By Neel Anil Panicker

Inspector Sharma’s hawk eyes scanned the high domed  pearl white Victorian archways of St. Thomas Church.

Men, women and children, some young enough to be held in their mothers’ arms,  seated all around him in benches, in two rows and six long columns that extended all the way  from the pulpit to the main jam packed hallway.

From a hexagonal slit in the balcony twenty feet high watched Carlos the Rat, the scourge of the entire police machinery.

And in the crosshairs of his long range telescopic gun was Rama Krishnan,  his bete noire and  also the Cochin City Mayor.

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8 June 2018

23 thoughts on “neelwrites/amurderinthechurch/fridayfictioneers/flashfiction/inspectorsharmacrimeseries/100words/06/06/2018

  1. Make that three for assassination stories! Wow!

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  2. Dear Neel,

    Hmm…seems a good place for an assassination. 😉 Perhaps it’s those vaulted ceilings? Well done, sir.



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      1. You’re welcome. Missed you in Purple Land this week.


  3. Let’s hope Inspector Sharma is fast on his feet, then.

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  4. I’m outa here in case his bullet goes astray! Nice one Neel

    Click to read my FriFic tale

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  5. Good story, Neel. Lots of assassination this week!

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  6. Sharma is a great detective, and will get his man – but Rama Krishnan would probably have preferred a good policeman who would have flushed Carlos out and prevented the assassination!
    Nice story, Neel!

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  7. I think it might be time to exit stage left. Well done.
    Best wishes,

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  8. Every great detective needs a great nemesis, for Sharma the game is afoot!

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  9. We were recently talking with students about names for people who tell or blow the whistle – and Rat was one of them –
    along with stool pigeon, squealer, and Haystak (singer) called ratting someone out as singing – he said they “Sing, like Pavarotti”

    anyhow, your piece reminded me of a nice Jason Bourne scene.

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  10. I, too, thought of ricocheting bullets. May his aim be true. Although there will be blood.

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  11. Oh no, an assassination in the church? I’m with Keith — getting out before the chaos!

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  12. Mike

    I like the little that I saw of Kerala, so I hope that the inspector catches the Rat

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  13. Good one, Neil. The suspense left us. . . . well, hanging 🙂

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  14. Good stuff, Neel, unfolds nicely.

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  15. A timely story for the current atmosphere we live in today. Well done, Neil.
    Isadora 😎

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