Today, I am pleased to introduce Private Investigator Aaron Blake from Inconclusive Death. Welcome Aaron. Thanks for dropping by. Ready?
If I came to visit early in the morning would you impress me as being more like a chirpy bird or a grumpy bear?
I usually feel more chirpy than grumpy at the start of a new day. I’m a morning person. I like to watch the run rise, listen to the birds sing, and have a hearty breakfast. Then I’m ready to take on what comes for the rest of the day.
Tell us about your family.
When I think about family, the first person that pops into my head is my father. I was nine-years-old when he was killed in an automobile accident. His death changed my life. All of a sudden, I felt the responsibility of looking after the rest of the family. I was the oldest of four children, I needed to take over for Dad in any way possible.
My mother did the best she could, but she wasn’t equipped to be the head of a household. My grandmother was the one who really kept our family together. When things were the toughest, she never let any of us give up.
I’ve still got my mom; she lives about half-an-hour from me, then there’s my brother, Josh, and twin sisters, Samantha and Carolyn. We call them Sami and Carrie. They were tomboys growing up, turned into charming, young women in their teens though. They all have families.
We’re kind of spread out, but we try to get together for holidays. We usually have a family vacation together every summer. Rent a cabin some place near a lake where the kids can run. We like to boat, swim, and do a little fishing. There are always tourist places to check out. It’s hectic, but feels good to get reconnected.
What is your favorite meal?
You’re going to laugh, but honestly, my everyday favorite is a big, juicy hamburger with all the fixin’s, a large order of fries, and an icy-cold Coke. My favorite home cooked meal is roast beef with mashed potatoes and gravy, a Jell-O salad and glazed carrots. Dessert never hurts either. And I can’t resist a medium-rare rib eye steak with a baked potato and side salad when I go to a steakhouse restaurant. I guess when it comes right down to it; I just like good food of any kind!
What do you do to unwind and relax?
It seems like I don’t find much time for relaxation these days. Let’s see, I guess when I do, I like to sit down and put my feet up in a quiet room, maybe catch a ball game on TV, or read a good book.
If you could apologize to someone in your past, who would it be?
That’s easy. It would be my grandmother. I’d like to tell her how sorry I am that nobody ever caught the person who murdered her. I was still a kid when some fool broke into her house to rob her. When he found her at home, he killed her, and all for a few dollars in her purse. I promised her, and myself, that I’d hunt down any murderer I could, and make sure they paid for what they did. I’ve spent my adult life trying to live up to that vow.
What makes you happy?
Spending time with the people I love…my family, friends, and my girlfriend. Shutting out the troubled world I live in and enjoying some quality time with the special people in my life always makes me happy as a cat with a big bowl of cream set before him.
What one word best describes you?
Only one word, huh? … Tenacious comes to mind. I stick to things until I get them finished. I hate loose ends.
You just won a huge lottery what is the first thing you'll buy?
No contest, I’d buy the newest, cherry red, Corvette Stingray convertible on the market, with all the bells and whistles, and a 427 turbocharged V8 would do nicely.
Do you have a favorite quote, quip, or saying? What is it?
It is a capital mistake to theorize before you have all the evidence. It biases the judgment. - Sherlock Holmes
What happened to the prominent man about town, Victor Ackerman?
Was it an accident? Did his financially strapped heirs give him a gentle hand into the next world? How about his showgirl ex-wife from Las Vegas? Perhaps it was his business partner who wanted him out of the way. After all, he had cheated on her one time too many.
When all else fails to turn up the answers, the indomitable super sleuth, Aaron Blake is contacted.
No one can find a lead better than Blake. But this case will be a challenge even for him. The body of the millionaire playboy is found slumped across his desk. The autopsy comes back with no apparent cause of death. Police detectives have so little to go on they’ve all but given up on the case. Can Blake discover what or who killed the healthy, forty-two year old?
Carol Carroll is a senior citizen in years, but she’s still very young at heart! She has a super husband who is also her best friend, two children, four grandchildren and two great-grandsons. Family comes first in her heart, the close and the extended.
She enjoys traveling, woodworking with husband, Marv, bicycle riding, and photography. She also loves to read and write books. She can get lost in the pages, see new places, meet new friends, and use her vivid imagination.
What a ride! Right now she’s starting out on a brand new adventure. It’s called publishing.
For years Carol has been content to write the short stories she enjoys putting on the computer to share with family, friends, and with the other writers in website groups. She really can’t say what triggered her renewed interest in getting published. One day it dawned on her, being published was a goal worth pursuing, so she decided to write a cozy mystery/detective story and see where she could go with it.
After a lot of searching on the internet, she decided on self-publishing. Her novel, Inconclusive Death an Aaron Blake Mystery is now an e-book on Smashwords.com and in print through Amazon.com.