Table of Contents

Spring 2009

From The Editor

Letter from Jack Getze

Short Stories

Patrick Whittaker


Anthony Rainone

Fall to Pieces

Phil Beloin

Late, After Dinner

Jake Nantz

Midnight on the Links

Stephen D. Rogers

Queen Anne's Lace

Mike Sheeter

Blue Fugazzi

David Moss

The Sleepy Pines Nursing Home

Fiona Kay Crawford

Successful Surgeon

Graham Powell

The Ins and Outs

John Towler

The Fall

Damien Seaman

Thursday Night Blowout

Matthew Acheson

Writing on the Wall


Sandra Ruttan with Russel D. McLean

Declan Burke with Brian McGilloway

Jim Napier with Phyllis Smallman

Brian Lindenmuth with Craig McDonald

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P.A. Brown

Mexican Heat

Gloria Feit

Friend of the Devil

Theodore Feit

Death Was in the Picture

A Beautiful Place to Die

Night and Day

Claire McManus

The Hanged Man

The Poisoner of Ptah

My Sister, My Love

The Cruelest Month

Jim Winter

Trigger City

The Fourth Victim


Bookspot Review Roundup

Book Excerpt

The Big O
by Declan Burke

Featured Article

Passing of the Torch - Celebrated crime novelist dies
by Jim Napier

A Beautiful Place to Die

It is 1952, the dawn of the apartheid era.  In a little northern South African town an Afrikaner police captain is found dead with one bullet wound in the head and another in his back, face down in the river bordering with Mozambique.  Detective Sergeant Emanuel Cooper is quickly dispatched to solve the murder.  The Captain ruled the town and his family owned many of the businesses and much land there.  His word was law and set the moral tone for whites and blacks and "coloreds."
Still recovering from wounds suffered during the war, Cooper is a troubled but very gifted investigator.  He quickly recognizes that something is wrong in the town, but there are few clues and little in the way of help in his solitary effort, especially because of the separate worlds of Boers, blacks and mixed races as the new apartheid laws grab hold.  Complicating matters more so is competition from the infamous Security Branch, determined to pin the murder on a Communist conspiracy.
As Cooper becomes more involved, crossing the racial barriers, the case takes on a more personal meaning and he realizes the deep implications to the people and the town.  The characterizations are vivid and the plot unusual for a murder mystery.  Apparently, the novel is the beginning of a new series by a talented author.  The follow-up will be eagerly awaited.  Highly recommended.

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