The Setting: a modest family home in suburbia where a harried and guilt-plagued mother bakes a batch of 18 chocolate chip bran muffins as compensation for the empty home that will greet her children when they return from school. Placing the muffins in a basket in the centre of the kitchen table, she covers them with a tea towel and props a note against the basket that reads:
I was called in to work.
Your dad will be home by 5:30.
Enjoy the muffins!
The Crime: upon their arrival home from school, the children discover an empty house, their mother's note on the kitchen table, and a few crumbs in a basket. The mouth-watering aroma of fresh baking still lingers in the air, but the muffins are missing!
The Clues: one balled-up tea towel half hidden beneath a sofa cushion, and one terribly bloated, wretched, and remorseful dog.
The Resolution: after making a hasty escape into the back yard, the dubious dog quickly relieves himself of his guilt. Then again. And yet again. Enough evidence is gathered to put this culpable canine away for a long time. The case is closed.
p.s. Our felonious Fido has since been released on parole with the condition he abstains from all bran and bran-related products.
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