On The Bench

My most unsettling adversary

Who is the most unsettling criminal you’ve ever been up against, and why?
  • Terry Ambrose:

    Hey, Rick Atwood here. Given that Police Chief Adam Cunningham and I are still in the middle of our investigation, I can’t yet identify him or her, but this one bothers me because whoever it is trashed a new resident’s house, stole the family’s chocolate recipe, killed a man who wanted to buy the recipe, and only left behind Japanese haikus as clues.

  • Nancy J. Cohen:

    Marla Vail says, they’re all unsettling, but the devious ones are worse. Rather than using crude methods of murder, these people might put poison in a drink for a subtle but lethal approach. You can’t guard against them. My first case involved this method and I almost fell for it. I’m lucky I escaped with a minor injury.

  • Debra H. Goldstein:

    The most unsettling criminal I (Sarah Blair) have ever been up against died on the first page of One Taste Too Many – it was my ex-husband, the rat. He cheated on me and then, when we divorced, he got everything except my Siamese cat, RahRah. He’d have gotten RahRah, too, if the rat wasn’t allergic to cats. 

  • Cheryl Hollon:

    Hi, Miranda Trent here from the thriving cultural tourism business in eastern Kentucky called Paint & Shine. My latest adventure has been the most unsettling. My clients are an outdoor sporting goods company with the idea to hold an employee retreat. But there’s a criminal among them who wants to eliminate any competition among the participants – in a permanent way.

  • Diane A.S. Stuckart:

    To me, the worst criminals are the very ones that I (Nina Fleet of the Georgia B&B Mysteries) always seem to encounter…murderers who put out a pleasant face to the world. It’s easy to defend against someone who is obviously evil, but far harder to guard against someone who pretends to be a friend. And to me, the betrayal is almost as bad as the murder.

  • Maggie Toussaint:

    Tabby Winslow says, the hardest ones to figure out are the ones that hide in plain sight. Then by the time I unravel their lies and learn who they really are, I get chills. Often they are truly evil and that brings out innate, irrational fears that makes it so hard for me to prevail. The “bad guy” in IN THE WICK OF TIME is that kind of villain.

  • Lois Winston

    Anastasia says, my author set the Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mysteries in New Jersey, which is also the stomping ground of the Mafia. For that reason, I’ve come up against more than my share of Mafiosa. However, even the perpetrators who are not connected to organized crime have been really bad dudes and dudettes. Mentioning a specific one, though, would be a spoiler for anyone who hasn’t read that particular book.

There you have our characters' thoughts on their most difficult nemeses. What do you think? Who would you consider the dangerous criminals?


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