Sunday, September 16, 2018
This is Mangeot's fourth appearance here.
Tori is the mayor of a small town in the Florida Panhandle, and she has had some bad luck. Not that it was her fault, of course. How could she know, when she stole city funds to buy some land, that the state would cancel the project they were planing to build on it?
Obviously there is only one possible solution: convince her useless brother to dress up as a swamp ape and use her female wiles to persuade a local reporter to come out where said monster can be witnessed, thereby bringing a storm of tourists to the site.
Simple, really. What could possibly go wrong?
Mangeot is one of our foremost writers of funny short crime stories.
Sunday, March 18, 2018
This is the third appearance by Robert Mangeot in these hollowed electrons. He is all about language and this time is practically in Wodehouse territory.
Well, technically he's in rural France in the late fifties, or at least Nick Torthwaite is. Nick is an arachnologist, sent over from Britain to hunt for a tropical spider. Or maybe he's hunting for his despised fellow scientist who traveled there first, in search of the precious queen spider. In fact, both of them are working for the British government who thinks the deadly spider may have military uses. But other forces are a t work here and may kill Nick before ge can get to the spider or before the beastie can get to him...
I talked abou the language, so here is our hero bragging about himself and "...the Nick Torthwaite-in-the-field look. Stubble, chronograph, safari vest and poplin slacks, I cut a dashing if stocky figure, the famed scientist after his quarry." Good luck, Nick.
Sunday, April 19, 2015
Mr. Mangeot makes his second appearance here. This story is all about language and character.
The character is Vi Celucci, and she is an Optimizer, which means she specializes in making your life and workplace more efficient, healthier, and better organized. Obsession is either funny or tragic, depending on how close you are standing to the fallout, and Ms. Celucci is obsessive about her field, and maybe about everything else.
She received two counterfeit ten dollar bills and feels the authorities are not up to the job of finding the counterfeiters. "The Secret Service guy asked me to repeat myself, which did not bode well for either his cognitive or listening skills."
So she decides to crack the case herself. And this is a formidable lady, determined, and very sure of herself.
I shook my head, and I only shook my head one way: hard right, soft return. Anything more was wasted motion.
Saturday, November 7, 2020
"Handed, on a Gold Plate," by Robert Mangeot, in Mystery Weekly Magazine, November 2020.
This is the fifth appearance here by my fellow SleuthSayer, the very funny Robert Mangeot.
Wade is an auditor and he is about to achieve his life's ambition by representing the accounting firm on a lottery draw.
It’s where a star auditor ride gets launched intro flash by intro flash if the auditor is poised enough, debonair enough, the public assured enough.
Perhaps he can work his way up to award shows!
But among the obstacles he faces are the lotto guy who doesn't want to hear a peep out of him. "I’ll know a peep is coming because your brains will smoke cranking into peep mode."
But the bigger problem is his suspicion that the lottery draw has somehow been fixed. If he doesn't speak up he is a failure as an auditor, but if he squeals and is wrong... hoo boy.
Sunday, July 6, 2014
The narrator and his partner Gus are in France in the market for cheese. Not cheese really, That's just what they call the artworks they steal from dairies. Dairies are what they call private art collections.
But this time the narrator wants to rob a factory. Which is what they call museums.
Oh, never mind. The point is this is a very witty, cleverly plotted story about a burglary. Just remember: Ne vous fiez pas n'importe qui.
Saturday, April 1, 2017
"Aftermath" by Craig Faustus Buck (Flash Bang Mysteries, Spring 2016)
"The Phone Call" by Herschel Cozine (Flash Bang Mysteries, Summer 2016)
"A Just Reward" by O'Neil de Noux (Flash Bang Mysteries, Winter 2016)
"The Orphan" by Billy Kring (Shotgun Honey, March 18, 2016)
"An Ill Wind" by R.T. Lawton (Flash Bang Mysteries, Spring 2016)
"Beks and the Second Note" by Bruce Arthurs (Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, December 2016)
The Way They Do It in Boston by Linda Barnes (Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, September/October 2016)
"YOLO" by Libby Cudmore (BEAT to a PULP, May 2016)
The Woman in the Briefcase by Joseph D'Agnese (Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, March/April 2016)
The Lighthouse by Hilde Vandermeeren (Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, March/April 2016)
"Swan Song" by Hilary Davidson (Unloaded: Crime Writers Writing Without Guns ed. Eric Beetner, Down & Out Books, April 2016)
"Effect on Men" by O'Neil De Noux, (The Strand Magazine, Issue XLVIII, Feb-May 2016)
"The Cumberland Package" by Robert Mangeot (Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, May 2016)
"Murder Under the Baobab" by Meg Opperman (Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, November 2016)
"Coup de Grace" by Doug Allyn (Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, September/October 2016)
"The Chemistry of Heroes" by Catherine Dilts (Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, May 2016)
"Inquiry and Assistance" by Terrie Farley Moran (Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, January/February 2016)
"The Educator" by Travis Richardson (44 Caliber Funk: Tales of Crime, Soul, and Payback ed. Gary Phillips and Robert J. Randisi, Moonstone, December 2016)