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A lucky break

A lucky break is a story of today’s news. A lonely farmstead, a husband and wife with domestic issues. Then finally – a resolve. Yet it is just possible this is a slightly different story than first thought. It is also worth giving a little though at the end with a “Wotif”. See what you think. And please, let us know. We love to hear from folk who live in a far different landscape than that illustrated in our stories.

The #MeToo movement has changed how domestic relationships are viewed.

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The black cat

The black cat is a dark story.  Two complex people have spent their lives together. We share a small part of it and ask ourselves – Has a crime been committed? If so, what? And by whom?

True, the scene is set a few decades back, and it is unlikely this story would unfold in today’s world. Or would it? Could it?

 

The photos is by Jose-Luis-Sanchez-Pereya on Unsplash.

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A Day Too Long

A Day Too Long: Our latest pod is another story that is difficult to classify.  Although we have tagged it as one of TheSpouseTrap series, it does fit the CrimeWithoutGrime series too. But if you give thought to the story a little more, it could easily classify as MakesYouThink. Why? Well, usually our Spouse Trap stories cover marital discord in some way.  But this marriage has lasted for over 40 years. Yet it would appear that 40 years is A Day Too Long

 

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Where’s Fred?

Where’s Fred? our new podcast is a particular favorite of mine.  It has turned up in many formats: first in print as part of the CrimeWriter Queensland books, Perils under the Pandanus, it was made into a short film*, performed on 4DDB FM and is now brought to you as a dramatized reading.

It begins with the words, “I remember exactly when I decided to plan my husband,” so there is not too much doubt about the plot.

*A little later in the month I will ‘spill the beans’ on the film shoot. And no, don’t go looking for it, it never made it to the screen, or anywhere else for that matter. (Although a copy does lie deep in the back of an unused cupboard.) But the story of the making of the film was really very funny, and probably worth a podcast of its own.

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The Honourable Thing

The Honourable Thing: While this new episode of fastfictionpodcasts is most certainly a contender for TheSpouseTrapSeries, it may well fit into another series – but we leave you to decide. It covers quite a few marital issues – with a surprising outcome that seems to solve them.  Even more surprisingly, perhaps, it is true – well mostly!

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Night Fever

Night Fever is the name of the first pod for July.  Once again we find a dual split between categorizing it as CWG or TST. Once you listen to this literally ‘chilling’ story you can decide yourself. Maureen Durney takes us, as Nikki,  into the dark city late at night looking for Tony, an errant husband. It does not end well.

What does end well is the opportunity to obtain the script for this monologue. This is an ideal format for you overseas listeners who are listening to this story with English as a second language.  Please go to our Contact page and we will be delighted to send the script.

And we are now happy to inform you should be able to download us on your platform of choice. We can be found on iTunes, Stitcher Radio, iHeart, Whooshkaa, Google, and Listen Notes – a dedicated podcast platform.  And of course we would love a nice review, or simply a few comments, or a ‘Like’. It all helps to keep our enthusiasm high in providing quality stories in an easy-to-listen-style.

Maureen can also be heard on A long time waiting,

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A Natural Accident and Home Alone

A natural accident – Makes You Think Series

Written by Breanda Cross, Dramatised by A. Nunn

Cover Art – Unsplash

Our recent podcast certainly makes you think.  Here in Australia most of us abhor the idea of gun violence, or even the casual way Americans seem to take their natural right for gun ownership. Yet every day we drive cars with as little thought.  Not realizing that it is as much a death weapon as a gun.

A natural accident is a thriller. We open up inside the mind of a man who knows exactly what use he will put his car to, and the results he expects. But will they be the same? Wotif…?

Note: Update March 2010. In the year since this podcast was released we have had a constant deluge of mass shootings in the USA and terrorist killings all over the world. And yes, carnage on the road.

There were 34,247 fatal motor vehicle crashes in the United States in 2017 in which 37,133 deaths occurred.

In Australia

  • 1,226 people were killed in road related deaths, over 3 people a day
  • 34% of fatal crashes occur in major cities
  • 1 in 10 crashes resulted in multiple deaths

It certainly makes you think, doesn’t it?

And now for something completely different….

Home Alone is a crime story. and while custard may not be the actual murder weapon it features quite prominently in this short and sharp story.

And yes, the 1990 movie Home Alone was inspirational to the story

Written by B.C.

Cover Art – Unsplash

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Grave Consequences

Although the April launch of FastFictionPodcasts is only a week gone, the new month brings new stories.  Already a tense, gripping ‘How dunnit” is available for your listening pleasure.

Grave Consequences

It fits comfortably into our three themes, a marital discord, (TheSpouseTrap,TST), there may be a crime (CrimeWithoutGrime, CWG), and without giving a spoiler of who, how what or why, we have to add a (MakesYouThink,MYT). Compared with the previous pods its fairly long, (20minutes), but I promise it will keep you in suspense. After all, a dead husband, a Merry Widow and an isolated homestead. Everything you need for a Nightmare. This drama was once made into a short film and won a small video competition.

The best time to listen is on a dark and story night…. Need I say more?

Note: March 2019 Update: The print version first appeared in one of the annual Crimewriters Queensland anthologies, which are now only available through the National Library.