The Puzzle – Friday Fictioneers, March 2022

Copyright Lisa Fox

Until the will was read, I didn’t even know we owned a cottage in the Cotswolds.

Clearly the solicitor did; he had, as my son would say, a face like a slapped arse.

“He…  errr… several years ago…  a tax ploy I think….”

So here I am, weekend after weekend. 




Because if I can’t discover what or who drew him here all those times when he was supposed to be on business trips, then I have to look closer to home…

… to determine whether something, someone drove him here.

And I don’t know which is worse.

Many thanks to the leader of Friday Fictioneers, who continues to keep this happy band of writers flexing their imaginations, week after week. Thank you, Rochelle.

About Sandra

I used to cruise the French waterways with my husband four or five months a year, and wrote fiction and poetry. Now I live on the beautiful Dorset coast, enjoying the luxury of being able to have a cat, cultivating an extensive garden and getting involved in the community. I still write fiction, but only when the spirit moves me - which isn't as often as before. I love animals, F1 motor racing, French bread and my husband, though not necessarily in that order.
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44 Responses to The Puzzle – Friday Fictioneers, March 2022

  1. Sue says:

    Yeeikes…..secrets and lies


  2. neilmacdon says:

    The not knowing is probably worst of all


  3. Iain Kelly says:

    A great set up for a longer story.


  4. An intriguing piece. This could become a great mystery book.


  5. Dear Sandra,

    Brilliant writing as always. I agree with Iain. A set up for a longer story. I want to know what secrets were kept and by whom. “Face like a slapped arse.” That’s going to stick with me. 😀




  6. Tannille says:

    I have a feeling she’s going to drive herself crazy over this?


  7. Dale says:

    Not knowing is the biggest pill to swallow. All that unfinished business that can potentially never be understood. You are so adept at these, Sandra.
    Face like a slapped arse is definitely going to stick with me!!


  8. elmowrites says:

    Well, Sandra, as ever this is smooth and stylishly written. I wasn’t exactly sure of the relationships to start with but you pulled it all together in the end and I’m almost as keen to know as your protagonist!


  9. msjadeli says:

    A very well-constructed plot, Sandra. I pity the foo when she finds her!


  10. pennygadd51 says:

    Beautifully written, Sandra. As always, you dissect emotions with the precision of a stiletto.


  11. CGraith says:

    Such an interesting , creative situation you pulled out of that photo!


  12. michael1148humphris says:

    I was pleased to be reminded of my love for the Cotswolds. If Putin felt such love he would not be destroying Ukraine


  13. Bill says:

    An intriguing mystery lurks in this piece, Sandra. Well done. A hook for more. 🙂


  14. draliman says:

    Oh dear. Do they really want to know the answer, I wonder? Maybe just sell it and move on.


  15. plaridel says:

    she should remind herself that curiosity once killed the cat. 🙂


  16. Nobbinmaug says:

    Ooh. That’s not a good situation. There is no right answer, even no answer.


  17. James McEwan says:

    Yes, did anyone know and understand his secret. The answer of ‘something’ perhaps would hurt more than ‘someone’. A puzzle waiting to be solved.


  18. Liz Young says:

    Not knowing is a killer.


  19. I want more … as always, you leave us with a desire to find out more.
    I enjoyed this immensely. Have a wonderful weekdend.
    Isadora 😎


  20. Margaret says:

    Life can bring such moments, unfortunately. Maybe the best solution is just to give up on finding out the sordid details and enjoy the Cotswolds. I missed visiting there when I was in the UK in 2019 for a few weeks, but they’re on my wish list if I ever get back. Great description of the solicitor.


  21. Heather Musk says:

    Ooh, this is really intriguing. I hope the protagonist can find some closure, one way or the other. A great read, thank you.


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