Wild Crimes: 08/14/06
Over the weekend I finished a collection of short crime stories collectively called Wild Crimes and edited by Dana Stabenow. The best of the stories take place in rural mountain areas within the United States but there are areas from all over the world included in this compellation. Of the lot I thoroughly enjoyed about a third of the stories, another third were interesting but not necessarily entertaining and the last third were a chore to read.
Here is my BookCrossing review:
Wild Crimes is a collection of eleven short mysteries all taking place in wild or remote locations. My favorites of the book are "Following the Quarters" by Michael Armstrong, "The Man Who Thought He Was A Deer" by Margaret Coel and "The Bog" by Loren D. Estleman. The others are good too but they don't have the ironic humor that sets this small list of stories apart from the others.
"Following the Quarters" starts of the collection with an Alaskan cop is called to the scene of a robbery where a young man has apparently been steeling quarters from newspaper dispensers. When the man insists that he had been hired to put quarters in the machines, the real mystery begins. Why put extra quarters into the dispensers?
"The Man Who Thought He Was A Deer" is basically Wild Animus light. Here though the main character doesn't think he's a ram, instead he thinks he's a deer. As it's hunting season and this "deer" carries a gun, things don't go well for a local hunter.
"The Bog" reminded of Poe's short stories in that a murderer is undone by his own cleverness.
More Un-Birthday Pictures:
Judy and Charlie also took a load of photographs at our little family get together for Sean's birthday. I have added them to Sean's gallery. They were able to capture a bunch of things that I missed like the blowing out of the candles and the unwrapping of the gifts. All of the presents Sean received were hits. He's been happily wearing the shirts his grandparents brought back from their various trips to his summer. I think his favorite shirt is the armadillo shirt from Texas. Today he's wearing one of two Chile penguin shirts. Penguins are very popular at preschool right now as one of the other boys is as fascinated with penguins as Sean is with owls.