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A Spot of Folly

A short story collection published by Profile Books in


The stories in this book are amazingly gripping. Many protagonists, despite being devious themselves, are oddly naive. They run into trouble because they imagine everyone around them is more virtuous and less calculating than they themselves are. They fail, in one story after another, to make the imaginative leap from knowing what they’re capable of to working out that others might be capable of similar immorality.

Sophie Hannah

In these tales, a businessman boasts about cheating on his wife, only to find the tables turned. A beautiful country rectory reverberates to the echo of a historical murder. A compulsive liar acts on impulse, only to be led inexorably to disaster. And a wealthy man finds there is more to his wife’s kidnapping than meets the eye.

Not a word is wasted in A Spot of Folly. For any writer wanting a master class in crafting suspense and crime short stories, this is a perfect book to study.

Josephine Pennicott 1

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Footnotes

  1. Review by Josephine Pennicott, 15 Dec 2017. ↩︎

  2. First published as part of a Penguin 60th anniversary anthology in 1995. ↩︎