Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Brief Thoughts: The Scargill Cove Case Files (short story)

The Scargill Cove Case Files

by Jayne Ann Krentz
Arcane Society #9.5, short story
-- Looking Glass Trilogy #0.5

~ Goodreads ~

Rating:  3.0 Stars

As the director at Jones & Jones, a psychical investigation agency, Fallon Jones solves crimes of a different nature.  Jones’s latest case involves a body found in the basement vault of a local bookstore, and scratchings on the inside of the door that seem to be a coded message.

It wasn't until I skimmed some of the other reviews that I realized this short story was supposedly a collection of Twitter messages, which really makes no sense considering how secretive J&J's case files are supposed to be.  Prior to this realization, I had been trying to figure out if this story was written as a jumbled, scattered, and rough stream of conscience in Fallon Jones's POV, or if it was maybe a case file journal he was keeping.

It certainly didn't strike me as being a collection of Tweets--not that I would know considering I don't even own a Twitter account.

The story itself is a nice promotional piece to introduce Fallon Jones, and maybe insert some more conspiracy theories into the already complicated web that has been building throughout the Arcane Society series.  It was just another murder mystery connected to a bigger plot, so I assume we'll maybe see more, or get some references to this short story in the following Arcane book, In Too Deep.

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