Artie and the Green Eyed Woman by Jan Christensen
The Artie Crimes
Publisher: Untreed Reads
Genre: Suspense/Mystery, Contemporary
Length: Short Story (15 pgs)
Rating 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Stephanotis
Artie is beginning to rethink his profession when he again meets a stunning woman outside the door of a store he has just robbed. This one only wants him to use his lock-picking skills to open a door across the alley. Until, that is, she's attacked, kills her attacker and demands Artie pull the guy inside. They're not quite even now, but close. She knows he robbed the store. He knows she killed a man. Then he leaves, thinking he'll never see the green-eyed woman again. Unfortunately for Artie, the woman soon reenters his life, and now she wants him to open even more locks for her. It seems Artie can never refuse a beautiful woman needing a favor. This one almost gets him killed. Will he ever learn? Another Artie caper combining the clever robber and a beautiful woman.
It's amazing what a talented author can do with relatively few pages.
I usually think page turners can only come in novel form, but this short story had me hitting the button on my e-reader trying to figure out what was going on and what the green eyed woman was up to. Just when you think you’ve got it all straightened out the author did a great job taking the story in another direction. I won’t give anything away because it would spoil the story for you but the ending took me by surprise.
It’s quick paced, dialogue is snappy and it’s peppered with interesting characters including Artie who I felt myself rooting for. If you only have time for a ten minute read and love a mystery, this is a good pick.