It's always fun to visit Seattle Mystery Bookshop, where I signed copies of my latest Blood of the Reich, a Nazi-contemporary thriller set in the North Cascades, Tibet, and Germany. Owners and staff are a fount of information about all kinds of things novelistic and lurid, including today's discussion, which was, 'Could you commit the perfect murder?' Obviously JB, Fran and company have read deeply and well (warning: detectives and patrol cops use the store too) and know the ins and outs of the murder game. We also talked about Area 51, the Nazi pursuit of secret power sources and futuristic aircraft, and art theft...much more enjoyable than the debate over replacing the Alaska viaduct.
So how to murder? Ideally a stranger, or have a stranger do it. No body. No murder, ideally; make it look like an accident. But be careful about being too clever in your methods, lest your research or tools leave a trail. Oh, and dump the victim in New Mexico, they advised; decomposition is swift. But don't leave weapon wounds on skull and bones!
So, come on down to Seattle Mystery Bookshop and hone your homicide skills. Or, just buy a book - like mine!