Once upon a Crime…. a Challenge from Rory, A Guy Called Bloke.

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It was a cold and frosty morning when the telephone rang on Inspector Kristian’s desk.

He was just in the middle of dunking his chocolate hobnob in his tea, it was the crucial third dunk, the one where he would either place the gooey mess into his mouth, or the whole thing would disintegrate into the cup. Quickly he shoved the soggy biscuit into his mouth then reached for the phone.

“Yes?” He said, or would have had his mouth not been full of biscuit.

The person at the other end knew his little foibles and understood him anyway.

“It’s Officer Rory speaking Sir. There’s been a Murder. Can you come to the Lighthouse at Paula’s Point straight away?”

“Typical” Muttered the Inspector to himself “I was just looking forward to putting my feet up and reading another Agatha Christie novel.”

He picked up his large, leather Gladstone bag, filled with all the tricks of his trade and ran out of the door. The quicker he got this done, the quicker he could have afternoon tea.

On Arrival, Officer Rory greeted him at the entrance to the old Lighthouse.

“So, Officer, what do we have here then?”

“Well, Sir, we have the body of a Lady. She was found slumped in a large leather armchair. It was the Lighthouse keepers daughter. She was tending the lighthouse for her Mother, who is away on vacation. Someone called the police when the lights all went out.”

As he entered the building, the Inspector couldn’t help feeling a sense of Deja vu. He had done this all before.

The main room was decorated with flock wallpaper, a flowery patterned carpet and chintzy armchairs. In a leather armchair, by an empty fireplace, slumped the body of the murder victim. Next to her was a small table, on which there was a diary. There was also an old fashioned Tiffany lamp with a shade covered in multicoloured glass in the design of a dragonfly. On the floor was a crushed page from the diary.

At first, there did not appear to be any injuries on the body. No blood, no wounds of any kind. The inspector could smell something, though. Something that reminded him of bonfire night.

Suddenly it came to him and he jumped up exclaiming “Sparklers!”

Officer Rory in a calm and deadpan manner asked: “What was that, Sir?”

“Sparklers, my dear fellow. That is what I can smell. This lady has been electrocuted!”

As they took the body away, the Inspector picked up the piece of paper from the floor.

The date was that of the night before. On it was scrawled “We need to maintain secrecy at all times. No one need know. Dinner is served at 8pm”

The Diary itself gave no clues it had been a gift to the victim, in it was an inscription.

“Dear Sadje, You have a dream. Keep it Alive. Lots of Love. M.”

The Inspector sat down in one of the other chairs, with swirls of paisley and a gold coloured antimacassar, and had a think.

When he entered the building something had plucked at his brain, but what?

Officer Rory came in with a young lady wearing overalls and carrying a large bag.

“This is the electrician, Sir. She has come to fix the electrics so we can switch the light back on. Don’t want any ships crashing on the rocks, It’s dangerous waters around Paula’s Point. Have you finished sir?”

Inspector Kristian stood up. He recognised this young woman. She did several jobs around the town. He had last seen her singing her heart out in the local night club. He also recognised her perfume.

“Officer Rory, arrest that woman. She is the murderer!”

The woman tensed and dropped her bag. It fell to the floor with a loud bang. Several heavy tools fell out and rolled across the floor. She tried to run, but another officer stood by the door. She turned and exclaimed to the Inspector “But how did you know?”

“I recognised your perfume, my dear. It’s Poison, isn’t it? I smelt it that night when you sang at the karaoke bar and I smelt it again when I entered here. I knew you have done many jobs, but I didn’t know you were also an electrician. It would have taken an electrician to carefully remove the plug, electrocute the victim with the bare wires, then put the plug back on. You were clever, my dear, but you couldn’t fool Inspector Kristian.”

“But Sir, What was the Motive?” Officer Rory asked.

“I believe it was Blackmail. She was going to talk wasn’t she?” The Inspector replied, turning to Crushed Caramel, the electrician.

“Yes, I told her a secret about my friend, Tao, and she said she would talk if I didn’t give her £1000. I don’t have that kind of money. I knew that I could use the old Tiffany lamp to electrocute her. I thought I could get away with it, but you are too clever for me.”

With the Crime Solved, Inspector Kristian returned to the office and while typing up his report enjoyed an enormous scone smothered in cream and jam.

The End.

 

So, Hopefully, I haven’t missed anything or anyone. This story is a bit of light-hearted fun, written in response to this challenge set by A Guy Called Bloke, see the post here:

Once Upon A Blog Crime ……..

