Friday, October 30, 2009

Hallopalooza Is Here!

Yeah, But Houdini Didn't Have These Hips – post #8


According to legend, it only took Harry Houdini 2 minutes and 27 seconds to escape a straightjacket while being suspended from a crane being used to build the New York City Subway. Mattie, Milla's brother, had tried to copy the renowned magician's feats when they were kids. He had Milla tie him up in their Dad's old bathrobe, but it still took Mattie more than 10 minutes to escape. He finally had just wriggled out of the contraption. But Mattie's fighting weight was 97 pounds and he had the hips of a snake.

The Amazing Harry, topping 240 pounds and hired by G. Winston Howard to entertain his guests, couldn't have wriggled his way out of a paper bag.



In fact, the most amazing part of Harry was the size of the ketchup stain on his starched white shirt. Milla assumed it was ketchup because the Amazing Harry hadn't missed a bite during the entire interview, sloppily dipping handfuls of French Fries into the condiment bowl on the table.



"Is that what you wore to the party?" Milla still needed to find someone in a warlock costume – even if it was just to eliminate him/her as a suspect.



He nodded. "Black tux. My normal costume."



Milla noticed that the color of the ketchup and the color of the shirt stain weren't the same red, and she didn't think the difference was made by Heinz. She'd have to ask Fletcher to collect the shirt and have the stain analyzed. Whoever stabbed Carla Jordan probably got a splattering of the assistant's blood.



Milla looked at her barely-touched plate. The hamburger was going cold, the French Fries limp. G. Winston Howard was providing lunch for all of his guests that were still detained on the estate awaiting interviews. Even though it had been more than twelve hours since she'd had any food, she couldn't eat. Sitting at a table with Amazing Harry had killed her appetite.



Next Clue Location - http://ellenbyerrum.livejournal.com/


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Welcome to Yeah, But Houdini Didn't Have These Hips! I'm a member of the St. Louis chapter of Sisters in Crime. Leave a comment on this post to be entered into a drawing to win a recent book from one of our members! In your comment, be sure to mention whether you prefer noir, craft cozies, thrillers, or paranormal romances. Thanks for stopping by, and good luck on The Stiletto Gang's Hallopalooza Scavenger Hunt!

23 comments:

Dru said...

It's coming along - still no clue but I'm figuring things out.

I like craft cozies or thrillers.

MaxWriter said...

I'm having fun.

Chris V. said...

I love cozies! Fun read so far.

DarcyO said...

There have been some great clues, just trying to figure out who it could be.

dlodden at frontiernet dot net

David said...

Ketchup stains, eh?

speer dot david at gmail

Julie Godfrey Miller said...

A mysterious red stain, a broken glass, an escape artist, a makeup artiste ... Wow, what a story this is turning out to be.

Julie
jagmiller5 at gmail dot com

librarymom said...

Things are getting interesting...I love any kind of mystery but my favorite is paranormal romance.
kpg813@gmail.com

PK the Bookeemonster said...

Ah ha! That reminds me that lunch is coming up ...
PK the Bookeemonster
peakae@aol.com

CrystalGB said...

I am enjoying this story.
I like paranormal romances.

Crystal816{at}hotmail{dot}com

Janel said...

I love cozies the feature crafts or food! I am having so much fun with Hallopalooza.

jgbeads(at)gmail(dot)com

The Stiletto Gang said...

Leaving a comment for Suzy -


Ahhh.

Gazing into my crystal ball, I vaguely see a shadowy figure trying to surface in the forefront of the crowd. Could this be the shadow of dearly departed Carla trying to reveal who her killer is? I love all mysteries, but prefer paranormal such as ghostly ones, not gory ones. Thanks for your participation in Hallopalooza! Suzy

thorntonks@yahoo.com

Jane said...

Noir or thriller for me. Yes, the Amazing Harry has thrown a monkey wrench into this puzzle.

jbh307 at bellsouth dot net

pinkember said...

I am getting hungry for fries but I will continue my search.

I like cozies.

Helen Kiker hdkiker@comcast.net

Anne said...

I am really enjoying this. I have not figured it out yet. I really like to cozy.
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brizmus said...

Things are getting interesting, indeed. . .

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pennyt said...

I'm enjoying following the clues and entering the contests - I'm a cozy mystery fan if I should be lucky enough to win.

Penny
pennyt@hotmail.com

Char said...

This is a blast!! I am enjoying this regardless if I am lucky enough to win or not. I like cozy mysteries and thrillers.

Thanks for being part of this Halloween fun!


pawsnstamp@crestviewcable.com

Tara W said...

I'm still trying to figure it out.
I prefer paranormal romances.

mizztuts AT bellsouth DOT net

M. said...

Hi my first time here - what fun!

I think I'd like noir, if given a choice.

mayamissani AT yahoo DOT ca

kaisquared said...

Could red stains be red herrings?



I like all mysteries, but prefer paranormal or noir.


emmasmom AT wi DOT rr DOT com

Gink said...

Hmm, while I'm guessing the red stain could be blood, I kinda doubt it's Carla's, but then who knows. Anything is still possible!

Dori (dc.gink@gmail.com)

shirley said...

And the clues go on ...

Great fun. I like thrillers or cozies.

Boots9k

Sarahlynn said...

Thank you all for playing! I'll announce the winner tonight. :)