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- File Size: 140 KB
- Print Length: 61 pages
- Publisher: Muckle Screed (2 Feb. 2012)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00762LXC4
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #233,080 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By all means, take the time to prepare for an afternoon's reading in the company of McDroll. Make yourself a cup of tea, rattle some Kit-Kats onto a plate and then flop into your favourite armchair. But...... just don't get too comfortable.
Well worth a few of your hard earned pennies.
There's A Pot Of Christmas soup, all warm and cosy. Not only did I enjoy its telling, but I learned a neat trick with Foxes Glacier Mints that means I'll be able to put icicles on future Christmas cakes. It was really gentle and I got completely involved in ideas for next years dinner. 'Kick It' - I wondered about the title for such gently skilled story-telling. And then came the twist. The sting in the tale. 'Kick It' finally made sense.
Gemma Dixon, a woman working her way through the nettles of police-rankings, is a great character. The opener gives a hint and she appears in the remaining stories (bar one) where we get to know a little more about her style and her strength each time.
In between the Dixon tales we have a story of a disillusioned Support For Learning teacher. It's the job I do. Reading about it not only reflected many of my own fears, it also highlighted perfectly the difficulties of the job in a way that is far-too-rarely mentioned. And boy does this one wear steel toe caps.
Dixon is the kind of lady who'll be in a novel some day, you just watch - or at least I hope that's the case; she certainly deserves to have a longer work of her very own.
This is a wonderful collection and I'm off to take another kicking in the very near future.
Three of the ten stories star DC Gemma Dixon. A wisecracking young woman working hard to survive and thrive in the man's world that is modern policing. McDroll's collection of stories is set in Scotland and her use of language reflects that giving added realism. If asked to pick a favourite it would have to be Drowning. The author conveys the internal dialogue of a desperate woman excellently and ends the story with a flourish of brilliance. Some of the tales really managed to capture my imagination.
A Straight Game - A playful tale with a couple of humorous characters chewing the fat in a game shop. Things soon degenerate and the tale takes a violent turn for the worse.
No More Choices - A bleak tale that is stark, gritty and realistic. Desperation this time is a motivating factor for a dark deed.
The Return Journey - A reflective, haunting and cleverly executed tale that is one of my favourites of the collection. McDroll shows a real storyteller's eye for detail and the backdrop for this story is harsh but ultimately believable.
The Trip - The tension builds surely throughout before the story reaches an explosive climax.
A very enjoyable 5 star read for lovers of short flash fiction. A great value collection that is well worth downloading.
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