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Lethal Laundry

Mystery teasers are little stories where you need to figure out what happened based on the given clues.


Puzzle ID:#23924
Fun:*** (2.88)
Difficulty:** (1.25)
Submitted By:dsquared*nz****
Corrected By:Winner4600




Inspector Dante Missertrick arrived on the scene. His keen eye surveyed the area, his assistant madly clicking photographs. Not that the Inspector ever needed any, he had his memory after all. He noticed the small smashed window apparently leading into what was the laundry area. The small, well kept gardens out front looked splendid in the midday sun.

He made his way to the door where he was greeted by a plump lady claiming to be the owner's sister.

"Hello," he said, with his smooth Italian accent. "I have come to inspect the scene." Seeing his badge, the plump sister let him in. The first thing he noticed was to his left, the dejected figure of a man sobbing on the couch. He went to the man and politely requested that he ask a few questions.

"Ok... sniff... I'll do my best."
"Can you tell me what happened?"
"I was in the laundry with my brother as we were planning what gear to wash for a fishing trip, I heard something outside then a gunshot. I ducked, my brother fell, he was dead. I ran from the room, slamming the door, which must have startled the killer. I tried to get a look of who was out the front but heard running. The gate slammed and whoever it was was gone."
"I see, and you did not see anything of the killer? Clothing maybe, hair colour, shoes?"
"No, that's all I saw... sniff."
"Ok, thank you, I may need to ask you more but for now that is good."

He left him and turned to look at the laundry where the murder took place. He turned the handle to the door and pushed it inward having to exert some energy as the body was lying up against it. After pushing the door far enough open he ran his keen eye around, again checked the smashed window this time from the inside and quickly checked the gun shot wound and the body. At that point he decided he'd seen enough.

He returned to the man on the couch and said, quite nonchalant, "I'm afraid your crocodile tears do not bite with me. Sir, please accompany me to the station."

What is it that Dante discovered that pointed to the brother's lies?

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Jun 22, 2005

Wonderful, very well written. I got so caught up thinking about the characters that I was completely stumped.
Jun 22, 2005

Easy, but very fun
Jun 22, 2005

Great, thanks very much. As my first submission this is good feedback to hear, especially with taking time over building the characters a little. Maybe I have found another category I can work in.
Jun 22, 2005

This is a very good teaser. I had to use the hint, though, to get it. Very cleverly hidden inside the text.
Jun 22, 2005

Thanks Irock I'm pleased the hint actually helped too - hopefully without giving it away too easily. Heh, also, I just noticed one thing I thought I should clarify about my above comment is that this is my first submission in the mystery category. Not my first submission overall ;) .
Jun 22, 2005

i really liked it but da hint gave it away a little more than i think u wanted to...a good hint doesnt help at all which is completely true yet very funny
Jun 22, 2005

. Oh and thanks .
Jun 23, 2005

Good teaser!

Since the window was mentioned at the end, I did expect something about no broken glass on the floor.

Enjoyed your first mystery - keep up the good work.
Jun 23, 2005

I liked this one even though it was easy--I appreciate the fact that this one was well written. Make your mysteries a little harder! I think that if you do that you'll become one of the best mystery writers on this site.
Jun 24, 2005

I liked it. I figured part of it out, I knew it had to do with the door.
Jun 24, 2005

I got it right without hint, but it was so simple I was afraid to check anwer, thought i had missed something, lol. But i enjoyed it. Was well written, Good job.
Jun 24, 2005

good one
Jun 25, 2005

It was really good, maybe you should write a book!
Jun 26, 2005

Wow.. thanks everyone. Warm fuzzies on a Monday morning . Oh and Birdman, that's a big call, I'll see what I can do ;) . Thanks for your suggestion Dolphin, maybe one day I will.
Jul 01, 2005

How Fun...
Jul 02, 2005

That was a little easy but very good. I like a mystery I can actually solve.
Jul 02, 2005

i liked this teaser, i actually figured it out!
Jul 02, 2005

It took me a minute to figure it out i thot it was great!
my friend got a little confused but likes to be a little stumped not to ridiculsy hard but not to easy!! PERFEcT good job!
Jul 03, 2005

Jul 04, 2005

It is a very good teaser even though it is easy.It is a well worded teaser too .I liked it very much.
Jul 04, 2005

Thanks everyone. Wow, so many nice comments I might just have to write another one.
Jul 14, 2005

I got this one right easily, but it was fun. Even thought it was very easy.
Jul 14, 2005

Oct 12, 2005

Agreed... nice one, but fairly easy. Well written, thanks!
Oct 17, 2005

Oct 21, 2005

i got it easily bc of the door. really good.
Oct 21, 2005

Feb 17, 2006

it was kind of confusing with the hint. but i probably read it wrong...but i liked it.
Feb 19, 2006

I'm pleased you enjoyed it
Jul 07, 2006

Got It!
Jul 09, 2006

Well done :-)
Jul 17, 2007

great teaser!I had to use the hint though cuz i tend to skip parts in reading that dont have someone talking!lol
Jul 17, 2007

Jul 18, 2007

your welcome
Aug 30, 2008

really good one, you needed to use logic to figure out the answer
it was a bit easy because you focused on that one section a bit much, but good teaser.
Dec 26, 2008

well, no offense at all to the creator of this teaser, but i thought the way u wrote it was very confusing. it was hard for me to undrstnd. i thnk the grammer & punctuation were, not tht bad, but not perfect. & im attuned to details. so, yeah, it seems like its just me tho, who saw the flaws....& it probly is. but othr thn that, it was a very nice teaser kudos
Dec 30, 2008

Um...EdWaRdLuVeR_918, you can't understand how the person wrote it. Who can understand YOUR writing?
Dec 30, 2008

Cause some of your words are shortened, that's kind of ironic 0.0
Jan 01, 2009

Thanks for the comments and thank you for your thoughts/reply to Edware srpwuzhere. I did find his a rather ironic comment
Sep 06, 2009

i got it, but only because i read a similar teaser. good one though. i liked it
Nov 09, 2011

wonderfully written teaser..a bit easy though
May 09, 2012

This is one of the first teasers I solved, and one of my favorites as well. It was simple, yet fun!!!

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