Winter’s edge

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The cones met! #skinnerco

The cones met!

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FP530 – Mulligan Smith in Their Time

Welcome to Flash Pulp, episode five hundred and thirty.

Flash PulpTonight we present Mulligan Smith in Their Time

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This week’s episodes are brought to you by Glow-in-the-Dark Radio!

 

Flash Pulp is an experiment in broadcasting fresh pulp stories in the modern age – three to ten minutes of fiction brought to you every Friday evening.

Tonight, we return to a simpler time, when private investigator Mulligan Smith’s greatest concern was the possibility of a serial killer.

 

Mulligan Smith in Their Time

Written by J.R.D. Skinner
Art and Narration by Opopanax
and Audio produced by Jessica May

 

FP530 - Mulligan Smith in Their Time

 

Flash Pulp is presented by http://skinner.fm, and is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 Unported License.

Intro and outro work provided by Jay Langejans of The New Fiction Writers podcast.

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– and thanks to you, for reading. If you enjoyed the story, tell your friends.

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Monday Mystery: Good Help is Hard to Find

Banksy's Maid

Note: Last week Colorado Joe chose a hard mystery.

Solution:

Harry Ashton was dying, and in financial straits. His insurance policy would inject much-needed cash into his failing business, but the policy would not pay out for death by his disease (a pre-existing condition) or from suicide. What he needed was a suicide that looked like a murder, but one that no one would ever be arrested for.

His plan took nerve, but was simple: He took a light-weight knife and tied the handle to the retractable cord of a vacuum cleaner in the hall closet. There was an unobstructed path from his bathroom, through the bedroom and out to the closet. After stabbing himself, he let go and the cord retracted, pulling the knife all the way into the closet. His loyal housekeeper was his accomplice: being first on the scene, she closed the closet door, then later recovered the weapon. Ironically, it was the police, not the housekeeper, who noticed tiny drops of blood leading to the closet.

The Case:

Old Harry Ashton’s young wife and the housekeeper are together in the downstairs library. Suddenly they hear a scream from Harry’s bathroom upstairs. The housekeeper drops her dust mop and runs up the stairs, followed a second later by the wife. Both run through Harry’s bedroom into his adjoining bathroom. Harry is on the tile floor, a fatal wound in his chest. There is no knife in the bathroom or the bedroom.

Later that night, the housekeeper sneaks upstairs and recovers the weapon hidden in the hall closet. The police eventually discover the sequence of events and arrest the housekeeper – but not for murder.

The Mystery:

Who killed Harry? How did the weapon get from the bathroom to the closet? What was the house-keeper’s role?

(The winning solution MUST contain all of these elements, please don’t assume information from a previous question.)

Hint #1: When the housekeeper ran upstairs, her first act was to shut a door

Hint #2: When the housekeeper recovered the knife, she had to untie it

Note:

You’re free to ask anything, (please keep it to one question a post for simplicity’s sake,) but Jurd can only answer your questions with:

  • Yes
  • No
  • Yes and No
  • Irrelevant
  • I don’t know
  • Rephrase your question
  • Define what you mean by…

Disclaimer: Monday Mysteries are culled from the 1993 Milton Bradley game, Crack the Case – but don’t go peeking.

Skinner Co. makes no claim to the intellectual property presented here, we’re just a number of friends playing a board game in a digital living room.

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Hilde will have her baby-maker turned off today

Hilde will have her baby-maker turned off today

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Now you have my attention.

Now you have my attention.

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Monday Mystery (on a Tuesday): Ship Drip

40-Foot Cabin Cruiser

Happy New Year! Skinner Co.’s doors are once again open, and a mystery awaits.

Note: Last week P-Ton chose a hard mystery.

Solution:

Oscar loved the sea and finally saved up enough money to buy a cabin cruiser at a government auction. The boat had recently been confiscated from a drug smuggler. The smugger had several silent partners in crime, but refused to implicate them.

Before his arrest, the smuggler had stashed a fortune in drugs in a special hidden compartment on the boat that narcotics officers failed to find. The smuggler’s partners didn’t dare come forward and bid on the boat because they knew they were under surveillance by the authorities. Instead, they found out who bought the boat and sent him a phony first prize vacation notice. They hoped to lure the unsuspecting Oscar to the “friendly” waters of St. Aretha, a place where U.S. officials had no authority and were not welcome. Once Oscar arrived, it would be a simple matter for the smugglers to sneak on board and unload the drugs.

Unfortunately, Oscar was not a skillful skipper and his boat sank in a storm. The smuggler’s stash, as well as Oscar, went down with the ship.

The Case:

After saving for years, Oscar purchases a 40-foot cabin cruiser at a bargain price. Then, a week later he wins a contest for an all-expense-paid stay at a luxury resort on the island of St. Aretha. Oscar immediately takes some time off from work and heads for the Caribbean paradise. He is thrilled with his good fortune, but slightly puzzled because he can’t recall entering the contest.

The Mystery:

How did Oscar win a contest he never entered? What crime was involved, and who was behind it?

(The winning solution MUST contain all of these elements, please don’t assume information from a previous question.)

Hint #1: Posted at 5PM

Hint #2: Posted at 9PM

Note:

You’re free to ask anything, (please keep it to one question a post for simplicity’s sake,) but Jurd can only answer your questions with:

  • Yes
  • No
  • Yes and No
  • Irrelevant
  • I don’t know
  • Rephrase your question
  • Define what you mean by…

Disclaimer: Monday Mysteries are culled from the 1993 Milton Bradley game, Crack the Case – but don’t go peeking.

Skinner Co. makes no claim to the intellectual property presented here, we’re just a number of friends playing a board game in a digital living room.

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Progress

Progress

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Into the Black

The Mountains of the Sun cover art
Are you a gut-shot explorer dying quickly on the edge of a collapsing star, your last few relativistic seconds spent dreaming of a sound and quiet life, or are you a sound and quiet life dying slowly on the edge of a gut-shot planet, your only few seconds spent dreaming of exploration?

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CCRC46 – Mickey’s Christmas Carol

CCRC46 - Mickey's Christmas Carol

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Tonight your hosts, Hugh of HughJODonnell.com, Rich the Time Traveler, Jurd, and Opop, enjoy some Christmas cheer.

Chrononaut Cinema Reviews is presented by http://skinner.fm and http://hughjodonnell.com, and is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 Unported License.

This isn’t the version we watched, so no guarantees:

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