Who is the victim?

https://lifeafter50forwomen.com/

Who is the murderer?

https://crushedcaramel.wordpress.com/

Who is the location?

https://lightmotifs.wordpress.com/

Who is the murder weapon?

https://sparksfromacombustiblemind.com/

Who is the motive?

https://tao-talk.com/

 

I hope no one was offended by this story.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Nope Book Tag

I have been tagged by the brilliant Haunted Wordsmith,

https://thehauntedwordsmith.wordpress.com/2018/11/06/nope-book-tag/

I am going to confess something. I am not a very well read person. I read very slowly and am very picky about what I choose to read. I do not like reading something that upsets me. I have a very vivid imagination and really get absorbed into a book. It’s a bit like a method actor who is playing the role of a psychopath and becomes impossible to live with because they ‘live’ their roles. If I read a book and it’s sad and depressing, it really starts to affect my mood. I remember once reading a Crime novel and then it turned out that the perspective the book was written from was the actual killer. I felt chilled for days, it felt like I had done it!!

So for that reason, I have not read a lot of the great classics that I feel I should have.

I love writing but I’m not really much of a reader.

With that confession out of the way, I will answer the questions.

Questions:

  1. Ending: A book ending that made you go NOPE either in denial, rage or simply because the ending was crappy.  – OK, another confession, I love reading fantasy fiction. One series of books I really loved was the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan. The series went on and on and on and some of the books were better than others (My favourite was The Shadow Rising). In the end, the Author died before they could be finished and another author had to complete the last book. It’s called A Memory of Light, and I hated the ending because my favourite character dies. 
  2. Protagonist: A main character you dislike and drives you crazy – I am wracking my brains but I can’t think of one. When a book is turned into a film, then I find I dislike it. When they made the Da Vinci Code and they cast Tom Hanks as the main character, that ruined it for me. I am not a fan. 
  3. Series: A series that turned out to be one huge pile of NOPE after you’ve invested all of that time and energy on it, or a series you gave up on because it wasn’t worth it anymore. – In the Fantasy Genre, there is a series by Terry Goodkind which started with the book Wizards First Rule. I really enjoyed them at first but in the end, found them so depressing that I gave up halfway through. I have never read the last few books in the series. 
  4. Popular pairing: A Ship you don’t support. – I don’t understand what that means ‘A Ship?’ You mean, like The Titanic? 
  5. Plot Twist: A plot twist you didn’t see coming or didn’t like. – I have a vivid imagination and can usually imagine any eventuality before it happens. I am rarely taken by surprise. 
  6. Protagonist action/decision that made you shake your head nope. – Can’t think of anything, sorry. 
  7. Genre: A genre you will never read. – I won’t read any Hardcore Supernatural Horror, because I will be sucked into the book and end up making the story into my own reality. 
  8. Book format: Book formatting you hate and avoid buying until it comes out in a different edition. – Well, I absolutely detest the Comic Sans type, but I have never come across a book that uses it, so I’m OK with the format of most books. 
  9. A trope that makes you go nope. – I looked up what trope means, it isn’t a word I would ever use, I think it is a word used more often in the US rather than the UK. I am not bothered by Tropes. Happy endings, Dreams sequences, long-lost family member, amnesia, I am fine with all of those. 
  10. Recommendation: A book recommendation that is constantly hyped and pushed at you that you refuse to read. – There are loads of famous books that I have never read and will never read, the one that jumps to mind is Fifty Shades of Grey. 
  11. Cliche/pet peeve: A cliche or writing pet peeve that always makes you roll your eyes. – In David Eddings books he often had scenes where people of widely different characters and social standings (for example a young Queen, an Old Soldier, an urchin and a thief) would chat together in an informal and friendly manner. I enjoyed his books, but I used to find these scenes a bit cringeworthy. 
  12. Love interest: The love interest that’s not worthy of being one. A character you don’t think should have been a viable love interest. – Ginny Weasley…
  13. Book: A book that shouldn’t have existed that made you say nope. – I am not sure about this one, sorry. 
  14. Villain: A scary villain/antagonist you would hate to cross and would make you run in the opposite direction. – Voldemort looks quite scary, All the villains in Horror novels like Pennywise. 
  15. Death: A character death that still haunts you. – Dumbledore – Oh, the Pain.
  16. NOPE! Author: An author you had a bad experience reading and have decided to quit. – George R.R. Martin, Author of Game of Thrones. I started reading the first book, years before the series came out and I hated the fact that all the people who had morals that I admired died and all the unscrupulous characters thrived. I never read any more, nor have I seen the series. 

 

Now, who should I Tag?

If anyone would like to have a go, please do.

Sunshine Blogger Award Nomination

YAY! It’s been a while and I am over the moon and cock a hoop to have been nominated for this award by Jay-Lyn over at the Wonderful and Wacky World of One Single Mom.

