- File Size: 417 KB
- Print Length: 224 pages
- Publisher: Top Publications (October 13, 2010)
- Publication Date: October 13, 2010
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004BLJ9U6
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,414,720 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Murder Across the Map Kindle Edition
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It's refreshing to see new and not quite so well known writers getting their stories published not just because of who they are, as is the case in so many anthologies and magazines, where the quality of the story matters less than the author's name on it.
And it seems that at any given point in time great author minds think alike. Here we have multiple stories involving peanut allergy homicides. Clever. But how many do we need?
My favorite stories include Paul D. Marks's "The Good Old Days," set at the famous, or infamous, Club Alabam in South Central Los Angeles in the 1940's when it wasn't generally acceptable for blacks and whites to commingle in most venues. What worked for me in this story are the surprising twist of character and the multi layers in which the story is told, something missing from many short stories these days. Roberta Rogow's "Death in the Gardens" brings a Sherlock Holmes type character to the gardens of ancient Babylon. A mystery that's cleverly solved through a process of deduction. What would Holmes have thought of Nebuchadnezzar and his hanging gardens? It's nice to see a couple stories that have a different take on the mystery by virtue of their location and time. "Letters from Iraq," by Kadi Easley, is a good attempt and an interesting way to try to tell a story that just doesn't quite come off, especially as the mystery is the least interesting part. "A Desolate Death," by Cindy Daniels and "How to Kill a Peanut Queen," by J.M.M. Holloway, both have their moments, the former has interesting characterizations, the latter with a surprise ending.
So take a chance on a road trip of murder and mayhem.