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Two Birds (A Short Mystery) by [Tyley, Vicki]
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Length: 25 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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"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

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  • File Size: 173 KB
  • Print Length: 25 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Patmay Press (January 22, 2013)
  • Publication Date: January 22, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B4MDCKS
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,210 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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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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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Two Birds is a short mystery by New Zealand-born Australian author, Vicki Tyley. Daniel Abbey is discovered by his sister-in-law, Leah Jensen, knife in hand, leaning over the body of his wife, Kristine. As Leah stands frozen, Daniel tries to stem the bleeding; paramedics rush her to hospital but surgeons are unable to save Kristine’s life. Investigating police are presented with two versions of events: just who is guilty of murder? And what of the history between Daniel and Leah? This short story has a fast-paced, believable plot with a brilliant twist. It is an excellent taster of Tyley’s work that will have readers seeking out more by this talented author.
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By BirdieTracy on 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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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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One of my collecting ambitions is to start laying in more issues of the classic mystery digest magazines of the postwar period, such as Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine and Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine. A good introductory piece on these can be found at The Thrilling Detective Web Site.

Vicki Tyley's Two Birds, which is available for Kindle, is just exactly the sort of short story that would have been published in AHMM or EQMM in their heyday (or still, for that matter; both those magazines remain on the newsstands). Of necessity, a short crime story with a whodunit element is light on setting and texture because of space considerations; it might have an almost geometric quality, and so it is with Two Birds. It might take place anywhere.

But Vicki Tyley is a New Zealander transplanted to Australia, and since I have always been very attracted to Australia, I am curious to take a look at her full-length novels (five so far) for their local flavor. Mysteries with a strong sense of place are self-recommending for me.

The element of Two Birds that grabbed my attention was the psychology of the protagonist, Daniel Abbey, from whose POV the story is told. The thoughts of a married womanizer who suffers no apparent guilt or even particular concern over his habits is fascinating to me. "Don Draper!" you immediately think, but I ask you, do we ever really get Don from the inside? I haven't seen Mad Men all the way to its conclusion yet, but in the four seasons I have watched, I haven't developed a sense of how Don really thinks about what he does. He remains somewhat opaque (but still fascinating, of course).

Daniel Abbey is a little different story, because we are given access to his mental processes.
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