Carl of the Bells

Carl of the Bells

Carl of the Bells

Short Story by Annie Reed

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A holiday crime… with an unexpected twist.

Always on the hunt for a way to make a quick buck, Joe’s good buddy Carl thinks this year he’s hit on a winner.

Most of Carl’s schemes don’t pan out. This one looks like it just might, and that rubs Joe the wrong way.

The only problem with having a conscience—it can tell you what’s wrong, but it sure doesn’t tell you how to fix it.

“When I started this story, I thought I knew where it was going to go. Christmas, Salvation Army bell ringers, scam. Seemed obvious. And it wasn’t. It’s surprising, and you should read it.” –Kristine Kathryn Rusch, author of SANTA AND OTHER CHRISTMAS CRIMINALS


Award-winning editor and writer Kristine Kathryn Rusch calls Annie Reed “one of the best writers I’ve come across in years.”

In addition to appearing in numerous issues of Fiction River, Annie’s short fiction also appears regularly in The Uncollected Anthology, stories written quarterly on the same theme, and in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine. Her longer works include the private eye novels Pretty Little Horses and Paper Bullets, the crime novels A Death in Cumberland and the upcoming Missing in Cumberland, and the suspense novel Shadow Life, written under the pen name Kris Sparks.