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Two Birds (A Short Mystery) [Kindle Edition]

Vicki Tyley
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A coffee-break read

From the bestselling author of THIN BLOOD

Kristine Abbey lies unconscious and bleeding on her kitchen floor. Crouched next to her with his hands clamped over the knife wound in her abdomen, her husband, Daniel, screams at the couple's sister-in-law - and his ex-mistress - rooted in the doorway. Time slips away...

3,300 words

"Vicki Tyley's short story doesn't disappoint. You'll finish it in no time, and if you think you know the murderer before the end of the story, you'll probably guess wrong. Ms. Tyley is good at that." - Book Boogie

Editorial Reviews


"Vicki Tyley's short story doesn't disappoint. You'll finish it in no time, and if you think you know the murderer before the end of the story, you'll probably guess wrong. Ms. Tyley is good at that." - Book Boogie

Product Details

  • File Size: 173 KB
  • Print Length: 25 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Patmay Press (January 22, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,233 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PULP! May 2, 2013
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An excellent short work. The kind of thing we lost with the great days of the old pulp era of popular magazine fiction. Recommended!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great mystery that keep me guessing until the end! August 7, 2013
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For a short story, it was packed with suspense! I never thought that a short story, such as this one, could hold my attention so strongly. I keep changing my guess on who was the killer and was still wrong in the end!! Amazing short story!! Great mystery, the ending really made me do a double take. I read the ending twice just to be sure I read it right. I finally understand the title now!! Love it!! I recommend this short story!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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It took me awhile to get into reading short stories because they are new to me. I have a list of my favorite new authors that I check every few days to see if their new book is out. I checked earlier and saw Vicki Tyley had written a short story and I quickly bought it and read it in no time. I have to say that Vicki's short story is as great as her full length book stories. I am amazed at how much information a short story can provide with such vital information and makes the reader unable to guess who the perpetrator/s may be.
I have read every book Ms. Tyley has written and her amazing talent makes it difficult for me to guess who the perp. is. A lot of guessing on my part and I have guessed wrong in everything Vicki has written.

I thought for sure and said "Ah ha, how difficult can it be to finally guess the correct perp. in a short story." Well with Vicki's awesome talent, she once again has proven me wrong at who the pert. was. I guess she can now say " Ah ha, fooled you again Alice" :>)

What a great short story Ms. Tyley !!

I recommend Two Birds (A Short Mystery) by Vicki Tyley and I will gift this book to other Kindle friends.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A well-written short story! August 9, 2013
By V G
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After misplacing my Kindle for several months and really slacking off when it came to non-school-oriented reading, I felt I needed a good short story to ease myself back into reading for pleasure. I picked a great story to help re-acquaint myself with my former passion. Having the attention span of a gnat going into this (thanks to modern media and my beloved bedtime cartoon programs ritual), I was thankful that the action began right away. Patience isn't exactly one of my virtues when it comes to literature, so the beginning definitely helped to get me going. From that point it was a tense and suspenseful ride, right up until the last page!
I definitely recommend this story to anyone looking for a good short mystery to read while at the beach (like I was) or anywhere. It's short enough to read in one sitting but will stay with you for the rest of the day.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brrrr... November 22, 2013
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What a cold little story! Very well written and very dark. The author performs a literary sleight of hand that has you looking in every direction but the right one. Then has the killer walk away whistling.

I will definitely be reading more from this author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Short, sharp & shocking November 16, 2013
By Ketta
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Short stories are an art form and Vicki Tyley has produced a masterpiece here. If good things come in small packages, then this is a miniature, concise, and unexpected package that will keep you guessing right to the end. It had great characterization and a unique twist; it was missing the usual typos, spelling errors and bad grammar that many have come to associate with free book offerings. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well written August 5, 2013
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Two birds is a very short well written story.
I enjoyed reading this book and that`s why I recommend it.
I promise it will keep you interested all time.
Is a story about a murder and with a smart ending.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good short mystery. July 13, 2014
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A nice short story that gives nothing away until the end.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Short and sweet
This is a crisp, well paced story. I enjoyed the vivid imagery the author creates with a few, well chosen words. I didn't see the end coming either.
Published 19 days ago by G.P. Field
4.0 out of 5 stars Two birds
I loved the story,nicely done the pace and layout of the story is spot on.
Can't say much more without giving something away.
Published 1 month ago by jeff
4.0 out of 5 stars "The knife. I pulled the knife out..." "To stab her again?" His eyes...
I like nothing better than a book that provides both a twist of the knife and a twist at the end as well. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Don Kidwell
4.0 out of 5 stars Well Written Short Mystery
The author writes well. This short story mystery held my interest & had interesting characters. Fast paced and an easy read before bedtime.
Published 2 months ago by PAM
3.0 out of 5 stars Two birds a short story
Recommended to those whom like quick and interesting books. I,m looking forward to more books written by the same author.
Published 3 months ago by sandra butler
4.0 out of 5 stars Who Can You Believe
This short read is a tribute to the traditional genre.
Well written and intriguing.
Keeps you wondering until the very end.
Published 3 months ago by DogsMom
3.0 out of 5 stars quick read
This book was good but it ended to quick. Leaves me wanting more. Will probably read more from this author
Published 3 months ago by c. adams
4.0 out of 5 stars Unusually complete short.
Ms. Tyley has successfully managed to put all the pieces, (murder, investigation, and solution), together into a surprisingly interesting story.
Published 5 months ago by S.M. Gresko
4.0 out of 5 stars Concise Mystery
Enjoyed this because it was interesting and well done. Short and to the point. I had just finished a huge book and this was just the right one for me.
Published 5 months ago by BHJ
4.0 out of 5 stars Two birds
Short and unremarkable. Tyley twisted the tale until it winded around to a satisfactory ending. Don't work in this time of blood.
Published 6 months ago by Ann Mcnair
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More About the Author

Vicki Tyley, a #1 Kindle bestselling author in Mystery and Suspense, is the author of Thin Blood (Amazon 2010 Customer Favorite), Sleight Malice, Brittle Shadows, Fatal Liaison, and Bitter Nothings.

Based in rural Victoria, Australia, Vicki writes fast-paced mystery and suspense novels in contemporary Australian settings.

Born and raised in New Zealand, she moved to Western Australia with a single suitcase when she was nineteen years old. She has travelled extensively, spending a year touring the world before terrorism was an influencing factor. She has lived in the central business districts of large cities, suburbia, idyllic seaside locations, rural areas, bushland, and remote desert mining camps.

In the lead up to her writing career, Vicki worked in a multitude of different industries including banking, stockbroking, importing and wholesaling, human resources, mining, hospitality, civil engineering, and toys, in predominantly accounting, IT and management roles.

All these life experiences are brought to bear in her writing.

Outside of writing and reading, her main interests are design and photography. She likes to laugh, drink coffee, spend time alone, spend time in company, and get close to nature. She dislikes crowds, hospitals and offal.

Want to say hello or ask a question, email Vicki at


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