The immensely popular Booktown Mystery series is what put Lorraine Bartlett’s pen name Lorna Barrett on the New York Times Bestseller list, but it’s her talent -- whether writing as Lorna, or L.L. Bartlett, or Lorraine Bartlett -- that keeps her there. This multi-published, Agatha-nominated author pens the exciting Jeff Resnick Mysteries as well as the acclaimed Victoria Square Mystery series, and now the Tales of Telenia fantasy saga, and has many short stories and novellas to her name(s). Check out the descriptions and links to all her works here:
Evolution: Jeff Resnick's Backstoryby L.L. Bartlett
A prequel to the nationally bestselling Jeff Resnick Mysteries, this collection of short stories chronicles Jeff's (and his brother, Richard Albert's) back story. What forces molded these men into the people they are today? Find out in the eleven thought-provoking tales that span from their first meeting, until two years before the first book in the series, Murder On… See more details below
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A prequel to the nationally bestselling Jeff Resnick Mysteries, this collection of short stories chronicles Jeff's (and his brother, Richard Albert's) back story. What forces molded these men into the people they are today? Find out in the eleven thought-provoking tales that span from their first meeting, until two years before the first book in the series, Murder On The Mind. (These stories are not mysteries.)
First Contact: Things don't go well the first time Jeff and Richard meet.
Betty's Dead: Upon his mother's death, Jeff is forced to live with the brother he met only once.
Shooting Hoops: Richard has a hard time connecting with his younger brother. Could basketball be the way?
Resnick's Revenge: Mrs. Alpert's spiteful comments and acts force Jeff to handle the situation the only way he knows how.
The First Noel: It was supposed to be their first holiday together, but Richard's change of plans make it impossible.
Food For Thought: Mrs. Alpert has crossed the line when she withholds food as a punishment.
The Turning Point: It takes a crisis before Richard finally takes his responsibility as guardian seriously.
Happy Birthday?: How many ways can a birthday go bad?
Leaving On A Jet Plane: Jeff finally tells Richard about enlisting, but it's Richard who takes an unexpected flight.
Sleep's Dark and Silent Gate: Jeff struggles to cope after his wife's murder.
Reunion: The brothers haven't met in almost four years; but it seems whatever connection they forged has disintegrated.
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Evolution is a series of short stories written about the back story of Jeff Resnick and his brother Richard, and how their relationship developed over the early years, starting with the first meeting between the two brothers. The stories are told from alternating viewpoints of both brothers, with a no holds barred look at both characters that at times can be harsh. However, this proves to be a great insight into the adult lives of these two characters. If you are a fan of Jeff Resnick, this is a must read, and one that makes you want to go back and reread the entire series so see how these early character developments track into their future.
I have read all of the Jeff Resnick books, and this one helps with understanding why??? Jeff was so pissed off at his brother. I really enjoyed reading this one. I hope there will be more "Jeff Resnick" stories.
This was a great background story. It was just way too short- 98 pages.