On The Bench

Gosh! I wish I could do that!

What special skill or characteristic does your sleuth have that you wish you did, too?
  • Terry Ambrose:

    For this question, I’m going to fall back on my old friend, McKenna from the Trouble in Paradise mysteries. You see, McKenna remembers a lot from his childhood. I don’t. In a way, not remembering the past has haunted me most of my life. Oddly enough, I recently learned that one of my cousins is exactly like me. Her sisters remember their childhoods in detail, but she, like me, has almost no memory of those days. I think it would be nice to be a bit more like McKenna and know more about my past. 

  • Nancy J. Cohen:

    Marla isn’t afraid to speak her mind and snoop where she doesn’t belong. These can get her into trouble as well as help her solve crimes. She has a lot more courage than I do. If I stumbled upon a body, I’d probably run in the other direction. Or… I might stay and take notes.

  • Debra H. Goldstein:

    Although the series features Sarah Blair, it is her beloved Siamese cat, RahRah, that I’d like to emulate. RahRah takes no guff, knows how to lay in the sun, allows people to wait on him, and is self-confident. What more does one need to survive? 

  • Cheryl Hollon:

    Miranda Trent, the sleuth of the Paint and Shine series, can brew moonshine from the herbs and garden produce in her eastern Kentucky farmhouse. I’m so jealous that she has the equipment and skill to recreate her grandfather’s famous recipes.

  • Diane A.S. Stuckart:

    My sleuth from the Georgia B&B Mystery series, Nina Fleet, has finally found her own voice, and she is no longer afraid to totally change direction when she realizes she’s not living for herself. I admire her clarity and gumption and would like to be more like her. 

  • Maggie Toussaint:

    Sleuth Tabby Winslow is someone I admire. She knows who she is and she has a plan for the future. She creates very cool candles for my A Magic Candle Shop Mystery Series, and I’ve always wanted to make candles. But the thing I dearly love is her willingness to do anything to help others. She helps clear their names, using all of her psychic talents. While I’m not a psychic myself, I would love to be able to give other people energy boosts when needed.

  • Lois Winston

    Anastasia Pollack, the reluctant amateur sleuth in my Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mysteries, has far more compassion and patience that I do, especially when it comes to her nasty communist mother-in-law. She often counts to a thousand when dealing with Lucille. Counting to a million never worked for me when it came to my own communist mother-in-law.

That's it for us. Now that you know character envy we all have, it's your turn to tell us what special skill or characteristic you'd love to have from one of your favorite characters.


2 thoughts on “Gosh! I wish I could do that!

  1. I have a pretty good memory, but I do wish it was better. I also wish I was more observant, & not so easily distracted. LOL! Your amateur sleuths sound like so much fun! Can’t wait to read your work!!

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Maria. I think memory is something a good many people wish was better! I am observant but on a very narrow focus. The forest could be on fire, and I’d be the one to notice a pretty yellow weed patch …

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