I like how this show balances family with crime-solving, though a lot of the murders tend to fall under that Narrowed It Down To The Guy I Recognize category. That’s right folks, two TV Tropes references in the same article!
So, the Grandpa from The Princess Bride solved mysteries when he wasn’t telling stories to Fred Savage. I’m pretty sure half the time Columbo just annoyed suspects into confessing. He was brilliant, while always hiding that razor-sharp intelligence behind a frumpy coat and hang-dog expression.
Also, I always had a thing for Velma.
Book 3, The Oncoming Storm series
Private Investigator Dan Landis just wants to have a nice relaxing vacation with his best friend, Leroy Brown. They've got two rooms booked at the luxurious Gray Ghost Inn in beautiful Warrenton, Virginia. Everything was all set except now Abbey, Dan's new partner, has decided she wants to go too. And wherever Dan and Abbey go, trouble isn't too far behind. Dan, Abbey, and Doc get snowed in with a crazy crowd: Betsey Butler, the Southern Belle hostess; her obnoxious brother Dave "Big Bear" Butler; and Dave's ex-wife, Em. When a body turns up in the library, Dan realizes his simple vacation isn't so simple anymore. And what's worse, he's trapped in the Gray Ghost Inn with a killer. Jay Mims, author of The Five Santas and Cult of Koo Kway returns with his unique brand of storytelling, taking readers on a wild and entertaining ride into the eccentric world of Dan Landis and friends.
Jay Mims lives two miles past nowhere with a cat he calls Eartha Kitty and his passive-aggressive Dalek roommate named Steve. Jay has two books out in the Dan Landis mystery series “The Five Santas” and “Cult of Koo Kway”. His third book, “The Gray Ghost Inn” is due out Fall 2013. When not writing Jay watches too much television, dreams of being an astronaut, and feeds carrots to the three Shetland ponies next door. Jay’s convinced that they only like him because he brings them carrots.