We reviewed “The Tomato Thief” by Ursula Vernon published in Apex Magazine as it is a HUGO nominee for best novelette. Its success is that it manages to captivate the reader from the beginning despite its simple premise. In a magical world that reminds us in some aspects our world we see one old lady who is feared and respected. She puts all her affection on growing her own tomatoes until she sees one by one disappear every night. That’s when the mystery starts as we enter in a world of magical beings.
This story continues after a few years after the Ursula Vernon’s first story. If the reader hasn’t read the first story may be confused about the world setting. Since we see both the names of real world cities, but magical entities as well. Therefore, we don’t know exactly what is the backstory and may not catch at the beginning the old lady’s true nature. In any case it can be enjoyed and still catch some laughs with some of her encounters. This story can be also shared with children since it doesn’t have any explicit content. However, we should mention that in some parts it would be great if there was more attention on editing for making the most out of the story’s writing. Finally, all characters have motivation and that is why we seek a closure for all of them. Something that the story does well through the ending.