From a Poison Pen by B.P. Smythe

From a Poison Pen by B.P. Smythe
Publisher: Bloodhound Books
Genre: Suspense/Mystery, Historical
Length: Full Length (265 pages)
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Stargazer

From the extraordinary mind of B.P.Smythe comes a collection of ten short stories.

What happens when a member of the Hitler youth ends up in a concentration camp?… How does a beach side cocktail get in the way the way of one woman’s scheming?… What leads a teenage girl to reign down fire and brimstone?… Can a killer find a victim’s diary that incriminates him?…

This collection of dark, humorous and macabre tales explores the disturbing side of human nature.

Imagine a world that always rights itself over time; where the craziest events occur but always even themselves out in the end.

From a Poison Pen is a book full of ten very different stories covering lives of very different individuals. The short stories cover everything from wartime to peacetime; severe insanity and unbalanced personality disorder to the unhappy marriage.

B.P. Smythe does an excellent job developing characters that resonate with the reader, yet are always just a touch outside of reality. While events might be plausible, the author finds an interesting way to place a humorous spin on the various situations. Utilizing dark humor and heaping amounts of irony, the author creates a fascinating dark world in which anything is possible.

One of my favorite stories was the very first, Constricted Love. The whole situation at one point was so far-fetched and then reined back in by the author that by the end of the story my head was spinning with the plausibility but still confused on what just happened.

The story, Girls of the BDM, was a story that dripped historical events and made the reader wonder throughout the whole story whether they were rooting for a character that was ultimately evil. Again, by the end of this story I was quite amazed at how the author had tied the loose ends up.

Some of the stories might be a little strong for some readers. The author descriptively explains the acts of torture and the homicide of some characters. Crime scenes descriptions as well as the thoughts and feelings that the characters’ experience right before death may be unsettling for some.

I found that the stories in the book, From a Poison Pen, were well researched, strongly written and a great experience! I am glad that I was able to experience the mind of B.P. Smythe first hand. I will definitely be looking for his other work in the future!


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