Hi Franklin. I see what you mean about it all beginning to kick off.
the Last Mile: After the gentility of Peter Crother's tale this one came as a bit of a shock. Nasty and gory. Is the narrator totally barking or are those fairies that he sacrifices the girl to actually real? I've no idea.
Framed: Back to a less explicit story--though there is still a bit of the red stuff splashed around. It's a lighter tale, but works well, I thought. Both miscreants are killed 'off-screen.' Perhaps a hint of EC about this one.
Night of the Crone: A satisfying tale of a bunch of scumbags getting their just desserts. I was cheering on the crone to do her stuff. A very impressive piece from Anna T that makes me want to read more of her stories.
Nearly there now...one last push, only I feel rather sad that the book is almost over.
Along Life's Trail: I am very partial to a derelict pub story and this one suited me down to the ground. A nice variation with evocative descriptions and an unusual nasty.
Striding Edge: The final story from an author whose work I really should seek out more. A ghost story with Reggie's knack of giving it a little twist, just to shake the reader up a bit. A good way to wind up the collection.
Overall, a really fine and enjoyable collection. I've read a couple of other volumes previously but they were borrowed from a friend, and 'Lake District' is the first that I have actually owned. Paul Finch deserves great praise for putting together this collection. I look forward very much to reading more in the series. And as Franklin said, I think the next will be 'Cotswolds'. :-)