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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
Time. We all need it. We all have it. We all use it. But do we honor it the way we should? Do we respect time? There is so much we could do with more time. For writers, there’s so much more we could write with more time. But using time as a theme? Why not? It makes a good source of mystery and drama and keeps the plot moving along at a grand pace, even in a short story. Why? Because there’s always time for a good story, a good mystery. Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime is a collection of short stories by various writers from differing backgrounds and from different countries. Brought together by the passion for time in crime, this Insecure Writer’s Support Group collects stories from writers and produces anthologies such as this one.
Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime features authors Gwen Gardner, C.D. Gallant-King, Rebecca M. Douglass, J.R. Ferguson, Yolanda Renée, Tara Tyler, Samantha Betler, Christine Clemetson, Mary Aalgaard, C. Lee McKenzie and Jemi Fraser. Each plot somehow addresses the theme of time: ghostly time, time travel, real and abstract time, and any time in between and beyond. These are well crafted stories with engaging plots and believable situations. The characters are developed with ease in the minimal perspective and time allotted for a short story. Each story is fast paced, grabbing the reader from the beginning and dragging them along through the time of the plot’s development, reaching the climax with anticipation and unravelling the mystery with various twists and turns of fate. Sometimes the resolution is inconclusive, leaving the ending within the reader’s grasp. Short stories and mysteries at their best – and all in good time.