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Edited by Rochelle Krich, Michael Mallory, and Lisa Seidman

Top Publications, Ltd. $12.95
ISBN: 1-929976-19-4

Reviewed by Cherie Jung

MURDER ON SUNSET BOULEVARD is a collection of short stories written by members of the Sisters in Crime, Los Angeles Chapter.

"Does anyone still read short stories?" you might well ask. "Well, if they don't, they should!" would be my answer.

I know a few diehard short story readers but others tend to complain that short stories are either too long, too boring, too obvious, or well...too short. Sounds a bit like Goldilocks on a visit with the three bears, doesn't it?

If you haven't read short fiction in awhile, now is your chance to try it out again. Just think of the possibilities. You could bring MURDER ON SUNSET BOULEVARD along on your commute to and from work (need I say, "Please don't read it while you are driving, especially if you are already trying to eat breakfast, apply your make-up/shave, and/or talk on a cell phone...?) Take it with you to lunch, or while you're doing your laundry. A few minutes here and a few minutes there. Given a chance, the short story might capture your imagination and you might be surprised at how easily short stories can fit into your hectic lifestyle.

There are a million stories in Los Angeles. Twelve are presented to the reader in MURDER ON SUNSET BOULEVARD. How the editors ever managed to whittle the number down to only twelve is beyond me. I was intrigued by each one. Two of my favorites were Paul D. Marks's "L.A. Late @ Night," written in movie script format and "Extreme Prejudice" by Dale Furutani.

Remember, there's more to reading than just novels and cereal box side panels.

I highly recommend this anthology.

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