Author: Jean Rae Baxter
Scattered Light offers a delightful spectrum of greed, murder and revenge: a widow’s “dead” husband suddenly returns to disturb her tranquility, a magic marble frees a bored housewife, criminals on the run discover their hideout is not so safe, two people paddle off in a canoe … but only one returns. This collection of intriguing short stories includes After Annabelle – winner of the 2010 John Kenneth Galbraith Literary Award.
Expertly crafted, often with psychological twists and turns, each story is a finely-tuned exploration of ordinary people coping with slightly off-kilter situations. People obviously fascinate Jean Rae Baxter, and she is a master at describing characters of all backgrounds, ages, and viewpoints. These compelling tales offer the reader plenty of suspense, mixed with a healthy dose of irony and more than a hint of social observation.