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Dabbling in Crime Death of a Violinist and other stories When Shelly Reuben was investigating arson as a private detective she came across individuals and events that tantalized her mind and touched her heart Add to that an indelible belief that even if v

  • Title: Dabbling in Crime - Death of a Violinist and other stories
  • Author: Shelly Reuben
  • ISBN: 9780988418141
  • Page: 202
  • Format: Paperback
  • When Shelly Reuben was investigating arson as a private detective, she came across individuals and events that tantalized her mind and touched her heart Add to that an indelible belief that, even if virtue does not always triumph, it will eventually manage to hobble, stumble or stride across the finish line and you have these stories Originally published in The ForensicWhen Shelly Reuben was investigating arson as a private detective, she came across individuals and events that tantalized her mind and touched her heart Add to that an indelible belief that, even if virtue does not always triumph, it will eventually manage to hobble, stumble or stride across the finish line and you have these stories Originally published in The Forensic Examiner and The Evening Sun Among the fascinating characters within the pages of Dabbling in Crime, meet Dante No Last Name No Middle Initial, a throwaway kid hiding under a music school staircase, with a damaged heart and the talent of a virtuoso violinist Wealthy, beloved Jimmy Lillyjohn, burned to death on the top floor of his mansion after a lighted cigarette falls from his fingers onto his lonely mattress Mountainous, mean spirited Hilda Pomfrey, who bullies everyone in her sphere, including her tree loving, milquetoast husband Herb Police Chief Joseph Steinbeck, who reluctantly participates in a library event, and is almost murdered when he is checked out as a Human Book Prosecutor Edward Nygh, who hides evidence of arson to convict the wrong man Nygh s reluctant assistant who travels through time to revisit her past There are people who are skeptical about human nature and people who have a deep trust in human nature And a great number of people somewhere in between How does real life deal with these different kinds of people This question is just one of the many interesting problems which are reflected in Dabbling in Crime, Shelly Reuben s new collection of short fiction Albert Ashforth Author of The Rendition and On Edge

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    1. Shelly Reuben on said:

      Book ReviewReviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' FavoriteDabbling in Crime: Death of a Violinist and Other Stories is an intriguing and fascinating collection of short stories by Shelly Reuben. The collection starts with the story of a young violinist, a prodigy aptly named by the narrator (a New York cop) as Dante no-last-name no-middle-initial. The Super Bowl fan, who also thinks Frank Sinatra was a bully, doesn't really apologize for his lack of finesse in terms of storytelling, for he is a cop w [...]

    2. Kari Wolf on said:

      Dabbling in Crime: Death of a Violinist and other Stories, is a collection of short stories that feature crime and intrigue, but there is in fact, much more here. After reading these stories, you will come away humming the cadence of Shelly Reuben's prose. And true to vintage Reuben, her delicious characters are the reason that you read her, and part of what keeps you coming back for more.As a collection of short stories that dabble in crime, there is something for everyone. For the avid crime a [...]

    3. Alessandro on said:

      "Was sparkle at the risk of perishing, like an endangered species?"Late in this collection, one of Shelly's protagonists--a prosecuting attorney, in this story--asks this question. I find myself wondering the same thing, speculating on my own time spent working and reading and living; thinking about issuing my verdict; and I wait for the answer to reveal itself.These stories are a lot of fun. Shelly's characters are often older, not in a tired or nostalgic way, but aged with experience and sharp [...]

    4. Lucia Lengua on said:

      Dabbling In Crime is a treat for all who are entertained and enthralled by crime stories and the individuals who commit crimes. Reuben’s newest collection of short stories takes readers on a journey through the hearts and minds of wonderfully complex and layered characters who could easily be one’s neighbor or friend.It’s impossible to not feel affection towards the characters within Reuben’s stories. In fact, in each story, Reuben’s masterful characterization creates multi-dimensional [...]

    5. Lindaschwebke on said:

      I first read these intriguing stories when they appeared in the Forensic Examiner. It seemed odd to me that a professional crime journal would feature works whose literary merits surely deserved a wider audience and one that appreciated writing in the tradition of Dickens and O Henry. Thankfully, the stories have reincarnated in the form of an anthology entitled Dabbling in Crime. Reuben has a special way with language. She infuses tired old expressions, metaphors and clichés with a punch and s [...]

    6. Richaed Kennison on said:

      Shelly Ruben is not a new author for me. I have read several of her novels and at one time was privileged to read a number of her concise and often humors essays on America culture. It is the humor and the ability to tell a story with a minimum number of words that is once again displayed in “Dabbling in Crime” The crimes in this book contain the usual motives for murder Although several fit another category. In the Krakatoa by Gilbert and Sullivan the High Executioner sings a song of compil [...]

