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.
Sunday, September 27, 2015
Celeste is a young woman studying at a university in her native Venezuela. She meets an American professor named Robert, marries him, and moves to Washington, D.C. Things go downhill from there.
Robert is a classic abusive, controlling, husband. Celeste's every move is watched, her phone calls monitored. When her bus home is late she is beaten.
My favorite line in the story? Reaching into a hand-carved box, I sort through the gold jewelry and select Robert's latest apology.
But what makes this story more than just a tale of domestic misery is that each scene is prefaced with a quotation from Christopher Columbus's letters or logbooks, describing his encounters with the natives of the new world. It is no accident that Celeste and Robert get married on Columbus Day. I can't imagine how much work went into finding the appropriate texts for each scene.
Very moving story.