‘The Sea in Birmingham’ by Mick Scully

Perhaps the very young and the very old are especially fruitful subjects for the writer of short fiction. This story deals with murder in a care home. The increasingly surreal comedy of this narrative will be relished by anyone who has had to deal with the tragic farce of dementia. Just how can the police carry out an interview about suspicious events, when most of the residents have no short-term memory and harbour all sorts of delusions? It seems inevitable they will arrest the wrong person.

In The Sea in Birmingham, Tindal Street Fiction Group 2013. Also in Best British Short Stories, Salt, 2014