Victor Borge is famous for saying, "A smile is the shortest distance between two people." We agree.

Recently, on another mystery listserve, there was a lengthy discussion about whether humor has any place in a good mystery. It never crossed our minds that it didn't. One of our favorite reviews of Murder Off the Books, is by Kathryn R. Wall (author of the wonderful Bay Tanner series). She wrote, "Humor sparkles on every page."

We definitely believe that our mystery will confound you -- as it should. But along with the thrills and chills of murder and mayhem, we also hope you have some laughs. In fact, we hope you laugh out loud.

For us, humor is as important as oxygen. In our mystery, it also serves to vary the pace of the story. Will Shakespeare taught us the need for a little comic relief, even in the midst of tragedy.

When creating our hero, Mac Sullivan, we gave him a dry sense of humor, much like our own. Readers get to know a guy who can laugh at the absurdities of life, as well as himself. He's not a laugh-a-minute comic, there is a killer loose for heavens sake!, but he does see the humor in his situation. We hope you do too.

Cheers!

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Comment by Kathryn Lilley on July 4, 2007 at 3:21am
I love humor in mysteries. I'll look for your book!
Comment by Evelyn David on May 1, 2007 at 3:58pm
Laughing really is the only way to get through some days - in real life and in fiction. Let us know how you like the book.
Comment by Donna Moore on May 1, 2007 at 3:23pm
I shall definitely be looking for your book - I love humourous crime fiction - from the ones that make you smile wryly to the ones that give you a huge belly laugh.

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