Saturday, August 21, 2010
How Not to Survive a Vacation by Desert Sleuths Sisters in Crime
How Not to Survive a Vacation is a collection of crime fiction short stories written around the theme of vacation. The stories fit in three categories, "Marine Getaways," "Mountain Getaways," and "Desert Getaways." The landscapes are integral parts of the stories in which, unfortunately, very few people actually get to enjoy their vacations.
JoAnne Zeterberg launches the collection with a fun police procedural, "Death on the Intergalactic Sea." It comes as a shock to Echo McClelland to discover her fantasy cruise is actually a science fiction/fantasy cruise, complete with costumed characters. So, it doesn't make it any easier to find a killer. Merle McCann's historical mystery, "The Bride Wore Black," takes us back to Seattle in 1909 for the story of a bride whose wedding plans ended in tragedy. Or did they? Susan Budavari's "Sins of the Father" might have the most unexpected twist at the end of the story. Or, maybe it's Deborah J. Ledford's "Loose End," a story that really leaves the reader dangling. And, I want to highlight Judy Starbuck's "Cowgirls Don't Cry" for the realistic depiction of Arizona, essential to this vacation mystery.
I can't highlight all eighteen stories in How Not to Survive a Vacation. Everyone will discover a favorite, and it might be based on your own favorite vacation spots, seaside, mountains, or desert. However, I can say the reader will be very glad they're not on some of these trips. If you think you're had the vacation from hell, check out a few of these stories. It's enough to make you want to tuck in safely at home, and NOT go anywhere.
The Desert Sleuths' website is http://www.desertsleuths.com/
How Not to Survive a Vacation by Desert Sleuths Chapter of Sisters in Crime. DS Publishing, ©2010. ISBN 9780982877401 (paperback), 206p.
FTC Full Disclosure - I bought a copy of this book, although I was later given an autographed copy as well.