Crime Montage: A Collection of Crime Short Stories

Patricia L. Morin. Top Publications (Ingram), $14.95 trade paper (265p) ISBN 978-1-929976-93-5
Variety isn't necessarily Morin's friend in her second short story collection (after Mystery Montage). The opening act—the poem "Cold Pizza, Warm Beer," a lyric encounter between a burglar and his victim—may elicit some chuckles, but is instantly forgettable. Things don't improve from there, and Morin's self-serving introduction (e.g., describing one entry as a "powerful historical") doesn't help. The tone swerves wildly from story to story, making it unlikely many readers will complete the volume without finding at least a couple of entries not to their taste. The depressing windup of "Daughter Mine," just isn't in the same universe as the cloying "Detective Peter Cotton's Tale: The Case of the Silver-Haired Fox," whose title, at least, does manage expectations fairly. And the self-styled "powerful historical," "Going Home," inspired by the SS St. Louis—a ship of refugees fleeing the Nazis, but unable to find a welcoming port—doesn't come close to capturing that tragedy. (Mar.)
Reviewed on: 03/05/2012
Release date: 04/01/2011
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