Friday, February 24, 2017

Short Story Review ~ Murder by the Book: A Mystery Mini by Devorah Fox ~ @devorah_fox

Murder by the Book by Devorah Fox

Print Length: 27 pages 
Publisher: Mike Byrnes and Associates, Inc. 
Publication Date: February 27, 2016 

About the Short Story:

An ordinary work day at the western Massachusetts Sugarloaf Inn turns more chilling than the winter weather when staff member Candy Wadsen makes a gruesome discovery. Her day goes from bad to worse when Candy realizes that Detective Sergeant Dan Petrowski suspects her of committing the crime.

My Review:

Murder by the Book is a short cozy mystery story.  The story finds the protagonist, Candy Wadsen, on a detective's radar after she returns to work and enters the scene of a crime.  As a matter of procedure, the detective must investigate all persons who may be involved.  Will the clues exonerate Candy or will she find herself behind bars?

I really enjoyed this short story.  The author created a world with clues that weren't the usual type - they were creative and unique.  With the help of Candy, Detective Sergeant Dan Petrowski figures out who committed the crime without alerting the readers prematurely.  All-in-all an enjoyable, fast paced, and quick read.  I would be interested in reading a longer book with Candy as the lead.  

My Rating:

Meet the Author:

"What if?" Those two words all too easily send Devorah Fox spinning into flights of fancy. Best-selling author of an award-winning literary historical fantasy series and several thrillers, she also penned Mystery Mini Short Reads and contributed short stories to popular fantasy anthologies. Born in Brooklyn, New York, she now lives on the Texas Gulf Coast with rescued tabby cats ... and a dragon named Inky.

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Tea Norman said...

Being blamed for a crime you haven't committed must feel awful. I'll bet it's a good short story.

Sapphyria said...

Hi Tea,
The story was engaging and fast paced!