15 October 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Waiter, There’s a Clue In My Soup! by Camille LaGuire

The title story is definitely the best of the bunch in this collection of short stories and sample chapters of another book of the author’s. It was cute, BUT from the title, I was envisioning a little more of the cozy mystery sleuth-type genre. Not a bad little short story collection, but not what I was expecting.

The other stories are well-done and edited. I read the sample chapters as well and I might look into the book, but it’s not really my cup of usual tea, but I did add it to my list to think about! I like short stories, but sometimes I feel like I’m just getting into the author’s rhythm when the story ends so I’m willing to give her work another shot for sure.

This is recommended for people that like light Westerns, I think, with a little bit of humor on top.

Five previously published and award nominated mystery short stories by novelist Camille LaGuire.

In the title story, “Waiter, There’s a Clue in My Soup!” two police detectives sort out a poisoning case over lunch at the deli, with a little help from a foodie in the corner. (This story was nominated for a Derringer award in 2003.)

“The Hoosegow Strangler” was the first story featuring Mick and Casey, a pair of young gunslingers turned detective. In this locked room story, a witness they were guarding is murdered, and they have to solve the crime to preserve their reputation.

“Trail of the Lonesome Stickpin” finds Mick drugged by a pair of pretty femmes fatales, and he has to figure out what happened before Casey shoots him. (This story was put forward for an Edgar by its publisher.)

In the fourth story, a killer believes that all he needs is a strong “Alibi” to pull off the perfect crime, but he finds that works against him.

In the final story, “The Promise,” a teenaged girl has to keep her brutal father from turning her brother into a killer. (This story was also nominated for a Derringer in 2007.)

The the first three chapters of the first Mick and Casey novel (Have Gun, Will Play) are also included in this collection.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Book count for 2010: 81

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