Rhys writing rapidly on Tuesday night, because we leave Arizona at dawn tomorrow to drive back to California. Great pity as the weather has just become stellar--80 degrees and brilliant blue skies and the wildflowers about to come out.
Never mind, I'm only in CA for a few days before it's off to Hawaii. Writing isn't such a bad life after all! But Carola's title struck a chord with me because I'm in the throes of taxes, or rather getting everything together so that the tax man can make sense of things--having two offices doesn't make life easier. And I'm also constantly thinking about killing people because I'm in the middle of a new Molly book and I think I've worked out a fiendishly clever plot twist. Whaaaa haaa.
But I've never much gone in for the clever ways of murder like the speckled band. In fact most of my victims get bumped off in primitive ways--shoved off cliffs, bashed over the head, stabbed, shot. However, I've become a little more subtle in my upcoming Molly book, In a Gilded Cage. I'll say no more but the killer is quite clever.
I think the whole genre has shifted from whodunit to whydunit, from plot to character. The personal life of the sleuth, the pyschologogical profile of the murderer are now more important than decuding that the victim was killed by a curare tipped cigar. I must say I've always been a fan of the clever puzzle and most mysteries on TV are so easy that I find myself shouting out after scene one, "It's the brother, you idiots."
But if the character of the sleuth doesn't grab me, then I'm not willing to follow along even with the cleverest plot.
And to finish with a piece of breaking news: A Royal Pain has been nominated for the Agatha best novel! The competition is formidable: Louise Penny, Anne Perry, Julia Spencer-Fleming and Donna Andrews so I'm not expecting to come away with a teapot this year, but it is super to be nominated again.