Sunday, August 12, 2012

So West: Desert Justice

So West: Desert Justice is the fourth Desert Sleuths Sisters in Crime Anthology. This time, twenty authors contributed short stories set in the Southwest. It's the strongest entry in the series yet, as the Arizona authors ensure that justice is served. And, their ideas of justice can be very wicked.

These authors prove how deadly Arizona can be. In a collection that takes readers from Kartchner Caverns to the Grand Canyon, from Sedona to Scottsdale, the stories bring the Southwest to life. It's an anthology filled with walls of dust called Haboobs, deadly cactus and snakes. The heat, the desert and the Arizona mountains are enough to kill anyone. Then, the authors add the deadliest varmints of all, human beings.

Sometimes, the tables are turned on a villain. What happens when a husband takes his wife to the Grand Canyon with murder on his mind? How about a victim who finds a way to provide a killer with "Good News Bad News"?  There are police procedurals in the collection. And, there are amateur sleuths who provide clues to the police, while some take matters into their own hands. A few of the characters who mete out justice have secrets of their own to hide.

Whether a reader is looking for a historical mystery with an appearance by Frank Lloyd Wright, a bookstore setting, or mysteries featuring the cruel Arizona weather, So West: Desert Justice offers a myriad of settings and atmospheric stories. Readers will discover a talented group of authors with vastly different definitions of "Desert Justice". Crime might not pay, but readers will certainly be rewarded for reading these stories. These Arizona authors provide readers with fascinating cautionary tales. In Arizona and the Southwest, in So West: Desert Justice, justice can be very, very wicked.

Congratulations to all the authors whose stories were selected for the fourth Desert Sleuths Sisters in Crime Anthology. They are: Shannon Baker, Susan Budavari, Laurie Fagen, Suzanne Flaig, Arthur Kerns, Deborah J. Ledford, Elizabeth R. Marshall, Merle McCann, Margaret Morse, Kris Neri, Nancy Hart Newcomer, Toni Niesen, Virginia Nosky, R.K. Olson, Cathy Ann Rogers, Martin Roselious, Amy Schuster, Judy Starbuck, Judith Starkston, Kate Joy Steele.

So West: Desert Justice. Desert Sleuths Sisters in Crime. DS Publishing. 2012. ISBN 9780982877425 (paperback), 212p.

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FTC Full Disclosure - I was given a copy of the book by the Sisters in Crime chapter in order to review it.


Judy Starbuck said...

Great review, Lesa! I'm so happy you liked it.

Lesa said...

Thank you, Judy! I did enjoy it. I hope the review made your coffee a little more enjoyable this morning!

Deborah J said...

Wowza! Lesa, thank you so much for your excellent review of the Sisters in Crime Desert Sleuths Chapter's latest anthology. The Sisters and Misters are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed this collection of short stories.

Lesa said...

The collections just seem to get better each year, Deborah. Nice stories!

Jane R said...

I'm not usually a big fan of short stories, but this sounds intriguing and definitely worth checking out. Thanks for the info!

Laurie Fagen said...

Thanks so much for the great words ... it is an honor to be part of such a terrific project, and I am learning more and more about my fellow SINC Desert SLeuths members as I read the book!!