I have read a couple of books written by author J. A. Menzies, Shadow of a Butterfly – The Case of the Harmless Old Woman and Shaded Light – The Case of The Tactless Trophy Wife and I must say that I am a fan of her mysteries. Her new release is a collection of stories – 7 Mystery & Suspense Short Stories. With each story, the author has written a note as to where the idea of the story initiated in her mind and how the story developed.
These are seven well-crafted, riveting mysteries that keep the readers guessing.
The first story Revenge So Sweet is full of intriguing twists and turns so much so that when I felt I know what would happen next, the story takes another turn. It is about a middle-aged woman Beth who is on a mission of revenge.
Just out for a drive is a tale of a young hitchhiker who is picked up by an old man with a mission.
They Can’t Take That Away From Me is a story about a troubled young man, who on his 21st birthday, realizes who and what he is.
Dying with Things Unsaid is a story of a fifty-four-year-old dying woman, Mary Kline. She realizes that she needs to tell her children about a crime she’s kept hidden for many years.
The Day Time Stood Still is about a real estate agent, who discovers something from her past when she pays a visit to a house she’s agreed to sell.
Living on the Edge is a tale of four men awaiting the end in a palliative care ward of a hospital.
The Case of the Sneezing Accountant is a short police procedural mystery. If not for a fortunate sneeze, there could have been a murder. Detective Paul Manziuk and his partner Jacquie Ryan have to decide which of the four suspects threw the knife.
The plot ideas of the seven stories are diverse and interesting.
I will say that not even one of the short stories had me anticipating the actual ending, a very fine recommendation in itself. The stories will keep you absorbed and entertained.
This book is indeed a real treat for all the intrigue enthusiasts!
To know more about the author and her books, visit her website: http://jamenzies.com/.
**** I received a free eARC of this book from the author. The views expressed here are my own and unbiased.