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With A Twist - A Lt. Jack Daniels Locked Room Mystery Short Story [Kindle Edition]

Jack Kilborn , J.A. Konrath
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)

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Book Description

This award winning 6000 word short story, originally published in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, features Konrath's stalwart Homicide cop Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels (Whiskey Sour, Shaken) in a puzzler of a mystery.

A body is found in a man's living room, the doors all locked from the inside. The victim had apparently been dropped from a great height.

How did he die? Who killed him?

Daniels and her partner, Herb Benedict, follow a trail of ingenious clues to solve this classic whodunnit. Are you clever enough to solve it first?

About the Author

Joe Konrath is the author of more than twenty novels and hundreds of short stories, written under the names J.A. Konrath (the Lt. Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels series), Jack Kilborn (Afraid, Trapped, Endurance, Draculas), and Joe Kimball (Timecaster.) Joe has a lot of names, apparently. He began self-publishing on Kindle in April, 2009. As of July, 2011, he's sold over 3500,000 ebooks. On his blog, A Newbie's Guide to Publishing, he has chronicled his writing journey.

Product Details

  • File Size: 184 KB
  • Print Length: 23 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005ES6U9I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,461 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun for mystery readers December 28, 2011
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This is indeed a locked-room murder mystery with a twist. There's the usual gory mess, but it couldn't have happened there. Or could it?

If you're a puzzle fan, and especially if you enjoy Golden Age mysteries, you'll have fun with this. Watch out for the red herrings! :)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book! February 5, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
As all of the Jack Daniel's series books are great, this one is no exception. Great for a puzzle lover. The characters are hillarious and I can never put a Jack Daniels book down until I'm done reading it cover to cover. If you haven't read this on, be sure to add it to your list!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very quick little "how" done it. April 7, 2013
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This excellent short story is a perfect diversion for those in need of some cerebral stimulation vs a power nap. Well written, humorous and thought provoking, it will keep you guessing. Give it a'll be glad you did!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Twisty - a real Must-Read for... March 18, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
... all the friends and lovers of Jack Daniels!

Hey you, not only that liquid one!
No, also that beautiful and intelligent character created by J.A. Konrath, heroine of so fantastic thrillers like Bloody Mary - A Thriller (Jack Daniels Mysteries) and its sequels, and short stories (often even for free..) like Truck Stop - A Psycho Thriller...

This time Jack and her partner Detective First Class Herb Benedict have to solve a real closed-room mystery: Mr Edward Wyatt, 67 years, has been found in his house - locked from inside, windows closed - but it seems that he has fallen from a great height into his also locked living room. How that, you may ask?

Only by reading this very delightful mystery short-story You can follow step by step the enraveling of this secret - constructed by the great puzzle-master that the stone dead Mr Wyatt obviously had been...

Simply enjoy it - it's worth it!
Highly recommended!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Watch out for red herrings! July 23, 2012
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I've read several of J.A. Konrath's stories in his series about Lt. Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels of the Chicago Police Department, and they're always entertaining. "With a Twist" is no exception, and combining Jack Daniels' deadpan humor with a "locked room" mystery is a definite winner. Was Edward Wyatt the victim of a homicide, or was it a suicide? Either way, how could a person have possibly fallen no more than a few feet and suffered injuries consistent with a fall of at least fifty feet?

There were tons of clues, but most of them were irrelevant. It was Daniels' job to sort out the real clues and determine what had happened. Conveniently, the dead man was trying to help her, if Daniels was smart enough to figure it out.

A very cleverly plotted short story, and a nice addition to the locked room sub-genre of detective fiction.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Quick read April 15, 2014
By Roxi
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I liked this because it was a quick read. My only complaint is that I didn't really like the ending. If they were real good detectives they would have figured out who the accomplish was.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great mystery March 28, 2014
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A book that will keep you interested in until the final words. The fish was a great idea to keep them thinking
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun read March 27, 2014
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I throughly enjoy these books. Funny and a little drama. I like to see her deductions and adventures. Fast read also
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars I love locked room mysteries
It was serendipitous that I had just finished reading John Dickson Carr's locked room classic 'The Three Coffins' (aka The Hollow Man) when I googled 'locked room mysteries' and... Read more
Published 29 days ago by Tom Wescott
5.0 out of 5 stars With A Twist - A Lt. Jack Daniels Locked Room Mystery Short Story
Another great Jack Daniels story! I have read almost all of the Jack Daniels stories and this one does not disappoint!
Published 1 month ago by Donna
4.0 out of 5 stars With A Twist by Jack Kilborn,J.A.Konrath
I was disappointed that this was a short story and not a novel.I never want this two authors books to end.
Published 1 month ago by lynn
3.0 out of 5 stars Easy, quick read.
I enjoy the Jack Daniels series, but it is very boiler plate, and usually a bit farfetched at times. Read more
Published 1 month ago by D. Schott
4.0 out of 5 stars My Review
Detective Jacqueline Daniels has been called out to investigate a locked room death. How did the killer get in and out? Is it murder or not? Read more
Published 2 months ago by Monica Fellowes
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Jack Daniels!
I love J.A. Konrath's Jack Daniels character! I've read just about the entire series, on the last one now, Shaken. Very likable characters, witty, laugh out loud dialogs. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Karen L
5.0 out of 5 stars excitement!
This short story was one of the best I have read. Suspenseful, could not put it down. Felt like I was right there.
Published 2 months ago by Robert R. Elliott
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely a twist
J.A. has to be a genius or a nut case, no matter what he defiantly has to be a puzzle fan. I would never have figured this out on my own Jack is definitely smarter than I am.
Published 3 months ago by suzanne hoffman
4.0 out of 5 stars Well Done!
Well done.jack is at her best. A good take on an old mystery plot line. The humour is there and the solution is well thought out and well explained.
Published 3 months ago by Paul Sacks
5.0 out of 5 stars too short
I know it was limited word contest but it was so short no one threatened Jack. I still loved it
Published 3 months ago by Lige F. Harris
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Questions from Readers for J. A. Konrath

Hi! Love reading your books, I especially enjoyed "The List" will we ever find out who the rest of them are? We're all waiting.......
spirky asked Sep 4, 2013
Author Answered

Yes. The Nine will be out in 2014.

J. A. Konrath answered Sep 25, 2013

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