Mystery Lite with LynDee Walker: No, I Did Not Make That Up

By - August 22, 2013

It's time to kick off the MYSTERY LITE SO YOU CAN TURN OFF THE LIGHTS segment of TRADE THE DAY, and our first special guest is cozy mystery author, LynDee Walker!  And don't forget to check out the bottom of this post for details on how to win LynDee's giveaway, as well as an additional giveaway from cozy mystery author John Clement!

 

Now, here's LynDee with her post titled, "No, I Did Not Make That Up: The Craziest Stories I Ever Covered":

One of the first questions I get in most interviews about my mysteries—which feature a news reporter who gets herself in hot water digging around in murky stories—is “are any of Nichelle’s adventures based on real life?”

Since I spent almost a decade working as a reporter before I became a mom, the answer is: of course. But maybe not the ones you’d think.

Did I ever come home from a long day to find a smolderingly sexy mafia guy in my living room? Alas, no (and I would’ve likely peed myself if I had).

What I did do was cover some outlandish things between the murders and car crashes and serial rapists. And while my experience with more standard criminal fare gives the books a realistic feel, the stories that I choose to pull from my days as a reporter are the hilariously unbelievable ones. Which are the ones people always think I made up.

In Front Page Fatality, Nichelle is going through the day’s police reports and finds one listing an “abandoned casket” as the complaint. No, I did not make that up. That’s the kind of police report that makes you stop and snort your coffee (which hurts, by the by, so I wouldn’t recommend it) before you snatch up the phone and call the public information officer at the PD. Which is exactly what I did that morning, and he chuckled through the whole conversation. There was a junkyard on the edge of town, and the owner got to work to find the driveway blocked by a coffin. Like, the kind you get from a funeral home, why-on-Earth-would-anyone-have-such-a-thing-to-dispose-of, coffin.

My favorite part of that one was talking to the junkyard owner (he looked like the boys’ fantasy version of Mr. Myrtle from The Sandlot, which you must Netflix immediately if you have not seen it because it is a great, great movie, and now you’ll giggle when it gets to that scene). He spit tobacco on the ground in front of me about halfway through every sentence (Nichelle would’ve totally been in fear for her Louboutins) and was one of the most indignant folks I’ve ever interviewed. Meeting and talking to different kinds of people was my favorite thing about reporting.

“They asked me what was in there!” He gaped, recounting his call to 911. “Can you believe that? I told ‘em I wasn’t lookin’ at no rotted old bones first thing in the mornin’. That’s what my tax dollars pay them for!”

Turned out, the casket was full of scrap metal. Forensics checked it out, but didn’t find any indication it had ever been used for its intended purpose. I still wonder sometimes where the heck someone got it, and why they just left it there.

I sifted through memories all this week, trying to come up with a champion crazy story. It was a tough call, crowning a winner. There was the body in the trunk of an abandoned car that the dim-bulb college boys left in front of a retired cop’s house, and the church ladies vs. the cowboys in the strip club parking lot (which Nichelle gets to witness in the third Headlines in Heels mystery, due out in April 2014). But the gold star for weird has to go to the folks building sprawling McMansions over top of an old slave cemetery.

I’m pretty sure I choked on my coffee that morning: I got a call from the police chief, telling me I might want to talk to the state cemetery commission about what they do with unmarked graves discovered during construction. I spent two hours on the phone with three different people getting all kinds of background information. Decades before, they’d discovered a slave cemetery in Dallas when they were laying a major road, and the city halted construction until all the remains could be recovered and properly reinterred elsewhere.  But the city wasn’t building these houses, so no one could really tell me what would happen to these remains. I called the chief back and he offered to drive me out to the site to look around.

