Time to Start Plotting My Next Rocky Bluff crime novel

I just finished the first draft of the Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery to come out in the fall of 2011. It will go through vetting by my critique group and I'll do more edits before I send it off to my publisher. My next Rocky Bluff P.D. crime novel, Angel Lost, is having an outside edit before I sent it off to the publisher of that series for a January or February 2011.

So that means it is time to start gathering ideas for my next Rocky Bluff crime novel. At the moment I have nothing. No ideas. Nada.

In Angel Lost, an ongoing plot is taken care of and I don't think there's much more I need to do about that.

I need some funny things to happen to Gordon Butler--he seems to be a hit with many of my readers--but they need to be things that aren't always his fault. I certainly don't want him to get fired.

What kind of murder should I have someone commit? Who should be the victim? Any ideas for a scary villain?

I have a file full of newspaper clippings and notes. Time to get them out and see if anything jiggles my imagination.

All ideas appreciated--and if I use it, I'll give you credit in the book.



WS Gager said…
I think Mr. Butler should have a love interest or infatuation that is a con artist. She uses him and then could get killed by someone she double crosses. Just a thought!
Good Luck!
W.S. Gager
Mason Canyon said…
Butler starts being gone without explanation. Suddenly the times he's gone crimes are being committed in a nearby town. Things that are taken, Butler is seen with similar items or he has expensive items he normally wouldn't have. Finally the description they get sounds a lot like Butler. The criminal is someone he arrested out to make him a scapegoat by pretending to be him. His disappearance can be tied to something like helping out a widow woman, working in a soup kitchen or some kind act he didn't want known. The items could be on loan from someone or items he's working on for someone.

His disappearances could be related to a medical problem where he blacks out and doesn't remember, but nothing life threatening.

Sorry I ramble on at times. Good luck with the book. I've fell in love with this series.

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