A short story a day review

The Wedding Massacre by Jay Slayton-Joslin

by sandraseamans

I was checking out the new ezine “Slit Your Wrists” and found this flash story.  I liked the story but the lack of editing kept me from enjoying it fully.  There were too many small mistakes that could have been edited quite easily.  The story is about a wedding gone horribly wrong.  You can read the story here  http://slityourwristsmagazine.com/2012/04/20/the-wedding-massacre-by-jay-slayton-joslin/

The Bicycle Messenger, by Johnny Smith

by audreyrockstar

#43: The Bicycle Messenger, by Johnny Smith

Synopsis: Bike messenger in futuristic Japan predicts the end of the world. I think.

As I speed down the footpaths and streets of Namba and Shinsaibashi, my vision becomesa narrowed, unending striation of the way ahead, threading the tangles of people and traffic.

Honestly, the best part was the author’s bio: “Johnny Smith’s favorite pastimes are slouching and glaring menacingly at teenagers. As a native-born Texan, he possesses a mean mosey but also has a well developed stroll and saunter. This year he plans to branch out into the areas of ambling and trudging.”

“The Bicycle Messenger” is available free online at Smashwords.

The Squatter, Andy Henion, PLOTS WITH GUNS

by Patti Abbott

#119 PA
A great little story. Our protagonist might be a squatter but he has his code, which include baking cookies and recruiting similarly polite gents for a network of squatters. When he runs into Milo, a one-legged lunatic, things go awry. http://www.plotswithguns.com/Feb2012site/story-henion.html

Remember You Will Die by Susan Chalfin

by Barb Goffman

From the anthology Murder New York Style: Fresh Slices (L & L Dreamspell 2011)

98/366

A rich,  horrible man has terminal cancer, with just weeks to live. So he decides to make everyone he hates — apparently everyone he knows — suffer, too.

“The Moonlight Somnambulist” by Mór Jókai

by kattomic

“The Moonlight Somnambulist” by Mór Jókai

04.22.12

Story 112/366

Mór Jókai (Maurice Jókai) was an incredibly prolific Hungarian writer. This story originally appeared in a collection called In Love with the Czarina and other stories, published in 1894. Project Gutenberg has made a number of his (many) books and short stories available in multiple formats. “The Moonlight Somnambulist” is a story of a jealous man’s quest to possess a beautiful farmer’s daughter. You can read the story here.

See you tomorrow!

“Or You Can Drink The Wine…?” by Paul C. Doherty

by Arun

Source: The Mammoth Book of Egyptian Whodunnits

Story Number: 103

A locked room mystery dating from almost 3500 years ago, features one of Doherty’s chief characters Amerotke, the Chief Judge of Egypt.

The Lady Tiyea was supposed to have committed suicide but the circumstances under which her body has been found troubles Amerotke. The poison was found only in the wine and not anywhere else in the room, the wine hadn’t been completely consumed, the lady had taken a lot of trouble to apply makeup before retiring for the night (as was the custom then) and she had planned and instructed her servants on the tasks for the next day – a few key points which a person about to commit suicide wouldn’t think of carrying out.

But the circumstances doesn’t allow for any other explanation – the wine was poured in to the goblet by her maid who tasted it before handing it over to another servant who also took a sip before giving it to the lady, both these servants notice the Lady sipping the wine as soon as it is handed to her, she goes inside her room and locks it and a servant takes guard outside her room. When the door is broken open the next day, the Lady is dead due to a venomous poison which is found in the wine. If there was no way a person could have walked into the locked and guarded room, how was the poison induced? The clues are fairly laid out, the interviews of the husband and the servants are quite vivid and the final clue which Amerotke finds after a very detailed examination of the makeup kit – all of them clearly point to one person as the murderer and the reader should have the pleasure of identifying the solution much before it is revealed!

The Crime At Big Tree Portage by Hesketh Prichard

by Arun

Source: The Dead Witness – A Connoisseur’s Collection of Victorian Detective Stories edited by Michael Sims

Story Number: 102

A unique story for the following reason as cited in the introduction to this story: Hesketh Prichard has created an original and intriguing variation on the Sherlock Holmes type of detective in November Joe – a detective of the woods! He notices seemingly irrelevant minutiae in the wilds of the north; like Holmes, he turns coy about the clues’ importance until he is ready to talk – and, when he solves a case, doesn’t hesitate to serve as a vigilante judge and jury.

This story originally appeared as the third chapter of November Joe: Detective of the Woods and is set in the autumn of 1908. The narrator James Quartich has been asked to take a sabbatical and he decides to spend a few months hunting in the wilds of Canada but he ends up tagging along with Joe, who has been asked to investigate a murder at a camping site. The dead body of Henry Lyon and the woods are closely inspected for clues but both the gentlemen end up with different views of the murderer.  James is amazed at the keen observation skills of his companion who has pointed out that the murderer hasn’t left a single clue and that all the clues would be present in the previous camp which the gentlemen might have used. When they reach this camp, sure enough, they are able to make out that two men spent the night together and Joe propounds a series of observations about the characteristics of the murderer from the various clues strewn around, though he doesn’t explain as to how he inferred them from the available clues. To find the murderer, they go to the city where the murdered man lived, find out the names of the men who were absent (turns out to be 5) from the settlement during the crucial period, track down each one of them and just match the characters as propounded by Joe to one of them. Only then does he explain the significance of the clues!

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