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Wednesday, 21 May 2014

‘Absolute steal’

No, this post has nothing to do with Jack Absolute (see Friday’s Forgotten Book here). It’s simply a comment from a reviewer in one of our local newspapers here in Spain, The Coastrider.

The review is for Spanish Eye, 22 short stories about Leon Cazador, private eye, ‘in his own words’.

There’s a received wisdom that short stories don’t sell and aren’t read these days. One aspect of this is as the reviewer, Paul Mutter, explains, ‘A particular difficulty with short stories is that they are exactly that – short. All too often they can be over before they have really begun, leaving the reader somewhat frustrated.’

Happily, although Mr Mutter isn’t too keen on short stories, he enjoyed this collection – ’22 individual stories … are absolute little gems. The pace of each is perfectly judged to reach its conclusion at just the right time and in just the right way.’

He concludes, ‘Not only will the tales appeal to general lovers of short stories but in particular those with experience of living in Spain will I’m sure feel a certain resonance with these stories. My only regret is that there aren’t more of them… Leon Cazador deserves some much longer tales…. Obtained through Amazon as a paperback for £4.99 or for download as a Kindle edition for £1.99 and it is an absolute steal at that price.’

The review is here (click on the image and you'll get the full readable text):

Thank you, Mr Mutter. Your review is very much appreciated. And yes, more tales are planned, including a full-length adventure. A new Leon Cazador story is featured in the Crooked Cat's Tales (UK) here and COM here - 20 stories from Crooked Cat's authors - also at a steal of a price!
Spanish Eye,
featuring Leon Cazador, private eye in 22 cases
is  published by Crooked Cat Publishing
and can be obtained from
Amazon UK here
Amazon COM here

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