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Don't Look a Gift Horse in the Mouth
Series: Benny Cahill, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 5,070. Language: American English. Published: December 16, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
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Benny Cahill is a private eye. His job is to help little guys with big problems. However, Benny always gets served a large portion of hurt for his troubles. Things don't turn out any different when Benny is hired by a crooked jockey who never heard of the phrase: "Don't Look a Gift Horse in the Mouth".
The Formula
Series: LiBREttO, Story #3. Price: Free! Words: 6,110. Language: British English. Published: February 2, 2014 by Little Pig Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
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November 1990. Twenty-two-year-old Vic Tomlinson is embarking on his legal career while Colin Campbell is on trial for murdering his wife. The prosecution's case is undeniably water tight. But when Campbell takes the stand, his evidence is the most astonishing the court has ever heard. Will the jury – or any jury – believe him? Twenty-three years later, Tomlinson discovers another clue.
Silverlight
Price: Free! Words: 5,330. Language: Australian English. Published: March 11, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Crime, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
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Something is terrorizing a Sydney park. Three people have died so far, torn to pieces. Is it a feral dog? A trained animal being directed to attack people by a deranged owner? The fabled black panther of the NSW mountains? Or is it something...worse? Two police detectives are about to find out that some legends can be all too real.
Books Beads and Baubles
Price: Free! Words: 1,740. Language: English. Published: April 14, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
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Books Beads and Baubles is a fun, short, 'Coffee Break' read about two ladies, Bertie and Wanda. They own a unique shop that's half thrift store and half book store. They love the people who keep them in business, even 'old Grouchy' could call on them for help. New people don't stay new for long after Bertie and Wanda meet them. The sisters discover a theft in their store; who's the culprit?
Adriana
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,670. Language: English. Published: June 25, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
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Do you remember the Watering Season? That favorite children’s tradition in the building to mark the end of the school year. You fill a can with water, go out on the balcony and empty the can on someone’s head. Good tradition, isn’t it? And do you remember Adriana? No one “watered” her, remember? Anna asked me once: “Why isn’t anybody watering Adriana?” Good question.
The Dog Who Loved Sherlock Holmes
Price: Free! Words: 3,750. Language: English. Published: July 12, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
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Levi, the leader of the Three Dog Detective Agency, must channel his inner Sherlock Holmes if he is to solve a mystery, and survive.
The Pit Stop
Price: Free! Words: 10,000. Language: English. Published: August 6, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
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THE PIT STOP (This Stop Could be Life or Death) is a ten-thousand-word mini mystery with a ghostly edge. When what seems like a normal pit stop turns to more than just gas and food, a lost couple finds themselves searching for the truth of a twenty-year-old mystery that may cost them their life.
Bites of Ben Urglar
Price: Free! Words: 13,120. Language: English. Published: August 10, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
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Faced with the daunting task of providing a monthly information article for the local Neighbourhood Watch newsletter, Ken created the character of Ben (B.Urglar), to convey "advice" on security (or the lack of it!) in a humorous way. In these short, diary-style reports, Ben boasts of his traditional "skills", bemoans new technology and shows a mature understanding of human behaviour.
Short Sharp Shocks
Price: Free! Words: 7,170. Language: English. Published: September 1, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
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SHORT SHARP SHOCKS is a collection of horror, sci-fi and crime stories that barely stretch beyond a page, with the shortest tale being only two words long. These sixty-second tales will force you to make a verbal exclamation, which might be one of humor or disgust or surprise. Whatever your reaction, take it personally—that’s the point of flash fiction.
The Rozar Park Mystery
Price: Free! Words: 9,830. Language: English. Published: December 19, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories, Fiction » Adventure » General
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A short story mystery set in middle Georgia involving a man apparently killed by a falling tree at a local park, a strange animal's footprints, bizarre Craigslist postings, and an exciting ending! Written by a former US Marshal with over 23 years experience in the area.
Cade Crowley, Demon Hunter (Cade Crowley, Demon Hunter Series #1)
Price: Free! Words: 7,900. Language: English. Published: December 27, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
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Demons are dangerous things. They inflame your insecurities, turn your weaknesses against you, and whisper their thoughts into your ears in the darkness. The Vatican wants them locked up, or banished back to Hell. Short on priests and long on money, they’ve had to resort to paying bounties to keep things under control. That means looking outside of the faithful, to mercenaries like Cade Crowley.
A Good Night's Sleep
Price: Free! Words: 2,980. Language: English. Published: April 29, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
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Corley Brown murdered his wife and children, and it's the most gruesome crime Detective Sergeant Aaron Kincaid has ever seen. Even though Kincaid—along with everyone else—knows Brown did it, the detective isn't satisfied until he knows why. But understanding the mind of a multiple murderer may be too much for Kincaid to suffer through.
The Summer Dress
Price: Free! Words: 1,200. Language: English. Published: June 13, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
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"The Summer Dress" is an award winning short story taken from an anthology of short stories entitled "The Little Book of Dark Tales". "The Summer Dress" is free. Reviews would be welcomed.
Patriotic Gestures
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,330. Language: English. Published: July 10, 2010 by WMG Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
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Crime scene investigator Pamela Kinney heard the bad guys outside her house and smelled smoke, but it wasn’t until morning that she realized they’d burned the flag that covered her daughter’s casket. Her police colleagues called it a small crime, but to her, it wasn’t. She had to solve it, and she had to solve it now.
Stuffed Shirt
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,350. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
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Revenge is a dish best served steaming. Eric Dennison doesn't suffer fools or offenses lightly. When Theron Claymore, the new man in the workplace, pushes matters too far, Eric resorts to drastic measures to stop him, with surprises for Claymore--and the reader.
Firebug
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,420. Language: English. Published: September 19, 2010 by Thunder Valley Press. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
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An empty, rundown house. An unlocked door. Two kids with a stolen lighter and a need to watch something burn. Award-winning writer Annie Reed's deadly tale of what happens when best friends, out for a little fun, take their new game one step too far.
Naughty: Nine Tales of Christmas Crime
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 67,670. Language: English. Published: November 2, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Holiday » Humorous, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
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In this collection of hilarious short stories, you'll see what thieves, killers and psychos get up to come the holidays...and it's not baking cookies. Originally published in Ellery Queen and Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazines, these nine tales from short story master Steve Hockensmith (Dawn of the Dreadfuls, Holmes on the Range) are sure to have you ho-ho-hoing from the first page to the last.
The World's Best Coffee (Short Story)
Price: Free! Words: 1,440. Language: American English. Published: November 11, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
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Mark has never had a problem walking out of a crowded coffee shop without ever paying for the world's best coffee. The barista always made another one. As he savors the first sip of his illicit brew, Georgia is right behind him and she wants her coffee back. (A 1,025-word short story.)
Curtains
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 49,490. Language: English. Published: December 9, 2010 by Haunted Computer Books. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
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Eleven tales of crime, misdemeanors, killers, and cold-hearted lovers from bestselling author Scott Nicholson. Includes award winner "Dog Person" as well as "Watermelon," "Dead Air," and other stories collected from Cemetery Dance, Crimewave, and other publications. Includes bonus stories from J.A. Konrath and Simon Wood.
Duffy to the Rescue
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 55,670. Language: English. Published: February 24, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
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The new Duffy Dombrowski Mysteries short story collection with Basset Hound rescue stories, hound essays and... The world famous Basset haiku, actually Bassetku from Ginny Tata-Phillips. Also featuring the novella "Planter's Punch" with JA Konrath. See how Duffy and Jack Daniels, get together, right some wrongs and just maybe...well, you'll have to read it.