By Author S. Furlong-Bolliger
Appearing in issue 15, April 15, 2013For sale date: April 4, 2013
Tag line: Mrs. Whortle was in the right place at the right time – which was bad news for the tire-slasher!Police characters: Officer Christine Bell
The gist: Someone slashed all four times of Nate Spencer’s sports car in the night. He discovered it the next morning.Crime scene: On the street in front of his house.
Clues: Mrs. Whortle, Nate’s elderly neighbor, had been driving late last night and saw what she perceived to be a man dressed in black running from Nate’s car. When asked why she thought it was a man she replied “who else could have done this kind of damage?” As she drove past the ‘man’ she saw that he got into a parked car and she saw the vanity plate in her rear view mirror. It said HOT. Nate believes that stood for Harold O’Toole, his partner.Suspects: According to Nate there were plenty of people who would slash his tires. His co-worker Harold O’Toole had been furious that Nate got the promotion and had threatened that he’d get even. Nate’s ex-wife wanted the car in the divorce and Nate wouldn’t let her have it. She worked at a successful home brokerage by the name of Topsell Offices and Homes. Nate also claimed that his brother had lost a bet on a game and was mad about it.
Red herrings: Nate seemed to have a lot of people who would have a reason to slash his tires. I don’t know that they are so much red herrings as much as Nate is a bit of a jerk that nobody likes.Solution: That’s it…that’s all you get. Can you solve it from the above info? Officer Bell did.
My two cents: The author did a good job of making the victim an unlikeable character. That makes it harder to find your suspect. I was thinking of slashing his tires when he whispered to Officer Bell that his nice elderly neighbor lady, who was trying to help give the officer some valuable information, was a busybody, and then he proceeded to roll his eyes.I don’t think tire-slasher as used in the above tag line should have a dash. WW did that. Those things are out of the control of the author. And WW always uses a lot of exclamation points. Not my favorite thing. Looks very high school to me, but that is also out of our control.