their own rules and guidelines.  They also like to play God by being in control of life and death.  Many famous serial killers fall under his category.

Hedonistic

This one experiences a connection between violence and sexual gratification.  Feeling pleasure from the act, he/she has “eroticized” the experience.  A hedonistic killer takes the time to torture or mutilate a victim.  You’ll find this type of serial killer in novels and movies.

These former two are focused on the process of killing; they enjoy torturing their victims and derive delight from the slow deaths they produce.

Based on interviews and subjective data, not every serial killer falls under one type and many are more than one type.

Eighty percent of SKs are white males between the ages of 25-34 and are charismatic, bright, and mobile.  Their killings, at least initially, tend to be meticulously planned.  They also develop over time and learn from mistakes so that they can “improve” their killing methods/styles.  Women SKs, by the way, do exist and generally tend to kill for the same reasons as their male counterparts.  Unless they have a male partner, however, they don’t tend to sexually assault or physically maim their victims. 

Another general fact: many were mistreated or neglected as children and many abuse drugs and alcohol.

Other labels include “organized” versus “disorganized” and “asocial” versus “non-social”, but the majority appear to be organized and non-social.

There’s simply too much information to impart in a post, but as gruesome as some of it can be, it’s also—as Mr. Spock would say—fascinating.  If you’re interested, I’d highly recommend you go googling.

WPsk2Meanwhile, our latest case, Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha, may—possibly—feature an SK.  This crafty and creative individual is certainly keeping us, and our police pals, on our private-eye toes.