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FF – Not as Clever as he Thought

Here is my contribution to Friday Fictioneers, hosted by Rochelle. This week’s photo was contributed by Dale Rogerson.

Copyright Dale Rogerson


Detective Inspector Bardon looked across the scene. Crisp, white, beautiful. Like a Christmas card. Idyllic – apart from the body, the red-tinged snow.

“Back wound. Murder definitely happened here. Knife was driven in at close range. Only one set of footprints – the victim’s! How?”

High above, Jimmy ‘Jetpack Assassin’ Jameson hovered and laughed. His web ad had paid off. Plenty of clients, police always baffled!

“Hey, guv, just found this ad on the internet. Some joker calling himself the ‘jetpack assassin’!”

“Jetpack? Of course! Constable, grab the newly-issued ground-to-air missile launcher out the car, will you?”

Jimmy’s eyes widened in horror.


  1. January 29, 2020 at 8:32 pm

    Is he allowed to use a SAM on a suspect?

    Liked by 1 person

  2. January 29, 2020 at 8:45 pm

    Dear Ali,

    Busted! Sounds like Jimmy’s goose is roasted and browned to a crisp. Good one.




    • January 30, 2020 at 8:33 am

      Dear Rochelle,
      Yep, he fell into that “hanging around to see your handiwork” trap. And who knew the police now had guided missiles for just such an occasion? 🙂


  3. January 29, 2020 at 9:01 pm

    That snow won’t be pretty for very long. I guess everything can be bought online these days 😀


  4. January 29, 2020 at 9:02 pm



  5. January 29, 2020 at 9:29 pm

    It’s difficult to advertise your talents as an assassin without being discovered by the authorities!


    • January 30, 2020 at 8:36 am

      Yes, they’re even checking the dark web these days. So I hear 😉

      Liked by 1 person

  6. January 29, 2020 at 10:16 pm

    Time for Jimmy to rocket off.


  7. January 29, 2020 at 10:41 pm

    Uh oh!! Funny stuff


  8. January 30, 2020 at 5:00 am

    Great idea. Just blow the bastard up!


    • January 30, 2020 at 8:48 am

      No more of this mamby-pamby Taser nonsense. Hit him with a bazooka!


  9. January 30, 2020 at 10:52 am

    It looks like Jimmy’s killing spree is coming to an end. It might be hard to find him here, there, and everywhere with all that snow. Get out the bloodhounds. Gruesome but funny dark humor, Ali. 😀 — Suzanne


    • January 30, 2020 at 12:43 pm

      He’ll certainly be here, there and everywhere after the missile hit. The problem with bloodhounds is they might eat the bits 🙂


  10. January 30, 2020 at 11:31 am

    What a well-equipped cop car! Nice one.


    • January 30, 2020 at 12:43 pm

      DI Bardon’s car has all the latest violence-related upgrades!

      Liked by 1 person

  11. January 30, 2020 at 11:53 am

    Drastic – but then again how do you catch a Jetpack Assassin?


    • January 30, 2020 at 12:45 pm

      I believe DI Bardon has requisitioned a jetpack of his very own! Heavily armed, of course.

      Liked by 1 person

  12. January 30, 2020 at 2:24 pm

    This made me chuckle, Ali.
    I guess Jimmy got too cocky, shoulda parked the jetpack right away!


    • January 31, 2020 at 7:36 am

      Yes, he should have been over the hills and far away by the time the police showed!


  13. January 30, 2020 at 3:57 pm

    Suspect in the Christmas card stabbing death remains at large.

    In other news, a passenger plane crashed under mysterious circumstances in the same neighborhood, killing all 357 on board and 35 on the ground. Witnesses included Detective Inspector Barton who, when asked if he saw how the plane crashed, merely shrugged his shoulders.

    Liked by 1 person

    • January 31, 2020 at 7:38 am

      Technical problems I expect, mate. Oh, is that my phone, gotta take this, bye…


  14. January 30, 2020 at 5:30 pm

    It was just a question of time…


    • January 31, 2020 at 7:38 am

      Yep, he wasn’t the sharpest knife in the drawer.


  15. January 30, 2020 at 6:03 pm

    i hope the jetpack had enough juice to get him out of there. otherwise, he’d be toast. 🙂


  16. January 30, 2020 at 6:05 pm

    Crime and law enforcement is like a chess game. Move and countermove. May the good guys win.


    • January 31, 2020 at 7:41 am

      Fortunately for the police Jimmy only ever seems to look one move ahead 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

      • January 31, 2020 at 6:47 pm

        Which is exactly why I don’t play chess 🙂 Not a strategist.


  17. January 30, 2020 at 8:42 pm

    Teehee! Entertaining yarn, Ali


  18. January 31, 2020 at 4:08 am

    When killers use technology. Better hope that jet pack has gps!


  19. January 31, 2020 at 3:14 pm

    Made me laugh Ali ! I like that the jet pack assassin is outdone by the Constable’s gizmo.


    • February 1, 2020 at 3:45 pm

      And he thought he was being so clever 🙂


  20. January 31, 2020 at 6:30 pm

    I like the picture, Draliman, looks like it was launched well..MOL😸Pawkisses for a Happy Weekend🐾😽💞


  21. February 1, 2020 at 3:30 pm

    So NCIS, I can see the scenario taking me where I never imagined. Great piece.


  22. February 2, 2020 at 3:15 am

    What a maroon! Like the pyromaniac who hovers to watch his handiwork, so does the jetpack assassin! Always a question of time before they are busted!


    • February 2, 2020 at 6:05 am

      Yep, he just couldn’t resist watching the police wander around in confusion. I expect it came as quite the surprise seeing police, who don’t even carry handguns, fire a missile at him 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  23. February 2, 2020 at 2:14 pm

    Jimmy’s definitely on the shortlist for the world’s dumbest criminals!


  24. February 3, 2020 at 10:33 pm

    Oh, very good story, you caught me up. As a lover of murder mysteries, this has to be one of my favorites!


    • February 5, 2020 at 12:48 pm

      Thanks! It didn’t take long for our intrepid coppers to work it out, but then they only had 100 words 🙂


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  26. February 10, 2020 at 1:36 pm

    You hadn’t thought of that, had you, Jimmy. You’re going down.


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