An Unexpected Letter

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A short story about the curious case of an unexpected letter, a Grandson, and his eccentric Grandmother, who was recently deceased. More
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About Chris J Mitchell

Chris J Mitchell was born at Whipps Cross Hospital, Leytonstone, London and grew up in Chingford in North East London. He spent his early years out cycling in Epping Forest, playing video games and attending his local church’s youth group.

At school, out of all his studies what most captivated him was storytelling and creative writing. This part of his English lessons required no motivation and a short story he wrote about a group of Knights and their quest to destroy a nest of Gargoyles, hidden deep in the mountains, earned him praise and additional credits from his English teacher.

In his childhood, around the age of eight, he met with a serious accident and although making a full recovery from it, the event lead to him developing agoraphobia. He struggled against this during his teenage years, but at around the age of eighteen, he eventually overcame this phobia. This experience left an impression on him for how strongly emotions can affect and alter logical and rational thoughts.

After college and his battles with agoraphobia, he went on to graduate from University in Manchester. Where he studied Film and wrote his dissertation on Vaudeville’s influence on early comedic movies and how great performers such as the Marx Brothers, Harold Lloyd or Laurel and Hardy brought their craft to the big screen.

Always writing in his spare time, jotting down ideas for stories and researching his upcoming work, Chris has written numerous short stories, of which include a set of six ghost stories in a classic Victorian style. Some of these ghostly tales have been turned into audio stories and all of which have been well received. He also recently completed his first novel The Departure and this book continues the story from one of his short ghost stories, The Return.
His writing has been influenced by writers such as M.R. James, Agatha Christie (of which her books – Then There were None and The Murder of Roger Ackroyd are amongst his favourites) and Andrzej Sapkowski (who writes The Witcher Series).

Chris also posts non-fiction articles and short stories to Medium of which several posts have been selected by the curators to be included in the ‘recommended to readers’ section for those interested in Books and History across the homepage, app, topic pages, and emails.

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Katherine reviewed on on March 17, 2019

This short story follows Benjamin Rode who received a letter from the lawyer of his grandma informing him about her death. He carefully instructs Benjamin about regarding the final wishes of his grandmother. He is skeptical and also a little sarcastic about the whole affair of fulfilling the last wishes of a person who practically made no effort to communicate when she was alive. Nevertheless he read the rest of the letter which included meeting a few people to give the news and going to a cottage to see what she has left behind for him and his mother. Curious enough he takes a trip to this dingy cottage located in secluded area. He is all at once shocked and surprised to find what his peculiar grandmother left.

An Unexpected Letter is a short mystery story and at the beginning it seems pretty normal,nothing to worry about but eventually the secrets are revealed in an unexpected twist that will leave you flabbergasted. We don't really see the explained personalities of the characters but we are very well aware of their stagnant relationship through the descriptions .I really enjoyed reading this wonderful book.
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