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Ian Thorn was happy with his reputation as the finest mind in England, his impressive number of completed cases, and the money that piled up in his bank account. What he could live without were the bodies.

It was all right at first. His clients came in and he solved their murders. But then he found a man stabbed to death on the Underground during his morning commute. A visit to his brother’s house in the country revealed a secret Satanic cult.

Solving mysteries was all very good, but he preferred not to have his work follow him home.

“Take a vacation,” his friend, Inspector Banks, said. “Try the beach.”

So Thorn went to the beach. He walked the golden sands, watching sunlight play over clear waters, a salty breeze in his face.

And then he found it, floating in the shallows.

He sighed. There was another case to solve.


Word Count: 150

This is for Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers. Thanks to Priceless Joy for running the challenge and Louise for providing the prompt photo!

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Comments
  1. Very beautifully set up.

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  2. shivamt25 says:

    I hate it when work follows me home. But his case seems fishy. Is he somehow responsible for these tragedies happening around him, I wonder.

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  3. jupitermagic says:

    haha just the right place …and the time for the next case !!

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  4. Iain Kelly says:

    Ha excellent. Definitely a problem with ongoing detective characters, how they seem to attract murder. There’s a long running TV series Midsomer Murders, where the body count in a sleepy rural village in England is into the hundreds πŸ™‚

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  5. James says:

    Death follows him like an old companion.

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  6. Kalpana solsi says:

    Seems this detective has his hands full even on a vacation. Sigh.

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  7. afairymind says:

    All the best detectives seem to take their work on holiday with them! We always joke that when any of these (Poirot, Marple, Morse, etc) arrives at a place, everyone else should leave, because death is sure to follow. Great story, JA. πŸ™‚

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  8. A great story. I like the name. Could be the next great detective name everyone talks about.

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  9. athling2001 says:

    Poor guy. Just can’t get away. Reminds me of quite a few of the detective series in print.

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  10. I really enjoyed the way this unfolded, easy like a Summer breeze. Nicely told.
    Sands of Time
    Annie at ~McGuffy’s Reader~

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  11. luckyjc007 says:

    Nicely done! I’ve heard of people taking their work home with them (I sure did!) but this poor guy can’t even go on vacation without “work” floating before his eyes! πŸ™‚

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  12. …and there goes his vacation. Wonderful write up.

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