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    When the principal isn't who you think she is....

    Anne DeWitt has an unusual background for a high school principal. One people probably wouldn't find acceptable if they found out about it. Especially as her experiences lead her to dealing with certain situations in ways the police would find of interest. But Anne has no plans of them finding out. This book of short stories shares 4 situations Anne finds herself in and how she decides to handle them. You may agree with her methodical approaches. Or you may think she needs help. She does unexpected find someone who is happy to help her in a number of ways. They probably aren't the ways you were thinking of though. Charlaine Harris has a knack for making the bad things some of her characters do seem almost reasonable, given the circumstances. When reading about Anne I wonder if you will think you'd do the same - or will you be glad you haven't a reason to cross paths with anyone like Anne (you hope). Charlaine Harris is one of my favourite authors. The pages of her books seem to pass by unnoticed, so I was disappointed to discover that this one is shorter than an average adult novel. Hopefully Anne will be showing up in some of the author's future published works. If you're looking to experience some adventure from the comfort of your home, or any other good reason to read, add Small Kingdoms & Other Stories to your TBR pile now. I'll be thinking about Anne DeWitt for a while.
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    Written with a wry sense of humour

    I found myself engrossed in these short stories that feature a 'retired' trainer who has a new identity as a head teacher. Anne doesn't really have empathy for anyone and yet I still found her interesting as she goes about her business doing the ordinary mundane things whilst at the same time remaining on guard. Anne knows her previous work makes her a target but has surprisingly found her own niche. These admittedly short stories show her interaction primarily with her staff and pupils and Anne's way of looking after her school whilst dealing with wayward pupils allows the author to showcase a wry sense of humour. Never laugh out loud funny but there's a sly side to the almost sociopathic Anne that is explored in these snippets of her life. My only gripe is that it was short and I honestly would have liked more. This voluntary take is of a copy I requested from Netgalley and my thoughts and comments are honest and I believe fair.
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    A great set of short stories, written in her style

    I’ve been reading Charlaine Harris’s books since she began with the Aurora Teagarden Mysteries back in the early 90’s. I’ve read a couple in her Lily bard series, all of the Sookie Stackhouse (aka True Blood on HBO), all of her Harper Connelly series (which I highly recommend!), and The Midnight, Texas trilogy (which is also on TV). Somehow I completely missed the Cemetery Girl series she did with Christopher Golden, and although I know about her latest, The Gunnie Rose series, I just haven’t gotten around to it yet. So I was completely surprised when I came across this book on NetGalley. I could not remember reading or hearing about Anne DeWitt. I did some quick research, and found out the first story in this book was published in the November 2013 issue of the Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine. Harris must have written the other stories over the years, either for fun or to include in magazines or anthologies. And somehow I missed them all! Since I’ve read so many of her other books, you really shouldn’t be surprised that I enjoyed this one. Her style is similar in all of her series. Tight storylines, that are not filled with flowery descriptions, and her characters are well fleshed out, even if Harris isn’t heavy on her dialogue. The characters are brought to life by showing, instead of telling. Which is one of the things every book on how to write, will tell you to master, and Harris definitely has. I know I’ve mentioned this before, but I really need to read more short stories and anthologies. Every time I read one I feel refreshed. It’s such a nice change up from 300 page novel after 300 page novel. Not that I don’t love long novels, I do love me some Stephen King and Joe Hill, but it’s just pleasant to have a breather every now and then. Also, Anne’s profession of assassin, is always one I enjoy. A strong woman, who knows how to get herself out of dangerous situations, and makes some money on the side while doing it, what’s not to like. I hope Harris continues to write stories about Anne, or even a full length novel. Either way, I would continue to read Anne’s story.
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