You Have Been Murdered and Other Stories is a collection of weird, speculative fiction containing four stories dealing with the end of the world, both in terms of the death of the individual soul and the running down of the universe as a whole.
The title story presents a woman who’s been murdered and still has a dinner party to prepare for. In “Teller of Tales,” a young girl must take on the responsibility of being the necessary conscience of her city. “Breach of Contract” describes the plight of an oil man who just wants to insure production quotas, but is roped into saving the world. Lastly, “The Trouble-Men” details what happens when a man trying to survive the end of the world meets up with those who are ending it.-Goodreads Synopsis
You Have Been Murdered Review
You Have Been Murdered is written in a lilting fashion that lends itself well to a spoken-word session in a smoke-filled room in a dimly lit bar. It fades a bit (which is unfortunate) towards the end, but overall its enjoyable and somewhat ambiguous. Definitely leaves you wondering what happened and feeling vaguely unfulfilled.
Teller of Tales was an interesting piece. It held my attention better than the first one, and the ending was pretty near perfect for the way it used very few words to tell you a whole lot about what was going on. The setting is perfectly chosen and everything is well-described in the society that has re-formed after the end.
Breach of Contract was probably my least favorite of the bunch. It just wasn’t a satisfying read, and had a tinge more of the outlandishness to it than I prefer, but the visuals the author gives you are interesting enough.
The Trouble-Men was an odd read, but the sort that makes you perk up and want to know more even while you’re perfectly happy with what you were given. It’s post-apocalyptic atmosphere combined with the play upon a fairly common fear of not being able to control what you say definitely sets a happily creepy tone.
Overall this was an enjoyable way to pass a few minutes, and the diversity of stories means at least one of them is bound to appeal to any reader who’d consider downloading it. Personally I’m finding I much prefer small collections of short stories to the huge anthologies, so this suited me perfectly.