Murder & Other Acts of Literature, A ~ BitterSweetLife

Saturday, July 08, 2006

Murder & Other Acts of Literature, A

A Flash Review: Masterful Briefs on Death

Murder & Other Acts of Literature – Michele Slung, A

This compilation of short stories takes the less-traveled path to homicide by drawing from such “classic” authors as Isak Dinesen, William Faulkner, Rudyard Kipling, and Louisa May Alcott. Readers hoping for the bloody sophistication of the modern “crime story” will be mostly disappointed, but if engaging death-accounts is the aim, Murder is exceptionally satisfying.

Some of the stories wander slightly from the stated theme, but considering that you can grab this book for the price of a cheap martini, bitterness would be a laughable induction. In Vino Veritas (“the truth is in the bottle”), by A.A. Milne (the creator of Winnie the Pooh!), is worth the price of this volume all by its lonesome.

Quite simply, Milne’s piece is the best short murder story I’ve come across, and Murder is a short anthology to die for.


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Are there alcoholic undertones
smuggled craftily into this review? You be the judge.

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