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Death on a Cold Night

It’s a comforting evening to me when I can curl up in my chair with hot chocolate in one hand and a new book in the other. When I looked up from the fourth short story in Elm Books’ recent publication of Death on a Cold Night, “A Theft of Teapots,” I realized that two hours had slipped by and my own tea was untouched. Jess Faraday has put together a fascinating collection of well-written short stories, and though I’m not usually a fan of mysteries, I was smitten. (Jason Deiss, Open Window Review)


Another complimentary and thorough review of Death on a Cold Night comes from the Novel Approach who gave it 4 Stars and particularly cited Emily Baird's story.

Each of the stories in this book is well worth the time to read, but as is the case with most anthologies, there was a standout story in this collection for me, Emily Baird’s Death Benefits. I loved the suspense of the story, as well as the paranormal angle, which was all carried out so well in the tension of the narrative. Not to mention the fact that SK was a sweet and wonderful hero. (Lisa Horan, Novel Approach).


Death and the Detective

Reviewed by King’s River Life Magazine.

With eleven mystery authors given the parameters to write a short story about a detective and a death, it’s not surprising that editor Jess Faraday received such a diverse collection of original, and all very well written, tales of death and deception. Sometimes the narrators are heroes and sometimes they are the deceivers, but they always manage to entrap the reader into their stories of justice, redemption, and survival. Broken into categories of Doublecross, Revenge, Something to Prove, They Needed Killin’, and Second Chances, readers are treated to sometimes funny, sometimes tragic, but always compelling tales of death and morality...(Cynthia Chow, King's River Life Magazine).

http://kingsriverlife.blog spot.com/2013/11/death-and-detective-eleven-mystery.html

Figures on a Beach

If you have ever simultaneously longed for and feared the weightless transience of living on the road, taking work where you can find it and living unencumbered by rent and routine, you will be, as I was, drawn immediately into the solitary life of John Jones, the complex protagonist....[who escaped] the Wyoming winter in his 1970 VW bus and headed for the coast of Texas with $250 in his wallet....

Figures on a Beach is not a pretty novel, not tied up cleanly with one thread and folded in the end; it is, instead, a real, substantial, thoughtful, and intelligent novel, and one that bares the intersection of love and longing, health and illness, and the desire to belong to something that the heart cannot quite identify. (Lori Howe, Open Window Review)


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