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Under strange circumstances

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A neatly crafted mystery short story that’ll keep you guessing till the very last page.

Thomas chase is going through what every writer dreads the most - writer’s block. He struggles to find inspiration and no matter how hard he tries, the ideas stay elusive. He packs up his bags and leaves for Avignon, France in hopes of penning a story. But a series of murders shatters his tranquility and he is driven to paranoia.


Did Thomas chase have a hand in the murders? Or is he hallucinating? The rest of the story holds key to the mystery behind the bizarre murders.


Under Strange Circumstances, being the author's debut work, has all the elements that a good mystery short story is supposed to have. Kudos to him for keeping the enigma under wraps throughout the book, thus making it hard for the reader to predict what the next page holds. The characterization was done superbly and as a writer myself, I was able to relate to Thomas' feelings/desperation very well.


Had the final turn of events in the climax been justified a bit more, I’d have given this book a solid 5 stars. Nevertheless, I feel like the author started off his mystery short story series on a good note.

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About the author

I'm James Halloran and this book is the first brick of my first writing project that consists in series of mystery short stories. My passion for this genre was born all of a sudden on a rainy evening, while a was on vacation in Tuscany, Italy and a was reading my first Stephen King novel, The Mist. view profile

Published on May 21, 2020

10000 words

Contains mild explicit content ⚠️

Genre: Thriller & Suspense

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