Sunday, June 10, 2018

Catalina Island #2

Avalon, Catalina Island

Research for SLICK DEAL

          We spent five days in Avalon, on Catalina Island to research our latest book, SLICK DEAL the fourth in the Skylar Drake Murder Mystery series.

We planned on renting a golf cart to visit several body dumps for our next murder mystery taking place in and around Avalon.  We used the Island Rentals Company. The guy we rented it from was very nice and gave us all sorts of directions for interesting body dumps on the map. He laughed and said, "I'm enjoying this”.
The minute we left the parking lot, it started to rain, the wind came up (57F). No windows, doors,  just a plastic windshield, and roof.  We had three hours and we meant to make the most of it.

First stop was Lover's Cove, not a great body dump but a great place for an FBI sting.

The Pet Cemetery, a sweet place with little graves, not pretty but well manicured. A possibility.

Headed up the cliff to Mt. Ada for the private garden of Mrs. Wrigley. Not quite right but we kept it in mind.

Drove around the cliffs headed east to the Botanical Gardens and on Wrigley Memorial.  Avalon Canyon Rd had several great places and was easily visible from the road. The gardens and memorial were closed and gated because it was offseason. NUTS!

Continued to Stage Road, around Zip Line Eco Tour, and around Chimes Tower Road. It was constant hairpin turns and strong winds through the canyons. Good body dumps and visibility. As we made a major cliff turn we got a great idea for a kidnapping. We followed through the road, passed Zane Grey’s museum and voila, perfect kidnapping scheme unfolded.

The rain stopped but it was still windy and cold. We returned our cart and rushed to the hotel to warm up and begin plotting, writing.

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