When slavery was legal in Texas, the slaves were left to take care of their own when someone passed away. So often, people were buried in shallow graves with simple wooden crosses at the head and lilies planted at the foot. A hundred-plus years later, the crosses had disintegrated, but the lilies still bloomed every spring. That year, a construction worker clearing land for a house had noticed the lilies, each of them near a roughly six-by-three depression in the soil, and called the police department. They checked one spot and confirmed that it had been someone’s final resting place.  So we drove out there and picked our way around this field, and we found several more clusters of lilies and suspicious depressions among the tangle of weeds.

The chief said he had a meeting scheduled with the city manager and the builder to discuss options for relocating the graves or marking the property off as a cemetery and building houses elsewhere. As I was jotting that in my notes, a voice came from behind us.

“Who are you and what are you doing out here?”

The chief raised an eyebrow and walked to the construction fence separating the empty lot where we stood from the one next door, where a massive house looked almost finished. He introduced himself, and the woman put her hands on her hips and just … went off.

“How long is this nonsense with these dead people going to hold up our construction? Now they say they have to check the lot for graves before we can proceed, and I want to have my swimming pool installed before we move in.”

My jaw a little loose, I watched him give her the only answers he had, which weren’t satisfactory to her, all the while thinking, “Jeez, lady, have you ever seen Poltergeist? Because your life is stealing the plot.”

She did. Not. Care. And she appeared to want someone to chew out. The chief finally threw up his hands and walked away. I followed. We got back in his truck and he looked at me and said “are you thinking what I’m thinking?”

“That if I were her, my attorneys would be trying to figure out how to get me out of the contract on the house that might be on top of the cemetery?”

“Bingo. Who hasn’t seen Poltergeist?”

All kidding aside, I was flabbergasted that someone could have so little regard for disturbing a grave—possibly many graves. After months of negotiation and red tape, the graves they found on the properties already under construction ended up being moved over into the field Jim and I checked out that day.  But I wonder sometimes if the lights ever flicker in that house. And static on the TV? No way.

 

***LynDee is giving away a prize pack with a signed copy of Front Page Fatality, a prize pack with a signed Advanced Reading Copy of Buried Leads, and three other prize packs to five lucky commenters on this post. So, Don't forget to comment!***

ABOUT LYNDEE:  LynDee Walker grew up in the land of stifling heat and amazing food most people call Texas, and wanted to be Lois Lane pretty much from the time she could say the words “press conference.” An award-winning journalist, she traded cops and deadlines for burp cloths and onesies when her oldest child was born. Writing the Headlines in Heels mysteries gives her the best of both worlds. Her debut novel, FRONT PAGE FATALITY, is an amazon new humor #1 bestseller. The second Nichelle Clarke Headlines in Heels Mystery, BURIED LEADS, will be on sale October 15, 2013.

LynDee adores her family, her readers, and enchiladas. She often works out tricky plot points while walking off the enchiladas. She lives in Richmond, Virginia, where she is working on her next novel. You can visit her online at www.lyndeewalker.com.

 

With An Additional Giveaway From

JOHN CLEMENT

 

***Another lucky commenter will win an autographed copy of The Cat Sitter's Cradle by John Clement.***

ABOUT THE CATSITTER'S CRADLE: No mission is impawsible for pet sitter Dixie Hemingway (no relation to you-know-who). On an early morning walk, she spots an exotic bird rarely seen north of the equator, much less in the sleepy beach-side town of Siesta Key, Florida. At first, Dixie thinks the bird has been blown off course by a terrible storm, but as she digs deeper into where the bird came from, Dixie becomes increasingly suspicious of its origins. When one client is found dead and a new friend and her baby disappear without warning, Dixie is pulled into a whirlwind of greed, deception, and danger. The eighth in this popular cozy series, John Clement and Blaize Clement's The Cat Sitter's Cradle, will keep both newcomers and loyal Dixie fans perched on the edge of their seats. Learn more at www.dixiehemingway.com.

 

Comment for your chance to win both LynDee's and John's giveaways!

LynDee wants to know:

What’s the wonkiest news story you’ve ever read?  

