Hey, it's contest time again! In March, I had a Friday Flash Fiction mystery theme, and we're going it again this month. The five entries for November are all linked by a common theme. If you can guess it, you'll get props from me, and maybe even a prize of some sort.
And here's a hint: With the referents (erm, things being referred to) I will be deliberately disregarding the way they are generally ordered. So don't let that throw you.