Three’s a Steele *New*
It’s the New Year, so time for resolutions and instant regrets. Laura does something three times, and it isn’t a charm; some chaps blow in from London and all they really want is a decent cuppa; Felicia forgets to use the door; Am I forgetting something? The story is by Ilsa Lund / Madam Jada / Paris Match which means it’s crammed to the rafters with witty dialogue, fun and games, bed hopping, couch hopping (but somehow unrequited sexual tension), all revolving around the double-edged sword of the Cannes decision.
Survival of the Steelest *New*
Before “Survivor” there was Remington Steele. Who knew? In a battle of skills and wills Laura plays Robinson Crusoe with another Guy Friday, while Remington stews at home in a territorial funk. It all comes out in the wash, so to speak, and the INS’s most embattled relationship moves forward, inch by evolutionary inch.
Part 1 Addition *New*
Few things, for me, can conjure up the words “missed opportunity” better than “Steele Searching,” so hope springs eternal whenever I see that someone’s taken a crack at revising it. This addition, to the scene at the rooming house, is short and simple, uncluttered and true, and it flows so naturally from the original that you wish it had always been this way. It’s not just good, intuitive writing. For some of us, it’s therapy. I think I’ll just draw a hot bath, lie back, and read it again.
Once in a Steele Blue Moon
The old aphorism, “dying is easy, comedy is hard” must have some truth to it, because funny stuff is getting hard to find in Steele fiction these days. Even a crossover story will do, and this one does nicely. Mixing Moonlighting and Remington Steele, two series that were alike but different, isn’t so easy to get right, but the author blends both the shows and their lead characters without them missing a beat of their own rhythm. It adds up to a great set of mixed doubles. Every detective pair off has something to reveal, whether a barroom confessional or an office door slamming fest – and I don’t mean reveal about the case, the mystery is almost beside the point (just like it sometimes was on television!).
A perfect snapshot of the state of play between
Steele and Laura in the first season, the “Ferris” in the title a wink
to both the wheel and Ferris Bueller and a little uncompensated
hooky. It happens at a carnival, of course, where enchantment is in the
air in more ways than one. Light and full of mischief, with a hint of
bittersweet to its romantic ending. A brief explanatory note: This came
from an old RSFic challenge where writers were required to use certain
elements in a story, hence the list at the end.
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