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Unsavory Delicacies

By Russell Brooks

2015

Reviewed by Angie Mangino

Rating:  3 stars

 

Readers immediately meet Monique Beavais with Curtis White in a restaurant in Old Montreal.

 

“She worked for an international arms consortium that sold illegal weapons to terrorists and dictators. The same organization helped to start wars in order to keep these sales going. Little did White know that a sniper was ready to pop his heard from an apartment across the street once the transaction was done.”

 

The action begins at once.

 

While each section of three short stories taken alone is written quite quick paced with various twists, a plot connecting them would have offered readers more suspense and enjoyment.  With his collection of three very short stories, this reviewer was looking for more development and congruity to keep interest.  Each starts face paced, but once in and wanting more, each story ends.

 

In this reviewer’s opinion, some development of each story would make for a more effective publication in a crime magazine publication of each story separately.   When taken together as a collection, it loses the impact of each story.