Short stories 71-75

“The Debutante”, by Leonora Carrington. From Wayward Girls and Wicked Women. A rather nice absurdist story.

“He pales next to you” by Susan Compo. From Malingering. A slice of life story that reads more like the beginning chapter of a longer story or novel.

“Kim’s Game” by M.D. Lake. From Malice Domestic 2. A young girl with a very good memory nails a killer. The motive is missing, which is a big miss.

“Significant Moments in the Life of My Mother”, by Margaret Atwood. From Bluebeard’s Egg. A slice-of-life story, much like the stories one imagines the storyteller the story is about would tell. Elegant turns of phrase and a light touch make it a delight to read.

“The Great West Raid”, by E. Phillips Oppenheim. From A Century of Detective Stories. A realistic and rather dull police procedural.

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