The Val & Kit Mystery Series

Wednesday, July 9, 2014


So it looks like Val and Kit might soon be taking a trip to California. Palm Desert, to be exact—although at this stage, that could easily change, or they could take a detour along the way, and who knows where they might end up. Having wrapped up Lethal Property, set in their hometown of Downers Grove, Illinois, a trip out West seems like a good idea. So far.

Finishing LethalProperty, putting in the endless final touches, and making it available on Amazon is extremely satisfying for us. It feels like we sent our brand-new baby out into the world, and we’re hoping she’s going to win at least one Most Beautiful Baby contest.

But there is no rest for the wicked, or these two authors, so Val and Kit are on to their next adventure, and location is just one of the many fun things we have to decide upon.

Speaking of location, Patty currently lives in Door County, Wisconsin, and grew up in the Midwest, where Roz and Patty first met. Roz currently resides in Houston, Texas, but was born and raised in London. Luckily, she spent her teenage years in that city at just the right time, when London was on the verge of becoming the center of the universe (according to Londoners, anyway). Let’s start with music (known in the U.S. as the British Invasion): The Beatles, The Stones, The Who, The Kinks, and on and on. Let’s move to fashion: miniskirts, Vidal Sassoon’s geometric haircuts, and Twiggy, to name just a few icons. Okay, now on to culture: Mods and Rockers and Carnaby Street. That’s about the extent of what Roz remembers. And really, what else mattered to a teenager living so close to the sun. Good times. For anyone really interested in serious history back then, check out Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery.

But back to Val and Kit. We know Val can travel light. Kit, not so much. But most important, they better have a Starbucks wherever they end up.