Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Fiction River Original Anthology Magazine #9: Fantastic Detectives-Dean Wesley Smith and Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Fiction River Original Anthology Magazine #9: Fantastic Detectives
Dean Wesley Smith and Kristine Kathryn Rusch (Editors)
WMG Publications, Aug 2014, $15.99
ISBN: 9781496104465

“Case Cracked” by Joe Cron.  In Magic City, the wife fears the Goblin Collection Agency so tells cop Dumpty nothing though she witnessed her spouse’s homicide.

“Living With The Past” by Dayle A. Dermatis.  A Marilyn Monroe impersonator’s ghost begs Nikki to help her granddaughter.

“All She Can Be” by Karen L. Abrahamson.  Geological Survey cartographers Mosley and Drake try to correct the change magically made to North Dakota.

“Under Oregon” by Kara Legend.  The teen attacks the fairies, but learns what reside under Willamette Valley.

“Role Model” by Kevin J. Anderson.  At the Cosplay Convention, Shamble (see Slimy Underbelly), McGooh and a Shamble impersonator investigate the homicide of a Star Wars vampire.

“Death In Hathaway Tower” by Ryan M. Williams.  Brookwind the elf crashes Emily’s party where a goblin shifter murdered a guest.

“Trouble Aboard The Flying Scotsman” by Alistair Kimble.  With help from a sentient “rat”, Harland seeks to prevent a saboteur from destroying the train.

“Containing Patient Zero” by Paul Eckheart.  They must prevent the execution of Little Star as the consequences will be devastating since he is patient zero zombie virus carrier.

“Canine Agent Rocky Arnold Vs. The Evil Alliance” by Judith Nordeen.  FBI canine agent Rocky learns that the Evil Alliance (rabbits, squirrels and coyotes) abducted Kaya’s girl-person.

“An Incursion Of Mice” by Kristine Kathryn Rusch.  Wall T insists he leads the -feline pride, but fails to prevent a mouse incursion.

“They’re Back” by Dean Wesley Smith.  Poker Boy and his allies thought they saved the world from the evil ghost slots (see The Slots of Saturn), but failed to account for a time anomaly.

This fantastic Fiction River anthology runs the gamut of fantasy-detective subgenres.

Harriet Klausner

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