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.