by Barb Goffman
42/366 from the anthology Once Upon A Crime edited by Gary R. Bush and Chris Everheart (Nodin Press 2009), originally copyrighted 1999 (I’m not sure where it was published originally.)
A Manhattan book editor has flight trouble and ends up with a night-long layover in Iowa. She’s crabby and lets folks know it. To her surprise, everyone in Iowa ends up being super nice, and they bring out the best in Miss Snooty — so much that she turns into Miss Nice and decides to ditch her big-city life and move to Iowa. Does she have her happily ever after? I’ll let you see for yourself, but here’s a clue: this story is in a crime anthology.