Comments

  • 9/3/2013 - 5:01pm Laura Potter says
  • 9/3/2013 - 5:00pm Laura Potter says
    Kind of cheating here by posting the same review I did on Amazon..but loved the book THAT much!! "John has taken his mother's series and honored it by continuing Dixie's story with his own touch but with the same flair for storytelling and suspense... I think this pet sitter has many escapades ahead of her!" — L. Potter (Btw IRS hysterical you have to add before posting here <...lol)
  • 9/3/2013 - 4:58pm Laura Potter says
    Kind of cheating as I'm gonna post the same review I did on Amazon but I LOVED the book that much! "John has taken his mother's series and honored it by continuing Dixie's story with his own touch but with the same flair for storytelling and suspense... I think this pet sitter has many escapades ahead of her!" — L. Potter (btw it's hysterical you have to add to post a comment, haha)
  • 9/3/2013 - 4:58pm Laura Potter says
    Kind of cheating as I'm gonna post the same review I did on Amazon but I LOVED the book that much! "John has taken his mother's series and honored it by continuing Dixie's story with his own touch but with the same flair for storytelling and suspense... I think this pet sitter has many escapades ahead of her!" — L. Potter (btw it's hysterical you have to add to post a comment, haha)
  • 8/26/2013 - 12:48pm Colby Marshall says
    *****WINNERS!***** Here are the giveaway winners for this post. TO CLAIM YOUR PRIZE, winners must e-mail colby [at] colbymarshall [dot] com and provide a shipping address for their items by Mon., September 2, 2013 (7 days following notification). If winner does not claim prize by this date, another winner will be selected at random from the original contest entrants. Lyndee's first prize pack with Front Page Fatality: Grace Hampton LynDee's Buried Leads Prize Pack: Mary Garrett 3 other LynDee Prize Packs: Sheila Ruble, Maureen, and Barbara Tobey John Clement's The Catsitter's Cradle: Eleanor Jones
  • 8/26/2013 - 7:39am LynDee says
    Courtney, they're my favorites, too! It's so much fun to get to write about them! Janet, thank you for stopping in! The books are available in all ebook formats. ;) Linda, I hope you have fun with Nichelle! I'm excited for the Buried Leads launch, too! Rhonda, Carol, Denise, Maureen, Marybeth, and Kristin, thanks so much for stopping in, and happy reading!
  • 8/26/2013 - 7:01am Kristin says
    I am so glad John has continued the Dixie Hemingway series...I just love it! Noe I'll have to check out lynDee's books too. It's amazing what some people will call 911 for!
  • 8/25/2013 - 8:36pm Marybeth Donadio says
    I love Dixie and feel like I'm reading a long letter from a friend when I'm reading her!! Thank you to John for continuing on Dixie' s escapades. I know your mom is proud! The transition in writers is seamless. Looking forward to the next adventure for Dixie and her family. >^..^<
  • 8/25/2013 - 6:12pm Maureen says
    Hi, I just started The Cat Sitter's Cradle and I am hooked already! I will be looking for LynDee Walker's books, too. Thanks.
  • 8/25/2013 - 5:33pm Maureen says
    Just stated The Cat Sitter's Cradle, and I am already hooked. I will be looking for LynDee Walker's books, too. Thanks!
  • 8/25/2013 - 4:37pm Denise Watson says
    the Dixie Hemingway series always puts me in a vacation state of mind. I live vicariously through Dixie, putting myself right in the Siesta Key mode. Thanks for helping me continue this mindset!
  • 8/25/2013 - 1:32pm Rhoda Ebersole says
    Am tossing my entry into the mix. Sounds like either book would be an enjoyable read. Nothing like a mystery with a sense of humor.
  • 8/25/2013 - 1:13pm Carol says
    I'm glad John is continuing his Mother's books. Hope I'm a winner!
  • 8/24/2013 - 4:17pm catslady says
    Wow, sounds like some wonderful reading. I look forward to hopefully reading them!
  • 8/24/2013 - 3:40pm Linda says
    Love Dixie Hemingway mysteries and am so very appreciative of John carrying his mother's legacy forward by continuing the stories based on Blaize's outline! Thank for the excellent interview with LynnDee and both giveaways!
