The Care of Widows and Orphans by Steve Torres follows Sheriff Gonzalo during a heat wave in Puerto Rico. The author begins near the end, then flashes back to a right-of-way dispute between rural neighbors. A widow and her young daughter seek the sheriff's aid when a landowner blocks their pathway to the village. The story takes interesting twists and turns that lead to a violent end.
A letter from an ex-girlfriend in distress reaches a retired professor four months too late in Albert January and His First Love by Jim Fusilli. Albert sets about solving a missing persons case using his skills in biology and pharmacology. Along the way, he also revisits his
Bride of Torches by Kenneth Wishnia draws on a story from the Bible, in Judges 4-5.