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Thursday Quotables – The Case of the Little Bloody Slipper

The Case of the Little Bloody Slipper (Spindle City Mystery #1) by Carlie St. GeorgeI caught some winks at my desk and dreamt I was in one of the burning shacks, screaming I wasn’t sick. When I woke up, sweating, I saw Jack perched in the opposite chair, staring at me. She was a street kid, scrawny, pale and unkempt. Fifteen, but looked twelve, and the best damn receptionist I ever had – but quiet, lately. Something secret and ugly on her mind.

“Jesus, kid,” I said. “Wear a bell or something.”

Jack pointed at the bloody shoe on my desk. “Did the guy kill his moll or something?”

It took me a minute to realize she meant Maroni. Ha. As if that boob had it in him.

“Different case,” I said.

“Didn’t know we had a different case.”

“New case.”

She raised her eyebrows. “Side case, you mean?”

“What’s life without work?”

“What’s life without dough?” But she hopped up on my desk anyway and didn’t give me any more grif about it. “Tell me the tale,” Jack said, so I told her about the woman in blue silk.

Thursday Quotables MemeThis is just the first instalment in a in a trilogy of fairytale retellings by Carlie St. George, The Spindle City Mysteries. It reads like a mystery, the main character is a sleuth in the vein of old hard-boiled detective stories, but the vibe is definitely fantasy. You can easily see 1940s America evocated by the main character’s voice especially, but this is a place that stands nowhere in actual America. It’s a world of high society, with the awareness that there is a far darker, poorer, more derelict side to it.

What I liked the most about the story isn’t the setting, though. It isn’t even the plot, which is actually quite simple and straightforward. It’s more the world I have a glimpse at through this first novelette.
Years ago, a horrible plague swept this world and people went mental. Everybody suspected everybody else to be infected by a illness to which there was no cure. So the only cure possible was getting rid of the ill people. That created a purge that killed thousands of people, whether ill or not.
A cure was finally found, but it’s an unstable one and above all it’s so expensive that only rich people can afford it. Besides, pharmaceutics are making huge money with this cure.
But in the shadow, secret societies are working to make the cure available to anyone, and they are using every means at hand.

I’m really intrigued by this idea, especially the secret society. Here, more than in the mystery plot, lies the conflict of the story and I’m sure there will be more about it in the next instalments, which makes me happy.

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Retelling ChallengeIn addition to be part of the Thursday Quotables meme at Bookshelf Fantasies, which I often take part to, this post is also part of the Retelling Challenge at the Daily Prophecy. In fact, there is a sense of retelling of the Cinderella story here, though to be honest the elements from Cinderella are so few and so faded that I can hardly call this a retelling. Still these few elements are there, and in spite of adding very little to the story (as I mentioned the conflict is elsewhere) I enjoyed reading and recognising them.

THE CASE OF THE LITTLE BLOODY SLEEPER by Carlie St. George - First installment in the trilogy of novelettes, The Spindle City Mysteries. A series of fairy tale retellings with a dieselpunk flavour (book review)
THE CASE OF THE LITTLE BLOODY SLEEPER by Carlie St. George - First installment in the trilogy of novelettes, The Spindle City Mysteries. A series of fairy tale retellings with a dieselpunk flavour (book review)

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4 Comments

  • Lisa @ Bookshelf Fantasies
    Posted February 4, 2016 at 15:21

    Wow. This sounds terrific. The dialogue and writing suck you right in, and this little piece has hints that things are definitely not what we’d expect. The description of the story, being set in a post-plague world is fascinating. Great selection!

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      jazzfeathers
      Posted February 5, 2016 at 18:05

      I find all the concept of the plague very very intriguing 🙂

  • TP Hogan
    Posted February 4, 2016 at 19:39

    I like the characterisation already. That’s amazing from one snippet. It really sounds like a good story.

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