Chesapeake Crimes: This Job Is MurderChesapeake Crimes, This Job Is Murder

Edited by Donna Andrews, Barb Goffman and Marcia Talley

Wildside Press, LLC

ISBN-13: 9781434440600

165 pages

$4.39 ebook & $11.69 paperback at

Reviewed by Laura Hartman

 Genre: Mystery

 This Job is Murder is the fifth collection of short stories from the Chesapeake Chapter of Sisters in Crime. Each of the 14 short stories in this collection is a stand-alone gem. Collectively, it is a struggle to see which story shines the brightest; I can’t pick a favorite when I loved them all.

They each feature a character that has an awful boss and/or job.  The charm of a collection is everyone has small windows in his or her life in which you have time to read one. They allow us to escape our active lifestyles for a few minutes of relaxation and enjoyment.

All of the stories are different; choosing a few to highlight was difficult.

“Keep it Simple” is not only the title of the story by Sheri Randall, but the motto of the first bad boss in the book.

C. Ellet Logan tosses a PI who can’t boil water into the mix at a cooking completion in “Alligator is for Shoes”.

“Next Stop, Foggy Bottom” had the best twist at the end; kudos to author Karen Cantwell.

Mediation sooths ruffled feathers in divorce cases. In “Murder by Mediation”, Jill Brelsau’s characters find the opposite to be true.

“Mean Girls” by Donna Andrews features a bad boss and awful coworkers. I loved hating all of them.

These short stories are condensed bites of reading pleasure with all of the depth of plots and characters of a full length novel. Almost everyone can relate to one or more of the characters. I hope you don’t relate to one of the bosses – if you do, mend your ways.

DISCLOSURE OF MATERIAL CONNECTION: I have a material connection because I received a review copy that I can keep for consideration in preparing to write this content. I was not expected to return this item after my review.

Copyright © 2012 Laura Hartman