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Book Review: By the Way – Eclectic Short Story Compilation – Loved it!

By: Caperton Tissot

Caperton Tissot gives readers an interestingly eclectic mix of topics in her latest book of short stories. Each one is unique, fun to read and often shows us glimpses of real people we have encountered or perhaps we are related to.

There are seventeen stories just waiting to be read. It is hard to pick a favorite because I enjoyed them all. I will pick a few of them that really stand out and give you a quick, one line review of each.

“Pea Soup”: This story has a quirky end that made me laugh – I enjoy dark humor.

“Rose Hall”: Set in 1935, the author reminds us that the good old days may not have been so good.

“Beauty and the Frog”: Some people never learn.

“Out of Bounds”: A little excitement can cause a lot of trouble.

“Slip Sliding Away”: It reminds us that there are precious things in life that often are overlooked in the frenzy. This is my favorite story in the book, I really loved it.

I personally love to read books of short stories. Life is busy for many, and to be able to read a long book is often difficult due to everyday interruptions. By the Way is perfect little snippets of life that you can read while waiting in a car pool lane or during the baby’s nap. My favorite escape is reading during lunch either at work or home. Finishing a complete story is satisfying and relaxing and gives you something to think and talk about the rest of the day.

This is the first book I have read by Ms. Tissot. She has written several others that I am interested in reading as well. Her other books include essays, history, poetry and fiction.

DISCLOSURE OF MATERIAL CONNECTION: I have a material connection because I received a review copy for free from Reedsy Discovery in exchange for a fair and honest review. Copyright © 2021 Laura Hartman

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Book Review: Copper and Goldie – Cozy Collection of Hawaiian Short Stories

Copper and Goldie

13 Tails of Mystery and Suspense in Hawaii

By Rosemary and Larry Mild

The dynamic duo of Hawaiian cozies is back with thirteen short stories featuring ex-cop Sam Naho. The detective sergeant gets injured in the first of these stories. This turns his life upside down. He no longer has the job he loved or the woman he still loves. But Sam makes the best of his bad situation. Sam’s wife and child still mean the world to him and thankfully they are still in his life.

He becomes a cab driver along with his sidekick, Goldie. She is a beautiful, bright golden retriever that becomes his partner in solving the crimes that seemingly find the two of them. Becoming a Private Investigator is the next logical step for the Copper and Goldie.

These short stories are a progression of Sam’s life. The first is about his injury, the second is about his life as a new cabbie. While cohesive, as well as moving forward similar to a novel, they are definitely short stories. These snippets of life and crimes are quick and easy to read.

Like cozy mysteries, there is a small amount of blood shed and a little bit of violence that isn’t graphic. The mysteries are fun to try and solve before the end of the stories. And for the romantics there is the eternal hope that Sam and his family will someday be reunited.

Each of these short stories can be read quickly and easily. I recommend taking it along with you while waiting for your kids to get out of school or other activities, while waiting for appointments or a quick read before bed. Or you can be like me and read “just one more story” until you find you have finished the book in 24 hours. Either way, the characters, including the adorable Goldie, will capture your heart as fast as Sam catches the bad guys in each short story.

This is the third book I’ve read by Rosemary and Larry Mild. Of their many published books I’ve read Honolulu Heat and Death Steals a Holy Book. Both are delightful cozy mysteries that fans of the genre will love. Grab Copper and Goldie and cozy up with characters you will adore and enjoy your trip to the Hawaiian Islands via these two entertaining authors.

DISCLOSURE OF MATERIAL CONNECTION: I have a material connection because I received a review copy in exchange for a fair and honest review. Copyright © 2019 Laura Hartman

 

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The Killer Wore Cranberry: A Second Helping

Today is the day! I’m happy to tell you that The Killer Wore Cranberry: A Second Helping, which by the way, happens to contain my short story Perfect Pumpkin Pie is now available. Check it out, or better yet, purchase and download it instantly from any of the following locations!

The Killer Wore Cranberry: A Second Helping

The Untreed Reads Store: http://bit.ly/RwyLY8
Amazon (six countries): http://amzn.to/SPPASD
Barnes and Noble
Lightning Source (a distributor, primarily North America)
OmniLit.com
Scribd.com

While you are on Amazon, check out my author page. It isn’t very long, but you’ll find out a bit about me and if I can find a decent one, see a pic. Perhaps it will be of a younger, thinner me. Most certainly I’ll be able to find a great picture of my dog, and more than likely I will find one of the whole family. As a matter of fact, I am sure I’ll be able to find one of our extended family last summer when we all traveled to Maryland for my son’s wedding. The only ones missing are my daughter-in-law (she stayed home for a day of rest before the wedding) and our new baby cousin who was not born yet.

Soon I hope to add a children’s book to my list of credits. I don’t know if it is a good sign or a bad sign that the publisher that requested the manuscript still hasn’t said anything other than it would take approximately a month. Maybe the longer she has it the better it is? Or maybe it is sitting on someone’s desk? Who knows. But whatever the case may be, I am holding to the old antiage of no news is good news.

I have to thank Jay Hartman (no relation) of Untreed Reads for choosing to add my short story to add to this year’s Thanksgiving anthology. Take a few minutes to look at all of the books and short stories Untreed Reads Publishing has available. http://www.untreedreads.com

If you are an author, look at all of the calls for submission. There are a lot of opportunities in various genres. Something for everyone to read and write about.

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