“Dawson Roarke, you are under arrest for the murder of Grady Tyrell Johnstone. You have the right to remain silent. And, uh, wait, there’s more but …”
“Grady is dead?” Roarke screamed. “Dead? No! He was my friend! I sure didn’t kill him! No!”
Roarke, a recent parolee from Statesville prison, had just finished the lunch shift at his dreary dishwashing job and was headed home to take an afternoon nap before his dinner shift started. Jasper County Sheriff Melvin P. Weemly stumbled through the rest of the Miranda warning while Deputy Bobby Boone Kyle, formerly a bone-busting All-State defensive tackle, kept a mean grip on Roarke’s wrists. Roarke, a career cat burglar who’d served prison time in two states, no doubt could have recited the Miranda warning better than the sheriff did.
Satisfied that Roarke understood his Constitutional rights, however clumsily presented, Weemly nodded to a smirking Deputy Kyle, who marched his prisoner the few steps to the Sheriff’s Department SUV, slammed him face first against the vehicle’s hood, and handcuffed him. Kyle tightened the cuffs and twisted Roarke’s arms until Roarke’s hands went numb.
“Nah, you wouldn’t hurt poor ole Grady,” the grinning deputy said as he shoved Roarke toward the back of the SUV. “Who ever heard of a dirtbag convict falling out with a prison buddy?”
“We were friends. I didn’t kill him. I didn’t even know he was dead.”
Good story with interesting characters. I loved Miz Lucille.
Great story. Fun characters and a well done puzzle.
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I've been a subscriber for several years but just found these comment pages. I like the old fashioned traditional mysteries so this one I really enjoyed. Good job!
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That's a good one. All the suspects, all the clues, all the red-herrings, all the distractions. You made it hard to figure out. Lots of personality in your characters as well.
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Good Story Peter. Miz Lucille was a nice touch but the yapping poodle was better
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I love a good mystery, and this is one! Thanks for the fabulous read! Miz Lucille is wonderful added character. You had me wondering! Thumbs up!
Nice work. Congratulations!
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