  • 8/24/2013 - 3:35pm Linda says
    So great sounding! Front Page Fatality is on mt "get it soon" especially since 2nd on is coming out in the next few months!
  • 8/24/2013 - 10:44am gwenette says
    I finished reading Cat Sitter's Cradle in just a few days. Loved it. Thank you, John, for continuing this series!
  • 8/23/2013 - 9:42pm Janet Skold says
    I've been waiting for a new Dixie Hemingway for what seems a very long time. I just found a new series to read &can't wait to order it. Hopefully it's in an ebook so I can start it right away. The weirdest news story happened just last week. The police got a 911call from a woman who said she didn't know where she was or where her carwas. Luckily her phone had GPS &she was eventually found sitting on the curb near a construction site. She was in evening wear & very drunk. She had been partying with friends & got separated from them. Her car was found after an hours search neatly parked sideways on the railroad tracks. A train was due in less than a half hour so all trains were diverted for 2 hours while her car was towed & she got to see the jail for a while.
  • 8/23/2013 - 8:32pm LynDee says
    Thanks so much, y'all! Mark, that's amazing. I bet there's some funny stuff going in in those homes. Kate, Donna, and Sue--thanks so much for coming by! I hope you enjoy Nichelle! Jessica, thank you! And those twin stories are SO interesting, aren't they? I've always found that fascinating. So much about the brain we don't understand. Thanks, everyone, for chiming in and fighting blood cancer. Y'all are amazing! And good luck in the drawings!
  • 8/23/2013 - 6:22pm Courtney Hatlee says
    Mysteries and high heels are my faves....so these are must read books for me!
  • 8/23/2013 - 6:02pm Sue Brandes says
    LynDee your books sound wonderful. Cute covers. I love the Dixie Hemingway books. Looking forward to the new one. The wonkiest news story I ever heard are the 911 calls. Usually the ones where they ask the robber for their ID and they give it to them. Those crack me up. Thank you for the awesome giveaway.
  • 8/23/2013 - 3:36pm Jessica says
    Great post LynDee! I hope that couple is getting haunted in some format. LOL! I love reading about stranger than fiction stories. A few years ago, I read about twins separated at birth. Both ended up marrying women named Linda and divorcing them, then remarrying a Betty and even naming their sons: James Alan (one spelled it as Allan). They both even had jobs in law enforcement. Apparently they both enjoyed math and carpentry in school and even named their dog the same thing growing up. O_o
  • 8/23/2013 - 3:03pm Donna Copeland says
    Fabulous series, John and let me tell you...I'm going on to Kobo and see if they have any of LynDee's books there! They look so tempting! I'm always on the lookout for a new mystery that will pull me right in within the first couple of pages. This looks to be just the thing I'm after!
  • 8/23/2013 - 2:00pm Kate Hathway says
    I love mysteries, and when I found the Dixie Hemingway books, years back, I was so impressed by the way I was pulled right into Dixie's neighborhood. The descriptions are wonderful, and as a pet sitter myself, Dixie's work ethic is truly wonderful. I like to think I'm almost as good a sitter as she is (I envy her ability to run with the greyhound - I can only walk with mine!). And I am interested in LynDee's stories now, too, so there's a few more to add to my leaning tower of books!
  • 8/23/2013 - 1:43pm Mark Wagner says
    Love those memories! Can't wait to see what you get Nichelle into next. And here's one for you- over where we live, someone bought an old city prison and converted it into... I am not making this up- a gated community. The old cell block is STILL standing next to the converted homes. Want to guess how stable the lighting is over there? Or cable Tv?
  • 8/23/2013 - 1:28pm Grace Hampton says
