Parnell Hall, mystery writer extraordinaire, one-time stage and screen actor, singer/songwriter, and private investigator, passed away at age 76 on Tuesday. Janet Rudolph, editor of Mystery Reader's Journal and creator of both the Mystery Fanfare, Dying for Chocolate, and Team Building Talk blogs, noted that Hall was the "mystery community's funny, supportive, musical, generous, and all around good guy." For those interested in great mysteries, his Stanley Hasting series, Puzzle Lady mysteries, and (as "J. P. Hailey") Steve Winslow mysteries are all highly recommended. For those interested in classic cheesy horror films, please note that Hall wrote immortal movie C.H.U.D.
For years, Parnell Hall has been regaling the mystery community with his songs. For instance:
That's Bobby Sweet on guitars, Abe Guthrie on keyboards, and Terry a la Berry on drums. I'll leave it to you to identify the people in the video.