A Christmas Story: The Night Visit by Alison Layland

A Christmas Story: The Night Visit by Alison Layland

During the run up to Christmas, the authors of Crime Cymru have come together to post short Christmas stories throughout December to the Crime Cymru website and its social media platforms. There will be a story every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday until the 22nd of December. Each story will be by a different author to keep your thirst for crime fiction alive while the stress of Christmas takes over. We hope you enjoy our festive tales and on behalf of all the authors, we wish you a Merry Christmas. The Night Visit is a chilling tale by Alison Layland of a couple arriving at the eerie town of Llanwenydd. The Night Visit by Alison LayLand The snow whirled down, the flakes white against the dark sky, grey as they entered the beam of the headlights. No two ways about it, they were lost. ‘I’m getting worried about this; we’ll have to find somewhere to stay the night if we can,’ she said. So much for getting...
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A Christmas Story : Clan by Sally Spedding

During the run-up to Christmas, the authors of Crime Cymru have come together to post short Christmas stories throughout December to the Crime Cymru website and its social media platforms. There will be a story every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday until the 22nd of December. Each story will be by a different author to keep your thirst for crime fiction alive while the stress of Christmas takes over. We hope you enjoy our festive tales and on behalf of all the authors, we wish you a Merry Christmas. Clan is a fast-paced and thrilling story by Sally Spedding following a young bar maid's treacherous journey home after a long night shift. Clan by Sally Spedding Monday 15th December 2008. The drizzle hadn’t let up all day. Sly and silent in the growing dusk, it now permeated Fiona Carter’s clothing, chilling her skin as she walked from Kilforgan’s only pub to her small red hatchback in the overflow car park across the road. “See ye...
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A Christmas Story in Welsh: Cadair Idris by Gareth W Williams

During the run-up to Christmas, the authors of Crime Cymru have come together to post short Christmas stories throughout December to the Crime Cymru website and its social media platforms. There will be a story every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday until the 22nd of December. Each story will be by a different author to keep your thirst for crime fiction alive while the stress of Christmas takes over. We hope you enjoy our festive tales and on behalf of all the authors, we wish you a Merry Christmas. Stori fer drawiadol gan Gareth W. Williams sy'n ein hatgoffa am bwer storÏau yn ein bywydau. Cadair Idris by Gareth W Williams Tafarn wledig rhyw bum milltir o’r dre oedd ac ydy’r Crown. Ces i job yno’n gweithio tu ôl i’r bar yn ystod gwyliau’r haf tra’n fyfyriwr. Doedd hi ddim yn rhy bell i yrru yno. Pobol leol gan mwyaf yn ystod y gaeaf ond doi cryn dipyn o ymwelwyr yno yn ystod yr haf...
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A Christmas Story: Matlock and the Night Before by Eamonn Griffin

During the run-up to Christmas, the authors of Crime Cymru have come together to post short Christmas stories throughout December to the Crime Cymru website and its social media platforms. There will be a story every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday until the 22nd of December. Each story will be by a different author to keep your thirst for crime fiction alive while the stress of Christmas takes over. We hope you enjoy our festive tales and on behalf of all the authors, we wish you a Merry Christmas. Matlock and the Night Before is an eerie tale by Eamonn Griffin of Dan Matlock’s walk through the snowy streets to conduct business on the night of Christmas eve. Matlock and the Night Before by Eamonn Griffin A partial thaw had refrozen. Dan Matlock walked on the road. Safer in the salted slush by the kerb than up on the pavement. That’s how you broke your hip, skidding where footfall had polished the snow to...
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A Christmas Story: Tidings of Comfort and Joy by Cathy Ace

During the run-up to Christmas, the authors of Crime Cymru have come together to post short Christmas stories throughout December to the Crime Cymru website and its social media platforms. There will be a story every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday until the 22nd of December. Each story will be by a different author to keep your thirst for crime fiction alive while the stress of Christmas takes over. We hope you enjoy our festive tales and on behalf of all the authors, we wish you a Merry Christmas. Tidings of Comfort and Joy is an amusing tale by Cathy Ace of a Swansea based couple who lack the Christmas spirit towards their fellow neighbours. Tidings of Comfort and Joy by Cathy Ace ‘John Evans is dead. It’s in the newspaper. It must be true. Poor dab.’ Gladys Pritchard waved the South Wales Evening Post in front of her husband. ‘Good riddance,’ muttered her spouse. Gladys gave him a sour look over her glasses. ‘Died peacefully...
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Like, Love, Kill Episode 8

