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Rhett Shepard

By the Book: Mystery Short Story

IN THE November 13 ISSUE

FROM THE 2021 Articles,
andMysteryrat's Maze,
andTerrific Tales

by Rhett Shepard

“Tell me,” said Sheriff Joe Williams, “why you think your copy of Moby Dick got stolen and why you thought a missing book was important enough for you to call me.” He pointed at a volume on the nearby coffee table. “Isn’t this it, right here?”

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by Rhett Shepard

Detective Max Huntington moved to another part of the victim’s living room, as he considered the crime from a new angle.
Bethany Sharples made a beautiful corpse, if the sight of a woman dead well before what should have been her time could be called beautiful. Her long, light blonde hair draped like a shimmering waterfall over the back of the sofa.


by Rhett Shepard

My wails had subsided into hiccups, but my fraternal twin brother, Sterling, continued to grip my right hand with a strength that testified to his determination.
“She ain’t no kind of witness,” growled our Granddaddy Abraham. “Ain’t no court of law that’ll take her word as legal testimony.”


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