It’s a mystery…

This is Charli Mills latest prompt

May 20, 2015 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write about an old mystery in the current time. Is it a discovery? Is it solved? Does it no longer matter, or does it impact innocent generations in between?


one of the best books and best films – EVER!


We all love a good mystery, which is really a good story at heart. A tale with a  twist. What is not to like? It’s a rare treat to read something, particularly a well constructed novel that has such a ‘wow’ twist at the end. I’m still looking I think. As a child I loved adventure mysteries, like the Secret Seven books of Enid Blyton and later the terribly British hero books like John Buchan even if Richard Hanney his main hero was I think South African (or at least had been in Southern Africa, making him the classic outsider). Best of all, perhaps, I loved the Philip Marlowe Books of Raymond Chandler. My current wip, that is going through its final edit, has it’s main protagonist with a voice a little like that of, and as a small homage to, Marlowe. At least I think so!

And so to my flash. And Mary. And there have been enough mysteries in her life already haven’t there?!

Unravelling the knots in life’s knitting

Rupert looked smug, Mary thought but bit her tongue for Paul’s sake.

Rupert took his time. ‘We know you were one of twins. I have found the birth certificate.’

Mary looked up. ‘Sharon?’

Rupert shook his head. ‘Katherine.’

Mary felt a huge sense of loss; she was so sure. Aunt Gloria said it was just Mary’s childhood imaginary friend.

‘Is she’s dead?’

‘It’s not that easy – it’s not an uncommon name – Katherine Johns.’ But he was smiling

‘What about adoption?’

Rupert pushed an official looking slip towards Mary. Paul nudged her, ‘Good grief, go on before we all self-asphyxiate.’

In the story so far – here – we had heard Mary had a twin – from her father, Peter’s affair with Amanda, whose sister Angela also had an affair with Peter and gave birth to Rupert. Mary found all this out after her father died; in a dream she was sure the twin visited her and was called Sharon. She was also sure she was dead. When a body was found in her father’s garden she was sure it was her twin but it was another child possibly the victim of a ritualised killing. Mary is pregnant and still struggling to come to terms with all these revelations. 

About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published four books - Dead Flies and Sherry Trifle, My Father and Other Liars, Salisbury Square and Buster & Moo. In addition I have published three anthologies of short stories and a memoir of my mother. More will appear soon. I will try and continue to blog regularly at about whatever takes my fancy. I hope it does yours too. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.
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31 Responses to It’s a mystery…

  1. Charli Mills says:

    Even Paul is losing patience, but I think Rupert is trying to bask in the big reveal. Now we have to wait, don’t we?

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  3. Ula says:

    You sure know how to make us keep waiting in suspense. Mary’s is a story full of twists and turns.
    I do hope you’ll put these together in a book for us to read in the end.

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  4. My husband’s bookshelf is overflowing with Raymond Chandler books. 🙂 Great job on the flash, moving Mary’s story along. But what is going to happen?!

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  5. lorilschafer says:

    I love Chandler, too! But my favorite from that era is Cornell Woolrich 🙂

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  6. Ali Isaac says:

    Omg! Its more complicated than Eastenders! 😁

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  7. Sherri says:

    Seems we both loved EB Geoff 🙂 I wrote a post last year about my obsession with James Hadley Chase and his noir detective thrillers and loved Phillip Marlowe (Raymond Chandler accused Chase of plagerising I think, but I loved both their books!). And as for your flash, can’t wait to read the next installment…

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  8. I was only talking with Sherri about Enid Blyton’s Secret Seven a few days ago. I read everyone of those books at least twice, but never caught on to The Famous Five.

    I’m beginning to think Mary is hiding a deep dark secret.

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  9. Annecdotist says:

    Ha, you, me and Sarah have all picked on adoption as part of the mystery. What I’m wondering is whether you know the answer yourself, or are waiting with the rest of us to find out!

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  10. I’ve just entered the NYC Flash Fiction competition and the first round kicks off on…you guessed it 1st August. I have 48 hours to get my piece of flash written and submitted. I’ll be looking for plenty of inspiration on the day 🙂

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  11. Norah says:

    Oh Mr Le Pard, you are awful! Poor Mary. There have been so many twists and mysteries, what is one more? I can’t wait to find out what Rupert is about to reveal. Bring it on!

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