Sunday, November 23, 2014

Disco Donna, by Shari Randall

"Disco Donna," by Shari Randall, in Chesapeake Crimes: Homicidal Holidays, edited by Donna Andrews, Barb Goffman, and Marcia Talley, Wildside Press, 2014.

Following last week's grim story of a disappearing child in Sweden, here is a much lighter story of a murdered teenager in Maryland.  Go figure.

The narrator and her two friends are high school girls preparing to dress as hippies for Halloween.  In a used clothing store they find a box of leftovers from Disco Donna, the town's legendary unsolved murder victim.  (Her former home had just been renovated.)  This leads to a second box that had been donated to the town library, and in that box they find a clue to the murderer.

The main pleasure here is the language of the teenagers.

People cracked.  That happened on Lifetime all the time, too.

We OMG'ed up the stairs.

She reverted to Korean, which she did only when she was completely unhinged or in gym class.

Fun stuff.


  1. Shari Randall also had a short story, "Keep It Simple," in Chesapeake Crimes: This Job Is Murder (Wildside Press 2012). She's a wonderful writer.

  2. Hi Robert! thank you for the kind words. I'm so glad you enjoyed Disco Donna. It was such fun to play with teenage girls' voices and invent my own urban legend. Happy Thanksgiving!

  3. It's a fun story, isn't it, Robert? Thanks for giving a shout-out to Shari's fine work—and to the anthology in general!

  4. Shari's story is a true delight and the entire anthology is terrific.