People often ask where I get ideas for my mysteries and the answer is everywhere. A few weeks ago Ken and I went to Santa Cruz for a bit of brainstorming mixed in with some planning and of course some rest and relaxation. While we were there the watermain going out to the wharf broke closing it for several days. I was sitting on the balcony of my hotel room looking toward the wharf and the boardwalk beyond wondering how I could turn a broken watermain into a mystery. I actually came up with several ideas, but while I was pondering the believability of a body clogging the system creating a buildup of pressure, I happened across an even better idea.
As I studied the boardwalk it occurred to me that it would be pretty awesome if a body was found in the top chair of the Farris Wheel when the boardwalk opened in the morning. Of course the question remained, how would the killer get the body up there without anyone noticing?
Anyone who has been to the boardwalk knows that it opens onto the beach. I am going to go out on a limb and assume that a plot where the killer simply wanders onto the boardwalk, hotwires the Farris Wheel, puts the body inside and then revolves the body to the top in the middle of the night would be pretty unbelievable. I did some checking and I was right. That scenario would be pretty unlikely.
I continued to ponder the situation during our stay, considering and discarding several options that seemed unrealistic even to me. I was pretty much at a dead end until a fortuitous walk changed everything.
Ken and I decided to walk to the lighthouse which it located further down the beach. The path provides a view of the boardwalk from a different angle than I had been viewing to this point. While I stood gazing out over the beautiful landscape, I quite luckily saw a believable and doable solution to the dilemma of how to get the body into the bucket.
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