Pigeon Pie And Other Tasty Tales is as varied as it is thought provoking; with no real theme except that each has a slightly twisted tail.
The book contains supernatural stories such as Elize, which is a tale of lost love set in Cornwall. The Feast of Bessie Brandon is a modern tale about the burning of witches while The Bogeyman is a dark, gory tale of Halloween. Equally as dark is the psychological vampire story Bloodline.
Maybe even darker, The New Year’s Resolution and The Birthday look at the difficult subject of suicide while The Night The Music Died might also be about death but it is also about resurrection.
The Return of Anna Pavlova is a sad little tale of shattered dreams; in contrast Cross Line is a lighter, more amusing story about telephone phobia.
The Mummy Angel is a Christmas story that is both sad and happy at the same time while The Vision which is set in South Africa is about hope for the future.
The Grotto and The Windsorton Diamond Mystery are both traditional detective stories but who says the suspects and the culprits have to be human?
And so to Pigeon Pie itself, after which this volume of stories is named. The confined space of a high rise flat create marital conflicts between an elderly couple which culminates in a strangely cruel vengeance. Like The Talking Goose, which is about intrigue in a medieval European royal court; it can best be described as a bizarre tale, lightly spiced with humour!
Enjoy all these tasty tales, but take them with a pinch of salt!