A Mystery Threesome

Forest and Roy are just unlucky crooks. They would probably like to have been conmen, but they didn’t have the education for it. Julie Smith takes the reader on a journey through three criminal attempts made by this bumbling duo as a much smarter female fools them every time while making them enjoy it. Roy is a bit resentful, but Forest is in love. With whom? We don’t know as the femme fatale has been known as Heidi, Renne, the Devil’s Spawn, and the Black Plague. Resentful Roy coined the last two names; Forest is so smitten he will accept any name provided by his heart’s desire. Three attempts at crime, three short stories.

Redneck Riviera                                             by Julie Smith

The three stories are:

Let’s Go Knock Over Seaside

Heide admired Roy because Roy was hot. Roy was also arrogant and self-assured. She did not go after Roy, she targeted Forest (gullible) to help her in a scheme to get rich the old fashioned way; marry the money (or the guy who had it). The guy who had it was already married. How could she separate the husband from the wife, then the husband from the money, then the money from her new confederates in crime, Roy and Forest? It is no spoiler to say she succeeds; how she did it is what makes this short story, as well as the two that follow, fun to read.

The One That Got Away

Trash bags full of cash are the target. Money stored that way has to be illegal, so why not steal it? No one will report it stolen, but if the money disappeared and Heidi disappeared soon after, bad people might look for Heidi. But Heidi has friends, Forest and Roy, they might help her for a cut of the stolen cash. The only problem was she had cheated the pair before. And she did not like to share, had no intention of doing so now, so she had to find a way to cause them to trust her. So she could steal from them again.

Redneck Riviera (title of collection as well as this story)

This is the shortest story with the cleverest twist. Smith describes it as a short-short mystery. Coming in at only five e-book pages, watch out for the “coffee” mug.

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