Saturday, July 11, 2015

"Positive Vetting" by Stephen Murray

I am behind on my short story reading and also on my posts for the Deal Me In Challenge. Every other week I draw one card from a deck to randomly pick from a group of short shories. This has been a very successful experiment to see if I will grow to appreciate short stories. This is the 13th story I have read out of my planned 26 stories for the challenge. (My list of short stories for the Deal Me In Short Story Challenge is here. Jay at Bibliophilopolis hosts the challenge.)


"Positive Vetting" is another great story from 1st CULPRIT: A Crime Writer's Annual, edited by Liza Cody and Michael Z. Lewin. And this time I was introduced to an author that is totally new to me: Stephen Murray.

This story is set in London and features a narrator telling about a murder he investigated back in 1944. The story is as much about how the war affected those involved, whether on the home front or in the fighting, as it is about the murder. A fine story with some twists and turns along the way.

Stephen Murray is the author of six crime fiction novels featuring Chief Inspector Alec Stainton, published between 1987 and 1994. Other than that, I don't know that much about him. Martin Edwards at Do You Write Under Your Own Name? is a fan. There are two posts at his blog featuring Murray: Susan Moody and Stephen Murray and Forgotten Book - Death and Transfiguration.



8 comments:

  1. Oh, this sounds like a really interesting story, Tracy. And I do like stories with a 'history' link. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Margot, I was pleasantly surprised to find that most of this story was set during World War II and in London.

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  2. I haven't heard of this author before, so that's interesting, though I doubt I'll pursue it any further!

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    1. I do want to follow up on the series, Col, but not right at the moment.

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  3. Tracy, I can't say I have heard of Stephen Murray but short stories by authors new to me are always welcome.

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    1. Prashant, I feel the same. Now that I have tried reading more short stories. Fortunately the books I have and stories online give me that opportunity.

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  4. This sounds like an interesting author - I will have to investigate him...

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    1. I agree, Moira. I want to try one of his novels. Or find more short stories, at the least. I just figured out I can't read all the books I want to by the end of the year, so where I will fit in new authors I don't know.

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