Never Safe (anthology; Karen Kavanagh, editor)
Author: Chelle Martin
Published: August 1, 2006 by Seven Sisters Press
Category: Mystery and Suspense
Danger is everywhere--on the streets, at work, in our homes and at play. Death may follow us where we least expect it. We long for the good old days. But were they any safer? No. Seeking comfort and safety in a lover's embrace might prove fatal. Paranoid thoughts? Hardly. Prevention might be your best protection. See a shadow moving down a deserted street or country lane? Duck into a bar or dive behind the nearest bush. Alone in a building? Run and find safety in numbers. But choose your companions wisely and take care: confronting danger and taking charge may cause more problems than it solves. So how can we protect ourselves and loved ones? We can't. The awful truth hits home--we are truly NEVER SAFE. My story "Secret Passions" is about a woman named Gertie Bloom and her close friend and neighbor Betty Hinkle. Both are elderly and live alone. One of their favorite topics over coffee is the continued love affair between two strangers who park the woman's car on their street while driving away in the man's car for their rendesvous. Gertie has bouts of insomnia and witnesses the man depositing his girlfriend's body in the trunk of her car. Was she seeing things? Could another woman's life be in jeopardy?