Poor Bernard he is beer soaked and trying to play Canasta with Priscilla, his wife.
Even her shuffle style is getting on his nerves, and he thinks she is cheating, why else would he have to stir the dog food looking stew during a shuffle!
As murderous thoughts dance across his brain you can feel the tension in the room, almost like you are at the table with them, as AMD does her marvelous writing trick of putting you at the table with her brilliant descriptions!
You get a real flavour of the rest of their lives as even the decor is explained, but dont take this as boring, oh no, it leaves you smirking and wiggling with discomfort as you feel yourself watching this most uncomfy situation unfold.
The ongoing card games becomes more tense and the thorn digging elements of their marriage are reveled; then Bernard snaps. Im not sure I will ever eat beef stew again :(
A really clever nod to "The Tell-Tale Heart" by Poe.
This has to be my favourite story of AMD so far!!