Short Story Review: “Defining Shadows” by Carrie Vaughn

3 of 5 stars.

Peripheral to, but emerging from the world of Vaughn’s Kitty Norville series about a detective werewolf in the Denver area, this short story mentions but never sees Kitty. The tale follows police detective Jessi Hardin of the Denver PD. She’s not supernatural, but those are the crimes she investigates–not unlike Karrin Murphy of Jim Butcher’s Dresden series about an investigative wizard in Chicago.

This short tale takes a look at a neighborhood with a mix of cultures including immigrant Filipinos and the Caucasians that don’t understand them [and cannot tell them apart from Mexicans]. The case revolves around the bottom half of a body found standing up in a backyard shed. The top half is missing. The rotting flesh has been sprinkled with salt . . .

What’s most interesting here, is that like an episode of Supernatural, the investigation delves into folk beliefs from other cultures.

This tale appears in Weird Detectives: Recent Investigations edited by Paula Guran. I’ve previously read Vaughn’s Amaryllis and “Fishwife”, both of which were excellent.

 
 
 
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One response to “Short Story Review: “Defining Shadows” by Carrie Vaughn

  1. Pingback: Anthology Review: Weird Detectives: Recent Investigations edited by Paula Guran | Jaffalogue

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