‘The Killing’, or ‘Who Killed Rosie Larsen?’ has been going on for two years. Every Sunday night I have religiously watched this show.

When I have been out of town, I have taped it, so I wouldn’t miss a single episode. Viewers were all very disappointed last year when the season ended, without disclosing Who Done It.

The writers said they were perfectly justified in not revealing the murderer at the finale. And so they had us hooked for another year.

Not since Who Shot J.R.? on the Dallas series twenty years ago, has there been so much audience speculation about a crime.

There was a special AMC website you could go on to ‘vote’ for your favorite suspect. I never did that, but I did finally guess who the killer was.

But as it turned out he wasn’t the only one responsible for Rosie’s death. All he did was attack her and beat her up. Someone else actually killed her.

I don’t want to disclose who these people were, because if you haven’t seen The Killing, I highly recommend it.

It is well written and well acted. If I had to choose a favorite character, it would have to be Holder, the cop. He is fantastic and I can’t wait to see him in something else.

On the subject of mysteries and solving them, I am reminded of a very clever advertising campaign here in Hawaii in 1966.

My husband was here in Hawaii to open the very first Zale’s jewelry store. The location was downtown on Bishop Street, across from the Honolulu Gas Company.

Not exactly the greatest retail location at the time. But for thirty days prior to the opening of the store, there was a 4″ x 5″ ad in the Honolulu Advertiser and the Honolulu Star Bulletin.

It had a picture of something. A hula girl, a mechanic, a teacher, a beach boy, etc. Each little teaser said, Hula girls do it, mechanics do it, teachers do it, etc.

On the day before the store opened there was a full page ad featuring all thirty little ads, with the statement, “Everybody Shops at Zale’s”.

And then an invitation to stop in for a free cup of coffee and You keep the hand painted mug.

That seemed like a good opening promotion. Except when the 5000 mugs arrived in straw lined crates from China and they all had to be washed, guess who got to do that job?

It wouldn’t have been so awful, except the store only had a tiny sink in the bathroom and it would only fit about three mugs at a time. Also there was no hot water.

And then they had to be dried by hand with a real dish towel and put where. Plus they didn’t arrive until two days before the grand opening.

I shall never forget opening day. There was a line around the block to get into the store. There were six security guards to control the crowds.

The catering company who arranged the 30 cup coffee makers and dispensing process were overwhelmed. We held our breath, hoping that no one would spill their mug on the carpet, or each other.

The day went off without a hitch. Luckily it was way before people got the idea of suing a company over a ‘too hot’ cup of coffee.

So it seems that everyone likes a ‘Who Done It’, even if it is a ‘What is It”.

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