Thursday, October 29, 2009

Hallopalooza #19 Stop

Morgan Mandel - Stop #19  Good luck everyone!
This stop is offering a Killer Career cap or tee shirt, your choice. Make sure you leave your email address when you comment here at to be eligible.

The Scavenger Hunt begins 8 am ET, Friday, October 30. It ends 5 pm ET, Sunday, Nov 1.

Winners will be announced at noon ET on Monday, November 2 at the Stiletto Gang blog site, at

The Stiletto Gang is writing a mini-mystery, with a different clue to solve the mystery found on the home page of each of the participating blogs. The mystery begins and ends at The Stiletto Gang, but in order to solve the mystery, the reader will have to visit every one of the 24 participating blogs.

Each blog will provide a clue which will be posted. The reader will move from blog to blog, collecting the clues which will help solve the mystery.

In addition to the mystery clue, each blog will post the name of the next blog the reader should visit in order to find the next clue.

The grand prize is a $50 gift certificate that the winner can use for books from any online or bricks and mortar bookstore (winner’s choice of bookstore). If multiple readers solve the mystery, we will have a drawing to select the grand prize winner. Runners Up will receive a book from one of the authors of The Stiletto Gang. If there are more than 10 Runners Up, then there will be a drawing among the Runners Up for the books – maximum number of books to be awarded by The Stiletto Gang is ten (10).

Here's the mystery: (Clue #19)

"So you admit you were providing more than make-up at G. Winston Howard's Halloween Ball?" Milla was feeling a little better. She'd cleaned up in the women's locker room (it paid to have connections) and changed into her power suit and red stilettos. Unfortunately she could have used some of Liza Barrymore's legal wares to cover up the bruises and scratches on her legs and wrists.

"I told you before; I don't know what you're talking about. I don't do drugs. I don't sell drugs. Drugs give you wrinkles."

"I think that's smoking," Milla responded. "Moving beyond beauty care, I found traces of cocaine in the powder room where you pitched your costume make-up tent in. How do you explain that?"

"You might be right about the smoking thing. But are you sure it was cocaine you found? I use a finishing powder that gives an airbrushed effect on your pores. You should let me try some on you. You could use a makeover. I gave one to Buffy St. James, really covered up her wrinkles."

No, she really wasn't sure it was cocaine. The tests were inconclusive, too much contamination and too small a sample. Plus there might have been upwards of three dozen people passing through that restroom during the event.

"I do manicures, too. Your nails are in rough shape."

The banal chatter from Liza was giving her a headache. Milla wondered if she'd have better luck with Sonya Reyes. Maybe. After all, the woman had certainly wanted to talk to her last night.

"Did you know you have some blue petals stuck to the back of your jacket?"

Great. The greenhouse was following her everywhere. Maybe the killer was wearing petals too? No, she wasn't that lucky. Still …she glanced down at her broken nails and scratched hands. She considered their similarity to Carla's hands. The greenhouse had left its mark on both of them.

Maybe it did the same to whoever dug up that file! She needed to be looking at hands.

Next Clue Location -
BEFORE YOU RUN OFF TO GATHER THE CLUE, remember to leave a comment here with your email address to be eligible for the drawing here to win either the Killer Career cap or tee shirt. Comments can be about Halloween costumes you've worn or someone else wore that you liked, one a dog or cat wore, or maybe about the participants in Hallopalooza, or whatever else you want to say.-----Thanks, Morgan Mandel


  1. Oh, too early in the morning for my brain to think!

    But I do love that photo of the skeletons holding hands...

  2. I've bee holding 12 Days of Halloween in Miniature on my blog so I love that skeleton photo, of course!

  3. I'm with everyone else, love the skeleton photo

  4. Thanks for the clue. Last year I dressed my dog up as a clown. She wore the wig and everything.

    findjessyhere at gmail dot com

  5. In college one of my girlfriends dressed up as Frankenstein. She rocked!

    dlodden at frontiernet dot net

  6. When is she going to get some sleep? :)
    PK the Bookeemonster

  7. I second Chris V's comment about the skeletons. Very touching to see them touching.


    jagmiller5 at gmail dot com

  8. Yes, our sleuth is running on fumes about now. But we're getting close!

    edithmax at gmail

  9. I hope you guys are better than me at figuring out these clues.

    Morgan Mandel

  10. I think the pre-Halloween candy is affecting my sleuthing skills!


  11. I need a manicure -- but not because I was digging up that file!

    jbh307 at bellsouth dot net

  12. Anonymous6:38 PM

    Cute skeleton couple--Proof that love prevails over death! Having a great time mulling over clues. Thanks for your participation in Hallopalooza! Suzy

  13. Anonymous7:07 PM

    My favorite costumes were ones worn by my daughter & granddaughter who dressed as Kanga and Roo - cute to the max.

    I am enjoying the clue hunt. I live tee shirts.

    Helen Kiker

  14. I dressed up as Rainbow Brite once, and it was entirely awesome!

    This scavenger hunt is so much fun!


  15. I own border collie mix dogs and a lot of cats - I don't think there's any way that I could get any of them to stay in a costume long enough to get a picture!! Like most posters, I love the skeletons on the bench!

  16. Having lots of fun reading this mystery! What a 'novel' idea!! Hope you do it again next Halloween. This has been a fun way to spend the afternoon.

  17. Such a great idea, I;m really enjoying this

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  19. I think Milla needs some sleep, as do I!

    emmmasmom AT wi DOT rr DOT com

  20. At age nine won a prize dressed as a bride. Don't dress up much these days since my granddaughter decided she needed my witch's hat (I wore it to give out candy) more than I did.

    boots9k at

  21. Still don't have a clue, but I'm enjoying the story!


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