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Wisdom From Kammbia Story Review 7: What People Leave Behind by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

My reading excursion into short stories continues with an excellent whodunit story set in a suburban Oregon town where a single mother who owns a housecleaning business of foreclosure homes ends up on the wrong end of a home explosion.

What People Leave Behind by Kristine Kathryn Rusch told the story of how Detective Andrea Donovan was going to solve the murder of Gracie Ansara and her employee, Micah Collingsworth.  Gracie and Micah got a new job cleaning of a McMansion that was formerly owned by the Martin family.  The Martin family lived beyond their means and had their home foreclosed upon recently.  Detective Donovan learned how Gracie rebuilt her life after her husband’s death in a car accident and raised three kids while creating a successful business.

Rusch did a solid job of bringing that family dynamic into the story and how Detective Donovan lean into that aspect in order to solve Gracie and Micah’s death. I had to admit that my suspicion towards one character in the story was unfounded, and Rusch provided enough surprises by the end to show who the actual killer was.

As someone who has spent a majority of my professional career in the mortgage business, this story connected to me on a different level than most stories I have read recently. That was refreshing and unexpected to read. However, I would like to have known more about Detective Donovan’s personal life to round out her character but the story’s focus was on solving the crime.  I got that and was satisfied in the way Rusch resolved it by the story’s end.

I don’t read a lot of whodunit stories (short stories or novels) but a skilled storyteller like Rusch will make me read anything she publishes.  Storytelling skills translate across genres and when someone does it well, you can appreciate the craftsmanship.  Mystery fans looking for a good story to read under forty pages have a winner in What People Leave Behind. This story first appeared in Alfred Hitcock’s Mystery Magazine in the Summer of 2010 and Rusch has published it as an individual short story.  Rusch fans and mystery readers should definitely check it out.


Wisdom From Kammbia Book Review 16: The Freelancer’s Survival Guide by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

            Reading is a subjective experience. One person may like a book you recommend to them.  But, the next person you recommend the book may hate it and never take your book recommendations again. That is the risk you always take when to come to recommending books. However, what if… Continue Reading

Book Review 91: Masterminds by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Masterminds is the eighth and final book of the Anniversary Day Saga in the Retrieval Artist Series by Kristine Kathryn Rusch. All the threads of the previous seven books in the saga finally comes together as we find out who is the mastermind behind the Anniversary Day Bombings on the Moon’s colony of Armstrong. You… Continue Reading

Book Review 90: Starbase Human by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Can an old and dilapidated starbase be the key to solving the Moon’s Anniversary Day Bombings and it’s survival? Starbase Human, the seventh book in the Anniversary Day Saga of the Retrieval Artist Series, by Kristine Kathryn Rusch attempted to answer that question. Long ago, this starbase became a clone-testing ground intent on destroying humanity… Continue Reading

Book Review 79: The Petyi Crisis by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Miles Flint and Noelle DeRicci are back! I had to write that as my first sentence for this latest review in the Retrieval Artist Series by Kristine Kathryn Rusch. The previous two books in the series, A Murder of Clones and Search and Recovery, did not feature Retrieval Artist Flint and Moon’s Chief Security Officer… Continue Reading

Book Review 78: Search and Recovery by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

This latest installment in the Retrieval Artist Series by Kristine Kathryn Rusch focuses on different characters outside of the main protagonists, Retrieval Artist Miles Flint and the Moon’s Chief Security Officer, Noelle DeRicci. In her author’s note, Rusch writes that Search & Recovery is actually written out of order.  The events of this novel takes… Continue Reading

Book Review 72: A Murder of Clones by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

How would you feel as a reader about the direction of a series when the author introduces a brand new character? This is the question that Kristine Kathryn Rusch presents in the third book of the Anniversary Day Saga of the Retrieval Artist Series.  I have read and review the nine previous books in the… Continue Reading

Book Review 71: Blowback by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Blowback is Book 2 of the Anniversary Day Saga by Kristine Kathryn Rusch.  This novel continues into the exploration of the Moon’s Anniversary Day attacks that happened in Book 1 of the saga.  As a result of the attacks, Moon’s Chief Security Officer Noelle DeRicci is trying to hold the remaining vestiges of the government… Continue Reading

Book Review 69: Anniversary Day by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

I’m coming up on seventy posted reviews for this website and I’ve written many other reviews on various book social websites like Goodreads, Booklikes, and such. I have noticed there are some books you read and review because of their importance to the literary culture.  There are some books you read and review and that… Continue Reading