|Review: The Train Now Departing:
from Library Journal, April 1, 2000
The latest offering from Grimes, the author of the popular Richard
Jury mystery series, consists of a pair of atmospheric novellas. While
both stories center on middle-aged, single women whose careful,
well-ordered lives are gradually altered by meals they share with
male acquaintances, these two novellas are quite distinct in their
ambience and characterization. In "The Train Now Departing", Grimes
eerily depicts a bright, analytical woman teetering into madness.
"When the Mousetrap Closes" is the story of Edith Parenger, a
woman whose desperate loneliness is pitted against her keen powers
of observation in an unflinching exploration of the power of illusion.
Although these stories are not mysteries, they are full of suspense
and surprise. These carefully written little gems showcase Grimes at
her best. Recommended for all fiction collections.
|-- Jane La Plante, Minot State Univ Lib., ND, Library Journal
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