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Langley Murders #2

So here we are, last day of mystery weekend. We’ve had a wonderful time staying at Harbor House in Freeland here on Whidbey. Yesterday morning, an eagle swooped by right outside the window, and I got this incredible shot of a heron taking a stroll on the beach. The house itself is wonderful, comfortably furnished, and well appointed. We’ve been doing this for a decade now, and I think this is our favorite house so far!

Alas, it’s almost time to pack up from our lovely temporary home and head back into Langley for another day of questioning suspects and gathering clues. At this point, this twisted mystery (Loretta Martin weaves a wonderfully convoluted tale) is leading down multiple paths. Murders are usually dependent on means, motive, and opportunity. The trick that we’ve learned over the years of attending the Langley Mystery Weekend is to follow the motive. The evidence points to multiple suspects, and it’s not until the reveal that you get the information to make the true conclusion. So this year, I’ve decided to try a different tack.
To get into the mind of a mystery writer, even one so accomplished as Loretta Martin, one must think like a mystery writer. So, I have pulled out my notes from my “Plot Your Mystery” workshop from the Book Passage Mystery writer’s conference.  If this was a mystery I was writing, I’d chart my suspects in a spiral starting with those who had most motive, means, and opportunity closest to my victim (the unfortunate Stone Fissure in this case). Closest on the spiral to the center, where the victim is, are those with the most motive, plus the means and opportunity. As I go further out on the spiral, I list the suspects by reduction in the three primary factors. Now,  I think I’ve got it narrowed down  to two suspects;  Natalie Drezed or Shari Fissure, but it’s going to take a day of questioning shady characters, apparently in the rain. We’ll see how wet and cold we get before we give up, name a suspect and flee the February San Juan Islands weather…

Langley Murders

Murder Time! 

Every year there is a murder in Langley, Washington. There are a few constants about these crimes. They always happens the third weekend of February. They always create a stir. And they are always solved. They are also the most fun that you can possibly have when staring at a crime scene and trying to suss out the clues hidden there. It’s possibly the best Mystery Weekend event in the country. (If anyone knows of a better one, let me know!)  Detectives from all over the country (and even from outside the country!) show up to solve the case. My family has been making an event of it for more than a decade now, renting a house and having a mini-reunion while sorting clues and weeding out the guilty party.
I’ll be Instagraming the mystery as it unfolds, and will be hopefully be blogging along here as well. It’s time to do some sleuthing!