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"Fool Me Once" by Catherine Bybee
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All stories conclude with an odd twist. You may think that pork chops have nothing to do with promiscuity. You would be mistaken. Turley leaps from the gate here with a tale of lesbian lust, father/daughter estrangement and office politics. And stapled testicles. Judith triumphs in the end, and why would she not? Love does conquer all. We move through the stories, with more office hi-jinks including a `floater,' which enlivens things, car-park nudity, a gravedigger's delight at finally seducing his favorite...nun? A husband/wife homicide plot, bathtub suicide (my favorite story) and several that were, quite frankly, difficult to pry open, for me at least. In the Changing Room, we are given Chapter One, but nothing else. (?)
The tales run the gamut, from the truly raunchy, to the ho-hum to the predictable. Some of the Britishisms truly did take me to Google: Thermals? Tights? Knickers? Shorts and plimsolls? In any case, this reader assumes that Turley's audience is not primarily American, despite American conceits that we're the only readers out there, so keep writing those Janerisms!
The stories are written very well, though some could do with a bit more intrigue. For example, in White Lies, Mr. Baxter is perhaps a bit too monstrous to make his rapid change to white knight. Some are a bit cutesy, such as the recently defrosted Mr. Disney's demand to know `how's my Pooh?' Hospital workers, of course, misunderstand, hearing `poo,' instead.
Overall, a cute, rambling, imaginative collection of stories with almost nothing connecting them, except for Turley's spicy and irreverent humour (note spelling). If you enjoyed Fawlty Towers, Boiling a Frog, Jeeves or anything with Drew Carey in it, you'll enjoy these sweet and salty offerings. Don't bring a nappy along; bring a serviette. And don't get your plimsolls in a twist.
Byron Edgington, author of The Sky Behind Me: A Memoir of Flying & Life
I had no problem understanding the use of the English English used in this book, and it was a pleasant change from books written in US English. And having been raised on British television shows, like most Australian's in my age-bracket, I connected with most of the humour.
Not every story was my cup of tea, and the pace was faster than what I am accustomed to. However, I still enjoyed reading them all, as Jane is a competent writer, able to tell a diverse range of stories. And this collection is diverse, taking the reader from a village graveyard to busy city streets. Characters include a naughty nun and a defrosted Disney, and plots range from car-park rendezvous to a bathtub suicide.
If your looking for a well written, professionally produced collection of short stories, then this book will fit your reading needs. I like to support new writers, especially those that show promise, so I'm looking forward to the release of Jane's first novel.
Disclaimer- I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.