Beach Day by Rodger Bliss
February 2020
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Max Gaetanno Mystery

Max walked into a room with no windows and found a dead man who obviously hung himself from the ceiling, though he couldn’t figure out how. There was no chair beneath him that he might have jumped off of, or a table. Just a puddle of water.

How did he do it?


Max Gaetanno Mystery Car

A man and a woman were driving in their car when it broke down. The man decided to go for help at a gas station a few miles back. He made sure nobody was in the car, rolled all the windows up, and locked all of the sedan’s doors. He went off, but when […]

Max Gaetanno Murder Mystery

A woman was found dead in her study. She was slumped over her desk and a gun was in her hand. There was a cassette recorder on her desk. When Max & the police entered the room and pressed the play button on the tape recorder they heard: “I can’t go on. I have […]

Max Gaetanno Mystery Pool of Blood

Max found a man dead in a phone booth in a pool of blood. The glass on either end of the phone booth is broken and the phone is hanging. Just outside of the phone booth is a bucket and a stick.

What happened?

Max Gaetanno Murder Mystery

This is what Max has been told: There are 2 men, Bob and Jeff. They met David. They were all best of friends. But one night, Bob wasn’t feeling good. So he stayed home from work. Soon he was better. The next day, David and Jeff found Bob’s dead body! There was a gun […]

Scotch on the Rocks Murder Mystery

Fred and Mike, two popular politicians, met at a club to discuss the overthrow of their party leader. They each ordered a scotch on the rocks. Mike downed his and ordered another. He then drank his second in a gulp and decided to wait before he ordered a third. Meanwhile, Fred, who was sipping […]

Blackbird Murder Mystery

Twice four and twenty blackbirds sitting in the rain I shot and killed a quarter of them How many do remain?

Another Max Gaetanno Mystery

Hans Groaner walked onto the platform and scanned the length of the train.

The Orient Local had never been as classy as the Orient Express. Nowadays, it was just a decrepit piece of junk held together by spit and baling wire. It made every local stop between Paris and Istanbul and was only for the […]

Another Max Gaetanno Mystery

There was a homeless man that was looking through the window of a nice restaurant. He notice a chef making a wonderfully-smelling soup. When the chef went into the other room to get some pepper for the soup, the drifter climbed through the window to smell the wonderful concoction. He apparently inhaled for too long […]

Another Max Gaetanno Mystery

The Gaetanno family of Chicago is entertaining their cousin Sylvio, who is visiting from Naples. After staying for several days, Sylvio is getting ready to leave, when he presents the Gaetannos with a gift. It is a lamp that Sylvio claims is a very valuable antique that has been in his family for 70 years. […]