Dirty Sixth Street, Austin – A Light Crime Mystery Laced with Humor (Short Story)

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Short story set in Austin, Texas.

7,864 Words

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My First Mystery Style Story, Thanks to Joe Konrath

Not that I don’t have “some” sense of mystery or suspense in my other work, I do, really. 😉

What’s different here is I keyed on creating a mystery type story.

Joe Konrath had a standing invitation, might still has, I think he does, for folk to send him a short story based on some of his thriller detective novels.  Some entries will fit and work and other won’t, for whatever reason.

So I wrote my story, creating two new adult characters “kinda” like two in several shorts and a novel I’d read of his.

But based the story in Austin, rather than Chicago, and included the six children in most of my fiction work to date: six kids ages 9-17 (or so), cousins, and with lots of history.  After all, they’re in two of novels (and 7 upcoming novellas, plus about another half dozen or so short stories).

That alone kinda blew it for me, except, that, thanks to Joe, I tried out a new fiction field, and really enjoyed creating this piece.

He encouraged me to change the names of the two characters from his stories, and publish.

Eventually, I also changed where the two original people from his fiction were from.

And recently, wrote a back story about the two adults, still in progress.

For all that, I very much have Joe to thank. 🙂

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Mystery, Suspense, or What?

Because I’m new to this area, mysteries, and even though I’ve immersed myself in searches and readings and discussions about what is a mystery, or a suspense story, I may not have written what some people would regard as a pure mystery.  Or, it’s some kind of mystery, and I’m not stating it correctly as so.

Thus, for me, my definition came to : light crime mystery laced with humor.

My second mystery short, “Hello, Darling,” not yet released, is, I feel, a much more traditional mystery.

Neither though, is hard core crime, or noir.  I like humor, and using my children characters.

But I welcome constructive comments regarding what this little story is.

Even if I don’t agree, I tend to learn more about what I’m about.

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Short Story or Novelette?

At 7,864 actual story words, I’m apparently either at the upper end of the short story category, or bottom of the novelette ring.  Wikipedia has a nice post on this.

I tend to call it a short.  It seems a novelette still needs more length.

But it doesn’t matter much.  It’s a full story.  It’s fun.

And, according to my wife, exciting! 😉

Thanks so much ya’ll,

Adan

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