Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Detective Cypress

Hello, everyone. Yolanda Renée here to discuss my contribution to the new IWSG Anthology Tick Tock: A Stitch In Crime.

I'm a mystery writer with several published novels, a blogger - Defending the Pen, and a flash fiction writer - WEP. I write in many genres. In fact my science fiction story, Ever-Ton placed in the first IWSG Anthology, Parallels: Flex Was Here.

Cypress, Like The Tree, is a murder mystery with several interesting suspects. Does a wife kill her abusive husband? Have the neighbors who've witnessed the abuse turned vigilante? Or has a philanderer just pissed off the wrong person?

Today you'll meet Detective Cypress, the man in charge of solving this crime, but first:


A detective entered the room. I knew he was a detective before he even opened his mouth because his superior than thou aura wafted off him like cheap aftershave. Tall, thin, and rumpled, he reminded me of an anorexic Clark Kent. Was this Superman in disguise?

“Mrs. Allan,” he offered his hand. “I’m Detective Cypress, like the tree.”]


Detective Cypress likes comparing himself to the tree. He thinks it gives suspects and strangers a sense of comfort, strength, and fear.

He sees himself as the guardian of justice, and the seeker of truth, comparing that to the fact that the Cypress Tree has long been an emblem of immortality, strength, and guardianship.

Maybe equating the fact that from ancient times the cypress tree has been planted by graves and in cemeteries, representing, in the upward pointing of every shoot and leaf, and the fragrant, enduring wood, a knowledge of immortal life with God in heaven. Hence the guardian of the dead, and for the detective his responsibilities to the murdered.

Detective Cypress is a young detective still learning the ropes, and he has a long way to go when it comes to getting confessions and outwitting the most crafty of killers.

Will Detective Cypress solve the murder that took place on Red Clay Road?

Find out in

Cypress, Like The Tree


Tick Tock: A Stitch In Crime

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Thank you for stopping in. Just curious, of all the fictional detectives out there - which one is your favorite?


  1. He sure picked the right tree to use indeed.

  2. Guardian of the Dead - I didn't know that!
    Favorite detective is Sherlock Holmes. Can't go wrong with a classic.

  3. Neat post! I'm glad you got to use some of neat stuff you found out about the cypress. Perfect use for it! :)

    1. Thanks, Susan!
      Especially for being my editor!

  4. He needed to be strong to deal with her.

    1. Can't argue with that :) I liked the story and the ending.

    2. Thanks, Diane, Rebecca - a fun write!

  5. I loved the story! My favorite classic detective is Sherlock Holmes. More recent, Tom Barnaby from Midsomer Murders is my favorite.

    1. I love Midsomer Murders, such fun, especially the scenery. Do places like that exist? I'd love to visit!

  6. My favourite detective is Hercule Poirot! I found Agatha Christie mysteries in grade 7 and fell in love. Poirot, his little grey cells, and his moustaches will always be a fave!

  7. I can't wait to read more about Detective Cypress! Loved your excerpt!

  8. I love the way this story unfolded!


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