    I live in the Los Angeles area - mountains, valleys and movie stars - but after reading the Dixie Hemingway books I want to visit Florida. The Deep South is a whole different world yearning to be experienced. Blaize Clement's mysteries are not only full of love for animals but they are exciting to read. The last one was best. I won't tell why because that will spoil it.
  • 8/23/2013 - 1:18pm LynDee says
    Alicia, thanks for coming by! I'm so glad you're enjoying Buried Leads. Thanks for sharing that!
  • 8/23/2013 - 1:16pm LynDee says
    WOW, y'all, I just finished my panel and I have FIVE PAGES of notes for replies! You guys rock! Be sure to go check out Colby's awesome book to donate to the LLS, too! :) Thanks so much for all the sweet words, and good luck to everyone! Hillary, everything is bigger in Texas. Even crazy crimes. ;) Kate, my editor has said those very words to me. Maer, thanks, honey! Sheila, thank you, and have fun with Nichelle! Pamela, really? That's ... wow. It would never occur to me to be afraid of a horse, but in fairness, I grew up around them. Risa, I definitely same some fun stuff. Michelle, OK, that is weird. Margo, people never cease to amaze me. Millie, I should think they did! Kristi, enjoy! Lynn, Lois, Rosemary, and Barbara, thanks so much for coming by! Enjoy! Diane, I wonder if they charged him with wasting their time? Donna, thank you! Cheryl, I read that story! It's one that stays with you, for sure. Stacie, thanks, good luck, and happy reading! Elizabeth, thank you! Mary, you are so welcome! Thanks for coming by! Joann, WOW. And thanks! I hope you enjoy Nichelle. Leila, indeed! Ashlee, I LOVE my cover artist. She's amazing. Lynn, good luck and thany you so much for reading. Amy, you're welcome! Thanks for stopping by, and good luck! Nancy, thanks for coming by! Deanna and Judy, thanks, and enjoy! Ann and Donna, thank you both! Joan, me, either! Karen, thanks for coming by, and good luck! Phew. I am so thrilled to have helped raise awareness about this disease and thankful to Colby for putting this together and to y'all for making it a success. I'll be back this evening, too, and hope each one of you has a beautiful weekend.
  • 8/23/2013 - 1:08pm Alicia Farage says
    I love this series with Dixie and I'm reading Buried Leads (review copy) and am enjoying it. Oddest news story is usually anything in Memphis.
  • 8/23/2013 - 12:55pm Karen Diamond says
    Love reading the Dixie Hemingway mysteries especially since they are set on Siesta Key a site known to me. Reading those books are like reading a book with pictures! John has done a great job in continuing on with the series and is most serious about carrying on in the family tradition. Great job!
  • 8/23/2013 - 12:18pm Joan Woods says
    Would love to win your contest. There is nothing I like better than to curl up with a good mystery.
  • 8/23/2013 - 12:17pm Jamie Gillespie says
    Hazardous Duty by Christy Barritt. Don't get me wrong, I really liked the book...but the main character is a crime scene cleaner. The details of how the crime scene is "splattered" with brain matter and bones was a little unsettling!! I love cozies, especially Dixie Hemingway. A house built on top of a cemetery actually sounds intriguing to me! LOL
  • 8/23/2013 - 11:46am Gale Wilkinson says
    I have only recently started reading the books about Dixie Hemingway. Love her. It is like she is one of my friends and what she does is part of my life. After I f I wish one I cannot wait to start the the next one. I hope there are many more to come.
  • 8/23/2013 - 11:30am Cory Soissong says
    I adore the Dixie Hemingway books! I have been an avid reader of Ms. Clements' books since the first one debuted! I love the "no relation to you-know-who" references! The characters are so lifelike that I want to go to Florida to meet her! I want a copy of her book so much!
  • 8/23/2013 - 11:24am Donna M Basile says
    Looking forward to reading the books. It would be great to win!
  • 8/23/2013 - 11:14am Ann Ellison says
    Loved the interview and would love to win the gift package. I really enjoyed LynDee's first book and am looking forward to reading Buried Leads.
