The Crimson Scarf and Other Stories

Fiction - Mystery - General
264 Pages
Reviewed on 03/27/2020
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Author Biography

This is Elliot Stanton’s fourth book and the first he’s written featuring short stories. His previous novels are humorous in nature, and all have various aspects of true-life events, but this time he decided he wanted to try something different. In the spring of 2019, he decided to write a series of Tales of the Unexpected –type stories and 12 months later he’d written enough tales to create The Crimson Scarf and Other Short Stories.
Elliot is married with two teenage children and lives on the outskirts of North London. His interests include history, watching sport, music and travel. His favourite location is Las Vegas, where he has visited many times. In fact, Vegas is the location of his second novel, For A Few Dollars Less.
He is a member of Mensa, and a keen retainer of trivia so enjoys partaking in pub quizzes with a regular group of his friends.
Writing is his main passion and intends to write more novels and books of short stories in the future.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Ankita Shukla for Readers' Favorite

Jack did not know that his life would change in a flash. An ordinary day transformed into a mysterious one when a man gave him an envelope and told him to hand it over to a tall man wearing a blue pin-stripe suit with a red carnation. His innate attraction to mystery got the better of him. Jack carried out the instructions and passed on the envelope to the man who matched the description. After the incident, he could not find his red scarf anywhere. And, the next day, the newspaper reported that a dead body had been found with a red scarf stuffed into its pocket. What transpired next gave Jack many sleepless nights, panicked thoughts, and a shocking revelation. The Crimson Scarf and Other Stories by Elliot Stanton is a collection of seventeen such riveting short stories.

There is no ordinary or predictable story in The Crimson Scarf and Other Stories. The characters appear normal until they shock you with their actions. Some stories put the fear of Karma into the reader's heart, whereas some will marvel at the disturbing actions of the characters. The exceptional development of each story combined with nail-biting suspense leaves readers turning the pages in anticipation. An occasional paranormal twist is another clever move by the author. For readers who are drawn towards mysterious plots and wish for a quick dose of thriller, The Crimson Scarf and Other Stories by Elliot Stanton is the right choice. I highly recommend this book to all readers.