Danny Gumbo Files — a classic murder mystery

Chris Lowry
5 min readNov 4, 2023

The Florida Gulf Coast basked in the glow of a setting sun, its tranquil waters casting shimmering reflections on the pristine white sand. Danny Gumbo, the seasoned private investigator, leaned against the railings of a weathered pier, watching the fishing boats returning with their catches. He had intended to enjoy a rare moment of serenity when his cell phone rang, shattering the peace.

With a sigh, Danny answered, “Gumbo Investigations. What’s your problem today?”

On the other end of the line was Detective Laura Henderson, a sharp-witted officer known for her relentless pursuit of justice. Her voice was heavy with frustration.

“Remember our deal, Gumbo? You’re on call if I ever need your ‘unique set of skills.’ Well, I need your help now.”

“What’s the case, Henderson?” Danny asked, straightening up. It wasn’t often that Laura Henderson called upon his expertise.

“A murder, Gumbo. We’ve got a body washed up on the beach, and it’s not a pretty sight. The victim’s a young woman, and we can’t identify her. I need you to help with the investigation,” Laura explained.

Danny agreed to meet her at the crime scene, resigning himself to the fact that his moment of respite would have to wait. He arrived at the desolate stretch of beach, where the…



Chris Lowry

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