Wordle #9 – The Wordle Murder


The phone rang and it was Lester. Lester Peabody my sidekick of fifteen years.

Lester sounded excited, I liked it when he was as it meant a case, another baffling case I was hoping but it turned out to be more than that, what started out as an ordinary day in an even more ordinary town, soon developed into the most challenging of all cases, the Wordle Murder.

It was Lester who first saw the body.

It was lying on the pavement, face down, the window on the third storey was open and it looked for intents and purposes a suicide.

Then Lester rolled the body over to discover the gruesome discovery. There on the man’s forehead was the evidence Lester was dreading, a wordle stapled to the guys head.

The guy was one Samuel Morrow, a small time inventor of unimportant things. He had been shunned by most of the inventive community as a guy with big ideas and worthless inventions.

But now the guy was dead and the search for his killer was on. Further examination of his body showed he had grappled with his killer. In their struggle it was clear that Morrow’s rosary had been used to strangle him as it was wrapped firmly round his neck.

What puzzled us was the wordle, twelve words, seemingly unconnected but obviously connected and we knew if we could crack it then we would have our killer, a killer whose coarse and pitiless actions had brought about the end of this quiet and innocent man.

That night I looked at the wordle:


Over supper, I had a steak, it had been a long day, Lester was anxious to get stuck into the case and I wanted something to give him the next day, so I pondered the wordle. I went to my dictionary to look up minutiae, than realised that this case was one that was going to have its fair share of subtlety about it.

The medical examiner had earlier reported a small lesion on Morrow’s arm, a mark obviously made with a grappling hook, the kind you’d find in a produce store. I was puzzled, I was baffled but I knew if I looked at the wordle long enough and eliminated the words I’d find the answer.

The smell of vinegar in the air alerted me to the parchment. Was it really parchment or a red herring thrown into the wordle to confuse and distract me from the obvious truth? All I needed was a splinter of truth, a skerrick of information to lead me to the killer, a person who had for reasons yet to be discovered descended into his or her own private hell.

Then it hit me, earlier that day we had informed Morrow’s wife of his demise. She was shocked, I watched as she stood by the window, her rosary gliding between her fingers, her coarse features twisted in grief, or so I thought.

Mrs Morrow was an actress there was no doubt. Lester had come in to report that she worked at O’Grogan’s produce store and had a reputation as a woman who could throw a bag of wheat with the help of a grappling hook right across the produce store. She was a woman to be reckoned with despite her descent into the bowels of society, a woman whose pitiless actions had led to the death of her husband. A woman strong enough to strangle him and throw him from their third floor apartment.

A day later we had her in cuffs. She swore her innocence. She claimed to love her husband. But the body and the splinters we found in her hand from the window she had thrown him from all told a different story.

She was known to have a way with words but this time the words had been her undoing.

There’d be no more wordles from this dame.

She was going down and she knew it!


Written for: http://mindlovemiserysmenagerie.wordpress.com/2014/05/19/wordle-9/

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22 Responses to Wordle #9 – The Wordle Murder

  1. Aileen says:

    I like the way you worked the whole story around the wordle.

  2. Lyn says:

    Very, very clever! I would never have thought of doing that. Well done Michael 🙂

  3. Agreed, very clever Michael and a nice little story with mystery, drama and a wordle to boot!

  4. CC Champagne says:

    What a way to handle this wordle! Very impressive and quite addictive… Will there be more murder mysteries in the future?

    • You could be lucky, a friend of mine is currently writing a story with a C C character in it, so you never know whose name might appear in my stories. Thanks for the comment CC. Have a good day.

      • CC Champagne says:

        It’s absolutely pouring down outside, and it feels like it’ll never get light again… The only thing that makes this a good day is reading good poetry and good stories… And hopefully, at the end of it, finding the words to do some writing myself. Sleep tight and, probably, see you in the morning!

      • You too CC. Best keep your umbrella handy today. And there is a lot of good stuff in blog land to keep you occupied.

  5. LMAO this is fabulous Michael and II couldn’t help but notice you used the name Morrow :-P. Wordle Murder is very tongue-twisting to say. Fabulous concept XD

  6. Interesting. A carefully built plot… short but yet filled with mystery and a conclusive end. I really liked it. 🙂

  7. JackieP says:

    Well done Michael! An interesting story and a great way to use the wordle! Bravo!

  8. RoSy says:

    Ooooh – A Wordle Murder Mystery!
    Niiice take on the challenge.

  9. That clever wordle murderess! 😉
    This is a lot of fun, Michael 😀

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