Yellow Roses: A Mystery Short, Short Story

Apr 4, 2015 | 2015 Articles, Mysteryrat's Maze, Terrific Tales

by Kaye George

Originally published in Michael Bracken’s magazine on January 23, 2013.

Wanted to buy:
Gardening equipment, esp. wheelbarrow, spade, rose trellis.

SWF who likes gardening seeking SWM same. Must love yellow roses. Call 555-123-4567 eves M-F.yellow roses

To “Guy who loves roses”: I’ll be wearing a yellow rose in my hair. Dew Drop Inn, 9 Sat.

Wanted to hire:
Florist to decorate yard for wedding reception. Theme: yellow roses.

House to trade:
Will trade bungalow with small yard for small house with big yard. Must have sunny spot for roses and space for compost pile.

Wanted to hire:
Nanny weekdays while Mom and Dad are at work. Some gardening required.

Wanted to hire:
Gardener for large bed of roses. Owners too busy to tend them.yellow rose

Wanted to hire:
Private Investigator to track husband. Pictures needed.

For Sale to highest bidder: slightly used gardening equipment: wheelbarrow, spade, etc. Also beautiful yellow rose plants for transplanting.

Compost by the bucket. Cheap.

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Kaye George writes several mystery series and her short stories appear in anthologies, magazines, and her own collection. Fat Cat Spreads Out is coming from Berkley Prime Crime June 2nd. She lives in Knoxville, TN. You can learn more on her website.


  1. Fun story!

  2. Loved it, thanks!

  3. I’m so glad all of you like this! It was something that rolled around in my head for quite a while before it came out. So happy it got picked up here!

  4. Great story, Kaye! Loved it. Nupur


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