Predictable and tedious: The lovely young girl with socially prominent parents, the ambitious boy from the wrong side of the tracks, the womanizing rich man who owns the town.... You can write this story. You don't have to read it.
At the start of World War I, Ron Ewart is on the brink of enlisting. He is making a farewell visit to Myra McLeod, his fiancée, in the Scottish Highlands when she is suddenly and mysteriously blinded in what appears at first to be a freak accident, but isn't what it seems. As Ron, Myra and friends delve into the strange events, the McLeod's neighbors behave oddly. Are they to be trusted?
Fast moving and cleverly plotted, this short thriller brings in elements of mystery, science fiction and espionage. While the general area where the solution lies becomes obvious fairly soon, the details will keep you guessing.
Though not quite so weighty, Lever's amusing comedy of manners has elements of the humor and societal commentary that characterize Austen, Trollope and Wharton, with a touch of the puckishness of Dickens. The Bramleighs, a wealthy family of social-climbing "Cits," as high society would have called them, fall on hard times when their right to their estates is challenged. Each member of the family reacts differently from the extravagant second wife to the practical young daughter, as ruin and scandal faces them. There's nothing too deep here, but it's a fun read, with a mystery thrown in for good measure.
Very charming short stories, most with a psychological bent, but all quite different. I wish there were contemporary publications showcasing stories like these. It seems as if -- except for genre fiction -- short-story writing has become a lost art. I'm going to look for more of Jordan's work.