SoWest, So Wild by Desert Sleuths Chapter Sisters in Crime
I always pick up a new story collection by Desert Sleuths Chapter Sisters in Crime with anticipation. What twisted stories of crime will they offer now? They've taken us through the holidays with the anthology, How NOT to Survive the Holidays, and shown us how threatening it can be to leave home with How NOT to Survive a Vacation. Now, twenty authors prove that the West is just as violent, just as dangerous as it ever was, in SoWest, So Wild, a collection of original Wild West tales.
When the members of Desert Sleuths, the Arizona Chapter of Sisters in Crime, were invited to submit stories for this anthology, they were given just a few guidelines. The story had to be previously unpublished and less than 4,000 words. The story could be set in any time period, but it had to be set in the Southwestern United States. This left the creative opportunities wide open.
And, the authors certainly used that creativity. There are stories of Navajo ghosts and murder; the age-old rivalry between brothers and sisters, with an unusual twist with sisters. There are stories that prove the Old West wasn't quite as romantic as pictured. These are stories of a haunted West where assistance comes from unexpected quarters. Many of the stories show the influence on the past in present-day Arizona and the Southwest. There's even humor in some of the crime stories, such as the one in which a Jewish detective from the East ends up dealing with cattle-rustling.
In stories of Native Americans, ghosts, murder, and dastardly deeds, the Desert Sleuths capture the atmosphere of violence that still lingers in the Southwest today. The Southwest never was a peaceful place, and twenty authors manage to put their fingers on a pulse that still throbs with heat and passion. Don't think that the unusual characters and the violence in the West ever died. The Desert Sleuths Chapter Sisters in Crime prove otherwise in the collection filled with criminal mischief, SoWest, So Wild.
I have been a library manager/administrator for over 30 years, in Ohio, Florida, Arizona, and, now, Indiana. Winner of the 2011 Arizona Library Association Outstanding Library Service Award. I am a contributing Book Reviewer for Library Journal, Mystery Readers Journal, ReadertoReader.com and VibrantNation.com. Winner of the 2009 and 2010 Spinetingler Awards for Best Reviewer. First Fan Guest of Honor for Desert Sleuths Chapter of Sisters in Crime, Write Now! Conference.
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