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Saturday, 23 February 2013

Short Story Review: Next Stop, Foggy Bottom, Karen Cantwell (USA)

Title:           Next Stop, Foggy Bottom
Author:       Karen Cantwell
Anthology: Chesapeake Crimes “This Job is Murder”
Published: 2012/Wildside Press, LLC, USA
Discovered the anthology from Stop, You’re Killing Me newsletter
Read as an e-book
Also available in paper format
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Okay, let’s be honest, who hasn’t had one of those days where you just wanted to kill your boss? The narrator of this short story has given it a lot of thought: strangle, shoot, poison?  She finally comes up with the perfect and simplest solution. Her boss, Athena Pappas, has been the perpetrator of much misery in the narrator’s life and now Pappas will get her comeuppance.

This short story really keeps you guessing and wanting to know more. Athena’s character is well developed, despite the brevity of the tale. Just what has Athena done to attract such an extreme reaction? Will the narrator get away with the murder? There is even a nice little twist in the story. Since it is short, you can then go back easily and see what clues you missed. And the clues are there.

The author Karen Cantwell not only writes short stories and plays, but also a humorous mystery series, featuring suburban mom Barbara Marr. The two titles so far, “Take the Monkey and Run” and “Citizen Insane” are now added to the reading list!



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