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lakesidecallas
Apr 15, 2011 7:14 PM CST
Name: Susan B
East TN
Sam Bowden lay on his back under a high Saturday sun, eyes closed, right hand clasping the fading chill of half a can of beer.
Imagedahlianut
Apr 16, 2011 6:27 AM CST
Name: Dahlianut
Calgary, AB Zone 3a
Is it cheating to use googleguy? Can we work together or do we have to guess all by our lonesome?
porkpal
Apr 16, 2011 6:55 AM CST
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
Ooooh, sounds familiar...
Porkpal
Imagedahlianut
Apr 16, 2011 6:58 AM CST
Name: Dahlianut
Calgary, AB Zone 3a
Hints? Like genre? LOL I'm already looking for hints Hilarious! porkpal you're just saying that cuz there's beer involved Rolling my eyes.
porkpal
Apr 16, 2011 7:49 AM CST
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
Well, could be...
Porkpal
ImageDonkeyJay
Apr 16, 2011 8:10 AM CST
Name: Jay
northeastern New Mexico
Zone 5b, in the foothills @ 7100'
I'm pretty sure it's cheating to use googleguy, especially at the beginning.

Do we get more than one sentence at some point?

I have little confidence in any enterprise or business or investment that promises dividends only after the death of the stockholders.
lakesidecallas
Apr 16, 2011 2:50 PM CST
Name: Susan B
East TN
How about every 24 hrs a new line? Or should it be every 12?
ImageDonkeyJay
Apr 16, 2011 4:10 PM CST
Name: Jay
northeastern New Mexico
Zone 5b, in the foothills @ 7100'
24 is good for me...
I'm going to try guessing the genre first... SW mystery?
I have little confidence in any enterprise or business or investment that promises dividends only after the death of the stockholders.
Imagedahlianut
Apr 16, 2011 4:30 PM CST
Name: Dahlianut
Calgary, AB Zone 3a
I think it's a mystery too Smiling
lakesidecallas
Apr 16, 2011 6:26 PM CST
Name: Susan B
East TN
Correct! Although I don't know what the SW means?

2nd line: He was aware of the nearness of Carol. Digestion of the picnic lunch was proceeding comfortably.

Hint: first name starts with a J.
ImageDonkeyJay
Apr 16, 2011 6:36 PM CST
Name: Jay
northeastern New Mexico
Zone 5b, in the foothills @ 7100'
Who's first name? Confused

Mostly I think the SW means the 4-corner states (NM, AZ, CO, UT), though sometimes west TX, NV & the lower inland half of CA seems to fall into it.
I have little confidence in any enterprise or business or investment that promises dividends only after the death of the stockholders.
Imagedahlianut
Apr 16, 2011 7:17 PM CST
Name: Dahlianut
Calgary, AB Zone 3a
Ditto on the name thingy. Interesting DJ on the SW def. I don't think of CO at all as being in SW. Probably cuz we have always bonded as mountain peoples. I do think west TX is in though. So when I refer to SW it's NM, AZ, UT and west TX. What do other peoples think?
ImageDonkeyJay
Apr 16, 2011 7:37 PM CST
Name: Jay
northeastern New Mexico
Zone 5b, in the foothills @ 7100'
So why UT & not CO? Hilarious! I mean, the winter Olympics were held in Park City... those are some serious mountains. And UT is completely right next to CO. NM contains the southern end of the Rockies... I live in their foothills.
I have little confidence in any enterprise or business or investment that promises dividends only after the death of the stockholders.
Imagedahlianut
Apr 16, 2011 7:48 PM CST
Name: Dahlianut
Calgary, AB Zone 3a
I know you do dear DJ and I have RM buddies in Los Alamos and Sante Fay. I have no snickling about why I think NM is in the SW but I just do. Funky weird. Utah I include cuz all my other SW buddies usually do. Really what do I know? I'm in a blizzard right now. Methinks I may be suffering from snow blindness Hilarious!
ImageDonkeyJay
Apr 16, 2011 8:01 PM CST
Name: Jay
northeastern New Mexico
Zone 5b, in the foothills @ 7100'
OF course NM is in the SW... and so is CO (that's the one you don't think is in the SW & is). Hilarious! Maybe you have brain freeze?

So, Susan, is this a southwestern mystery?
I have little confidence in any enterprise or business or investment that promises dividends only after the death of the stockholders.
lakesidecallas
Apr 17, 2011 8:07 AM CST
Name: Susan B
East TN
I don't know about the SW! I don't think so. It's not a Hillerman.

The writers first name starts with a J. (sorry, it was late)

I'm going out of town until Mon eve (going to the Mammoth Cave!) so here is the next line:

Jamie and Bucky were thrashing around in the brush on the small hill behind the little beach, and Sam knew that it would soon be time for eleven-year-old Jamie to send six-year-old Bucky down to them to ask if it wasn't time to go back into the water.

Hint: copyright 1957.

Major clue coming Monday night!
ImageDonkeyJay
Apr 17, 2011 9:14 AM CST
Name: Jay
northeastern New Mexico
Zone 5b, in the foothills @ 7100'
Beach?! Not the SW... that takes out J.A. Jance

Have fun!

Our clues so far...
a mystery
takes place near a beach (at least part of the time)
written around 1957
Author's first name starts w/a "J"
Characters are Sam Bowden, Carol, Bucky & Jamie (who are children)

Hmmm.... Confused
I have little confidence in any enterprise or business or investment that promises dividends only after the death of the stockholders.
lakesidecallas
Apr 18, 2011 10:09 PM CST
Name: Susan B
East TN
OK, I'm back from Mammoth Cave. Fun and interesting but exhausting!

Now, where were we??

Other years Nancy would have been racing and whooping with the younger kids.
But this year Nancy was fourteen, and this year she had brought a guest along- a fifteen-year-old boy named Pike Foster.

Hint- he is the favorite writer of a MAJOR (read $$$$$$$$) fiction writer.
ImageDonkeyJay
Apr 19, 2011 7:15 AM CST
Name: Jay
northeastern New Mexico
Zone 5b, in the foothills @ 7100'
Jack Higgins?
I have little confidence in any enterprise or business or investment that promises dividends only after the death of the stockholders.
lakesidecallas
Apr 19, 2011 10:15 AM CST
Name: Susan B
East TN
Thumbs down Sorry! (remember the copyright date!)

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