Christmas in Killarney

A Short Story by S. Furlong-Bolliger

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If you have a few minutes and you want to have a great laugh reading a delightfully sly little mystery, check out Christmas in Killarney.

I'll give you a clue: the dead guy's name is Arnie. And the writer just keeps the clever little never-forced play on words coming. When our heroine, who is forced to clean hotel rooms after her husband loses his job at the Accurate Nut and Bolt company, discovers that hubby's evil boss is dead, her reaction is wonderfully ingenuous: "He's dead? That's wonderful!"

I think what I particularly enjoyed about this little tale is how very un-forced the whole thing is. You never get the feeling that the writer had to struggle to drop a clue, or a joke. Everything just flows smoothly, hints are slid by when you're not looking, and you're smiling or chuckling without realizing something "funny" has been said.

The story is too short and too clever to give away much of the plot, so, short story, short review. Just read it. You'll enjoy it, and tell me if you suspected the twist at the end!


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