Malice Domestic (#6)
2 journalers for this copy...
Later: This is an entertaining collection, with tales varied in tone and plot-twists. Among my favorites:
"The Corbett Correspondence," an epistolary homage to a prolific mystery author with a unique style; deftly done.
"Ways to Kill a Cat" by Simon Brett is a darkly humorous tale of a couple at odds, with lots of plotting and counterplotting - and a charming old cat at the center of it all. [Not to worry, the cat's fine!]
Jan Burke's "Mea Culpa" has a child taking clever vengeance against an abusive stepfather, via a rickety choir loft.
"Malice Among Friends," a short-short by Sarah Caudwell (whose "Hilary Tamar" novels are among my favorites); the story presents the rivalry between three Oxford students for the editorship of a prestigious student paper, with some multi-layered psychological gambits.
Lindsey Davis' "Abstain from Beans" is set in ancient Greece, and features famed athlete Milo of Croton as he ponders the cause of a house fire that resulted in the death of the famed Pythagoras - some nice uses of ancient rumors, with a twist at the end.
Anthea Fraser's "Alternative Reality" is a mind-warping little psycho-drama, very effective.
"Come Sable Night" by Kerry Greenwood features amateur sleuth and good-time girl Phryne Fisher, as she attempts to solve the mystery behind the sudden death of a madrigal singer; nice twist here.
And more, from devious ways to be rid of unpleasant relations to surprising results of get-rich-quick schemes. Good collection!
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