Rupert Morrison is fed up with being blackmailed by George Manning so sets out to put a stop to it once and for all. The only problem is, when consumed with plotting the perfect murder, in the hope you might get away with it, there is always one thing that has been overlooked…
He glanced round the little kitchen, deliberately looking at the figure which lay huddled on the floor; huddled but yet in an attitude which Morrison hoped was as natural as its unnatural circumstances would permit. For the head was inside the oven of the rusty-looking gas-stove.
This is the first work by Milward Kennedy that I have read, and I really enjoyed it. At only four pages long, this short story is a very short story. However, it does manage to pack a lot into it and the twist at the end – which I did not see coming at all – was fantastic.
I would recommend this story to those who enjoy their crime stories set during the first half of the twentieth century, as well as to those who are learning how to write a convincing, concise crime story.
I found Death in the Kitchen by Milward Kennedy in Great Crime Stories by Chancellor Press.