Murder Mysteries

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The winner of the Carrot Ranch challenge #7 was announced this morning. A little murderous musing before the holiday cheer sets in.

Challenge #7: Murderous Musings.  Write a flash fiction in 109 words, no more, no less and weave a murderous vibe through an every-day setting, either in thought or deed.

Murder Mysteries

Margaret loved murder mysteries, anything with forensics, cops making sense of clues, how the most minute residue or oversight unlocked a case. Recently published books served her best, ones scribed by someone in the “industry.” Those pages taught her about poisons, carbon monoxide, overdoses, DNA, sanitation, those darn receipts that could follow you forever, surveillance cameras on every corner… At times, it overwhelmed her.

Herbert didn’t understand the fascination. He insisted real life wasn’t like books, and murders frequently went unsolved. Well, that depressed her. The whole point was creating a finely tuned reality. When she finally got around to murdering herself, she wanted Herbert to take the fall.

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To read a fabulous winning story by Marje Mallon and the judge’s picks, click here: Carrot Ranch

 

99 thoughts on “Murder Mysteries

  1. Awesome ending! *-* Wasn’t expecting that..
    I’d never be able to succeed something so short. Like ever. I’m obssessed with words. Lol. *cough* redundancy is real :v

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  2. Steph McCoy says:

    That’ll show Herbert. Loved the ending, brilliant! Happy New Year Diana!!

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  3. Absolutely loooove this! I did not see the ending coming hahaha
    Amazing piece, Diana 🙂

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  4. Excellent, Diana. I’m never gonna mess with Margaret, Ha ha.

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  5. Tina Frisco says:

    Well that’s a fine case of cutting off one’s nose to spite one’s face. Well done, Diana. And btw, ShittyFlute made my day! Merry Christmas, my friend! ❤

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  6. It always fascinates me how much of a story can be told in so few words. Great bit! Have a wonderful holiday weekend, D!

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  7. I’m so intimidated by your response to these challenges, that I haven’t tried one yet. One of these days…. HoHoHo to us storytellers. We can write about revenge, truth, fear in thrilling words, then relax and chortle with our cup of coffee or tea. (can you hear me chortling here?) xo

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  8. Ha! Serves him right! 😉 Lovely story, Diana! ❤

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  9. Teri Polen says:

    Ooooh – that was a nice ending, Diana.

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  10. Annika Perry says:

    Congratulations to Marje and I’m so happy for her and this win! 😀 Loved both yours and hers…

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  11. Its fantastic Diana! poor fellow! hope he will catch her!

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    • Herbert doesn’t think much about Mildred, so I don’t think he will catch her. He’ll think about her when he’s in prison, though. Thanks for reading my murderous little story, Sharmishtha. Happy Writing and Happy Holidays. 🙂

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  12. Wow ! Diana, good one…I certainly didn’t see that twist coming 🙂 Merry Christmas Diana and Happy New Year to you and your family. 🙂 x

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  13. Ravensare says:

    What a nice twist and wicked ending! 😀

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  14. This is really good, Diana. I enjoyed it a lot.

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  15. Take that last sentence and open with it–yikes! I know–you couldn’t fit the how and why in 109 words, but really?

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    • I wish I’d been able to fit in the why, Jacqui. Here it is – He didn’t think about her at all. After she’s done, he’s going to be thinking about her every day for the rest of his life in prison. 😀 I shouldn’t laugh, but I can’t help it. Thanks for reading, and Merry Christmas.

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  16. Steven Baird says:

    Well done, Diana. Nice little twist!

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  17. Joanne Sisco says:

    Oooo – deviant! Makes one wonder what poor Herbert did to deserve this cruelty 🙂

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  18. You killed this competition, Diana. 😉

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  19. Well done. Not quite the end I was anticipating 🙂

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  20. A great fiction story, Diana. I loved the twist at the end. Herbert should have paid more attention. Good writing as always. 🙂 — Suzanne

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  21. Short but so focussed… great write, Diana! 🙂

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  22. dgkaye says:

    Not quite a Christmas story, lol, but nonetheless, expertly done! 🙂 xx

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  23. balroop2013 says:

    Murder mysteries could be very safe in your hands Diana! Brilliantly handled! 🙂 It may seem a little bizarre after reading this story but I must say… Have a wonderful Christmas. 🙂

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  24. Nice twist at the end. You’re developing a feel for this micro-flash format. 🙂

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  25. swalia says:

    The end was totally unexpected. Brilliant!

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  26. Great twist, Diana. ❤ To bring Christmas into your flash, I think Margaret is probably going to do the deed, Christmas Eve. 🙂 Poor Herbert.

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  27. I’m smiling here! Never saw this end coming.

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  28. I could never write something so clever. Well done, Diana!

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  29. Whoa! Didn’t see that coming, Diana… Thanks for another great shorty.

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  30. Erik says:

    First, abduction over at Suzanne’s, and now this! ;D

    I don’t suppose the prompt left you much choice (all though anyone who’s read your books knows that you’re not afraid to murder characters).

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    • Ha ha. No choice since the theme of this challenge was definitely murderous! And I hate killing off characters. I cry and blubber with each one, Erik. But it must be done for art. Poor things. 😀

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      • Erik says:

        I love that you mourn the loss of characters whose fates are entirely in your hands. I have to say, though — you do make the right decisions, there, even as we hate it.

        (I also just noticed that I “murdered” one of my sentences with “all though.” It still always surprises me when I see things like that, given the amount of time I spend editing in other settings.)

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  31. The twist is very clever Diana – more suited to Halloween though perhaps….

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  32. This is fabulous. I must give this a go! The competition is tough!❤️😊

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  33. HA! Loved that ending, Diana! 🙂

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  34. Ha! Loved it Diana. Still chuckling. Hugs.

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  35. Mae Clair says:

    *applause* Love your ending! 🙂

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