There are some times in life when a collection of short stories is perfect. Stephen D. Rogers' Shot to Death is an unusual crime fiction collection, so it was just what I needed this week, something intriguing enough to capture my attention, but a book I could pick up and put down.
In fact, Rogers, himself, recommends that readers read Shot to Death in bits and pieces. In his introduction, he says, "If you can, try not to read this book all in one sitting. I don't want to leave you riddled by riddles and murder and mayhem. Instead, pause at the given breaks and reflect on the implications of what happened."
Shot to Death is a collection of "31 Stories of Nefarious New England." Even better, it's a collection of stories with a twist. These are unusual stories that remind me of O. Henry's tales. There are private eyes, criminals, and hitmen. There's a five-page story in which a woman shops for a hitman at the grocery store. There are nice guy detectives, and some who are not exactly on-the-level.
If you enjoy crime short stories with a twist, try Stephen D. Rogers' Shot to Death, an escape from reality, into the "back alleys and back yards of New England."
Stephen D. Rogers' website is www.stephendrogers.com
Shot to Death by Stephen D. Rogers. Mainly Murder Press, ©2010. ISBN 9780982589908 (paperback), 270p.
FTC Full Disclosure: I received my review copy from the author, in hopes I would review it.