Shelley Costa

The First Scene in No Mistaking Death is Not on Page One

by Shelley Costa

I wrote the love scene first. And that was over 30 years ago. It was one of those unspoken challenges, one of those invisible gauntlets, this one dropped by Sue Grafton in G Is for Gumshoe, published in 1990. If you’ve read it, the seventh book in her wonderful Kinsey Millhone series, you may recall the love scene. It had something to do with Dietz and a staircase, and it was fabulous. All right, Missy, I told Sue Grafton in my imagination, I’ll see your Dietz and a staircase, and I accept your challenge – which you personally know nothing about – to do you one better.