If you haven’t already done so, I recommend you click on the link below and visit her wonderful and wacky world. 🙂

https://daisymae874.wordpress.com/2018/10/27/sunshine-blogger-award-4/comment-page-1/#comment-3186

 

The rules are:

• Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link back to them.
• Answer the 11 questions asked by the blogger who nominated you.
• Nominate 11 other bloggers and ask them 11 new questions.
• Notify the nominees by commenting on one of their blog posts.
• List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your post.

 

So here we go:

  1. Do you believe in true love?
  2. Summer or Winter?
  3. If you could travel anywhere in the world where would it be?
  4. Have you ever sat in your car and cried for no reason other than being sad?
  5. Science Fiction or Fantasy?
  6. If you could be any fantasy character what type would you be?
  7. If you discovered the secret to slowing down the aging process would you use it?
  8. Walking through the forest you come upon a large tree with a door in it, do you open the door?
  9. If you opened the door in the above question what did you find?
  10. If you did not open the door in question 8 why not?
  11. Favorite all time Halloween costume.

 

My answers as follows:

  1. Yes, I do. Call me an old softy, but I do believe in true love and love at first sight, but I also believe that it is not the be all and end all. If you find someone who makes you happy, then love can grow too. Don’t ditch it because you don’t think it’s true love and spend the rest of your life searching when you already had something great.
  2. Both Summer and Winter have the positives and negatives for me. My favourite season is Spring because it isn’t too hot nor too cold and everything is coming back to life, the daffodils and crocuses are flowering and often the promise of summer is better than its reality.
  3. I often dream that in my lifetime they could invent teleportation because I hate flying. I would love to visit the South Island of New Zealand. I’ve done the North Island but never the South. I would also like to visit Macchu Picchu, The Grand Canyon, Niagara Falls and Iceland…. to name just a few. 🙂
  4. Yes. I sometimes find myself feeling sad for no apparent reason, but I try to focus on happy stuff or play my happy playlist (which I shared with you all on previous posts) to help shift my brain back into a more positive zone.
  5. I prefer fantasy fiction to Sci-Fi. I love anything to do with magic. Even Star Wars, which is a meld of the two genres I like because of ‘the force’ and the Jedi and Sith, which is pure fantasy in a Sci-Fi setting.
  6. I would always be the Wizard or Magic user. Even when I was a very young child I always wanted to be the Magic one with a beard. My cousin still reminds me that I would say “You can be the Warrior and I’ll be Merlin” when I was about six years old.
  7. Would I slow down the Ageing process if I could? Well if there were no repercussions, for example, looking younger but being in constant pain, then yes I would. It would be even better if I could share it would the people I love too. What’s the point in living forever if you constantly watch your loved ones die. If i could share it around, then Brilliant.
  8. Yep. I don’t think I could resist. Also, I love trees, so I would probably want to move in and live there.
  9. I found a home, with a library full of books and a kitchen and a note saying “I have left this place, please move in and look after it for me until I come back”.
  10. I did, I wouldn’t be able to cope with the constant ‘what if’ if I hadn’t opened it.
  11. Favourite all-time Halloween costume? I once went to a fancy dress party as a cross between a Vampire and Adam Ant – for those who don’t know who Adam Ant is I have included a link below. I remember getting served very quickly at the bar for the first (and last) time ever!

 

My Questions:

  1. Do you like Halloween?
  2. What method of murder do you most like to see in films/movies?
  3. Horror or Comedy?
  4. What’s your favourite thing to do with a pumpkin?
  5. If you could choose between ruling the world or living in paradise which would you choose?
  6. What human trait do you like the most?
  7. Which human trait do you dislike the most?
  8. If we discovered an inhabitable planet and had the option to start a new life there, would you?
  9. Do you believe in ghosts? If yes, have you had an experience you’d like to share?
  10. Have you ever had a recurring Nightmare? Share it with us, if so.
  11. If you had to remove either Halloween or Christmas from the calendar so no one could celebrate it ever again, which would you choose?

 

OK, My nominees are:

The Britchy One

A Little Something For The Weekend?

Ang4Him of Journey to Imperfection

https://journeytoimperfectionblog.wordpress.com/2018/10/24/lets-talk-about-boys/

Mel from Crushed Caramel

https://crushedcaramel.wordpress.com/2018/10/27/how-i-used-my-extra-hour-last-year/

Victoria from Family Matters

https://familymatters389367221.wordpress.com/2018/10/27/color-my-world/

Kristian from Life Lessons Around the Dinner Table

https://lifelessonsaroundthedinnertable.wordpress.com/2018/10/25/kristians-world-of-horror-day-25/

Reflections of an Untidy Mind

The Changing Seasons – October

MsJadeli of Tao Talk

Poetry Day 27 — Nightwings

and Melanie B Cee of Sparks from a combustible Mind.

https://sparksfromacombustiblemind.com/2018/10/26/dps-for-10-26-18/

 

There is no pressure to do this, so if you’d rather not, then fine.

