THE PLAY OF LIGHT AND SHADOW is that classic locked room mystery.
A painting is stolen, the P.I. hired to guard it for the party being thrown by the rich man, and a shadowy thief who's vowed to steal all his former partner's work, an artist who's gone straight after fifteen years in prison, to keep him from becoming big in art circles all come together in the novelette.
Throw in a murder and we get a fine tale.
A tale of a man that doesn't deal lightly with fools. When Theron Claymore was hired by the Danforth Agency, artist Eric Dennison recognized him for what he was. He was soon cozying up to everyone, including the bosses, even to socializing with them.
After a few months, the insinuations didn't bother him. The stuffed shirt, hints of being gay. Eric never saw any of his co-workers away from the job and rebuffed Theron's every attempt to pull him in.
But when the man virtually hijacked his artwork on an important account, made a few modifications, and got the ad deal, Eric knew something had to be done.
We'd already gotten a few hints that Eric was more than he appeared.
Nice little tale with a fine twist along the way.
LONG ROAD HOME's basic idea is familiar to me. A widower on his way home after a holiday party that was something of a disaster, driving on familiar roads, suddenly finds those roads not so familiar. Turns, long stretches, entirely different from those he'd driven along so many times.
That happened briefly to the author and to me once. I was driving on a road I passed through every day on the way to work and, for just an instant as I rolled up to a stoplight, I recognized nothing. That was very disconcerting.
Enjoyed this story.
Mind Slices: A Collection of New and Previously Published Stories
on Oct. 13, 2012
Texas author Kevin R. Tipple offers up a set of tales, some previously published, both short stories and flash pieces, a mixture of suspense, SF, and a bit of horror.
He uses his Texas roots well in these stories with characters like some I have known myself and assigned them the sort of fate we've all imagined for some moron we ran across, but of course wouldn't actually do. Kevin gleefully does in a fictional manner, probably the best way for us civilized humans to act.
t's 1910, Halley's Comet is in the sky, and the world is all agog with purple prose about poison gas and doom for the Earth. Twelve year old Jo Harper, daughter of the newspaper publisher in the small Wyoming town of Willowby, is one of the true believers. At least she's excited by it all.
When she meets the new town constable, Abigail Drake, an older woman complete with sunburned face and one eye, leading a calf on a leash. Abigail had once been a part of Buffalo Bill's wild west show-and even knew Annie Oakley. She's there on a mission involving the calf and Jo takes to her immediately, getting involved with the goings on.
Author Richard Prosch gives us a western that avoids all the stereotypes of the genre and delves into the inner workings of a young giel and her new friend,
Enjoyed this one quite a bit.