Table of Contents

Summer 2008

From The Editor

Letter from Sandra Ruttan

Short Stories

Amra Pajalic

The Game

The Old Man

The Vow

The Other Shoe

Patrick Shawn Bagley

Bank Job

John McFetridge

Overtime

Russel D. McLean

Her Cheating Heart

Steve Mosby

Fruits

Grant McKenzie

Out Of Order

Patricia Abbott

Pox

Leaving

Damien Seaman

Love In Vain

Ugly Duckling

Steve Allan

Hump The Stump

Stumpy's Revenge

You and Me and Stumpy Makes Three

Stephen D. Rogers

Head Shot

Richard Cooper

Simmer Time

Sandra Seamans

Predatory

Allan Guthrie

Freckles

Brian Lindenmuth

Gun

Tony Black

London Calling

Brian McGilloway

Spoonfull of Sugar

Interview

Damien Seaman with Tony Black

Reviews by:

Sandra Ruttan

Savage Night

The Cold Spot

Brian Lindenmuth

Kockroach

The Crimes of Dr. Watson

Half the Blood of Brooklyn

Crimson Orgy

Mad Dogs

The Resurrectionist

Sharp Teeth

Lawrence

Black Man

Tricia

Hip Flask: Concrete Jungle

Chadwick

At the City's Edge

Amber

Small Favor

Madhouse

Book Excerpts

Toros & Torsos
by Craig McDonald

Paying For It
by Tony Black

Dirty Sweeet
by John McFetridge

Feature

The Graveyard Shift: blog by Lee Ofland

Brian Lindenmuth reviews: The Crimes of Dr. Watson by Duane Swierczynski

Full Review

As the tale opens, Dr. John Watson, steadfast companion of the legendary detective and recently vanished Sherlock Holmes has been framed for a grisly murder! Writing from a damp cell in Coldbath Fields penitentiary, the falsely convicted prisoner recounts the events leading to his arrest . . . and provides twelve removable, facsimile clues that point to the true culprit.

When you see this book for the first time, you just want to admire it. This is a gorgeous book that has to be one of the best looking books that I have seen in a long time. It does something that most books fail to do it demands to be handled. You immediately flip through it just to see everything from the beautiful illustrations to the inserts to the clues. The sealed solution even taunts you a bit from the back. Quirk books just did as fantastic job.

When you are presented the opportunity to actually interact with the book your reading the reading experience is taken to a different level. Its one thing to read about a protagonist finding clues then their interpretations of them. There is an inherent distance in this time-tested method. Even the most fair play of stories relies on you buying into a certain series of events. When you are given the opportunity to really handle the clues and to examine them fully and freely the distance between the reader and the detective is bridged. More so then a simple suspension of disbelief the reader actually becomes the detective.

All of which begs the question, which is also a selling point of the book, of solvability. Is the mystery, as it's presented, with the clues presented, able to be solved in a fair manner, without resorting to trickery? I'm happy to report that it is. Some of the connections between the clues are pretty easy, but assembling the web of clues WILL take work but it is doable.