Each Sunday, Cal Smyth's social media thriller Like, Love, Kill is serialised via Crime Cymru. Here is the final episode... 33 As Kel steps out of the art studio, she mentally goes over her previous notes on Irina. Just in case there is anything she has missed. Is there someone who would know Irina’s contacts and would bear a grudge? A name jumps out at her: Rupert Wilkinson, former art patron of UCASS. After Irina’s art-sex video, she gained renown while he lost his position. The man just might have vengeful feelings. Kel googles Rupert Wilkinson on her phone. The most recent reference to his name is in a Gloucester Evening Post article a year earlier. The headline is: ‘Former UCASS Art Patron Vanishes.’ Kel reads the article: ‘Rupert Wilkinson, former art patron of UCASS, has been declared missing after he failed to turn up to court for divorce proceedings. His estranged wife, Camilla Wilkinson filed for divorce following a video of Mr Wilkinson having sex with...
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Like, Love, Kill Episode 7

Each Sunday, Cal Smyth's social media thriller Like, Love, Kill is serialised via Crime Cymru. Here is episode 7…   27 Kel, Caitlin, Irina and Mike are being balled out by Inspector Christie. With the four of them sitting around a desk in the library and Inspector Christie standing over them, it feels like being back in school. Each of them has had their individual statements taken down. Now, the inspector has them all together, his voiced raised as he says: ‘Do you realise how much more difficult you have just made catching the killer? I’ve now got all four of you to cross check with fingerprints at the scene. Not to mention time wasted taking statements about how you came to be in the victim’s flat and then finding out your plan might have in fact instigated the victim’s death.’ Kel understands Inspector Christie’s anger. They’ve fucked up. Or she has. Quite obviously, Toby isn’t the killer because he’s as dead as a dodo. She...
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Like, Love, Kill Episode 6

Each Sunday, Cal Smyth's social media thriller Like, Love, Kill is serialised via Crime Cymru. Here is episode 6…   22 Kel and Caitlin sit across from each other in a corner of the student union bar, Kel wanting to meet so she can run her research findings by Caitlin. The floor is sticky with spilled beer, the walls are covered with provocative murals and the place smells of bleach. Kel thinks it’s as if every Uni needs to have one grungy bar as an act of youthful rebellion. Especially on a campus like UCASS which is so meticulously designed. Kel has a JD and coke in front of her, plus a packet of crisps. Her lunch consisted of four and a half oatcakes, so her dinner is almost an upgrade. Caitlin just has an orange juice. The bar is quite empty, only two other groups of students huddled together. In keeping with the feeling of secrecy, Kel leans towards Caitlin, says: ‘You can feel the...
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Like, Love, Kill Episode 5

Each Sunday, Cal Smyth's social media thriller Like, Love, Kill is serialised via Crime Cymru. Here is episode 5…   15 It’s well into the night by the time Amy is declared dead, police have sealed off her room and statements have been taken. Inspector Christie was obviously still busy dealing with Grace’s murder, so a different DI talked to Kel and Caitlin. The two women are sitting in a lecture hall where Kel usually hears talks on criminology. It is the nearest building to Amy’s residence block so has been set up as a makeshift interview room. With the police and ambulance crew busy back at the scene, Kel and Caitlin are left alone, the two of them subdued. Kel is able to cope with seeing a dead person, but two in one day is a bit much. Caitlin says: ‘Well you were right something was wrong.’ ‘Yea, didn’t think she’d killed herself though.’ ‘We knew her history.’ ‘Self-harm is one thing. Suicide takes it to another...
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Like, Love, Kill Episode 4

Each Sunday, Cal Smyth's social media thriller Like, Love, Kill is serialised via Crime Cymru. Here is episode 4…   10 Kel and the others stand to the side as the police arrive. As soon as Kel saw Grace was dead she called Inspector Christie. Now at the scene, he gives her a strange sideways glance as he enters the café. Kel acted like a professional before the police came, didn’t let anyone else into the café. Though it was impossible to keep Grace’s murder a secret. The others all heard her on the phone say that a woman had been killed. When Caitlin asked if it was Grace, Kel nodded that it was. Amy tried to get a closer look, but Kel told her they shouldn’t contaminate the scene and barred her from going inside. Not that it stopped Amy from taking a photo through the doorway. Kel looks up at the top of the door. There is no camera. She asks Caitlin: ‘Grace didn’t...
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