"When You Wish Upon A Star," by Colin Cotterill, in Sunshine Noir, edited by Annamaria Alfieri and Michael Stanley, White Sun Books, 2016.
This book ends on a high note with its third appearance in this column.
Our protagonist is a former crime reporter, now reduced to covering social events for the local weekly in the area she moved to for family reasons. When a well-off woman dies in a bizarre car accident - crashing off an unfinished bridge over a river - the reporter suspects that the death was no accident.
Nice setting but what really made it for me was the motive, which is an utterly modern get-rich scheme I have never seen in crime fiction before.
Sunday, October 16, 2016
Sunday, October 9, 2016
Toni plays piano in a gay bar on an island in Greece. To pay the bills he (I assume Toni is a he. As near as I can tell, it is not specified) is also an unlicensed private eye. That means he helps tourists and others get stolen property back.
This time his client is a wealthy man named Kleftis who seems to have lost a backpack. What was in it? Cash, certainly. Black market jewelry, very likely. Perhaps something more sinister than that?
Toni thinks he knows who may have done it but there are dangers in proceeding:
Perhaps I could entice one of their local gang members into making a side deal, but that ran the very real risk of someone ending up buried alongside the backpack. Correction: Make that someone me.
A nice modern variation of the classic P.I. tale.
Sunday, October 2, 2016
I can't tell which African country this is taking place. Probably just ignorance on my part. Otunba is a big businessman and all-around creep. Such a creep, in fact, that someone (maybe many someones) want him dead.
We watch as the net tightens around him, but he doesn't see it. And he just keeps making the world a little worse as he goes his merry way.
This story made my week because of the neat twist ending, which I enjoyed a lot.