Saturday, October 6, 2012
Going To The Dogs
At Elaine's (my wife's) urging, I'm trying to bring her hobby of dog breeding, which we've discussed here before in some of my earlier posts, into Roger and Suzanne's fictional world of mysteries and whodunits. There are two noteworthy efforts to tell you about thus far:
(1) For Roger and Suzanne Trivia buffs we can pose the following questions and the source of the answers. What was Roger Bowman's first case as a P.I.? What very unusual fee was he paid? Who was his most unusual client ever? The answers are in a new 2,000-word short story, "The Dog with No Name", available free on Erika Szabo's blog at http://www.erikamszabo.com. Go on over and take a look. Enjoy the story. It's a little bit different than my usual style.
(2) Currently under construction is a new book, tentatively entitled "The Deadly Dogshow". I can promise that no dogs will be killed or injured to advance the plot, but can't make any such promises with regards to the human characters. In fact I can almost certainly promise that one or more humans will be killed in this story. Suzanne and Roger have bought a dog (Juliet, a German Shorthaired Pointer, of course). Bruce, among his many other talents, turns out to be a skilled dog trainer and handler so will be a featured player in all doggie subplots from here on. Robert is getting old enough to help Bruce train the dog, so will also get more toner than he used to in these stories. For the old-timers here: remember when that used to be ink?
There are also bit and pieces of several other short stories and one or two novels being worked on. Current plans for the next South American book will take our characters to The Galapagos Islands to mix biology and murder in one of the most special places in the world, located off the coast of Ecuador. They will also get a chance to visit Alaska to investigate a homicidal bear.
Now, if I can only find the time to write all of these stories........