Watercooler Wednesday: you know you’re a mystery fan if…


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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18 thoughts on “Watercooler Wednesday: you know you’re a mystery fan if…”

  1. StephLoveStephLove

    Well, I’m only a moderate fan, I guess (#2, #4, and #8a apply) but rules #1 and #9 are why I love The Murder of Roger Ackcroyd.

  2. Piper BayardPiper Bayard

    Omg! I feel like I did the first time I read Jeff Foxworthy’s “You Might Be a Redneck If . . . .” I AM a mystery fan. LOVE the shooting gun alarm clock, too. Awesome blog, Kathy.

  3. Catherine AstolfoCatherine Astolfo

    You know you’re a mystery writer and fan if your husband says, “What are you thinking about, honey?” and you answer, “I was wondering – can you paint a picture on a dead body?”

  4. Susie LindauSusie Lindau

    Scooby doo was my favorite!!
    I have been missing out on all those neat but functional tools! I have yet to go to a mystery night where someone dies and you have to figure out “who done it” but it is on my list…..

  5. Ellie AnnEllie Ann

    This was so fun to read! =)

  6. TexanneTexanne

    Wow. Okay, you might be a mystery fan if you refer to your mother’s digoxin as “foxglove” in front of her doctor–and spark a lively discussion of poisons as murder weapons with the doctor, who is also a mystery buff.

    And a very nice lady who would never poison anybody, no matter what other members of her profession might do. http://www.bookdepository.com/book/9781741756104/Medical-Murder

    I just love quizzes and lists. Thanks!

  7. Stacy GreenStacy Green

    This was a fun list. I’m very familiar with quite a few of them, although I probably couldn’t resist exploring the old house on a dark, gloomy night. And I’d love to go on one of those murder mystery dinners.

  8. Julie MusilJulie Musil

    This was soooo fun! The murder mystery weekend sounds like a cool thing to do, although I’d probably be way too scared.

  9. Renee Schuls-JacobsonRenee Schuls-Jacobson

    I love the brass-knuckles meat tenderizer! What a hoot. You know I love your Water Cooler Wednesdays, even on Fridays!


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