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Father’s Day

by Pam De Voe

“A village elder just reported a suicide at the home of Master Xiao Hong-gui.” Fu-hao slicked his hair back and shook his head in disapproval. “We’ve only been here a week and we already have a suicide!”


by Jim Bulls

It was a cold and windy, West Texas thunderstorm that was pounding Amherst’s brand-new South Plains Farmer’s Co-Op Hospital when Howard Bulls joined the ranks of fatherhood. He was well aware that this honor could be short-lived: my mother had been hospitalized since the first day of March, battling toxemia. I arrived at two pounds, and with no incubator available, Dr. McDonald gave me a life expectancy of three days. Using the technology of a chicken brooder, the janitor rigged up a tent and a heat lamp over my crib.


by Susan Oleksiw

The sounds of happy chatter ricocheted around the large room as shoppers inspected handmade sweaters, birdhouses, holiday decorations, and more. A table sagged under homemade pies, breads, and sweets. Youngsters jostled in line for a toss-and-win game.

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by Kaye George

“Be sure you gouge out the eyes, Imogene,” Hortense filled the Dutch oven with water to boil the potatoes.
Immy attacked the spuds, peeling off skin and popping out the eyes with the pointed part of the peeler. “Why do they call them eyes, Mother?” The operation was taking on gruesome overtones for the seven-year-old. “Potatoes can’t see anything.”


by J.R. Lindermuth

I’m sheriff over to Arahpot and one thing folks know about me is I don’t shirk my duty, especially not when it comes to women and kids. I just wasn’t prepared for what awaited me this day.


by Sharon Tucker

“Fathers are important,” Jesse Stone tells a rebellious teenager in Robert B. Parker’s Night Passage. Love him or hate him, whether he is too present in your life or too absent, whether he’s a good father or a nightmare, and even if he is all of the above–we recognize the father as an inescapable archetype whose influence reverberates throughout our lives, proving to be infinitely fertile ground for writers to plunder. Lee Harris’s The Father’s Day Murder makes surprising use of the holiday as the major theme at the heart of her novel. Jonathan Kellerman’s The Butcher’s Theater strongly illustrates the influence for good or ill a father wields. Leonard Holton’s Out Of The Depths reminds us that not all good fathers sire children.


by Herschel Cozine

The disappearance of Jeff Lisbon is still a topic of conversation wherever people gather. It seemed incredible at the time that someone as famous as he could simply vanish without a trace. Sure, it happens now and then–take Jimmy Hoffa, for example, but this case was different. There wasn’t any rational explanation for Lisbon to “take a ride.”He wasn’t in that line of work. Ask any baseball fan and he will tell you about Jeff Lisbon. He was one of the greats. He broke into the Major Leagues in 1954, when ballplayers were still playing for the love of the game and not because they could make millions just for hitting 200.

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by Brenda Williamson

“Happy Father’s Day,” she told him, as they stood in the moonlight on the boardwalk at the deserted marina. “When I kill you and you vanish, the kids will think you abandoned them; this will be the last Father’s Day they will remember you fondly.”


by Gail Farrelly

Gail has shared many fun stories with KRL and we are happy she is helping us celebrate Father’s Day with this Father’s Day salute. There is a coupon for Valentino’s Italian Restaurant at the end of this story you can use to take dad out for a special meal. The photo we used for this article is of my own father who passed away last August–the best dad ever!


by J.R. Lindermuth

Despite his other faults, I’ve always regarded Donovan as a good father. So it came as a surprise the night he sided with his wife, Charmaine, and refused to give his daughter money for something she wanted.

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by Leslie Ann Budewitz

In honor of Father’s Day enjoy a mystery short story by Leslie Ann Budewitz featuring a father. The End Of The Line was first published in Aflred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine in 2006. This one is a little longer than we usually publish, but was too good to pass up! Enjoy!


The Origins of Father’s Day


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by Margaret Mendel

In 1906 when Sonora Smart Dodd of Spokane, Washington, learned of the establishment of a new holiday, Mother’s Day, she began to work toward a day each year that would honor fatherhood. Ms. Dodd’s father, William Smart, a Civil War veteran, had raised Ms. Dodd and her five siblings all by himself after their mother died.


by Christopher Lewis

Father’s Day is a hard day for many people. It’s a day set aside to honor fathers, but the reality is that many of us don’t feel like honoring our fathers. Why? Because many of us have not been given a very good image of fatherhood. For many, the term “father” refers to a man who abandoned us when we were small. For others, it brings to mind an angry man who beat us or a perverse one who abused us.


by Jack Bates

This week KRL mystery fans get a little bonus with an original mystery short story featuring a father in honor of Father’s Day. This story has never before published and was written by Jack Bates, a 2011 Deringer Finalist for Best Short Story. While this story isn’t strictly a mystery, it does involve fighting evil for the sake of one’s family, so I hope you will enjoy.


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