The Mafia Funeral and Other Short Stories – Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat; Think With Your Taste Buds; A Book and A Dish
The procession of forty black limos and one flashy yellow convertible made its way along the thirty-five mile route from downtown Los Angeles to the cemetery in Tustin, flanked by at least fifteen officers on motorcycles. The heads of drivers in nearby cars whirled to take in the sight, probably wondering which dignitary had died.
In The Mafia Funeral the dignitary that died turned out to be a family member of the mafia. Eliot’s wife is mistaken for the daughter of a Mafia Don and has a time convincing the ‘Uncle Johnnie’ that she isn’t. This story has a sadness, a touch of humor and a bit of oh my.
Rip Off takes Stephen Rollins from a bad life to a good life and back to the ultimate of bad.
Saying Goodbye to Miss Molly is a story that brought tears to my eyes.
Morgan St. James has written a garden of stories with some of them being as beautiful as the daisy, some with the beauty of the rose but will stick you with their thorns and some that are as threatening as a weed. The Mafia Funeral is a collection of short stories, some true, some fiction but all well worth reading.
Now I’m impatiently waiting on her next book Confessions of a Cougar that is due out in late 2012.