Monday, October 24, 2011


This week we’re tasked with choosing Halloween costumes for our fellow bloggers. Here’s a little secret, though: We don’t all know each other very well. Some of us have never met, and others have only met briefly. So really, all we know about each other is the types of mysteries everyone writes.

My fellow Monday blogger, Sue Ann Jaffarian, is an eclectic writer. Her three series are completely different from each other, covering cozy mystery, paranormal cozy mystery, and soft-boiled vampire mystery. Therefore, I’m dressing Sue Ann up as Eve White, the protagonist in The Three Faces of Eve.

Rebecca Cantrell writes about Berlin in the 1930’s. I’m dressing her as Lola-Lola, the Marlene Dietrich character in The Blue Angel.

Since Josh Corin has sold TV rights to his Esme series, he gets to go trick or treating in a tuxedo for his red carpet appearance at the Emmy Awards.

Tracy Kiely must wear Regency attire, but just to mix things up a bit, I’m having her go as Elizabeth Bennett, Vampire Slayer, from Seth Grahame-Smith’s Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.

Graham Brown has to be James Bond because even though he’s American, he’s got a definite shaken-not-stirred air about him. Just take a look at his picture on the sidebar. I dare you to disagree with me. He certainly makes a better James Bond than Daniel Craig, IMHO.

Because Kelli Stanley writes a Roman Noir series, she gets to go as a Roman Centurion.

Michael Wiley wrote a book called The Last Striptease. You know what I’m going to dress him as, right? He gets to be Gypsy Rose Lee.

Meredith Cole caused me all sorts of problems, trying to figure out a costume for her. I finally decided to cop out and dress her head to toe in stylish black jeans, black boots, and a black shirt. Why? Because she’s lived in NY and has set her books there.

Gabriella Herkert writes the Animal Instinct Mysteries, so I’m dressing her in safari gear. She can be Jane Goodall.

Reece Hirsch is a lawyer by day, a mystery author who writes about lawyers by night. Sorry, Reece, but you have to go out trick or treating as a shark.

Gary Phillips writes noir, but he’s got a thing for donuts. I’m dressing him as the “Time to Make the Donuts” Dunkin’ Donut guy.

Hilary Davidson wears many hats. One of them is as a ghost writer for a famous author. Hilary, get the white sheet out. You’re going as a ghost.

Last but not least, we have our final blogger, Vicki Delany, a very prolific Canadian crime writer. I hope you look good in red, Vicki, because I’m dressing you as a Mountie. But not just any Mountie. You get to go as the quintessential Mountie, Dudley Do-Right.

Happy Halloween, all!

Lois Winston writes the Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mysteries series. The first book, Assault With A Deadly Glue Gun, was a January 2011 release and received starred reviews from both Publishers Weekly and Booklist. Death by Killer Mop Doll will be a January 2012 release. Visit Lois at and Anastasia at the Killer Crafts & Crafty Killers blog,


Michael Wiley said...

Finally a dignified costume. Thanks, Lois!

Sue Ann Jaffarian said...

Great choices! Michael, you MUST post photos on the blog of you in costume.

Meredith Cole said...

Hey--how come you guessed my costume? You must know us better than you think, Lois!

Graham Brown said...

Ha ha - too funny. If I was Bond he would lose the keys to the Austin Martin just when he needed to chase Spectre.

Lois Winston said...

Glad you all liked them. Definitely want to see pictures of all of you in costume. And Graham, I'll craft you a lanyard to keep a spare set of keys around your neck.

Kelli Stanley said...

Ha! Time to polish up the armor. A lot of fun, Lois, thanks!