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Review: Kiki Lowenstein and Too Much Squash

Kiki Lowenstein and Too Much Squash --A Kiki Lowenstein Short Story - Joanna Campbell Slan

This is a story that basically revolves around a pun.  Is that enough to sustain an entire story?  I can't say that I think so.  Slan has been writing short stories involving the characters in what was originally a series of mystery novels.  Then we got some longish stories- in the sixty to eighty page range.  This particular story is approximately twenty pages in length, and the only reason it works is because it involves characters that are well-developed elsewhere.  The premise of the story is quite thin, and it's not a mystery, unlike the original novels.  I wish the author would turn her attentions back to the full-length works that made people fans of the series.