These seventeen stories of twisty turned plots make short work of winter
evenings for you. Try to limit yourself to just one a night to make the pleasure
Barnard doesn’t waste our time or any words on the perfect little gems–setting
up the story almost before the first line is finished, and you’re hooked. These
stories were written generally in the late 80s and early 90s. Mr. Barnard also
wrote many mystery novels before his death in September 2013. He’s well
worth a trip to the library.
In “If Looks Could Kill” the first lines are:
“When Sam and I married everybody said it was a mésalliance. On his part, of
course. His people stood around eyeing off my people at the reception, and they
hardly bothered to hide their scorn. My people were not very numerous. There
was my mother and Auntie Florrie, both there for the booze. . . .”
Seventeen stories, about a dozen pages each, doesn’t get much easier than this.