The Conquest That Came A Cropper

Something different today. A friend, Eric Klingenberg (https://erick79.wordpress.com/), has begun setting a weekly writing challenge; a phrase to inspire a short story or flash fiction. Last week's phrase, The potato is the key, prompted the following. Unfortunately, it's a few days late, simply because a stomach bug curtailed my writing temporarily. Ironically, this week's prompt is about aliens. … Continue reading The Conquest That Came A Cropper

Murder At St Marmaduke’s #4

The story so far: At St Marmaduke's church, Mabel Cartwright, an old lady, has been murdered. Shortly after, the church is also robbed. The police are investigating. Two very interested observers, the effigies of two saints attached to the pulpit, watch on... Chapter 4 Monday 4th November 1985: 13.00 - 13.15 ‘All this excitement,’ Andrew said. ‘Don’t … Continue reading Murder At St Marmaduke’s #4

Murder At St Marmaduke’s #3f

The story so far: A murder and a robbery have taken place at St Marmaduke's church. The police - in the form of Constable Terrence Dawson - are investigating. Terrence has called on assistance from his superior, Sergeant Ernie Bulstrode; while the vicar, Father Frank Rawlings, has called on his wife, Clarissa - ministering in … Continue reading Murder At St Marmaduke’s #3f

Murder At St Marmaduke’s #3e

The story so far: A murder - witnessed by Joseph Makumbo - and a robbery have taken place at St Marmaduke's church. Meanwhile, Sally Evans at Proctorpress Publishing Company - for whom Joseph works - has taken delivery of the first couple of chapters of the manuscript of a new novel. Her boss, Kevin Proctor, … Continue reading Murder At St Marmaduke’s #3e

Murder At St Marmaduke’s #3d

The story so far: An old lady has been murdered at St Marmaduke's church. The church has also been robbed, and the vicar has reported this - but not the murder - to the police. Constable Terrence Dawson has been despatched to investigate. His sergeant, Ernie Bulstrode, waits for him to return... Chapter 3 Monday … Continue reading Murder At St Marmaduke’s #3d

Murder At St Marmaduke’s #3c

The story so far: At a Monday morning prayer meeting at St Marmaduke's church, an old lady is murdered. The vicar, Father Frank Rawlings, discovers that the church has also been robbed, and reports this - but not the murder - to the police. Constable Terrence Dawson is despatched by his sergeant to investigate... Chapter 3 … Continue reading Murder At St Marmaduke’s #3c

Murder At St Marmaduke’s #3a&b

The story so far: At a Monday morning prayer meeting, Joseph Makumbo witnesses one elderly lady murder another. Shortly after, a villain's son, Darren Chafford, robs the church, which has been left open. Meanwhile, two postmen have a duel to determine who will deliver an envelope to Proctorpress Publishing Company. Later that morning... Chapter 3 Monday … Continue reading Murder At St Marmaduke’s #3a&b

Murder At St Marmaduke’s #2e

The story so far: Joseph Makumbo attends a prayer meeting at church, during which one elderly lady murders another. The vicar, Father Rawlings, who has left Joseph to the rather disconcerting ministrations of his wife, discovers that a robbery has also taken place. Meanwhile, in another part of town... Chapter 2 Monday 4th November 1985: 09.15 … Continue reading Murder At St Marmaduke’s #2e

Murder At St Marmaduke’s #2c&d

The story so far: Joseph Makumbo attends a prayer meeting at St Marmaduke's church, during the course of which one of the elderly ladies also present murders another. The vicar, Father Frank Rawlings, discovers that a robbery has also been committed, and reports this to the police. Meanwhile... Chapter 2 Monday 4th November 1985: 09.15 … Continue reading Murder At St Marmaduke’s #2c&d