I apologise if any of you are ‘non-award’ sites and I just haven’t noticed….

 

Have a great weekend everyone. 🙂

 

WOW! I have reached 500 Followers! THANK YOU xxx

 

500 Follows!
Congratulations on getting 500 total followers on Tales from the mind of Kristian!
I Wish to Thank everyone who is following me. I don’t think I would ever have thought that I would achieve 500 followers! I am amazed, overwhelmed and feeling lots of other emotions.
It has really made my week.
This is despite a decrease in my output of late.
I am also going to be OFFLINE next week and so will not be reading or liking any posts or engaging in any challenges, which I will miss.
I will try to arrange to schedule some posts, maybe a few Flashbacks of previous posts and my Word of the Day posts are all scheduled.
I may well come back to find that my followers have dropped below this fantastic mark again, but that is the way with blogging. I am just so thrilled to have reached this figure.
THANK YOU AGAIN and I hope you all have a fantastic week.

Another Anniversary, well Monthiversary

Today marks Three Months since I began my blog.

This is such a fantastic milestone for me, because I tend to give up and move on to something new after 2 months and here I am after three months and still blogging!

I started with absolutely no blogging experience and very little technical knowledge.

I am so proud to say I now have 213 followers.

I have Posted 334 posts (this one will make 335).

I have had 7,759 views, 2,808 visitors and 4,061 likes.

I must be doing OK then? You must like some of the stories and poems that come out of this crazy head of mine. Surely?

I wanted to share again with you two of my earlier posts:

This one has had the fewest views, probably because I posted in on my very first day:

https://talesfromthemindofkristian.wordpress.com/2018/03/07/the-piano-of-anxiety/

Let me know what you think.

This one is one of my most viewed story posts:

https://talesfromthemindofkristian.wordpress.com/2018/05/11/the-woman-in-the-wood-a-witchy-tale/

Have I improved?

The only reason I haven’t given up, it because of the lovely encouraging comments I get from you. THANK YOU SO MUCH.

I have enjoyed the blogging process so much more than I thought I would.

I enjoy reading other blogs and seeing what it out there. I have also made a lot of blogging friends along the way, from all over the world. That has been a huge bonus.

Bless you. XXX

 

 

Summer Sizzle – Word Prompt

This is my attempt at a short story from the word prompt: Sizzle that I posted earlier.

See the link below:

https://talesfromthemindofkristian.wordpress.com/2018/05/25/word-prompt-pilot-exercise/

The Young man lay on his back and looked at the sun through his slightly open fingers.

He laid on an old blanket, a tartan of blue and yellow, on the warm sandy beach. Only the sound of the sea lapping on the shore and the gentle breathing of a beautiful young woman lying beside him.

He reflected that life doesn’t get much better than this. The smell of the salty air, with just a light odour of seaweed, mingled with the coconut smell of the suntan oil his girlfriend was wearing.

She lay on her front in her blue bikini bottoms, her top lying unlaced to expose her oiled skin to the suns rays.

He could smell the sizzle of her skin.

“I think It’s time you turned over darling, or you’ll get sunburn.”

She lifted her head and lowered her dark rimmed Jackie O sunglasses and lazily replied “Oh just a few more minutes. It feels so good to have the sun on my back after that awful winter we had.”

Looking back on those moments of blissful joy they were bittersweet now as they waited in the clinic for the results of the biopsy.

The Doctor called them into his room. His beautiful wife of seven years looked very apprehensive as he squeezed her hand.

“I am sorry Mrs Clarke, the moles we took from your back are cancerous. Hopefully we have caught them early enough. You will need to undergo radiotherapy as soon as possible.”

The End

Copyright Kristian Fogarty 25/05/2018

Daily Post – You should feel Guilty

I was Flabbergasted when I heard about the demise of the Daily Post, and the Daily Word Prompt. It was an excellent way of stimulating those creative juices and reaching out to a wider community of bloggers, thus attaining more followers.

I think you should definitely feel guilty.

Please see my post below.

https://talesfromthemindofkristian.wordpress.com/2018/05/25/word-prompt-pilot-exercise/

 

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/guilty/

 

via Daily Prompt: Guilty

WORD PROMPT – Pilot Exercise

Due to the sad demise of the Daily post word prompt, I have suggested that I do a Word Prompt a couple of times a week. 

Dee Kelly at Thriving not Surviving has also said she will start posting Word Prompts

See link below:

https://gratefulsinglemoms.com/2018/05/24/to-the-daily-post-community-thank-you/

We will never have the same scope and outreach as the Daily Post but we can only do our best.

If you share our posts around to reach a wider audience, it may just work.

 

Ok,

WORD PROMPT: SIZZLE