    7. Ethan Winning on said:

      When one reviews a book which consists of eleven short stories, it becomes more difficult since one cannot "average" 11 stories. But Shelly Reuben's works have always stuck with me, not necessarily the content, but the message or the story of the ending which leaves me wanting more and answers to my questions.A preface if you will: I have always been a slow reader. I got F's (Fair) in reading throughout grade school. But, slow reading makes for good comprehension and great memories. That's Shel [...]

    8. Justine on said:

      Shelly Reuben's "Dabbling in Crime," is a delightful and captivating collection of short stories that have the intrigue for mystery-solving, as well as dynamic character sketches, with characters you find you love and want to root for. In this collection of short stories, the reader can go from cover to cover or bounce around from story to story and enjoy the variety of quirky characters, with their unique and noble aspirations as well as their darker sides, battling it out with each story. The [...]

    9. Vanessa W on said:

      "Dabbling in Crime", the new short story collection by Shelly Reuben is a delightful read that starts right out grabbing your heart with the very first (and my personal favorite) story. I had thought Shelly's last book, "The Boys of Sabbath Street" was my absolute favorite of her works, but "Dabbling in Crime" is by far my new favorite!Each story is just the right length, perfectly constructed and full of emotion. Be it humor or heartbreak, justice or righteousness, all conveyed and shared impec [...]

    10. Mary Holahan on said:

      In elegant, often witty language, Shelly Reuben’s short stories about crimes center on characters who – humorously or solemnly (sometimes at the same time) – move through narratives that made me feel a range of emotions from deep sympathy to total hilarity to rage against injustice. There are surprises, secrets, suspicions, resolutions, joys, ambivalence, ambiguities along the way but each story comes to an eminently satisfying conclusion. Or not, depending on how the author presents some [...]

    11. Lydia on said:

      I have been privileged to call Shelly Reuben my delightful neighbor and favorite mystery writer for over thirty years. I have always been captivated by her previous work, as her mysteries never disappoint, always intrigue me and inevitably surprise me with their unpredictable outcomes. When I picked up Shelly Reuben’s latest masterpiece, Dabbling in Crime, it had me at first glance. The short story format was just the right fit for my reading pleasure during my busy work schedule. I so enjoyed [...]

    12. Annemarie Rossi on said:

      Dabbling in Crime, Death of a Violinist & Other Stories is Shelly Reuben at her best. A thoroughly enjoyable and very satisfying book, this is a must read for the lover of short stories.From the moment you begin reading this delightful collection of short stories, you won’t be able to put it down. Each story is skillfully crafted as only Shelly Reuben can do. Her knack for weaving humor and quirkiness into her stories keeps the reader engaged and entertained. Shelly invites you into the wo [...]

    13. Peg on said:

      Dabbling in Crime is a crisp, engaging collection of short stories written by a talented author whose specialty is to draw the reader in, invite you to sit in a cozy chair with a delicious cinnamon coffee and escape into an intriguing world of curious characters and acute observations of personalities and quirks that has the reader snuggling deeper and grabbing a quilt to delay your work and treat yourself to the skills of an enchanting storyteller.From "Hero Worship Eyes" to "Never a Cross Word [...]

    14. Michael on said:

      Shelly Reuben has been at the top of my favorite authors list ever since "Julian Solo," her first novel. And, now, after a delightful journey of reading her novels through the years, here she is with her first collection of short stories.And, while her novels are most definitely not to be missed, this collection is such a delightful change of pace. What a treat to read a different jewel of a story, or two, every night--each intricately told tale shining with its own deeply felt emotional intensi [...]

    15. Reader on said:

      After reading all of Shelly Reuben’s books, I was on the lookout for the next. I was lucky to be able to read this book almost as soon as I’d heard about it! I cherish these stories as polished jewels. Each one is in a different voice, yet each could be written by no one else. Each one is both absorbing and fulfilling. They are messengers from a place where integrity drives the characters, and love nourishes and inspires them. The undercurrent of joy, the possibility of happiness, the fulfil [...]

    16. JHFK21 on said:

      I tend to think of Shelly Reuben as one of the greatest, if underappreciated, writers currently in the market, and she lives up to my expectations once again with Dabbling in Crime, a collection of short mysteries that take the despair of crime and counter it with twinkling and oh-so romantic joy.Across 11 stories, Shelly Reuben gives us powerful emotional insights into her characters' lives: their love, their fear, and their pain- with each entry serving as an intelligent exploration of how peo [...]

    17. Hazel Petherbridge on said:

      Dabbling in Crime is a selection of short stories.A compelling read I cannot put it down and has the most poignant of endings.A fourteen year old by is a genius violinist and never had a lesson from the Dean of music. He became his prodigy and Mr Schoenbaum later adopted him. A robber tries to steal the precious violin from Dante following a concert, then suddenly he falls dead to the ground. The investigation reveals so much. Shelly Reuben knows how to write an enjoyable mystery. The events are [...]

