Why I read it: I was contacted by the author – thank you very much! – and she asked me to read and review her short story; it was provided free of charge in exchange for an impartial opinion. That fact, of course, didn’t influence my review in any way and I wasn’t compensated in any form for writing it. As always the pleasure was mine.
Form: e-book, pdf format
Title: Lana Halliday
Author: Lulu Sullivan
Genre: mystery, comedy,
Target audience: pretty much everyone
Lana Halliday meets her friend, Ronnie, for tea. He is recovering from a broken heart and, like any good friend, Lana lends her sympathetic ear to him and learns about the whole business in great detail.
Ronnie happened to be engaged to a delicate and elfish but rather mercenary girl called May. You might know her type – a girl every male around feels honour-bound to protect because she seems to be such a dainty, sweet, helpless little doll. Of course usually she is anything but. Clever May broke her engagement with Ronnie as soon as she found out no well-paid job was waiting for him despite having a rich, well-connected uncle. She also kept her engagement ring because it came with a huge, expensive diamond. To add insult to injury, she took the diamond out and had it set in a tiepin; then she gave it to her newest boyfriend, Peter Maddox Peters, a popular writer. Sweet, wasn’t it?
Ronnie is being in dire straits now – he bought that diamond by fabricating a cheque with his uncle’s signature (one zero more, one zero less, who cares?) and now he must face his anger unless he can reimburse him, which of course is not possible. Ronnie would love to have that diamond back, sell it and return the money but he is hardly a man equal to the task – his poor efforts lead to an incarceration. Our blonde Lana has to intervene, as she would do anything for a good friend wilting in jail…especially as she is enjoying every moment of it!
What I liked:
Lana Halliday was a girl after my own heart – clever, devious, not afraid of getting dirty, always there when her friend needs her the most. I like her fierce loyalty and recourcefulness.
What I didn’t like:
I know it sounds silly but this story was simply too short. I want a big fat book featuring Lana Halliday! Pretty please!
If you like reading short stories with kick-ass heroines do go for it! If you prefer longer books – there is still Brightwing out there waiting for you!