  • 8/23/2013 - 10:27am judy says
    can't wait to get my hands on this one
  • 8/23/2013 - 10:19am Deanna Stillings says
    Loved this...count me in for the drawing. Thanks.
  • 8/23/2013 - 9:35am LynDee says
    Good morning, everyone! I'm dashing out to day 1 of Killer Nashville, but thank you all so much for coming by to help this AMAZING cause, thank you Colby for hosting, and thanks to everyone for reading and saying sweet things about Nichelle! I will be back this afternoon to reply to everything and answer questions, but wanted to say hi and wish you all a lovely Friday morning. :)
  • 8/23/2013 - 9:23am Lyn says
    Gosh, every day there's a new entry in wierd and stupid news! Hard to keep track. I love Dixie Hemingway books- have read them all and mourned with all of the fans when I read of her passing. So glad John is continuing his mom's work. I'd love to win a copy of the latest book. And also the chance to find a new author to love and follow. Thanks..
  • 8/23/2013 - 8:59am ELF says
    I try my hardest to avoid listening to the news! Thanks so much for the giveaway.
  • 8/23/2013 - 8:52am Nancy Reynolds says
    Loved your post. Thanks for sharing. And thanks for the chance to win TWO books. They both sound great.
  • 8/23/2013 - 8:19am Amy Reedy says
    What a funny story and I am glad that I put my coffee down before I read it, Yes, it DOES hurt to snort coffee, as LynDee said. I was a crime scene student, and love mysteries, reading, the Cat sitter's series and finding new authors. Oh and one of my oldest (meaning from childhood) and dearest friends is named Lyndee (not kidding, she was Jodee growing up, but prefers Lyndee now), I can't wait to read your series and am on the library's long waiting list to read John's book. The funniest news story lately, was the one here in Florida about the monkey that was loose and causing mayhem everywhere he went, He eluded police, animal control, and anyone else brave enough to try to catch him, It was sad that he bit a lady, and they were afraid of rabies, They did finally catch him, but my very active imagination pictured Curious George or Grape Ape laughing at the humans, I would love to be lucky to win either of these very interesting books. Thank you for making me smile,
  • 8/23/2013 - 8:14am Barbara Tobey says
    Truth is stranger than fiction. Lots of eye rolling and head shaking going on in the world.
  • 8/23/2013 - 8:10am Lynn Hogan says
    After reading your post, I am real excited to try to win a book and read it... then I can add it to my Amazon.com list! (I love the kindle versions) I am an avid reader and I love mysteries!! If yours are anything like this, I'll be hooked for life!! Awesome job!
  • 8/23/2013 - 8:10am Lynn Hogan says
    After reading your post, I am real excited to try to win a book and read it... then I can add it to my Amazon.com list! (I love the kindle versions) I am an avid reader and I love mysteries!! If yours are anything like this, I'll be hooked for life!! Awesome job!
  • 8/23/2013 - 8:07am Joann Wylie says
    I'm looking forward to the next Dixie Hemingway and thrilled to find someone new to read, LynDee! I have read some funny news stories but the funniest story I heard that should have made the news was the one called in to a local radio show. It involved a man's wife's attempt to renew her driver's license, the error by the state flagging her record as needing medical approval, and the refusal by the state worker to tell her what the problem was, because it was in a private record. It went on to suggestions by the worker that perhaps the applicant had 'forgotten' what her illness was, suggestions that she needed a doctor to give her an all clear exam. It was ultimately resolved, but it was a wild story!
  • 8/23/2013 - 7:56am Leila Gaskin says
    'Who hasn't seen Poltergiest?' Love it! We can't make up the stuff that passes as 'real life'. As my cat would say, 'Silly Hoomans!'
  • 8/23/2013 - 7:47am Ashlee says
