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Chili and Chips or Clam Chowder?
by Debra H. Goldstein

I need you to explain something to me. Today is both National Chili Day and National Clam Chowder Day. Yesterday was National Tortilla Chip Day. Like the protagonist in my Sarah Blair mysteries, I am kitchen challenged, but even I know chili and tortilla chips go together better than chili and clam chowder. So, why did they separate the chili and the tortilla chips?

It isn’t logical.

Then again, in the English language, there are a lot of things that are not logical. Why do we do i before e, except after c? Why do we have so many words like there and their or here and hear? Why does spellcheck let us accidentally use the wrong word so  we end up with “I look their when I should be looking hear?

It isn’t logical.

When I read a book, especially a mystery, I expect a twist at the end, but it needs to be logical. Even if I miss the clues, they should be sitting out in the open enough that I hit my head and question how I ignored them. The movie, “The Sixth Sense,” is an excellent illustration of this. From the “I hear dead people” line to many of the scenes with the main character’s wife, the clues were obvious, but they didn’t register with most viewers. A well-crafted book is the same.

For a chance to win a copy of Three Treats Too Many, name a book or movie that you think logically gave you the clues even though the ending may have had a major twist … and if you can, explain to me why they didn’t put the chili with the tortilla chips…