This collection of short stories from a variety of authors focuses on contemporary lesbian characters who solve crimes and possibly have romantic flings along the way. The writing style is different for each author, but each one is enjoyable and suspenseful. From the tale of a theater stage manager uncovering a mysterious murder to the story of a woman coming to terms with her mother’s torture and murder, the stories draw the reader in and create a space of tension. Mean Streets is great for readers who love quick, suspenseful stories with lesbian characters.
With its graphic sexual situations and violent language, this book is recommended for ages 18 and up. It is also recommended as an introduction to lesbian fiction because not every story is graphic in nature and will not overwhelm the coy reader. The book fits well in public and academic libraries.
Reviewer: Talia Earle
St. Catherine University, Minnesota