Judy Penz Sheluk, whom I met at a Malice Domestic Conference, is a Canadian author who writes mysteries. Judy’s been a great writing friend to me, and she’s helped me considerably at various times in my own writing career. She collects, edits, and publishes short stories. Here’s a great roundup of her latest collection: Larceny & Last Chances.

Sometimes it’s about doing the right thing. Sometimes it’s about getting even. Sometimes it’s about taking what you think you deserve. And sometimes, it’s your last, best, hope. That’s the tag line for the fourth book in the Superiors Shores Anthologies, edited by yours truly. And here’s a quick teaser for each one of the 22 stories in the collection:

Christina Boufis: Hit-and-Run Ted and Marcy should have called the police. Reported the accident. They didn’t.

John Bukowski: Wheel of Fortune An ex-con. A casino. And one last heist.

Brenda Chapman: The Pool An absent neighbor’s pool becomes the perfect spot for a swim, dip, and impromptu block party.

Susan Daly: Hail Mary Blues The priceless Smith Viola, previously on loan to Toronto’s Victoria Conservatory, is now in the unappreciative hands of the late benefactor’s granddaughter. The Victoria’s Director of Collections intends to change that.

Wil A. Emerson: Incidents & Intentions Mathew’s Thrift Shop has something teenaged Lily wants and she’s not above breaking and entering to get it.

Tracy Falenwolfe: The Crimson Salamander Members of the Modus Operandi Supper Club were expected to pay their dues. Just not the monetary kind.

Kate Fellowes: No Good Deed Halle the historian, that’s what her family called her. Aunt Penelope’s Bible should have been hers. And one way or another, it was going to be.

Molly Wills Fraser: Not This Time Child custody battles can get ugly. This one is uglier than most.

Gina X. Grant: The Case of the Pilfered Parka Based on a true story. Sort of.

Karen Grose: A Promise Kept Sixteen-year-old Jane will do just about anything to keep a promise made to her sister, even if it involves the occasional five-finger discount.

Wendy Harrison: Red Ink A struggling tattoo shop owner and a wealthy, entitled, client. Someone’s going to lose. Someone’s going to win.

Julie Hastrup: Skeeter’s Bar & Grill Patrons at Skeeter’s are either running to or running from. Jim was doing both.

Larry M. Keeton: A Tight Squeeze Jack was a big-time gambler on a losing streak, and now his wife was dead, her chest crushed by a twenty-four-foot python.

Charlie Kondek: Uncle Randy’s Money Teddy’s granddad is dying and his Uncle Randy, long absent, has come back to Michigan to spend time with the family and his estranged father.

Edward Lodi: The Case of the Purloined Parchment The only locked room mystery in the collection. Can you solve it?

Bethany Maines: The Rage Cage Amber has a drinking problem, but at least she owns a place to take out her frustrations: the Rage Cage, where clients break storage unit salvage. VCR anyone?

Gregory Meece: Once a Thief Gemma’s shy, polite, studious…and a thief.

Cate Moyle: Robbery at The Birdcage Redbeard, an amazon parrot, has gone missing, his owner dead in robbery gone wrong.

Judy Penz Sheluk: The Last Chance Coalition It’s been seven years since Jake McFadden humiliated Melody Pulford and not a week’s gone by that she hasn’t brooded over it. No more. It was time to take action.

 KM Rockwood: The Constellation Necklace Roger has a plan to get his hands on the Constellation Necklace, fence it, and move to Mexico. All he has to do is convince her personal assistant to steal it from its debutante owner.

Kevin R. Tipple: The Hospital Boomerang A gunshot wound to the gut may have landed him back in the hospital, but at least this time he’s not handcuffed to the bed.

Robert Weibezahl: Artifact Sebastian doesn’t see many private school kids on the Staten Island Ferry. This one’s holding a bag, and it looks like he’s planning to toss it into the water.

Now, doesn’t that sound like a something you’d like to read? I thought so. Here’s a bit more about the book:

Larceny & Last Chances: 22 Stories of Mystery & Suspense

 Sometimes it’s about doing the right thing. Sometimes it’s about getting even. Sometimes it’s about taking what you think you deserve. And sometimes, it’s your last, best, hope. Edited by Judy Penz Sheluk and featuring stories by Christina Boufis, John Bukowski, Brenda Chapman, Susan Daly, Wil A. Emerson, Tracy Falenwolfe, Kate Fellowes, Molly Wills Fraser, Gina X. Grant, Karen Grose, Wendy Harrison, Julie Hastrup, Larry M. Keeton, Charlie Kondek, Edward Lodi, Bethany Maines, Gregory Meece, Cate Moyle, Judy Penz Sheluk, KM Rockwood, Kevin R. Tipple, and Robert Weibezahl.

To Buy Judy’s Book go to:  www.books2read.com/larceny

About the editor: Judy Penz Sheluk is a former journalist and magazine editor and the bestselling author of two mystery series, several short stories, and two books on publishing. She is also the publisher and editor of four Superior Shores Anthologies. Find out more at www.judypenzsheluk.com.