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.
I liked this one enough to purchase the first one. The idea of a self-sufficient struck home with me with my own issues. That he was able to investigate the death of a woman just met that he liked and had no chance for anything more with her I was enthralled with. That he goes about solving things and stopping something worse I loved.
I look forward to another in the Blind Traveler series.
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.
CRESCENDO was quite a find for me. As a North Carolina resident, I always enjoy novels set in the state. The third in a series featuring Inola Walela, half Cherokee officer of The Bryson City Police Department, and Steven Hawk, sheriff of the county and her boy friend. Set in the Great Smokies, Inola and her rookie partner make a stop when they spot a blond haired woman acting frantically pass them by.
A huge man comes out of the driver's seat and her partner takes him back to their unit while she checks on the woman. She seems dazed, possibly drugged, as she piles out of the car muttering about her son and carrying a bag full of cash. When the driver starts up, Inola gets distracted, especially after a shot is fired and puts one into the driver. The woman wanders out into traffic and is hit by a car, dying instantly.
In just a couple of minutes, two are dead, her partner may be dying, and Inola is under suspicion of actually hitting her partner. She didn't remember, but two shots had been fired from her gun and she's worried she might be the one who'd hit her partner.
On administrative leave while the investigation is on, no one believes there is a missing child. Inola can't leave it alone though and keeps sticking herself into the investigation, trying to find the child and wanting to know if her bullet was the one that hit her partner.
Author Deborah J. Ledford keeps the suspense ramped up as the case moves along and some disturbing things come to light. I liked this one and definitely need to get the first two.