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Natale in Noir
By P.A. Gardinali
Price: Free! Words: 32,490. Language: Italian. Published: December 12, 2010. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
Dieci racconti per un Natale da Brivido di: Vito Bollettino, Sandrone Dazieri, Romano De Marco, Gianfranco Ferrari, Ida Ferrari, Paolo Franchini, Frank Gordon, Angelo Marenzana, Sam Stoner, Marco Vichi. A cura di Alessandra Buccheri e Paolo Gardinali.
A Plunder by Pilgrims
By Jack Nolte
Price: Free! Words: 23,060. Language: English. Published: November 2, 2010 by Flying Raven Press. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
(4.00 from 1 review)
It starts with a knock at the door – something reclusive ex-detective Garrison Gage hates. When it's his teenage neighbor, whose girlfriend has gone missing just before Thanksgiving, Gage gets reluctantly pulled back into his old line of work - and ends up facing some fears of his own in Oregon's dark woods...Includes an extended preview of THE GRAY AND GUILTY SEA, also featuring Garrison Gage.
The Idiota Code -Poppycock Place Series
By Cartune Fun
Price: Free! Words: 27,840. Language: English. Published: January 28, 2011. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Humor
Decaffeinated murder and violence creamed with humour. If you were Pope Speculatus III pontiff of the American Capitalist Church on Wall St, and the ancient Calamari Brotherhood stole the anti-clutter reactor to kill you and your Cardinals, and snitch your billions, what would you do? Hire Botzi & Noodles to investigate? The Pope did, and disaster came along for the ride. You'll giggle with terror
The Road to Hell
By Paul Levine
Price: Free! Words: 23,560. Language: English. Published: February 8, 2011. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
“The Road to Hell” collects four stories by Paul Levine, the Edgar-nominated author of the bestselling Jake Lassiter series. The stories include “El Valiente en el Infierno,” (The Brave One in Hell), "Development Hell," "A Hell of a Crime," and "Solomon and Lord: To Hell and Back." Plus there are two free excerpts from the novels "Solomon vs. Lord" and "Mortal Sin."
Tilley's
By Michael Gunter
Price: Free! Words: 22,350. Language: English. Published: November 18, 2011. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
(5.00 from 1 review)
A mysterious photograph intrigues a weary shopper as he explores his new town. What is his connection with it? Why does it matter to him? Find out the answers to this mystery in an intriguing short story by Michael Gunter. Bonus Material! Enjoy the first four chapters of Gunter's novel, BLACKWELL: The Encounter Begins
Bruce Howard - Gentleman with Brass Knuckles
By Emmanuel Obi, Jr
Price: Free! Words: 44,490. Language: English. Published: April 5, 2011. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
(4.00 from 2 reviews)
If he can’t talk you out of your panties then you probably don’t speak English – and even if you don’t speak English the odds are still in his favor. The charmingly arrogant and rough-around-the-edges private investigator, Bruce Howard, has seen his share of thongs and danger.
The Confessions of Peter Crossman
By James D. Macdonald
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 24,670. Language: English. Published: September 28, 2010. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
Collected in one volume, three tales of Peter Crossman, Knight of the Temple in modern-day New York. Urban fantasy by the award-winning and best-selling team of Debra Doyle and James D. Macdonald. +++ From the Spear of Antioch to the Holy Grail, Crossman keeps the holy things holy and the pilgrims safe with cool wit, hot lead, and perfect faith.
The Dead Beat, Volume 1
By Erica Lindquist
Series: The Dead Beat, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 24,950. Language: English. Published: September 20, 2011. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
(5.00 from 1 review)
Death is not an alibi. The dead really aren't that different from the rest of us. Some work honest jobs and pay rent on their host bodies every month, right on time. But some of them refuse to play by the rules. Police Exorcist Arphallo Sirus and his murdered partner, Sam Trent, hunt down the ghosts that break the laws of the living and the dead. The Dead Beat is an occult noir serial.
A Cup of Cozy
By Linda Kozar
Price: Free! Words: 37,490. Language: English. Published: November 11, 2013. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
(1.00 from 1 review)
Short Christmas mysteries and holiday recipes by the authors of Cozy Mystery Magazine blog.
Famous Authors’ Detective Club
By Shirrel Rhoades
Price: Free! Words: 28,780. Language: English. Published: March 19, 2013. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
Here are bylines that you will certainly recognize … but not as mystery writers. Yet these engaging mysteries by the likes of John Steinbeck, MacKinlay Kantor, Bret Harte, Ben Hecht, even Voltaire, are yours to enjoy FREE. Eight stories (plus a bonus) will make you an insider to this exclusive “club” of storytellers.
