Crime Fiction News Break


 

Links You’ll Want

Laurie R. King Literary Salon

Big Little Lies comes to HBO

The Wolfe Pack

A Deadly Orientation

D.S. Nelsonย 

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22 responses to “Crime Fiction News Break

  1. In a Christmassy mood, Margot…

  2. Thanks for the shout out Margot and the tip off. I posted on my Facebook page but can’t seem to tag you annoyingly. Now I’m off to check the window locks!

    • I’d check them carefully if I were you, D.S. – you never know… ๐Ÿ˜‰ – And it’s my pleasure to mention your work. I wish you all success with A Deadly Orientation!

  3. Very suspicious indeed. Thanks for the heads-up, Margot! I’ll be sure to keep an eye out. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. Oh, I didn’t know they were making Big Little Lies – hope it comes over here sometime!

    I think the hat’s a dead giveaway – the villain must be you! Don’t get stuck in any of those chimneys now…

    • Moi?! *mock shock* Really, FictionFan! ๐Ÿ˜‰ You know, I could tell you about it all. But then…well…. ๐Ÿ˜‰ –

      About Big Little Lies…I hope it comes your way, too. I’ve not seen a trailer or anything yet, but it could be quite good.

  5. I hope Santa is wearing a bulletproof vest. Rumour has it that there are plenty of guns in North American households ;^)

    Come to think of it, that would actually make a good crime novel. Who killed Santa Clause …

    • That would make a good crime plot, Hervey. In fact, I know there’ve been a few crime plots where someone dresses up as Santa/Father Crhistmas and is killed during the festivities.

  6. Always enjoy the news breaks, Margot. Love the hat. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. OMG! that person used to haunt us every year around 25th December and we were not alone, various others sighted him too. His swag was on his back, he used to vanish as if into thin air – gone up in smoke – and rumour was he had several accomplices disguised as some sort of deer. Of course those maintaining they’d sighted him all admitted to having been at the sherry and port and so their testimony was deemed unreliable. Now he has crossed the pond and is dropping in on unsuspecting innocents over there. He might be the same person. Has anyone heard ‘Ho,Ho, Ho,’ at all? Dead give-away. Keep ’em peeled. ๐Ÿ™‚ Check your mince pies and sherry supplies. He gets the munchies when on the job!

    • You did see him, then, Jane? I admit you’re right about checking the validity of some of those stories. People who report sightings do tend to like their eggnog, port and sherry. So yes, it’s all a little questionable. But quite honestly, your eyewitness testimony squares with the other reports we’ve had here at Crime Fiction News Break. I’m inclined to think there’s definitely a story here. If I were you, I’d take precautions. I’ve even heard this perpetrator has a whole sweatshop of people who help him to fence these goods and ‘launder’ them. We’re still checking into that, so I can’t be sure. But this sounds like a much bigger thing than just one person getting into one home.

      • I gather it has been going on decades but with so few eye-witness reports it’s been hard to verify the details. He has a unique way of gaining access to premises, often using a chimney place to enter, and some reports say his get-away vehicle is some sort of sleigh. Investigations are underway into sweat-shop allegations, and numerous fences may well be implicated in helping ‘shift’ the booty. Money-laundering is most likely on a huge scale. Interpol, Europol, and numerous other agencies are investigating, but the suspect and his accomplices are slippery, vanishing into thin air apparently without a trace though there has been talk of a hide-out in Lapland. We are dealing with a monstrous intellect and an inventive and imaginative being without boundaries or scruples. He must have inside help. Whole families must be aiding and abetting him and his gang, otherwise how could he possibly invade so many homes, apparently unseen and leave again without being challenged…a sly, sleigh-riding rotund man and ‘helpers’ dressed in red can hardly be missed. Further investigation is required. This is bigger than we thought.

        • I think it is, Jane. And I can confirm that we here at Crime Fiction News Break have received word that there are families who actually contact this master-criminal. They write him letters, which come from many different parts of the world. That would seem to me to support what you’ve found about this person being aided and abetted by families. The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency (NOAA) has even tracked this criminal on their radars! So far, he hasn’t been caught, but my guess is that he’s got lots of help we don’t even know about at this point. There’s even word that he’s in league with manufacturers everywhere. We’ll need to keep working on this story.

        • You must update me as soon as you hear anything. I’m wondering if we need to set up a sting. What do you think? Going undercover as one of his gang perhaps? Staking out various known contacts – anyone who has claimed to have had a visit but never saw him (allegedly). Lay a trap with carrots for the get-away gang and perhaps sherry/port and mince pies to tempt him out of the shadows. I hear he is such a legend, they have written/recorded songs about him! Imagine that. One Santa is coming to town boasts about us ‘better watch out, better take care…’ a threat if ever there was, rubbing our noses in it…’Santa is coming to town,’ well, he better watch out. I think someone has recruited some elves to infiltrate his workers and gang. Keep ’em peeled. This master criminal is a slippery toad.

        • A slippery toad, indeed, Jane.Perhaps we can work with some of the international agencies to look into this more carefully. I say we start working on this straight away! Interesting how such a master criminal can become such a legend. Well, people have written other songs about outlaws… ๐Ÿ˜‰

  8. Always enjoy the newsbreak, and what a good thing that you are there to warn us about those strange goings-on later in the month – you are community-minded indeed Margot!

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