If you like mysteries, I just uploaded a new short story (as J. A. Menzies, my alter ego).
I actually wrote this short story about eight years ago. I remember reading the opening at a Sisters in Crime meeting here in Toronto and watching them dissolve into laughter. Very cool experience. I don’t think I had an ending at the time. And then, when I eventually did finish it, I had no idea what to do with it. It wasn’t a thriller, there wasn’t a lot of suspense. It was a sort of comedic whodunit. Which is fine in a book, but what do you do with a short story?
So I put it away.
But it dawned on me recently that you can publish short stories as ebooks now. Although I’d prefer the name estories.
So here’s the cover. You can get it for 99 cents on Kindle right now.
Here’s the blurb:
Marilou Cannelli, a moderately attractive woman in her late twenties, dressed to match the thousands of other professional women in Toronto, strode purposefully along Danforth Avenue. After a quick lunch, she was in a hurry to get back to her office.
Suddenly she felt a sneeze coming.
After suffering from allergies for many years, covering her mouth while sneezing was a reflex action for Marilou. But as she raised her right hand, a knife thrown from a near-by alleyway embedded itself in the fleshy part of her forearm.
Marilou Cannelli was fortunate. If not for her good manners while sneezing, the knife point would have penetrated her heart.
While there was a lot of blood, the pitch and intensity of Marilou’s screams proved to anyone within several blocks that she was still very much alive.