Tuesday, August 14, 2018
A nice story by my fellow Sleuthsayer, Eve Fisher, set as many of her stories are, in South Dakota.
The narrator is a woman in her thirties who has moved into an apartment house filled mostly with older people and thinks that's just fine. Then a wave of new divorcees come in and, alas, they are the "mean girls" from high school. Lots of requests for favors and "Is your husband out of prison yet?"
One of them disappears rather scandalously and then her body is discovered even more so. The obvious suspect turns out to have an alibi. Can our hero spot the killer before somebody else gets tagged?
I can't remember the last time an actual whodunit made it onto my best of the week page. Well done.
Sunday, October 8, 2017
I have been asked recently about my policy so it may be time to repeat this. Most of the publications I review I either purchase or borrow from libraries. You can send me a free copy of an anthology, collection, or magazine if you want, as long as it is published this year. I promise to start reading each story. If it is the best I read that week I will review it here.
First of all, congratulations to Wildside Press for the first issue of their new baby. Long may Black Cat Mystery Magazine prowl the mean streets.
This is Opperman's second appearance in my column.
It's Thanksgiving and newlywed Annie is supposed to be preparing a feast for her doting husband and his ungrateful mother. But then she gets a phone call from Benedict, who she hasn't heard from since before the wedding.
Ah, Benedict, who makes her skin flush and her heart race... He tells her to be at the Palisades apartments in half an hour and she is eager to oblige.
That means she has to find an excuse to slip out. Which turns out to be tougher than you might expect. And...
And I have to stop there. But, boy, I never guessed what was coming. Nice light writing, lovely ending.