Passing Redemption by Creme Brulee

Paulette Langstrom has a bag full of problems. She’s becoming an old maid at the ripe old age of 23 (at least in the eyes of her brother), and her grandma considers her ‘awkward’, even if she doesn’t hold it against her. Her relation to Dean Cummings is summarised as “what had she been thinking?”. And her view of the world is thoroughly coloured by pulp fiction.

She has, however, a more immediate problem: walking home more than five miles in pumps, because her brother
neglected to pick her up.

Astrid Bing is a writer, at least sort of, having until recently made her living writing teasers for pulp novels. When she gives Pauline a ride, the girl is both scared of and fascinated by Astrid.  And she goes past Redemption, Pauline’s home town, without stopping.

The sophisticated (at least in Paulette’s eyes) woman-of-the-world has been duped by her girlfriend, who she thought was her soulmate, and she is headed for Los Angeles, to put an entire continent between her and her former lover. To Astrid’s surprise, Pauline points out that she is actually headed *eastwards* …

If this were a film, it could be termed a “road movie”. As the two characters get to know each other better, the author plays with changing labels, like “a not quite socialist lesbian who got tipsy on occasion”, or “a lovely, but thoroughly confused creature”. The story has also been published as “Faster, Pussycat! Kill, Kill, Kill!”, a title that is also (self-) referred to within the story — I cannot make up my mind which I like better.

Actually, this story is pretty hard to summarize because of quite a few unusual facets, or views, that make this story up. Just read it, if you like a distanced, ironic approach. It made it into my personal hall of fame, even if there are stories I re-read more often — say, an eight out of ten.

The Hapless Romantic by Creme Brulee

Officer Susan Little meets Sandy Kline in a laundry, and she falls for her immediately. Well, at least at the start of the rinse cycle. Her premonition that Sandy does not really fit in her present surroundings is promptly confirmed when Sandy enters a car, only to be bodily attacked. 

Susan, of course, intervenes.

Too bad that she practically busts an investigation of a fellow law-enforcing officer with that, and her intervention is not taken too kindly to by Sandy.

Susan, however, has set her goal.

The story is told by changing perspectives between Susan and Sandy; there is a visual indication where the changes occur, just be prepared for it.

Hilarious situations and two basically shy persons who present a very butch appearence make this story very well worth reading.

And in part three of this two-part story (“The end? Not quite”) we learn how vulnerable Officer Little is when it comes to chocolate cookies.

Both thumbs up, or, nine out of ten. Treat yourselves to this!

Marjorie Humboldt: A Revelation in Several Parts by Crème Brûlée

It started with a … bird – a parakeet to be exact – left to Marjorie by her long time friend Janine upon her death, but through the story the inheritance reveals itself to be more than a bird and much more than Marjorie could ever have imagined.

This is the tale of a woman slowly getting to see a side to herself that she never realised was there and her struggle to adapt herself to this new development in her life. It’s also the story of a slowly developing romance between two mature women way back when the consequences of having your homosexuality made public could still be severe.
The story stayed with me, not so much for the romantic storyline, but for the quality of writing, the development of the characters and the dialog. If you are looking for something a bit different from the classic romantic storyline, and you can get through a story without lots of hot sex and a thrilling plot, then you might enjoy this – I did.
Both the storyline and the writing seems to diverge quite a bit from other online stories available by Crème Brûlée, so you can’t really compare this to her other offerings online, but if you want a good laugh you could look up “Cooking On High”, which has been reviewed earlier, and the short story “An Inevitable Arrangement”, which I found to be funny and with a talented dialogue.


Cooking on High by Creme Brulee

French is world renowned French chef. And not just for her incredible skills in the kitchen. She’s smart, beautiful, sexy, and, according to some, Satan’s spawn. Nothing stands in the way when French wants something. Then along comes Violet Spark, aka Fry. Fry is a kind, generous, sweet young woman home from college for the summer. When these two team up to solve a murder that French has been accused of, comedy ensues. Add to this the odd cast of characters that French and Fry share the story with and this is truly a winner.

This isn’t really a romance but more of a light romantic comedy. The writing is fantastic, the plot is tight and incredibly entertaining. This is, without a doubt, my most recommended fiction. Creme’s writing style is everything I wish mine could be.