As a founder member of Mystery Women in 1997, promoting Crime Fiction has always been my passion.
Following the closure of Mystery Women, a new group was formed on 30th January 2012 promoting crime fiction.
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'Shades of Crime: Dark and Light. Collected Short Stories by Barbara Fagan Speake
edition Published by B. F. Speake, 6 May 2016
The stories here certainly agree with what's on the
tin!They vary - some are serious, some
lighthearted; some plumb the depths of human depravity particularly in the
domestic situation while others look at revenge or at coincidence.A particular group of stories are flash
fiction - stories of 99 words excluding the title.
are at the heart of most of these tales, between mother and son, husband and
wife, adult friends, children.The
stories grip your interest and they read very well as a very mixed series of
views on life experiences such as aging, and making new friends.You can empathise with many of the characters
while deploring the violence of others.Stylistically there are some lovely stings in the tail when the griever
turns into the attacker or the accidental death becomes suspicious.Some stories are prompted by newsworthy
events.The 99 word tales are a
different reading experience - with so little space every word must count
towards the story's success.
particularly liked the nice coincidence of Random Acts, the bittersweet quality
of Following Her, Some Days Stay with You Forever - the author's own experience
and the Flash Fictions Oh Mum! My Son and Dire Consequences.
Reviewer: Jennifer S. Palmer
has written 5 previous crime novels, one standalone and 4 concerning detective
Annie McPherson in Connecticut Sent from my iPad
Barbara Fagan Speake was born and brought up in Connecticut. She has
written 3 crime novels so far.The
first, Secrets Only Sleep, is a
standalone mystery.The second is this
book and the third, Programmed to Kill, develops
Annie’s adventures in the USA
Jennifer PalmerThroughout my reading life crime fiction has been
a constant interest; I really enjoyed my 15 years as an expatriate in the Far
East, the Netherlands &
but occasionally the solace of closing my door to the outside world and sitting
reading was highly therapeutic. I now lecture to adults on historical topics
including Famous Historical Mysteries.