Saturday, August 20, 2016

'Dicks' and 'Gum Shoes'

'Dicks' and 'Gum Shoe' are two slang words used for detectives. The term 'Gum Shoe' referenced the shoes and boots in the 1800's made of gum rubber. To gumshoe meant to sneak around and was originally a reference to criminals. In about 1908 the term 'Gum Shoe' was used to refer to police or detectivesi8.

The term Dicks was reserved for fictional detective characters. In the 19th Century, the term was coined after the success of cheap paperback detective novels by Dick Donovan, the pen name for JE Preston

If you think the fictional detectives started with Sherlock Holmes a character developed by Sir Arthur Conan Doyal, you'd be wrong as I was. According to the fictional detective started with Edgar Allan Poe and his creation of C. Auguste Dupin in “The Murders in the Rue Morgue”. 'Dupin' suggest the English word /dupe/ or deception which the detective characters do to obtain information and solve cases.

I decided to put my own spin on the use of the term 'Dicks' for my amateur sleuths in my first cozy mystery, D.I.C.KS Case One: Holy Murder, recently released by Champagne Books Group. In D.I.C.KS Case One, a prescription drug ring, a murder, and a kidnapping lead three friends to form Dames Investigating Crimes and Killers, otherwise known as D.I.C.KS.

Victoria Roder is the author of cozy, comedy mystery D.I.C.Ks Case One: Holy Murder A New Smyrna Beach Mystery. Victoria writes something for everyone, choose from action thriller Bolt Action or a ghost story Haunting of Ingersull Penitentairy. For children or grandchildren, picture books An Important Job to Do: A Noah's Ark Tale and What if a Zebra Had Triangles? Chapter books, Sled Dogs and The Curse of King Ramesses II. Victoria also creates puzzle books for children, teens and adults. Please feel free to visit Victoria and send a message at