    Too funny! I just want to say that the covers of your books are so pretty! I'm a sucker for a good cover and would totally buy your books based solely on the look. :-) Luckily, your content also sounds awesome.
  • 8/23/2013 - 7:42am Joann Wylie says
    I'm looking forward to the next Dixie Hemingway and thrilled to find someone new to read, LynDee! I have read some funny news stories but the funniest story I heard that should have made the news was the one called in to a local radio show. It involved a man's wife's attempt to renew her driver's license, the error by the state flagging her record as needing medical approval, and the refusal by the state worker to tell her what the problem was, because it was in a private record. It went on to suggestions by the worker that perhaps the applicant had 'forgotten' what her illness was, suggestions that she needed a doctor to give her an all clear exam. It was ultimately resolved, but it was a wild story!
  • 8/23/2013 - 7:42am Leila Gaskin says
    'Who hasn't seen Poltergiest?' Love it! We can't make up the stuff that passes as 'real life'. As my cat would say, 'Silly Hoomans!'
  • 8/23/2013 - 7:39am Sheri Soltes says
    I'm a cat person running a dog business, so I LOVE to read quality mysteries involving cats and the people who love them. These days when so many cozy mysteries seem formulaic, it's a treat to read yours!
  • 8/23/2013 - 7:35am Joann Wylie says
    I'm looking forward to the next Dixie Hemingway and thrilled to find someone new to read, LynDee! I have read some funny news stories but the funniest story I heard that should have made the news was the one called in to a local radio show. It involved a man's wife's attempt to renew her driver's license, the error by the state flagging her record as needing medical approval, and the refusal by the state worker to tell her what the problem was, because it was in a private record. It went on to suggestions by the worker that perhaps the applicant had 'forgotten' what her illness was, suggestions that she needed a doctor to give her an all clear exam. It was ultimately resolved, but it was a wild story!
  • 8/23/2013 - 7:31am Eleanor Jones says
    I miss my days of being a reporter, sort of! Great blog. People are amazing.
  • 8/23/2013 - 7:28am Mary Garrett says
    Knowing I'll never run out of good books to read -- what a comforting thought! Thanks for a chuckle this morning, and the warning about snorting coffee.
  • 8/23/2013 - 7:26am Elizabeth Harper says
    A most generous and delightful giveaway indeed!! Love both these authors.
  • 8/23/2013 - 7:23am stacie amelotte says
    Awesome giveaway! Both of these series are on my TBR list. Totally addicted to cozies & these both look like fun reads. Fingers crossed to win. :) Thanks for the giveaways.
  • 8/23/2013 - 7:23am Cheryl Hollawell says
    The wonkiest story I ever heard is about the man who purchased an RV and is suing the company for several million dollars because he set the cruise control on the RV, went into the back of the vehicle to take a nap and thought the RV would just drive itself. He is suing because he said the RV manual was not clear that the car could not drive itself. Crazy! Btw...loved the new Dixie Hemingway book! I'm so looking forward to another and finding out what happens with Dixie and Ethan!!
  • 8/23/2013 - 7:21am Sharon Arab says
    Love the Cat Sitter Series!
  • 8/23/2013 - 7:21am LynDee says
    Good morning, everyone! I'm dashing out to day 1 of Killer Nashville, but thank you all so much for coming by to help this AMAZING cause, thank you Colby for hosting, and thanks to everyone for reading and saying sweet things about Nichelle! I will be back this afternoon to reply to everything and answer questions, but wanted to say hi and wish you all a lovely Friday morning. :)
  • 8/23/2013 - 7:21am Sharon Arab says
    Love the Cat Sitter Series!
  • 8/23/2013 - 7:17am donna musche says
    I love all your books i hope i win
  • 8/23/2013 - 7:17am LynDee Walker says
    I'm with you, Colby. That is the epitome of "better safe than sorry."
  • 8/23/2013 - 7:16am Diane Strouss says
