*Today's lesson: the cozy mystery. Cozies are a subgenre of mystery that generally involve an amateur sleuth, frequently female, who is dismissed by police as a 'busybody.' The most important aspect of the cozy is the setting--the story takes place in a small community where residents know each other and relationships are important to the investigation. (Think Miss Marple or Jessica Fletcher.)*
The investigation continued after my decision to look for witnesses in the death of the Old Balloon Seller. I looked around the house for potential interviewees, knowing that he came from a close-knit community of Royal Doulton figurines. However, I had heard they were a tight-lipped bunch.
The first potential witness was Tuppence a Bag, who had nothing to say. She did, however, sing remarkably like Julie Andrews.
Silks and Ribbons seemed a little out of it...I had a notion there was more in her basket than just a fabric stash.
My last interview was with Schoolmarm. I was hesitant to even talk to the B, as I was still a little perturbed about the last witness, and I heard that teachers were big drinkers. As a matter of fact, she was in the middle of teaching geography, but took notice of me just long enough to say "Bunco" in a harsh, two pack-a-day-followed-by-a-tall-Johnnie-Walker sort of voice.
It was just what I needed. A clue.