Family Plot by Margaret Press

by Barb Goffman

183/366 from the anthology Deadfall (Level Best Books 2008)

Short on cash, a woman puts four burial plots that she’s inherited up for sale, resulting in a long-lost relative showing up who would have been better off staying lost.

This story was the winner of the 2008 Al Blanchard Short Crime Fiction Award, and I can understand why. One mark of a good story is when you get to the end and you’re surprised, yet you realize you shouldn’t be, because the clues were there, but they were masked so nicely. This story has good voice and good plot and good writing. Good good good!