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Mystery May Day 2

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It’s the 2nd day of Mystery May. Here’s today’s mystery.

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The Case of the Big Deal

Dr. Haledjian had just ordered a drink at the bar in the Las Vegas motel when a lean young stranger with sun-bleached golden hair and tanned cheeks took the stool beside him.

After asking for a gin and tonic, the sunburned young man nodded toward the gaming tables. “Name’s Clive Vance,” he said genially. “It’s sure great to be back in civilization and hear money talking out loud.”

The famous sleuth introduced himself. “I take it you’ve been out on the desert?”

“Got back yesterday,” said Vance. “Washed the dust out of my ears, had a real live barber shave off seven months of whiskers and trim this mop of wheat. Then I bought a whole wardrobe on credit. All I had to show was my assay report. Boy, am I ever ready to celebrate.”

“You found gold?”

“Right you are. Hit pay dirt.” Vance stroked his bronzed chin thoughtfully. He lowered his voice confidentially. 

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“Listen,” he said. “If I can find a backer, I’ll take enough out of those hills to buy ten pleasure palaces like this one.

“Of course,” he added apologetically, “I’m not trying to interest you, doctor. Still, if you know somebody who’d like to get in on a sure thing, let me know. I’m staying in room 210. Can’t give out details here, you understand.”

“I understand,” said Haledjian, “that you’d better improve your story if you want to part some sucker from his money.”

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Mystery May Day 1

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#mysterymay is a challenge wherein I post mysteries from the book Two-Minute Mysteries by Donald J. Sobol.

It’s already halfway through May but today is the start of Mystery May. Yay!

I’m answering one mystery per night and I’m enjoying this book so much that I want to share to the readers of this blog, Flexi Reads, and whoever has stumbled upon this blog because the mysteries are very short yet challenging.

1. The Case of The Attic Suicide

Motoring through Ashe City, Dr. Haledjian decided to drop in on his old friend, Carl Messner. At Messner’s home he was shocked to learn that three days earlier his friend had hanged himself.

“Carl Messner was in excellent health and spirits when I heard from him last month,” Haledjian told the sheriff. “Here all there is to the case.

“Archie Carter, Mr. Messner’s manservant, was returning to the house late that night when he noticed a light in the attic. As Carter got out of his car, he saw through the open attic window Mr. Messner knotting a rope around his neck. The other end of the rope was tied to a rafter. Then Mr. Messner calmly kicked away the small stool he was standing on, and that was it.

“Carter found the house doors locked. He had forgotten his keys so he ran to a neighbor and telephoned me. He reported to me exactly what I’ve told you,” said the sheriff.

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“When I got out to the Messnee house, I had to force the front door. Then Carter and I dashed up three floors to the attic. Mr. Messner was dead. The coroner has no doubt death was from hanging.

“The attic floor was clear except for the little stool that lay overturned by the door, and a broken clay jug that must have been hit by the stool,” concluded the sheriff.

“I’d like to go out to the hosue again,” said Haledjian. “From what you’ve told me of Carter’s story, he’s lying!”

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Mini Book Haul – ミニブックホール

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So I went to Book Off to find some dictionaries in different languages but ended up buying other books instead, and not a single dictionary.


If you haven’t heard of Book Off, it’s a vintage shop in Japan selling used books, CDs, DVDs, gadgets, and toys, but mostly books. They also sell new books in the first floor.

ブックオフ知らない方は日本人にはいないと思いますが、ブックオフはもう使わなくなった本や、CD, DVD, ゲームなどが売られている所です。ほとんどは本ですけど。

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I was hoping to find dictionaries in Korean-English, Japanese-English, Spanish-English, and Russian-English, but haven’t found a single dictionary on sale. All of them are new so I think I’ll have to wait until used dictionaries will be available. Besides, I can use the dictionaries on my phone. I just wanted a physical copy.


So I thought to myself, why not look at other books since I’m already here? I can’t go into a bookstore and not spend hours looking at books and feeling their pages.


I had no intention of buying any books aside from dictionaries, but as I was walking down the aisle of books, I found Lonely Planet: Spain for only ¥300 so I grabbed it before anyone else would. I’ve been collecting Lonely Planet books because I like to read about other countries in order to widen my understanding of the world.

辞書以外本を買うつもりはなかったんですけど、ロンリープラネットスペインが ¥300だけでしたので買うことにしました。世界の知識をもっと広げる為にロンリープラネットの本を最近、集め始めました。

Lonely Planet: Spain

The next book I got is Two-Minute Mysteries by Donald J. Sobol, which consists of 79 quickie mysteries, filled with very tricky clues.


Two-Minute Mysteries by Donald J. Sobol

I also got 2 children’s books, one being a series I’ve been collecting when I was in grade school but haven’t completed, which is the Dork Diaries by Renée Russell. I don’t own the Dork Diaries: Pop Star yet, so I’m adding this to my bookshelf.


 Dork Diaries: Pop Star by Rachel Renée Russell

The other one is A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Slippery Slope by Lemony Snicket. It’s the 10th book and I have to admit, I only red Book 1 but I don’t mind skipping. (Even if it’s 8 books)


A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Slippery Slope by Lemony Snicket

I’ve been feeling the need to read children’s books lately, what with all the global warming problems we’ve been discussing at school. I need a little break.


The last book I got is Breaking Into Japanese Literature by Giles Murray. It features 7 stories covering a variety of genres by famous Japanese authors.


Breaking Into Japanese Literature by Giles Murray

What I love about this book is that there’s Japanese text, then the translation in English, and a list of vocabularies with meaning so the reader doesn’t need to find the words in the dictionary every single time when met with a new word.


I’m satisfied with this mini book haul despite the fact that I wasn’t able to buy what I came for.


Have you read any of these books? Are there any of these in your TBR? I would love to hear from you! 😊