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True Confections: A Valentine’s Day Mystery Short Story

IN THE February 9 ISSUE

FROM THE 2015 Articles,
andMysteryrat's Maze,
andSunny Frazier,
andTerrific Tales

by Sunny Frazier

Except for that one incident with the Godiva chocolates, my marriage would have been perfect.

My wife wasn’t beautiful, but she was intelligent and rich, qualities a man looks for when he climbs the corporate ladder. My marriage had survived the seven-year-itch twice before I hired Marvella to be my secretary. She had a figure that would make any man re-think his marriage vows. She swiveled in her office chair with hips designed to drive men wild. She lounged seductively on the patio during her endless smoke breaks. Before long, I was drawn into my first affair.chocolate

Marvella wasn’t demanding. She simply adored me so much that she thought I’d look better behind the wheel of a Corvette rather than a Taurus. She hinted that she wanted a diamond tennis bracelet, although she never held a racquet in her hand. My cash reserves were soon running low.

Marvella pointed out that murdering my wife was the logical solution to my marital and monetary problems. Between my wife’s inheritance and the sizable insurance policy, I’d have plenty of money. Marvella told me to find a fool-proof method, but didn’t want to know the details in case the cops came calling.tennis bracelet

Committing adultery is one thing–committing murder is quite another. I knew my wife’s habits but now I studied the details of her daily routine. I asked questions, went out with her more often, even took her shopping to see what she bought. Surprisingly enough, I rediscovered all the reasons why I married her in the first place.

Her passion was candy. There were caramels on her nightstand, buttercreams next to her reading chair and nougats near the TV. Valentines Day was around the corner. Deadly bon bons would do the job.

Finding just the right poison was difficult. What I needed was a lethal liquid, something I could inject in a piece of candy without disturbing the outer appearance. I found a recipe for liquid nicotine on the internet. When my wife left for three days at a health spa, I shredded cigarettes, soaked the tobacco and boiled the mass down to a potent liquid.

On February 14, I placed the tainted box of Godiva chocolates and a long stemmed red rose on the dining room table and left for work. I stayed away from the office all morning to make sure that Marvella and I weren’t seen together. I’d kept her in the dark on the exact date of the murder.

At one o’clock I phoned home. My wife picked up on the second ring.chocolate

“Did you find the box of candy, sweetheart?” I sputtered.

“You’ve been so romantic lately,” she purred, “that I’ve been dieting. So I dropped by the office and gave the candy to your secretary. She seemed delighted when I said they were from you. She ate a half a dozen pieces before I left.”

It was supposed to be the perfect murder–and in some respects, it was.

Check out other mystery articles, reviews, book giveaways & short stories, and Valentine’s Day mystery short stories, in our mystery section.

Sunny Frazier worked with an undercover narcotics team in Fresno County for 17 years before turning her energies to writing the Christy Bristol Astrology Mysteries. Based in the San Joaquin Valley of California, the novels are inspired by real cases and 35 years of casting horoscopes.

{ 28 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Charlotte Cooper February 10, 2015 at 5:17am

Loved this story.


2 skye February 10, 2015 at 5:22am

I loved this, Sunny


3 Sarah Morian February 10, 2015 at 6:28am

I loved it! I have no imagination, didn’t even think it would back fire on him! I’m not eating candy this Valentine’s Day!


4 Carol Crigger
Twitter: @C.K.Crigger
February 10, 2015 at 7:36am

Hilarious. Sharp and to the point. Loved it.


5 Annette N February 10, 2015 at 7:47am

Very good.


6 elaine Faber February 10, 2015 at 8:36am

Very clever, Sonny. Just the perfect ending.
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7 Amy M. Reade
Twitter: @readeandwrite
February 10, 2015 at 8:43am

Sunny, great twist! I loved the story. Thanks for the early Valentine’s Day treat!


8 sunnyfrazier February 10, 2015 at 12:02pm

Actually, I read a very small article in the LA Times about a man and his mistress who tried to poison the wife by injecting chocolates with liquid nicotine. You know I clipped and saved it until the right contest came alone. Oh, and there is a site called Jolly Rogers where I got the recipe for making the poison.

When life hands you that kind of material, you just run with it!


9 James Callan
Twitter: @jamesrcallan
February 10, 2015 at 12:10pm

Great story, Sunny. However, it may make me think before I scoff down all those chocolates I am so fond of.


10 James Callan
Twitter: @jamesrcallan
February 10, 2015 at 12:14pm

Great story, Sunny. I’m trying to decide if I want to share it with my wife or not. But, it certainly will make me think as I scoff down all the chocolates I am so drawn to.


11 Sally Schmidt February 10, 2015 at 12:33pm



12 Maria Ruiz
Twitter: @profile
February 10, 2015 at 5:09pm

Loved it. The surprise ending just made the story. Thank you.
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13 linda thorne
Twitter: @lindamthorne
February 10, 2015 at 8:23pm

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I loved this. Sort of “flash fiction,” but the perfect story arc and perfect ending. I never could write short-short stories. This was perfect.


14 Pat Marinelli February 11, 2015 at 7:27am

Great story, Sunny. Love the twist ending. I can see why this story has garnered awards. Happy Valentine’s Day.


15 Gail Farrelly
Twitter: @gailfarrelly
February 11, 2015 at 8:18am

Excellent story! I loved it.


16 Eileen Obser February 11, 2015 at 10:19am

Great story, Sunny, with a great surprise ending. I’ll be sharing this with my writing students this week, as a Valentine’s Day present from you. XXX


17 Ronnie allen
Twitter: @ronnieanovelist
February 11, 2015 at 11:59am

Love it! Death by chocolate and fun twist!


18 cora ramos
Twitter: @corajramos
February 11, 2015 at 2:39pm

I’ve always loved this story. Nice to read it again.


19 Betty February 12, 2015 at 12:13am

Great story! I really enjoyed it. Thank you for sharing.


20 Maddy
Twitter: @MadMcEwen?lang=en
February 12, 2015 at 6:23am

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21 Charlotte Cooper February 12, 2015 at 8:57am

Loved the story.


22 Marja McGraw February 12, 2015 at 11:13am

LOL I loved the twist you used. Great story!


23 Kaye George
Twitter: @KGeorgeMystery
February 12, 2015 at 5:31pm

Love it! Now I hope I don’t get chocolates for Valentine’s Day.


24 Kathkeen Kaska
Twitter: @KKaskaAuthor
February 13, 2015 at 1:40pm

Great story, Sunny. I hoped the guy learned his lesson; probably not.


25 sunnyfrazier February 14, 2015 at 10:56am

Thanks everyone! I enjoyed sharing with you.


26 J. R. Lindermuth
Twitter: @jrlindermuth
February 14, 2015 at 11:53am

Definitely a prize-winner, Sunny. Loved the twist.
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27 Linda Thorne
Twitter: @lindamthorne
May 18, 2016 at 4:25pm

Great story. Good job. I got a lot of chocolates for Mother’s Day (even though I’m a step mom). Glad I’m reading this now. I may not ever look at chocolate candy the same again.
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28 MaryAnn Forbes May 20, 2016 at 10:19am

Great story, sweet revenge.


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