After a short introduction by Publisher Lea R. Cutter where she expresses her love of stories of theft, the tales begin with “The Rehab Archipelago” by Michele Lang. The job went horribly wrong for Goldman. His stroke really messed up the plan. He survived, but there are several serious issues so he is now in a rehab facility. If that was not bad enough, he does not have the money, can’t get to it, and Vladimir will be coming.
“Bubba’s Blunder” by David H.
Hendrickson is next and is a prequel to the 2013 novel, Bubba Goes for
Broke. Bubba Winslow and Ralphie are on assignment for the boss. Bubba
is not the smartest person around as Ralphie keeps pointing out to him. All
they have to do is find the right kind of car and swipe it. Then, once they
find the car, all Bubba has to do is get the stolen wheels to the chop shop.
What could go wrong?
While a car was the item to be stolen in
the last job, the theft is far less tangible in “The Fabulous Feats of Billy”
by Kari Kilgore. Fabulous Feats, LLC, will either take off or be a total
disaster in so many ways for all involved. It is up to Billy Jones which way it
goes. He has a plan.
While some describe how food is placed
and presented to the diner is a form of art, in “Sushi à Volonté” by Melissa
Yi, a certain type of food is made into wearable art. The Montreal artist,
Miyuki Ando, takes sushi and creates necklaces, earrings, and more. She has a
thriving business. She isn’t about to let a thief ruin her business.
Washington State Patrol Trooper Captain
Kent Harper has a case. It isn’t exactly what he should be doing as boss of the
Spokane Special investigations unit, but rank does have privileges. In “Gone
Gold” by Dianna Deverell, Harper uses his rank and his long dormant
investigative skills to work a theft that is very important to the victim.
Thanks to Leti, he was able to lift the
cellphone from La Madrina without her knowing. Hopefully, it will have the
proof they need in “The Fall of La Madrina” by Cate Martin. If it does not and
she figures out what they have done, the consequences for them as well as many others
will be dire.
It had taken awhile, but Jacob has a
good job again with insurance benefits in “Tiny Dreams” by Leah R. Cutter. He
finally has put his past behind him and is on the straight and narrow. An
overnight theft at the warehouse could jeopardize everything and he is not
going to let that happen.
“Libby’s Millions” by Juliet Norden is
next and is the last read in the issue. As the title “Libby’s Millions” by Juliet
Nordeen indicates, the tale features Libby Ortiz and her millions. She has over
seven million reasons to keep going day after day. Unfortunately for her, the
money is not in her direct possession and she is unable to get to it either. The
thought of getting to where it is stashed is the motivation that keeps her
going now. The fact that a glitch could make her lose it all is terrifying.
Thieves and thefts of all types drive
the tales in Thieves: Mystery, Crime, and Mayhem: Issue 2. Much like the first
Eyes: Mystery, Crime, and Mayhem: Issue 1, the issue is
entertaining and runs the crime fiction gamut of a little violence to a lot. Complicated
tales along with complicated characters and situations make for another fun
issue and a read well worth your time.
Material picked up back in late May by way of funds in my Amazon Associate account in order to read and review.
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