The Murder Frock – Friday Fictioneers – May 31st

Welcome to the last Friday Fictioneers of May! Rochelle Wisoff-Fields heads up our crew as we take part in a group activity where an unknown photo prompt will elicit as many as 100 different responses, usually fictitious, but always entertaining. This will be my twenty-fourth time taking the visual prompt and crafting an accompanying tale.

I have made many friends over the time with the Fictioneers. I even convinced a few of my friends to join a project to collaborate on a fiction story. For the months of May and June we are putting together a thirteen part fiction short story. If you love fiction you will want to check out this project. You can do so by following this link Bakers Dozen Fiction Story. Among the culprits you will see regular Fictioneers such as Ted Strutz, Jennifer Pendergast, Leslie Moon, David Stewart and yours truly.

copyright - Janet Webb

copyright – Janet Webb

Janet Webb is the photo source for this week’s adventure. Thanks Janet, your photo inspired a different thought about my continuing serial.

Due to a popular requests I am keeping Detective Sophie Marcus as my main character for these weekly photo adventures. In previous installments Sophie is brought in to investigate a murder at a writing conference. You can catch up by reading “The Hornet Chronicles“,”Not the Usual Suspects“,  “You Be Mine, I’ll Be Yours” , “The Non-Existent Alibis“,  “Guilty!” and What About Tom?.

(Genre: Crime Fiction) ( 100 words)


E.L. Appleby sat silently, her eyes fixed on the photo.

“Ms. Appleby!” Sophie said. Appleby jumped in the chair, seemingly lost in whatever thoughts the picture brought.

“Is this a photo of your apartment building?”


“The dress hanging is yours?”

Appleby remained silent, still staring at the photo.

“Ms. Appleby this is the same dress found on Karen Kelly at the crime scene!”

Appleby blinked several times, but still remained silent.

“Silence is not your friend,” Sophie barked.

“Where did you get this?”

“A murder investigation gives me lots of latitude.”

“I’m being framed,” Appleby said.

“By whom?”




About Joe Owens

Can you tell from my writing I love God? I hope so because that is what I want you to know most about me. I am also a writer who loves taking on fiction prompts and crafting a story. One day you will read my work in print. Until then enjoy it here! For free!
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25 Responses to The Murder Frock – Friday Fictioneers – May 31st

  1. Great. Now every time David Stewart comments, I’m going to picture a big, football-shaped head…

    Enjoying the suspense!

  2. Mystikel says:

    I should have got it was Dave. Lol. I had flashes of Family Guy in my head as I racked my brain trying to figure out who Stewie was. I notice Sandra hasn’t murdered anyone on here lately. She’s probably trying to stay off your suspect list.

  3. Ah still suspense— but where’s the butler?

  4. yerpirate says:

    That is superb dialogue, with some great lines – tense interrogation. Very nicely done.

    • Joe Owens says:

      I realize I am repeating myself from an earlier comment, but I feel it applies here very well. When i first began Fictioneers the 100 word limit was intimidating to me. If I have a problem it can be with wordiness. I feel I have come to embrace the short from and am learning how to say a whole lot with just the 100 words. I know it will show in my longer works as I learn to economize but give lots to the reader.

  5. Stewie, ahaha. And I would have gotten away with it too, if it were for those meddling fictioneers. Well, you haven’t proven anything yet. 🙂

  6. Hannah says:

    Great mystery! Lots of possibilities behind those few words.

  7. Joe / someone is going down
    down the drain with a red dress
    another great response to the prompt

  8. Stewie, indeed! Not sure which character I should hope is the murderer because no matter what, one of the Fictioneers is going down!


  9. Stewie? Sharp dialogue, Joe.

So you took time to read what I wrote and I appreciate it, but comments are even better!

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