Imogene Duckworthy from Choke Mystery Book

Today’s contestant on the fictional reality game show Sink or Swim is Imogene Duckworthy, 22, of Saltlick, Texas, a character from Kaye George’s mystery novel Choke. Here’s a recap of the rules: the three literary characters with the highest number of unique commenters to their post will be chosen as winners at the end of the year, so be sure to leave Imogene a comment. Here are her answers to the Sink or Swim 6.

1. Tell us about the book or series you’re from.
Kaye George has taken it upon herself to tell my story, and I’m glad she did. Ever since my dear Daddy got shot and killed, when I was eleven, I’ve wanted to be a PI. Mother was so upset about it, she told me many times she doesn’t want any child of hers to be a detective. But Daddy was a police detective and I’m studying to be a Private Eye. That’s entirely different.

2. What is something about yourself that no one else knows?
I should be mad at him, but I wish I could find the trucker that got me pregnant with my daughter, Nancy Drew Duckworthy. It’s not that I want to sleep with him again or anything. No, I’d like to thank him for giving me such a precious little girl. Part of the reason I want to be a PI is so I can learn how to find him. Don’t tell Mother!

3. Tell us about an unusual job or hobby that you’ve had?
Mother says it’s unusual for a young child to go around solving cases. Like when Mother and I were at the mall in Dallas, Christmas shopping, and my shoelace was untied on the escalator. My shoe got stuck at the top, but I kicked it off. The guy behind me fell over my shoe–and me–and all the stuff he had shoplifted fell out of his coat. The mall detective thanked me.

4. What is the strangest or most exciting thing that has ever happened to you?
Busting up the meth lab when I was twelve! I wanted to make the microwave work faster, so I took the cord apart while Mother was working. When I put it all together with tape and plugged it in, this bright blue light flared up outside with a big POP. Well, somehow, that made a meth lab in the next block blow up. Two of the criminals survived and got arrested–because of me!

5. What would you do if you won a million dollars?
That’s easy! First I’d get myself my own car and Mother could have the van whenever she wants. Then I’d buy us a double-wide (we’re in a single-wide now) and me and Drew would each have our own separate room. Maybe there would be two bathrooms, too. Mother would probably make me donate some to the Saltlick Public Library.

6. Please tell us your author’s name and web sites.
Her name is Kaye George and her web page is at She’d love for you to peek in.

For newcomers, this on-line “game show” is inspired by the mystery novel Sink or Swim.

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  1. Dee Gatrell says

    Dear Imogine,
    Good Heavens! I just learned we are third cousins once removed! I can’t wait to meet you and Nancy Drew. And I’m sure y’all be happy as hogs in a pig stye to meet my Hurricane Emma. She sure as heck can teach Nancy Drew a thing or two about blowing stuff up. Why, she’s so smart. I don’t understand why she got kicked out of Kindergarten just because the potty she used blew up underneath the little prissy girl who pulled the Hurricane’s pigtails.

    I sure cain’t wait to meet y’ll. And don’t you fret none. We don’t mind bringing our sleeping bags with us.

    CU soon.
    Cuzin Myrt

  2. Kaye George says

    Looks like Immy might come in dead last in this game show! I wonder if there’s a prize for that.

  3. But at least she heard from Cuzin Myrt! That reunion sounds priceless in itself.

    Comments are accepted for 14 days, so there’s still plenty of time! Everyone who doesn’t “win” is still a fan favorite, though.

  4. Kaye George says

    Ha! I’ll bet that reunion will end up costing Immy money, some way or t’other.

  5. Dear Immy, what a brave little girl you were. I bet you are going to be a really successful PI when you finish studying.

  6. Immy, a meth lab at twelve? My goodness! Congratulations!

  7. Kaye George says

    Immy thanks Patricia and Cynthia for stopping by! She’s either brave or foolhardy.

  8. Yo, Cynthia, I’ll bet you wouldn’t find it so great if it was your house Immy blew up with that lab!

    Especially if it were you sitting there on the John–outdoors–and your behind flew high enough to land you in that eagle’s nest. The eagle was non too happy. Poor Grandpa was a mess when that eagle kicked him out of the nest.

    And Immy had to hide for days from Grandpa.

    That was our last visit with that side of my family–until now.

    Reunions can be fun. I’ll let you know how this one turns out.

    Cuzin Myrt

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