Crime Stories Volume 2
By David Grace
Series: 6 Crime-Mystery Stories, Vol. 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 22,430. Language: English. Published: September 28, 2009. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
Total Length approx. 12,750 words #1. "Off Season" takes place in a placid Caribbean island where nothing much ever happens until a stranger comes to town. #2. is "Road Shrines" -- the impromptu collections of flowers and candles marking the places were innocents were killed by animals who walk like men. #3 In "Right As Rain" a detective tries to deal with a murder he just can't let go of.
Bones In the Tree
By Tim Greaton
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 30,870. Language: English. Published: July 5, 2011 by Focus House Publishing. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
(5.00 from 1 review)
Her parents dead and marriage over, Karen returns to Maine to rebuild her life. An irritating furry neighbor and tombstones in her backyard play surprising roles as she endures one disastrous date after another.
Fourteen
By Barry Doughty
Price: $2.95 USD. Words: 34,750. Language: English. Published: July 8, 2012. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
It’s the last train, you’re tired. You find a nice quiet carriage with just one old lady occupying it. What could possibly go wrong? "Trainiac" is just one of fourteen short stories from Feel-good to the Macabre. an ideal read for that short train, ferry or plane journey.
9 Tales of Henghis Hapthorn
By Matthew Hughes
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 71,890. Language: English. Published: August 7, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
0.5 star(3.50 from 2 reviews)
Here are nine tales of Henghis Hapthorn, foremost freelance discriminator of Old Earth in the planet's penultimate age. Included are the six stories that ran in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction (and were previously collected in The Gist Hunter and Other Stories), leading up to the events that began the first Hapthorn novel, Majestrum, plus three more.
Tough As Leather - The Noah Milano Collection
By Jochem Vandersteen
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 40,910. Language: English. Published: August 25, 2010. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
This Noah Milano short story collection features introductions by fan favorite authors like Les Roberts, Jeremiah Healey, Ace Atkins, Sean Chercover and Mark Coggins. Read how the son of a mobster tries to make an honest living as a security specialist but time and time finds out it's not easy to keep your hands clean when you're dealing with the most evil bastards of L.A.
Solomon & Lord Sink or Swim
By Paul Levine
Price: Free! Words: 33,890. Language: English. Published: July 17, 2013. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Fast-talking lawyer Steve Solomon is a beer and burger guy while law partner Victoria Lord is a Chardonnay and paté gal. Steve plans a mysterious boat trip. He claims he's going fishing with Manuel Cruz, but Victoria isn't buying it. She knows that Cruz stole a bundle from Steve's favorite client. Victoria hops aboard to find out just what Steve has planned. The answer could get them both killed.
Blood and Magick
By Karen L. Abrahamson
Series: The Cartographer Universe, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 20,450. Language: English. Published: December 4, 2011 by Twisted Root Publishing. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
(5.00 from 1 review)
A murdered caravan merchant. A threatened city. A forbidden magick that could start a war. As Marshal of the City of Dreams, Marcellus deim Lazar must solve the murder of a half-breed deim merchant discovered in a place no deim should be. To gather the evidence, Marcellus must confront a magick that could save the woman he loves, or destroy everything he has given his life to preserve.
Book of the Archangels Book 1
By L C Walker
Price: Free! Words: 21,780. Language: English. Published: August 11, 2011. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
This is the first book in a series about a prophet that will be born in the Last Days. His mission is to find the Book of the Archangels. Once he finds that book, the things that are needed in the Tribulation Temple can be found. The prophet will find maps and clues that could lead to the book. He must figure the clues out and try to follow the map. The Devil will try and stop him.
Escape: Dark Mystery Tales
By Lisa Polisar
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 39,100. Language: English. Published: November 7, 2010 by NukeWorks Publishing. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
From the quiet English countryside to the gritty streets of Boston’s Chinatown, there is a silent commonality among these eerie tales – Polisar’s fascination with the darkness of the human psyche. Whether it's murder in a jazz club or deadly assassins, Polisar’s intricate storytelling and startling characters will take you on an unforgettable journey from fear and terror to escape.
An Unlikely Hero
By P.F. Ford
Series: Alfie Bowman Novellas, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 28,880. Language: British English. Published: March 15, 2014. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British
Alfie Bowman is no hero, but when he sees a beautiful young woman in trouble he can't ignore it. Waking up in hospital later, he wonders if maybe it wasn't such a good idea! But when he learns the beating and the young woman are unconnected he wants to know who's behind his beating and why? And then there's the beautiful young woman. She needs help. It's a tough job, but someone's got to do it!