That’s a really good question. I’ve thought and thought about the Bogey Man Mysteries, and I think it’s about time to end the series.
In all honesty, I’m running out of ideas for stories and for the characters. I’m currently working on the last Bogey Man mystery. I just started this one, so it'll be awhile. These are special characters with ties to the 1940s due to the fact that Chris Cross looks very much like Humphrey Bogart, and he tends to emulate the movie star. He walks the walk and talks the talk. In the latest story, How Now Purple Cow, the Crosses retired from amateur sleuthing. They’re coming out of retirement for one last case which, interestingly, involves the Black Butterfly. I’m afraid you’ll have to wait to find out what or who the Black Butterfly is.
While there is a following for this series, I can’t entertain readers if I run out of ideas. At least for the moment, I believe I’m out of Bogey inspiration.
I know from comments that a few people are tired of the forties slang used in the books. I have to admit, I’m not tired of it at all. It’s certainly more fun than some of today’s slang, and less offensive. However, that’s life.
Realistically, there are younger readers who can’t relate to the Bogey Man character. That’s a shame because the “old days” were fun in their own way. On the other hand, there are some older readers who love this series because they can relate to the stories and the time periods involved.
The Sandi Webster series is another matter. Readers keep asking for more. I’ll oblige because so far the ideas related to Sandi and Pete (her husband and partner) keep coming. They’ve handled some old-time cases, but they have a different take on things than the Crosses.
Both series sometimes involve working on cold cases, but that’s not always the issue. They become involved in current cases, too.
I can honestly say there are a few (very few) series that I got tired of reading. Sometimes an author can’t quite come up with a new and unique idea. The stories start sounding too much alike – repetitious. I don’t want that to happen with either of my series.
Of course, there’s always room for standalone books. I’ve done two of those and truly enjoyed doing something different for a change.
Overall, these are simply some random thoughts about continuing or discontinuing a series. Who knows? Maybe one day I’ll come up with an idea for a third series. Stranger things have happened.
In the meantime, there are series I read that I never get tired of because the authors manage to come up with something new and out of the box time after time.
I’ll miss the Bogey Man, his wife Pamela and their son, Mikey (aka Ace), but it is what it is – time to move on.
Thank you all for stopping in today and letting me share my thoughts.
Now I’ve got to get back to the Black Butterfly.
Until next time, have a great week and read an installment from your favorite series.
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I mentioned two standalone books, so here they are: