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The Tell: Mystery Flash Fiction

IN THE August 8 ISSUE

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by Kevin R Tipple

“The Tell” is just one of a number of tales in Mind Slices: a Collection of New and Previously Published Stories available in e-book form at Amazon, Smashwords, Barnes and Noble and other sites. The author’s blog featuring reviews, market news, and more is at kevintipplescorner.blogspot.com.

“Phil, what have you done?”

Phil turned from his brother’s body to face his wife of twenty long years.

“I shot him dead.”

“Why, Phil? Why?”

“Because he lied. I saw his tell.”

“His tell? God, what are you talking about?”scratch

Lenore pushed past him and knelt at Steven’s side. She felt his neck in a futile cause, especially considering the way the blood was pooling out from underneath the body.

“You’ve been cheating on me with him. I asked him and he denied it before scratching his arm. That’s his tell. It’s how I beat him in poker.”

“You idiot! Steven had a flu shot yesterday. That’s why he was scratching.”

Phil’s gun roared again and Lenore fell over dead thanks to the hole in the center of her forehead.

“So, why did you keep tugging your earlobe, Lenore?”

He knew her new studs couldn’t be the answer.

Check out other mystery articles, reviews, book giveaways & short stories in our mystery section.

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Kevin R. Tipple is the author of Mind Slices: A Collection Of New And Previously Published Stories available in e-book form at Amazon, Smashwords, Barnes and Noble and other sites. The author’s blog featuring reviews, market news, and more is at kevintipplescorner.blogspot.com.

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1 Earl Staggs August 8, 2015 at 9:22am

Great flash story, Kevin! If anyone reading this wants to treat themselves to 16 more of Kevin’s fine stories, check out the ebook here: http://tinyurl.com/qcj6fhz
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2 Kevin R. Tipple
Twitter: @kevinrtipple
August 8, 2015 at 1:21pm

Thank you, Earl!

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3 Kaye George
Twitter: @KGeorgeMystery
August 8, 2015 at 10:37am

Nasty, brutish, and short. Love it!

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4 Nancy Clark August 8, 2015 at 11:37am

Short and wickedly sweet.

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5 Morgan Mandel
Twitter: @MorganMandel
August 8, 2015 at 12:01pm

Very cleverly done!

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6 Gail Farrelly
Twitter: @gailfarrelly
August 8, 2015 at 10:18pm

Bravo! A good one, Kevin.

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7 Barry Ergang August 9, 2015 at 5:58am

MIND SLICES contains many more examples of Kevin’s unconventional take on genre fiction.

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8 Kevin R. Tipple
Twitter: @kevinrtipple
August 9, 2015 at 7:11pm

Thank you all! Much appreciated!

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9 Lida Bushloper August 9, 2015 at 9:44pm

I love it. Lida
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10 J. R. Lindermuth
Twitter: @jrlindermuth
August 10, 2015 at 5:13am

Short and to the point. Good stuff, Kevin.
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11 Kevin R. Tipple
Twitter: @kevinrtipple
August 12, 2015 at 12:05pm

Thank you all very much! I am a bit stunned by the positive reception here and elsewhere about one of my pieces. Very grateful.

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12 Maddy
Twitter: @MadMcEwen?lang=en
September 3, 2015 at 4:25pm

I’ll stop fiddling with my earrings in that case- thanks for the warning.

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13 Kevin R. Tipple
Twitter: @kevinrtipple
September 3, 2015 at 4:50pm

lol….good idea, Maddy.

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14 Jan Christensen
Twitter: @JanSChristenen
May 28, 2017 at 1:55pm

Great story, Keven. Made me smile.

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15 Kevin R. Tipple
Twitter: @kevinrtipple
May 28, 2017 at 5:03pm

Thanks, Jan!

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