    18. Beatrice de Winter on said:

      Dabbling in Crime is a lovely collection of fun, entertaining short stories by Shelly Reuben. Her clever whit and creative word play make reading these adventures thoroughly enjoyable. I found 'Tsk. Tsk.' to be the most unique and compelling one of the bunch, mirroring the writing style of her earlier novels such as Origin and Cause and Spent Matches. Her background as a private investigator working with law enforcement and fire investigation provides an unusual amount of detailed accuracy in he [...]

    19. Courtney Hall on said:

      Full disclosure: I'm not normally a "short story" person. I don't know why; I've just always gravitated toward novels. But I think Shelly Reuben changed my mind. I loved every single story in this collection, and I couldn't read it fast enough. I had so much fun trying to solve the mysteries, figure out the good guys from the bad guys, and I even laughed. A lot. Despite the subject matter, the author managed to weave a good amount of humor into stories that could easily be otherwise dark and dep [...]

    20. Julie Newlands on said:

      I am not usually a fan of the short story because it often seems long on character development but short on story. Therefore, I was happily surprised and when I read Shelly Reuben's latest, Dabbling in Crime, and found that not only were the characters well formed, but the stories themselves kept me turning the pages.Ms Reuben's terse, clear style, is reminiscent of a well written newspaper story and very well suited to the tales she relates. There is often an unexpected twist which provides gre [...]

    21. Diane Fishman on said:

      It doesn’t take long for Reuben to immerse you into the depth of her characters – even though the stories are short. They – the fire chief, the punk prodigy, the avenging father, etc. -- come alive with amusing, and offbeat attributes. And, when they’re done and the story is over, you wish they were still in the room with you. Her delightful style of writing – language and pace - keeps you engaged. And the collection is a wonderful surprise at every turn of the page – you don’t alw [...]

    22. Karen Palmer on said:

      If you're only going to read one book this year, read Dabbling In Crime! Once you start you won't be able to put the book down. Each unique story is poignant, has sparkling dialog, and brings the well-developed characters to life. The stories take you on an emotional journey and several brought tears to my eyes. Shelly Reuben really knows people - and crime!Karen PalmerBogie's Mystery Tours®Mysteries In Print

    23. Maggie on said:

      I absolutely loved this collection of short stories. Especially perfect for this autumn season leading up to Halloween, Dabbling in Crime is filled with well-written, captivating short stories that each have an ending that will surprise and intrigue. I would definitely recommend to anyone looking for a good read with new and original mysteries that will keep you at the edge of your seat. Another charming treasure by Reuben!!

    24. Carrie on said:

      Shelly Reuben's latest work, "Dabbling in Crime," is an absolute treat to read. While the subject matter is often serious, the book's short stories ultimately felt like an antidote to the cynicism we often encounter today. This book to be a surprising jolt of joy and curiosity. Thank you, Shelly Reuben, for sharing your ideas and your spirit with the world.

    25. Frances Warren on said:

      This is one of Shelly's best books yet. Her collection of mystery stories will keep you captivated until the end! Very enjoyable reading.

    26. Dee on said:

      Another winner by Shelly! Featuring characters that seem so familiar, these short stories entertain and delight.

    27. Mary Poole on said:

      This collection of short stories is delightfully diverse. Ms. Reuben’s characters are fun, refreshingly intelligent, and thoughtful. Who would think to write a story about a thirty-year old woman calling her former self for advice? Who thinks to explore the tortured soul of a woman who loves her husband and yet allows him to slowly kill himself? Why, it’s Shelly Reuben, of course. As one of five children, I especially enjoyed the twin sisters who had to be taught how to be best friends. Ms. [...]

    28. Jo Ann on said:

      Dabbling in Crime is an imaginative collection of short stories taking you on an adventure in each and every tale – leading you through --- twists and turns and loop de loops, and you just never know where you will end up.Shelly Reuben’s writing immediately draws you right into each story and its setting. It brings you into the thicke of it and allows you to peer into the complex lives of each of its multi-dimensional characters. You’ll wish you could get to know some of those characters b [...]

    29. Stephanie J on said:

      Dabbling in Crime-Death of a Violinist and other stories is a worthwhile read. Shelly draws on life experiences, which make her stories seem real to her readers. There are those that tear at your heartstrings and make you want to read more of the same, and there are those stories that show her knowledge of fire investigation. She takes you through the investigations step-by-step to show you how one perpetrator or several committed the crimes, thus freeing innocent parties from prosecution.All-in [...]

    30. Samantha on said:

      "Dabbling in Crime" is a fantastic collection of short stories. With a broad range of character types and story plots, it was hard to put the book down. After knowing Shelly for several years, it comes as no surprise to me that her action and dialogue would suck me right in. I sincerely recommend this book to anyone that is looking for a good collection of condensed mysteries and fantastical stories.

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