Saturday, July 07, 2012
Crime Montage by Patricia L. Morin
There's something for everyone in these stories. Interested in a funny short story written as a poem? Try "Cold Pizza, Warm Beer". "Daughter Mine" includes one of the most hateful characters I've ever met in a story. Each reader can decide if that hateful person is the mother or the daughter. "Fish Story" won honorable mention in a contest at Spinetingler, the online crime magazine. A fisherman gets his comeuppance in this entertaining story. "Going Home" is an historical story relating to a ship carrying Jews away from Nazi Germany. There's quite an unusual twist in this one. My favorite story was "Shattered Silence". It's about a deaf-mute and a horse who witness a murder.
Morin added a special feature, one that I appreciated. Her introduction included a list of all the stories, along with comments as to the inspiration for all of them. That's for everyone who asks, "Where do you get your ideas?" I found myself flipping back as I read each story to see where Morin's idea came from.
Patricia L. Morin's Crime Montage is entertaining and thought-provoking. If you're a fan of crime short stories, some of these characters and scenarios will stick with you. And, in a couple weeks, everyone who enjoys story collections will have a chance to win a copy of Crime Montage when I'll be giving away multiple copies of this intriguing anthology of crime.
Patricia L. Morin's website is www.patricialmorin.com
Crime Montage by Patricia L. Morin. Top Publications, Ltd. 2011. ISBN 9781929976935 (paperback), 199p.
FTC Full Disclosure - The author sent me a copy of the book, hoping I would review it.