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Obsessive Compulsive Amateur Sleuth, Scene 8

Obsessive Compulsive Amateur Sleuth, Scene 8

"Obsessive Compulsion" Scene 8 It was bright outside, and the sun appeared friendly. Bennington drove ten prolonged minutes to the hospital. Previous surveillance efforts paid off, because Erin was just reaching her automobile in the parking lot when he arrived...

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Corona, Coronaaaaa… Virus

Corona, Coronaaaaa… Virus

What I Did This Coronavirus.   Not much, it seems. Maybe it’s like that for you as well. All this free time… we all know the adage—ain’t nothing free. They made me work anyway. It’s harder to work when everybody you know is at home writing books with all the...

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Obsessive Compulsive Amateur Sleuth, Scene 7

Obsessive Compulsive Amateur Sleuth, Scene 7

"Obsessive Compulsion" Scene 7 Mirabelle sat straight up in the high back wing chair. She stared past Bennington at evidences for his listening skills posted on the wall. He knew what was there, holding her attention. His oversized diploma refused to hang straight....

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Kindle paperwhite Giveaway

Kindle paperwhite Giveaway

And the Winner Is...   Happy Middle of a Worldwide Shutdown! Are you doing anything exciting this weekend? I imagine not. Unless you're reading a good book! The results from the Kindle Paperwhite Bundle contest have now come through. The lucky winner is Qboss,...

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Obsessive Compulsive Amateur Sleuth, Scene 6

Obsessive Compulsive Amateur Sleuth, Scene 6

"Obsessive Compulsion" Scene 6 The smell of rain still in his nose, Bennington stared at the pictures hanging in their melancholy entryway. Water ran down his cheeks as he tugged the overcoat free and suspended its soggy bulk from the coatrack. She’d chosen broody...

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Obsessive Compulsive Amateur Sleuth, Scene 5

Obsessive Compulsive Amateur Sleuth, Scene 5

"Obsessive Compulsion" Scene 5 A thunderhead built its impending delivery outside of Bennington’s large office window. The rising collection of moisture and pressure mirrored the feeling in his head. The cloud took shape as a man with a whip wrapped around his collar....

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Mark Wm Smith

On occasion, Mark lived down the street from the last whorehouse in the West, spit dust from the end of a trail drive and stood beside the hardened lawmen facing down anarchist rebels.

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“Desert Miles” Short Story
Amateur Sleuth in the Desert, One Point One

Amateur Sleuth in the Desert, One Point One

"Desert Miles" Scene 1 A four-foot tall dust devil skipped across Main Street, stuttering for a moment between Miles Thurman and the Law. It bobbed and weaved with the expertise of a boxer. Juneau poked his damp nose at a loose candy...

“Murder in The Orient” Short Story
Hard-Boiled Amateur Sleuth, Episode One

Hard-Boiled Amateur Sleuth, Episode One

Murder at the Edge of the Orient, Episode One There’s a heat that wraps you in its steamy wet blanket. An oppressive tropical heat. It pretends to shield you while locking you inside a cocoon of sensory depravation. The kind of heat that...

“Obsessive Compulsive” Short Story
Obsessive Compulsive Amateur Sleuth, Scene 2

Obsessive Compulsive Amateur Sleuth, Scene 2

"Obsessive Compulsion" Scene 2 Bennington ran the tips of his fingers over the glowing surface of the elm wood tabletop on which he and his wife, Gloria, had consumated their marital agreement.  Gloria hoovered past on the hardwood floor...

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Corona, Coronaaaaa… Virus

Corona, Coronaaaaa… Virus

What I Did This Coronavirus.   Not much, it seems. Maybe it’s like that for you as well. All this free time… we all know the adage—ain’t nothing free. They made me work anyway. It’s harder to work when everybody you know is at home...

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