The Crime Writers’ Association

Margery Allingham Short Mystery Competition 2022


Mark Thielman

Boxed In

A unique use for corrugated cardboard lies behind a murder at the packing station, revealed as a probationer prisoner sorts through evidence that fingers a killer.

The judges felt this was a very neat story in a well-conceived setting as the likely suspect acts as amateur detective, effectively using his parole officer’s jargon to tell his tale.

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