"Six Old Women & Other Stories" By Sharon L. Dean: Review/Giveaway

Review by Kathleen Costa

Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win an ebook copy of the book and a link to purchase it.

Short stories are often overlooked by “serious” readers as they fear the shorter length means it is “short” on entertainment and engagement. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Do you eat the whole pie? No, a slice is plenty to satiate one’s sweet tooth. I, personally, love short stories finding their condensed length just as rich with description, engaging banter, and absorbing details, but as they tend to ignore all the extraneous visits to cafés and pubs or conversing with friends and family, what’s left is the mystery. No prerequisite reading. No long commitments. No waiting for the next book. Easy peasy gems!

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Six Old Women & Other Stories
Earns 5/5 Quickies…Engaging & Compelling!

Six Old Women Six nonagenarians, varied in personality, physical and mental impairment, and dynamic within the group, reside together on Heron Island, an isolated island on the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee. A newly hired nurse, Nataki, arrives to cater to their physical and emotional needs … and final arrangements.

Shuffleboard It’s a hospice center where Brenda is receiving her final care. The nurse explains to Gail, Brenda’s only living relative, that she’d had a restless night babbling on about “shuffleboard.” A summer gone by and long ago memories best left dead and buried are revealed, but not without consequences.

Hardscrabble Monica is set on finishing her paragliding challenge, but being back in her hometown, after such a long time gone, memories can’t be avoided. Jenny, her cousin and best friend, died after a skiing accident on the mountain from which she plans to launch. But, it’s hard to abandon the past and blame hurts. 

Pavlov’s Puppies There’s Miss Ellen, who many thought destined for life among the intellectuals, returning to her hometown. After a family tragedy, she becomes a teacher at the local elementary school offering extra help to some of her young students. But a bell and rumors flying about make it hard to understand when questions are asked.

The Man Who Loved Cribbage Old Man Hanrahan has been a recluse for decades, the reason only known to his long-time friend, cribbage partner, and only companion, Moses Flannery. Hazel Foster knew Jimmy when they were young, and as an author, there’s one story she’d love to write: The Lady and the Old Man.

Sharon L. Dean, known for her creative and compelling mysteries, has included a compilation of five diverse stories to her list of work. Striking New Hampshire settings, and although some are fictionalized, it’s an area she knows well. She added intriguing, well-developed characters of varying ages, a bit of witty humor, and engaging drama with secrets and surprises. The stories are easy to read, endearing at times, and with a few secrets revealed or karmic surprises, and although some “why-s” are left to the reader’s imagination, this was a very enjoyable read.

Be a Big Fan of Sharon L. Dean! 

Sharon L. Dean was a professor of English who chose to trade in the academic pen for writing mysteries often incorporating many Google-worthy historical connections. Her three-book Susan Warner series (KRL Review—2018) are standalone books and highly recommended for their clever mystery and fascinating mature female lead. Her Deborah Strong Mystery series is also a favorite with all three books reviewed at KRL, too: The Barn (2020), a fascinating cold case mystery, The Wicked Bible (2021), a compelling look at a unique treasure, and Calderwood Cove (2022), a surprising reunion of friends. Don’t miss her work!

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Kathleen Costa is a long-time resident of the Central Valley, and although born in Idaho, she considers herself a “California Girl.” Graduating from CSU-Sacramento, she is a 35+ year veteran teacher having taught in grades 1-8 in schools from Sacramento to Los Angeles to Stockton to Lodi. Currently Kathleen is enjoying her retirement revitalizing hobbies along with exploring writing, reading for pleasure, and spending 24/7 with her husband.
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  1. It's not often anthologies are offered here. Count me in!

  2. Sounds interesting. Thanks for the chance.

  3. We have a winner!
    Lorie Ham


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