“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 During the period when Shelly Reuben was investigating arson as a private detective and certified fire investigator, she came across individuals and events that tantalized her mind and touched her heart. Add to that a vivid imagination and an indelible belief that, even if virtue does not always triumph, it will eventually manage to hobble, stumble or stride triumphantly across the finish line—and you have these eleven stories. Originally published in The Forensic Examiner and The Evening Sun. 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. • Honorable 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, and his reluctant assistant who travels through time to revisit her past.
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"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 impeccably with the reader. They will leave you with a tear, a grin, a wry smile... However you react, you will be touched. As a reader, I don't normally reach for the short story genre as I prefer a longer relationship with the characters, but Shelly Reuben's characters are so well drawn and each story perfectly formatted to satisfy the reader by each end every conclusion. I will give nothing away about any of the stories...read it and you will not be disappointed. Be prepared not to put this lovely book down until you have read it cover to cover...you won't want to put it down until you travel through every page.