STRANGER THAN NONFICTION, TOO! Have you folks been following “the Presley plot?” No, not my brilliant, best-selling novel, but the Ricin-laced letters that have been sent to President Obama and Senator Roger Wicker of Mississippi? Whoa, talk about art imitating life! The true (and thoroughly bizarre tale) took place in….. Tupelo, Mississippi. (The first major stop on my upcoming book tour!) Get this….. one of the participants is an Elvis impersonator and the other worked in an insurance office! (Do you think my book, THE PRESLEY PLOT, had a big influence on these clowns?)
The fellow that was first arrested (Paul Kevin Curtis) was apparently framed by a fellow impersonator (James Everett Dutschke) and was totally surprised when the F.B.I. showed up. He thought he was being accused of sending “rice” in the mail! (No joking.) The poor guy had never heard of Ricin. The feds arrested Curtis on some flimsy intelligence… First, he had an Uncle Ben. Second, his girlfriend was pregnant when he married her, so the crowd threw “puffed rice” when they came out of the church. Third, Curtis was a “kernel” in the Mississippi National Guard! (My wife, Patty, wrote these last 3 jokes. She knows a lot about rice. You might say she’s a “rice Patty.”)
I will be in Tupelo for a book signing/speaking engagement on May 12th and 13th, so I will keep you informed of the case. From there we head to Birmingham, Atlanta, Charleston, and then down to Boca Raton. My wife’s cousin, the S.W.A.T. team guy, will be “house-sitting” while we’re gone. I really like the guy, but he asked me if he could bring his “bitch.” (His word, not mine.) He travels with a Belgian Malinois, but I’m told he keeps her on a “tight leash” and that her bark is worse than her bite. I’ve never met her, but I hear she’s a real dog. Oh well, to each their own.
Hey, can somebody explain something to me? Why do we bother to wash bath towels? Aren’t we clean when we use them? Just saying.
I have had a VERY busy week promoting my new book, MURDER ON MAIDEN LANE. On Tuesday, I spoke in Giddings, Texas, a charming little town southeast of Austin. My hosts were very nice, and they seemed to be impressed that I knew something about the history of their town. (Which was built on part of the land granted to Stephen F. Austin in 1821 for a colony in Spanish, Texas!) The population of Giddings is 5,105, but there are 19 churches in town, so as you can see, Lee County might be called “The Holy Land.”
On Thursday I had my very first interview by a New York magazine dedicated to reviewing newly published novels. I spent a full hour on the telephone, chatting about this and that, and promoting THE PRESLEY PLOT and MURDER ON MAIDEN LANE. Two months from now, a full-length book review will be available, and when I get it, I will post it on this blog. The reporter will be reviewing the second book, which he seemed to like on the telephone.
Meanwhile….. Miss Emily (the world’s best typist) is busy at work, typing my first nonfiction book, THE SECOND MOURNING. Marketing will begin sometime in July or August, so keep your fingers crossed for me. I began my final editing process for the third “Adam Gold Mystery” on Wednesday. The book is called DEVIL’S COVE, and thanks to my art director, Rachel Zell, we came up with another wonderful book cover. (Think of a mysterious-looking cove, engulfed in fog!)
Due to popular demand (from the bar staff) I shall be returning to the poker tables starting today. I will be playing in this evening’s poker tournament at the Waterloo Ice House, and again on Thursday evening at the “Bi-Monthly Cut-Throat, Don’t Even Try To Bluff Tourney” at Steiner Ranch. Wish me luck! (Did you know that poker was invented by sailors from New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1829? They spread the game via riverboat, and the original version used a 20-card deck.)
I have been accused of not playing with a full deck, but as you know, I am much like the weather in Texas. (No, not a “blow hard!”) I refer to the fact that I am immune to criticism! Hence, I shall now sign off, and prepare for tonight’s inevitable poker victory! Have a wonderful week….. Love to all…..