Welcome to Watercooler Wednesday, where the water is above-average, the topics are bubbly, and the company is sparkling.


This week’s topic:

You know you’re a mystery fan if….

here are some symptoms indicators of the disorder preference

1.  You know the 10 Rules of Golden Age Detective fiction.

2.  You know that Hercule Poirot was Belgian, not French.

3.  Should you ever meet a butler, you would be on your guard.  (Because “the butler did it” is such a cliche that it could now work in reverse, right?)

4.  You endlessly watched episodes of Scooby Doo when you were a kid. Like, groovy, man.

5.  You now make your children watch re-runs of Scooby Doo on Cartoon Network.

6.  You’ve played so many games of Clue that you have to erase old character/weapon/room grids because you’ve run out (but first you relive your brilliant victories).

7.  If you could ever do a police ride-along, it would be with Lieutenant Columbo.

7.  You bring the complete Sherlock Holmes collection of stories with you to college.

8.  (from the Facebook crowd):

…sometimes I worry about these folks.

9.  You avoid:  large, gloomy mansions in the midst of thunderstorms; invitations to remote islands by an unknown benefactor; and having sex with your boyfriend after the kids who you are babysitting have gone to sleep (oops, sorry, that’s the one in horror movies).

10.  You celebrate your 10-year wedding anniversary by going on a murder mystery weekend (hey, hubby had fun, too!).

11.  And finally:

You know you’re a mystery fan if you own one (or more) of the following (all of the images below are from Mystery Fanfare, one of my favorite sites):

…for a comfy night’s sleep, there’s the “Police Line” sheet set










Then, awake with a…









Take a shower with the help of this heart-thumping bathroom decor:

Apply makeup with the “Serial Killer Cleaver Mirror,” and get your clothes out of the “Hand Grenade Bureau”…

…prepare dinner and entertain company with the following kitchen items:

...because, for the mystery buff, nothing says fine dining quite as well as gun-shaped ice cubes and brass knuckle tools. I'll bet the meat tenderizer is especially useful.


Are you a mystery fan?  Tell us about it!  We’d love to hear about the demented fun things you do for your love of mystery.

Until next time,


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