Murder Impossible reunites those charming accidental sleuths Olivia Haines and Ron Whittaker from Teddy Bear Murders. On this outing, a horrifying murder claims their attention aboard the Pan Americana, a cruise ship headed to the Mexican Riviera. Served along with the fun and merrymaking is a totally inexplicable homicide. A handsome deaf and blind young man insists that he has committed a gory killing aboard the ship. How is this achievable given his physical limitations? This is the heart of Murder Impossible.
On board the Pan Americana, Olivia and Ron meet a wide-range of eclectic and dubious fellow travelers. Each is somehow involved in the lives of the young man or his victim. To complicate matters and truly make the murder more impossible, the self-proclaimed killer and his victim, a young playboy, did not know one another.
Before Olivia and Ron can say Viva Puerto Vallarta, they are caught up in a most chilling and ironical set of circumstances. Mallory, the young deaf and blind man, has not been able to see or hear since birth. Yet he is found in the cabin of the victim holding a blood-soaked, very sharp Mayan letter-opener blade. The young playboy’s throat has been cut. Mallory readily admits guilt and says he would gladly do it again. No one believes him, especially Olivia and Ron. Follow them as they proceed forward in this horror-struck game of blind man’s bluff.
Murder Impossible is not only a compelling whodunit but a fascinating howdunit.
Olivia Haines woke up about 3 o’clock in the morning screaming. She didn’t know if it were a silent scream or if actually others in her apartment building heard her. If people did, they probably paid little attention as after all, Los Angeles is a city living on a short fuse.
She sat up stiffly in bed. She looked around and was delighted to find that she was in her own bed, in her own apartment and not tied to a chair in a rat-infested storage shack at a junk yard in Culver City like she had been earlier in the year.Goosebumps ran up and down her spine. She was too nervous and scared to try to go back to sleep. Instead she turned on the bed lamp. She looked around while slowly her breathing returned to normal. Even so she was alone and that bothered her immensely.
In her twelve years since graduating from college and being an English teacher at Fairfield High School, she had had to learn how to live by herself and be a loner. She wasn’t a popular teacher because she was rather strict and old maidish in her ways.Then out of the blue earlier in the year, one of her students tried to kill her. He had abducted her and held her as his prisoner in a rat-infested shack. She finally realized her psychotic student intended making her his fifth victim. Before he did, she took matters in her own hands and through tons of self-will and determination, killed him. Since then her life had been composed of many nights where she would wake up screaming.
She got out of bed. As she relived that awful time in her mind, a healthy crop of goose bumps sprung up on her arms. She put her sweater on. She then went to the refrigerator and poured herself a glass of milk. She zapped it for a half minute in the micro oven. She took her milk and seated herself at her breakfast table. Generally when she had one of these screaming sessions, she would make herself turn over and go back to sleep. Tonight’s scream was so violent that her psyche was totally traumatized. She was still trembling.
Tonight’s scream, she decided, called for some action. Was she to wake up screaming like this for the rest of her life? What could she do? The best and only idea was to call her friend Ron Whittaker, who in his own way was as much of a social loner as she. It was he who came to her aid during all her trials with her psychotic student.
After she survived almost losing her life, thanks to a lot of help from Ron, many people said they ought to team up and get married.
Ron taught Science at a nearby middle school. He was lanky and tall and not really that nice looking. They both acted like they didn’t hear their friends’ marriage suggestion. So, here she was doing night screaming and not knowing what to do about it.
Desperate situations called for desperate actions as she had so precisely found out when her student tied her to that chair in the storage shack. So, why not call Ron the next day, invite him out for coffee and see if he could picture the two of them pairing up for mutual benefit?