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Short Story

by Margaret S. Hamilton


Five minutes before closing, Lizzie Christopher stacked fabric sample books on the shelves of her interior design shop. A woman walked through the Main Street entrance and slammed the door shut.

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by Guy Belleranti


Griffin lifted the huge knocker on the door of the House of Screams and let it drop with a resounding boom. Seconds later a little window in the door slid open, and a horribly scarred face with dead eyes stared out. “Not open ’til eight tonight,” it said.

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by Kathleen Delaney


I think I have hated her since the day she was born. No one suspects. I’m good at hiding things, but nothing will ever make me stop hating her.

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by Gary Hoffman


“And where was the boat found?” Detective Brown asked.
Across the lake, sir. Over by Canal Point,” the deputy sheriff answered.
Brown looked at the bass boat, a Nitro like he would love to own, metallic blue with a two hundred horse Mercury engine. The only spoiler was the body slumped over in the bottom of the boat.

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Spokane Sting: Mystery Short Story

IN THE August 11 ISSUE

FROM THE 2018 Articles,
andMysteryrat's Maze,
andTerrific Tales
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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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New Mystery Podcast Up!

IN THE July 4 ISSUE

FROM THE 2018 Articles,
andLorie Lewis Ham,
andMysteryrat's Maze,
andTheatre
SECTIONS

by Lorie Lewis Ham



The second episode of our new podcast is up! This one features a mystery short story written by Joan Leotta and read by Fresno actor Julia Reimer.

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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 Lorie Lewis Ham


The first episode of our new mystery podcast is up! We are pretty much learning as we go as to what is the best method for people to listen to it so I hope you will all be patient with us.

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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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