    The wonkiest news story I've heard lately was the guy who called 911 because the deli wouldn't put extra mayo on his turkey sandwich.
  • 8/23/2013 - 7:14am Barbara Goettler says
    Great to find a new author (to me) that tells stories of mystery and mayhem with a fun twist! Love em! Thanks John, for directing me to Lyn Dee's site. I've read all of John's moms' books and John's. Can't wait to get started on Lyn's.
  • 8/23/2013 - 7:02am Lois Atchison says
    I am looking forward to reading both of these books. I am a retired police dispatcher and own a pet sitting business, so Dixie is right up my alley.........
  • 8/23/2013 - 6:59am Lynn Demsky says
    These both sound like such good reads, thanks for sharing all this information about the books and the authors! It'll help make me shove them to the top of my "too read" books! Thanks!
  • 8/23/2013 - 6:54am Rosemary Espinosa says
    I love good mystery novels & cozies. Thanks for all the hours of great entertainment.
  • 8/23/2013 - 6:52am Kristi Arbuckle says
    The cat sitter series is one of my absolute favorites! I'll have to start reading this other series now as well.
  • 8/23/2013 - 6:50am Millie Lill says
    I read in an Omaha paper that a body, hands tied behind its back and multiple gunshot wounds, was pulled out of the river. The police suspected foul play.
  • 8/23/2013 - 6:49am Wendi M. says
    WOW! A two-for-one giveaway. Love it...and thanks.
  • 8/23/2013 - 6:46am margo says
    Enjoy the fun element in these mysteries. The latest weird news story around here was the lady who called 911 because her cable went out! She couldn't believe that wasn't as important to the police as it was to her.
  • 8/23/2013 - 6:43am Barbara Baker says
    Nothing like a good mystery to make my day. Thanks for the chance to win one.
  • 8/23/2013 - 6:36am Michelle T. says
    I was JUST reading a news story about an exotic dancer's "flaming nipple tassels" setting of the smoke alarms in the club where she was performing!
  • 8/23/2013 - 6:29am Risa Rispoli says
    I love the stories...and I do have to day yours probably beat mine hands down!
  • 8/23/2013 - 6:27am Pamela Hargraves says
    Strangest one is about a woman who called the police because some horses had gotten loose and were in her yard holding her hostage in her house. These were our horses and would not hurt a flea!!!
  • 8/23/2013 - 6:15am Sheila Ruble says
    Once again, you have proven life is stranger than anything you can imagine. I loved these stories. I am new to your work, LynDee and I am loving it. Thanks for this article. Great stuff.
  • 8/22/2013 - 11:38pm Maer Wilson says
    Great post, LynDee!
  • 8/22/2013 - 11:22pm Kate Crumbley says
    you know some of the stuff you talked about covering is just so crazy that I don't think I would have been able make up if I tried. the body in the trunk in front of a cops house? wow.
  • 8/22/2013 - 11:22pm Hillary says
    Only in Texas! Not really but it sure seems like it sometimes! Can't wait to keep reading the Nichelle stories!!!
  • 8/22/2013 - 10:59pm LynDee Walker says
    I'm with you, Colby. That is the epitome of "better safe than sorry."
  • 8/22/2013 - 10:54pm Colby Marshall says
    I was just looking up some news stories here, and apparently people wanting to build things over graves is done way more than I'd have thought...but dang, I wouldn't want to test those waters just in case hauntings ARE real!
  • 8/22/2013 - 10:33pm LynDee Walker says
    Thanks, Kat! I love writing about Nichelle and her friends, and do indeed have many more stories to tell. And yes, I would never, ever sleep in such a house. I still shake my head when I think about that story.
  • 8/22/2013 - 10:24pm Kat Sheridan says
    It sounds as if you have fodder to fill plenty of novels, and all of them fun! WOW. I would freak the heck out if I thought my house was on top of a cemetary! And John, Siesta Key isn't that far from where I spend winters. I do enjoy books about "Florida beach crazies". LOL!

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