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"In Mystery Montage, no two stories are alike, structurally or in tone, giving the collection a fresh feel. It reads like an anthology filled with works from a variety of authors--a difficult feat for one person to pull off. Let's hope Morin is hard at work on MM2."
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"A five star superb twelve short story crime anthology with diversity of entries that cross many sub-genres and locations. From 'In the Rough' on a New Jersey golf course or 'Funeral' where a story is within a story, fans will appreciate this strong Mystery Montage."
Amazon / Harriet Klausner - Book Reviewer

"Every short story in Mystery Montage is a delight, and keeps the reader on the edge of their seat. It has found a new home on the shelf of this reviewer's bookcase reserved only for the crème de la crème short story books. These are the type of stories that never go stale."
Worrall Community Newspapers - Bea Smith

Almost nothing is what it seems to be in these smart, entertaining mysteries by Patricia Morin. And when the revelations arrive, they are fresh and unexpected. Morin creates fascinating characters from all walks of life with unique voices and all too human motivations.
Terry Hunter, Film Critic, KGMB TV Honolulu Hawaii

From the Author

People always ask me where I get my ideas as my short stories are so different. Each short story in Mystery Montage derives from a brief experience that fired my imagination and unfolded into a plot. I thought I would share how some of the short stories in the collection came to life.
 
I observed an older couple sitting on a bench on the boardwalk in Atlantic City. He complained about his failing health, while she watched a young couple heading under the boardwalk. I wondered, what else hides under this elevated walkway in "Under the Boardwalk"?
 
Visiting the Maasai on the African Mara (plains), I was awed by their culture, the lion's fear of a red blanket the Maasai wore for protection, and how they valued cows above anything else. This experience gave rise to "Maasai Mara Murder."
 
"The Downeaster" is a scheduled Amtrak route from Portland, Maine, into South Station, Boston. On a trip to the fine arts museum in Portland, I overheard a nurse arguing with her boyfriend. From her responses, I sensed he was possessive and relentless. How might this relationship play out?
 
Through Facebook, I reconnected with classmates from elementary school. Wow! We communicated through email after the initial greeting. This fueled the plot for "Funeral," but with several interesting twists.
 
"Rap Sheet" was written for an anthology contest and had to be quintessential Los Angeles. Stuck in a traffic jam on the 405 freeway and listening to rap music from different cars, my retired homicide detective, Rick Beck, was born.
 
And speaking of stopped in traffic, "Homeless," (a 2011 Anthony Award and 2011 Derringer Award finalist), came to be when I stopped at a traffic light in San Francisco. I noticed a "Homeless" man staring at the red light. What was he thinking, I wondered? Hence the story was born.
 
My husband Larry and I used to watch tourists as they passed by the lanai of our apartment in Hawaii, eating ice cream and gazing at the ocean. "Who Killed Horatio T. Adams?" was the somewhat wild leap of a result; it's the basis for my play, "Where Is Horatio T. Adams?."
 
San Francisco has an abundance of beautiful parks. "Breakthrough" takes place in one of them, where men and women meet and whisper. We never know what a given couple is whispering about.
 
My dad loved golf. He lived for golf. We lived next to Galloping Hill Golf Course in Union, New Jersey. He snuck onto the course to practice his putting. "In the Rough" is a mystery-comedy I wrote for my dad. It won third place in Deadly Ink's anthology contest in 2008.
    
Larry once played pool professionally and drove all over the country to participate in tournaments. Wanting to write a short story from the point of view of a room, I added a pool table, an answering machine, and a spider. The "Pool Room" was my first published short story, Shannon Road Press, CA, 2007.
 
"Two Guides and a Girl" is a paranormal mystery that springs from research I was doing about the 1950s. My spirit guide Max is a fifties hipster hooked up with his antithesis, a monk from the 1500s.
 
"Pa and the Pigeon Man" is a fictional memoir from my youth in Newark, NJ, during the '60s' race riots that tore that city apart. The story was based on "Grandpa Hoeler and the Race Riots," a memoir that won second place in a literary on-line contest, Words for Dollars and was nominated for a Pushcart Award.
    
I hope you enjoy reading this collection as much as I enjoyed writing it.

Product details

  • Paperback : 228 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1929976755
  • Item Weight : 11.2 ounces
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1929976751
  • Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.58 x 8.5 inches
  • Publisher : TOP; First Edition (September 14, 2011)
  • Language: : English
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