Title: The body on the beach
By Author: Kendra Yoder
Tag line: The detective had to learn the victim’s identify before he could find the culprit!
Police characters: Detective Clarence Melton
The gist: A female body is found on Gilligan’s beach, the apparent victim of strangulation. The coroner estimated the time of death to be the night before. The victim’s identity was not known. The woman who found the body was out walking her dog. She said she saw a blue sports car pulled off the road last night but thought it was teenagers necking. She did hear a shriek but thought again it was them goofing around. She got a partial license plate of TMJ. Very shortly the victim was identified as a local woman from the next town over. The sheriff verified the dog walker’s whereabouts and did not consider her a suspect. The police department found two cars that matched the description and had a partial tag of TMJ. The detective told the first guy, a burly, tattooed bouncer, that a woman had been strangled on Gilligan’s Beach. The man recognized the woman’s photo as a customer at his bar. When asked if he saw her yesterday at the bar, he claimed he was off work yesterday and out with friends. The second suspect, a twitchy, hollow-cheeked, watery-eyed man was shown a photo of the victim and told she was murdered. He said he didn’t recognize the woman and added he wasn’t anywhere near Gilligan’s beach.
Crime scene: Gilligan’s Beach
Clues: Only the perp knew where the killing took place.
Suspects: The two men with the partial plate of TMJ.
Red herrings: I suppose the burly tattooed guy is a red herring. I mean as opposed to the little hollow skinny twitchy dude.
Solution: The second guy gave himself away when he said he hadn’t been anywhere near Gilligan’s Beach, as the detective never mentioned where the murder had taken place. The woman had refused his advances so he murdered her.
My two cents: Yawn.
What a coinkydink that two men in town have little blue sports cars with the same partial plate.
Why the sheriff is blabbing to everyone that the victim was strangled at the beach is anyone’s guess. It’s a rookie mistake.
What kind of crackpot murders a woman because she doesn’t want to have sex with him? And I don’t know why. He sounds wonderful. I’m thinking there’s a long list of dead women in twitchy’s past.
I’m not sure why we had to have an unknown victim to make this story work.
To like the story, you have to like the characters. The sheriff is not likeable. He complains about the beach being a tourist trap, he sourly thinks the murder must have something to do with alcohol, he sighs and winces, and is just overall a tedious guy.
Two stars. This story was dull, unexciting, lackluster, and lifeless. Did I mention it was dull?