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Waiter, There's a Clue In My Soup! Five Mystery Stories

Waiter, There's a Clue In My Soup! Five Mystery Stories [Kindle Edition]

Camille LaGuire

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Five previously published and award nominated mystery short stories by novelist Camille LaGuire.

In the title story, "Waiter, There's a Clue in My Soup!" two police detectives sort out a poisoning case over lunch at the deli, with a little help from a foodie in the corner. (This story was nominated for a Derringer award in 2003.)

"The Hoosegow Strangler" was the first story featuring Mick and Casey, a pair of young gunslingers turned detective. In this locked room story, a witness they were guarding is murdered, and they have to solve the crime to preserve their reputation.

"Trail of the Lonesome Stickpin" finds Mick drugged by a pair of pretty femmes fatales, and he has to figure out what happened before Casey shoots him. (This story was put forward for an Edgar by its publisher.)

In the fourth story, a killer believes that all he needs is a strong "Alibi" to pull off the perfect crime, but he finds that works against him.

In the final story, "The Promise," a teenaged girl has to keep her brutal father from turning her brother into a killer. (This story was also nominated for a Derringer in 2007.)

(This collection is 16,000 words long, or equivalent to about 60 pages of a mass market paperback.)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 203 KB
  • Print Length: 41 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Camille LaGuire (4 Aug 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003YH9LP6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #879,903 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Title is a bit misleading 27 Aug 2010
By Swim, Eat, Play - Published on
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I'll start off by saying that all 5 of the mini-mysteries in this book were very well written. However, I do think the title of the collection is a bit misleading, to say the least. None of the stories were humorous, and only the first one was at all related to food. Of the remaining 4, 3 were Westerns, starring the author's duo of Mick and Casey (apparently there are full-length books showcasing this couple). The last story was not really a 'mystery', per se, and was much darker than the others. I was hoping that all the stories would be 'light' or 'humorous' mysteries. They were indeed 'light' (In the best sense of the term), in that they were easy reads and there was no explicit violence, bad language, or anything that even the most prudish could take offense at (quite an accomplishment nowadays, IMO!). My personal taste does not run to Westerns, so I was disappointed, although, as I said up front, the writing was excellent. Just don't assume from the title that this will be a collection of 'cozy' or 'humorous' short mysteries. If you like Westerns, then go for it, you'll enjoy these for the price.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected, but a good solid collection 10 Oct 2010
By CandysRaves (and Rants) - Published on
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The title story is definitely the best of the bunch in this collection of short stories and sample chapters of another book of the author's. It was cute, BUT from the title, I was envisioning a little more of the cozy mystery sleuth-type genre. Not a bad little short story collection, but not what I was expecting.

The other stories are well-done and edited. I read the sample chapters as well and I might look into the book, but it's not really my cup of usual tea, but I did add it to my list to think about! I like short stories, but sometimes I feel like I'm just getting into the author's rhythm when the story ends so I'm willing to give her work another shot for sure.

This is recommended for people that like light Westerns, I think, with a little bit of humor on top.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars High Quality Short Stories 16 Aug 2010
By Moses Siregar III - Published on
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I don't normally read mysteries, so I can't compare these stories to others in the same genre, but I can say that each of these stories was well-written, creative, and entertaining. They're definitely more than worth the price of admission.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 18 May 2012
By L.I. LINDA - Published on
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These stries should have been listed for Y A readers.The stories were silly and boring.I am glad they were a Kindle freebie.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 3 Westerns, 2 Yankees 20 April 2012
By Mellie B. - Published on
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This is a little collection of little stories - I think the longest would take up about 6 pages in a paperback. Maybe. 3 of the stories were very strongly and obviously Westerns, and 2 were more modern, citified, 'yankee' stories.

I liked the first story (can't remember the name), the story that led to 'Clue in the Soup' in the title, and the story "Alibi", possibly one of the shortest in the novel. The 3 westerns weren't bad, per se, but they didn't inspire me to want more from the author. I genuinely couldn't figure out the how-done-it in the locked room mystery, but I pretty easily figure out the twist in the story in the story about the two lovely ladies.

There was absolutely nothing negative about this title. There just wasn't any one thing that grabbed me and made me sit up and go "Wow!".

I got this free, and I wouldn't feel ripped off for $1, but much more than that and my expense would outstrip my enjoyment.

As long as it's free, or if you like Westerns, this would be a "Get".
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