NO MONEY, NO FRIENDS, NO JOB
THE POLICE THINK SHE'S THE KILLER
QUESTION: WHATEVER WILL SHE DO?
ANSWER: LIKE ANY SENSIBLE WOMAN, SHE REINVENTS HERSELF
The Inconvenient Corpse and its heroine Grace Cassidy leaped into life during a trip to Northern California with a friend. We stayed at a charming B&B that was hosted by a Mrs. Smith, Inn-sitter. This amiable woman told us that her calendar was filled two years in advance. She spent one whole morning spinning stories about the eccentric guests who had stayed there. I thank her for both that and for the delicious breakfasts and afternoon teas.
While Connie, my friend, took company-required computer classes, I walked through streets filled with Victorian houses that led to the beach. I returned exhausted, threw myself on the handmade counterpane, and said to the empty room, "What if I'd found a dead body in this bed?" (I know, I know. But that's how my mind works!)
From that experience, and after we returned home to Tulsa and our regular walks through our east Tulsa neighborhood, the Grace Cassidy series was developed. I also owe a lot to Connie for her insights and for the solution to the niggling question: what happened to the naked dead guy's clothes?