by Camile Laguire
Book Summary: 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 teen aged girl has to keep her brutal father from turning her brother into a killer.
I read all the stories in this Anthology but my favorite was the first story Waiter, There’s a Clue in My Soup it was a quick tale of two detectives who sit down in a deli and discuss their case over lunch. The two detectives are engrossed in the details of who ate what from the Chinese Restaurant and how the woman in question died when the older gentleman from the corner who is always there, and no one pays attention to comes over with his wealth of Chinese Restaurant knowledge. He is a wise man and threw his tale enlightens the detectives.
It’s a cute story that is well written. It is a very quick read and shows off the quality of the authors work very well. I look forward to picking up and reading more work by Camille Laguire.
The other stories were just as well written and also quick reads. If you are looking for a little mystery this month you can definitely get it here.
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