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Terrific Tales

Spokane Sting: Mystery Short Story

IN THE August 11 ISSUE

FROM THE 2018 Articles,
andMysteryrat's Maze,
andTerrific Tales
SECTIONS

by Diana Deverell


A clean-cut guy holding a metal detection wand stood beside me in the Mineshaft Saloon and Dance Hall lobby. The dude looked to be my age, twenty-nine. Like me, he wore a tomato-red golf shirt over black jeans.

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by Andrew MacRae


“No, no, a thousand times no!” Polly Pure crossed her hands over her rather generous bosom and looked with defiance at the man confronting her. “I’ll never marry you, Barty Backstabber!”

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by Gary Hoffman


I wasn’t sure what I expected to find in Apalachicola, Florida, but Kaitlin Mosby sure wasn’t it. Whoever coined the term “chick” must have had her in mind.

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by Guy Belleranti


A chilly breeze blew through the open window, but Martha McGuire didn’t move an inch. Slumped over her laptop, she had written her last mystery novel.

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The Trip: Mystery Short Story

IN THE June 16 ISSUE

FROM THE 2018 Articles,
andMysteryrat's Maze,
andTerrific Tales
SECTIONS

by Kathleen Delaney



She awoke abruptly, the familiar waves washing over her, making every nerve ending come alive, leaving her bathed in sweat. She waited, eyes closed, for the tide to crest, then as it finally ebbed, she reached for the glass of water she always set on her bedside table.

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by LD Masterson



It wasn’t the fanciest house I’ve covered a body in, but it was right up there. He was lying at the bottom of a curved marble staircase, an older man in bathrobe and slippers.

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by Cheryl Hollon



“I see a dead woman.” Jacob stood against the chest-high glass wall that surrounded the roof-top bar of The Canopy. He lowered his new binoculars, then pointed down at a white pillared arbor overwhelmed by red bougainvillea vines.

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by Chris Eboch



A Persian slinked into my office. She looked at me with big blue eyes. “I hear you solve problems,” she purred.
“What’s the trouble, kitten?” I asked.
“I’ve lost my mittens,” she yowled.

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by Maggie-beth Rees


You always were a little weasel, starting with your days as a juvenile delinquent.?
I tried to reason with you, but you were having none of it.?

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True Colors: Mystery Short Story

IN THE April 14 ISSUE

FROM THE 2018 Articles,
andMysteryrat's Maze,
andTerrific Tales
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by John M. Floyd


“He’s dead,” Nicole Finney said. Teary-eyed, she led Officers Payne and Tyler down a dim hallway. Morris Dunn lay facedown in his office.

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Catnip: A Mystery Short Story

IN THE April 7 ISSUE

FROM THE 2018 Articles,
andMysteryrat's Maze,
andPets,
andTerrific Tales
SECTIONS

by Patricia Della Valle


“Heard you got a cat.”
I was in my bathrobe and dew-soaked slippers trying to retrieve the Sunday newspaper from my very wet lawn.

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by Diana Deverell


So, had star forward Meghan Cronin tried to throw the first round game? FBI Special Agent Dawna Shepherd was ninety-nine percent convinced the answer was no. Meghan hadn’t intended to miss those free throws last night in the NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship playoff against Oregon State.

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by Nupur Tustin


The sun’s rays filtered dimly through the dingy schoolroom window. Kantor Bach sighed. There was nothing good about this Friday. He could barely see the notes on his scores, but to light a candle at seven a.m., no matter how grey and overcast the morning, would only invite the disapprobation of the town council.

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by Angie Sherwood


Of all the mornings to oversleep, why did it have to be this morning? Lorraine asked her reflection in the mirror as she smeared a generous dollop of moisturizing cream over her crepey skin. The sunrise Easter service started in less than half an hour.

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