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Tom the Dancing Bug

By Ruben Bolling
Dec 19, 2009
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Tom the Dancing Bug by Ruben Bolling
Billy Dare 
Boy Adventurer with Quentin
in Smugglers' Cape
Ch. VIXI: "Murder In The Parlor"
Billy: And so, I've called you all in here because I've SOLVED the mystery of Lord Bartelsham's murder!
Billy: Lady Bartelsham -- your husband was preparing to divorce you. And now you stand to inherit millions!
Billy: So, you COULDN'T be the murderer! It would be too OBVIOUS! 
Billy: Bartelsham's best friend, Col. Tomkinson -- you secretly despised him for kicking you off the cricket team back at Chetnam. 
Billy: But that had to be a RED HERRING. It was revealed too EARLY in the story! 
Billy: And the faithful servant, Miss Chiddingfold. You had the opportunity, the means and motive!
Billy: Yet it COULDN'T be you, because here is the denouement, and your character hasn't been sufficiently developed. 
Miss Chiddingfold: It's true. I barely appeared in the story. 
Billy: So, with all three possible suspects ruled out, only one solution remains! 
Billy: This isn't a MURDER MYSTERY at all! 
Billy: It's a SCIENCE FICTION story! This parlor is a clever illusion!
Billy: But wait! These aliens are crudely and unimaginatively DRAWN! Could it be that this is REALLY...a satirical comic strip?!
Next: ESCAPE from the LOWEST genre!
Jan 2, 2010
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