Thursday 2 September 2021

A Winkle in Time - Karina Fabian - A DragonEye, PI Story

A Winkle in Time
A DragonEye, PI Story
Karina Fabian
Laser Cow Press

This is the twentieth book or story I have read by Karina Fabian. Most of them in the last year. I love her style, her sense of humour, and the variety of stories she writes. This is a second standalone piece set in the DragonEye PI series, a short story, and Fabian has announced she will release a few of these this year, then compile them into an anthology for print. I could not wait for that to happen and will pick them each up and read them as they release. I picked this up and consumed it twice the day I found out about it. I read it over a mug of coffee, and then I listened to it, using adaptive technology. I have encountered Vern previously in anthologies and in other novels to date and am working to read all the stories with Vern. This new story was Very differnt. 

For those who are not familiar with the DragonEye PI series, Vern is a Faerie dragon currently stuck on our side of the barrier. He is a Private Investigator he fights crimes both human and Fairy. And he is working off a dept and works for the Faerie Catholic Church. He is nowhere near the dragon he was, in size or power because of a run in with Saint George. The description of this volume is:

“It’s another short story starring your favorite dragon. When Vern is called in for questioning about a missing person, he has to fess up fast or get accused of eating the suspect. What follows is a poignant tale of time travel and the fight to put off death.”

The story begins thus:

“A cliché of an FBI agent glared at me from across a metal table. Nondescript dark gray suit with an equally unimpressive tie that he hadn’t loosened yet, despite three hours of interrogating a Faerie dragon. I, the aforementioned dragon, knew he was feeling the strain. In addition to the increased heart rate and the professional scowl, his sweat was starting to show even through the cheap suit. Once again, the air conditioning in the Los Lagos City Police station had gone on the fritz. I’ve offered to remove the gremlins (at a discount, even), but Chief Santry refused. He said he saw enough of me as it was already.” 

The story about a Dragon being interrogated by the FBI, and a local Chief of Police playing mediator is humorous to begin with. But the story takes a very interesting twist. A twist that can only happen when the Faerie and mundane world cross over. 

This is a quick read. But very intriguing. It offers a different twist on Vern and his clients. Vern has only done what he was hired for. But never though about the further consequences. 

It is another great story in the Vern Verse and excellent offering from the Fabian Space. A moving little read. Excellent for fans of the series, or someone wanting a sampling. A great short story.

Note: This book is part of a series of reviews: 2021 Catholic Reading Plan!

Dex Hollister Series:

The Old Man and the Void
Dex's Way

Neeta Lyffe, Zombie Exterminator Series :
Neeta Lyffe, Zombie Exterminator
I Left My Brains in San Francisco
Shambling in a Winter Wonderland

DragonEye PI Series:
DragonEye PI Novels:
?.0 Magic, Mensa and Mayhem (Revised edition)
?.0 Live and Let Fly (Revised edition)

DragonEye PI Short Stories:

DragonEye PI Original First Editions:
Live and Let Fly

Space Traipse Series:
Space Traipse: Hold My Beer, Season 1
Space Traipse: Hold My Beer, Season 2
Space Traipse: Hold My Beer, Season 3
Space Traipse Stories

Mind Over Series:
Mind Over Mind
Mind Over Psyche
Mind Over All
Hearts Over Mind

Edited by: Karina Fabian:
Infinite Space, Infinite God I
Leaps of Faith
Infinite Space, Infinite God II

Contributed to:
Firestorm of Dragons
The Zombie Cookbook
The Book of Tentacles
Twisted Fayrie Tales
FRIGHTLINER: And Other Tales of the Undead
Mother Goose is Dead
Word by Word: Slowing Down with the Hail Mary
Image and Likeness Literary Reflections on the Theology of the Body
Corrupts Absolutely? Dark Metahuman Fiction
Weird Noir
The Complete Guide to Writing Paranormal Novels
Manifesto UF
Avenir Eclectia
Planetary Anthology: Jupiter
Planetary Anthology: Pluto
Planetary Anthology: Luna
Planetary Anthology: Uranus
FlagShip Science Fiction and Fantasy v2i5
My Little Book of Headdesks
To Be Men: Stories Celebrating Masculinity

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