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DEAD(ish) by Naomi Kramer
Series: DEAD(ish), Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 10,270. Language: English. Published: June 30, 2009. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy(4.22 from 23 reviews)
Linda’s had a bad day. First, her boyfriend killed her. Then she woke up, still on this boring plane of existence, and with an odd obsession about her missing body. Mike won’t tell her what he did with her body and she can’t find the stupid thing herself. There’s only one thing she can do - torment the bastard until he coughs up the information. Contains adult themes & frequent profanity.
Historia de un Crimen Perfecto by Mikel Santiago
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 18,500. Language: Spanish. Published: March 30, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal(3.75 from 4 reviews)
Me llamo Eric Rot y escribo estas últimas líneas de mi vida para confesarme: Soy un asesino. Yo lo hice. La maté. Linda Fitzwilliams está muerta. Ni huida con su amante, ni jugando a esconderse para irritar a su familia, como apuntaron en su momento las revistas del mundo rosa...
Gloria by David Sartof
Price: Free! Words: 5,310. Language: English. Published: February 7, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General(4.67 from 18 reviews)
I’m dying, well that’s what I’ve been told. How has my life come to this: death, betrayal, friendship, love? Yes, love. I know it’s there somewhere, but I’m struggling to make sense of things. How can I, Oliver Beaton-Court, be here in this cabin, looking at my dead wife and holding an axe… Maybe Tom can give me the answers I need, or maybe there are no answers…
Murphy's Law by Mark Souza
Price: Free! Words: 5,440. Language: English. Published: October 10, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories(3.00 from 2 reviews)
It started at a smoky bar, a conversation with a beautiful woman, a night in her bed. Private Detective Murphy McEvoy can’t believe his luck. But for some, when things go too well, there is a reckoning, a balancing of the cosmic scales, and Murphy is one of those people.
El Perro Negro by Mikel Santiago
Price: Free! Words: 13,100. Language: Spanish. Published: April 1, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories, Fiction » Historical » General(3.33 from 3 reviews)
El viejo soldado tiene una historia que contar. Una historia que comenzó en el horror de la Segunda Guerra Mundial pero que ahora viaja a través del tiempo, buscándole, reclamándole una vieja deuda. Paul, el joven enfermero del sanatorio, es su único amigo y confesor.
Breaking the Cycle by Linda Johnson
Price: Free! Words: 5,400. Language: English. Published: November 17, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories(5.00 from 1 review)
Kate Bynum is a patrol cop working the graveyard shift. She has seen more than her share of domestic violence calls. Often, these besieged women are unable to find a way to stop the torment themselves. When she meets a young woman who is trapped in an abusive marriage by her politically connected husband, Kate must find a way to help the woman escape and break the vicious cycle of abuse.
EAST VILLAGE NOIR by Russell Atwood
Price: Free! Words: 6,770. Language: English. Published: December 20, 2009. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General(4.86 from 7 reviews)
"Finding a runaway teenager in New York City is easy. The hard part is finding the one your looking for." Private eye Payton Sherwood is hired by the parents of a runaway girl, and while searching for her through the shadowy sidestreets of the East Village, he comes across a connection to a murdered autograph expert. Short story originally published in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, July 1997.
Betraying Nexus by Richard L. Sanders
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,920. Language: English. Published: April 16, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories(5.00 from 8 reviews)
Jason works for Nexus, a secret vigilante organization. He’s a Mind Bender and can implant thoughts into the minds of others. He's both a prodigy and a rising star. But when he’s forced to take down an old friend and learns Nexus's darkest secret, he must ask himself what he believes in. And if it’s worth turning against the woman he loves.
Horror Of Yakshini by Ratan Lal Basu
Series: FICTION, Book 6. Price: Free! Words: 6,750. Language: English. Published: August 26, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
The protagonist, a collector of antique goods, buys a nude idol of a yakshini from an old man and uncovers it ignoring warnings of its seller. Thereafter he gets infatuated to the voluptuous idol and encounters horrible consequences.
The Maine Event by Alex Wilson
Price: Free! Words: 13,590. Language: English. Published: April 26, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General(4.50 from 6 reviews)
Curiosity brought Josh and Dana together…and almost got them killed. Two independent people in their mid-life met through a Maine coast research project that turned deadly. They probed an anomaly and rattled a lethal business kingpin. Josh, ex-Marine turned journalist, and Dana, the young widow of a ‘black ops’ Navy Seal. Their intellectual exercise became more action than theoretical.
La Isla de los Cien Ojos by Mikel Santiago
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 17,220. Language: Spanish. Published: October 3, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories(3.50 from 2 reviews)
Irlanda, principios de siglo. La tormenta ha arrastrado un viejo bote de salvamento hasta las playas del pequeño pueblo de Dowan. Un aristócrata y el doctor del pueblo se deciden a investigar un terrible secreto escrito sobre la madera de sus bancos...
What a wonderful world by Becky Miller
Price: Free! Words: 2,660. Language: English. Published: April 20, 2009. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General(1.00 from 1 review)
The foreign student Rebecca meets a mysterious man during her stay in Hull. Thoughts race through her head and her mind tells her not to go with him. Will she listen to her head or her heart?
East Coast by John McFetridge
Price: Free! Words: 8,720. Language: English. Published: May 7, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General(4.50 from 6 reviews)
EAST COAST is THE WIRE in a rural setting as RCMP Sgt. Jerry Northup works to keep his narcotics squad motivated in the seemingly unwinnable war on drugs while raising three kids with his wife, Isobel.
Perfect Crime by Jack Erickson
Price: Free! Words: 9,360. Language: English. Published: December 26, 2009. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories(4.75 from 4 reviews)
A San Francisco wife plots to murder her philandering husband by being in two places at one time. She commits the Perfect Crime -- and starts an exciting life with a sexy new boyfriend, living off her dead husband's generous life insurance policy. Until her doorbell rings one night . . . .
Sweetheart in High Heels by Gemma Halliday
Series: High Heels Mysteries. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 18,590. Language: English. Published: January 23, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories, Fiction » Romance » Suspense(4.33 from 6 reviews)
Fashion designer turned amateur sleuth Maddie Springer is determined that her husband’s latest case, dubbed the “Sex Shop Murder”, will not keep him from celebrating their first anniversary together, which just happens to fall on the most romantic of all holidays, Valentine's Day.
The Ghost Who Tried to Love Me by Adam Tervort
Price: Free! Words: 6,020. Language: English. Published: August 15, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories, Fiction » Horror » Ghost(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Ghost month means that the "good brothers" are out and ghosts can pop up anywhere. At least that's what the superstitious people of Taiwan think, and Hank is sure that they are full of hot air. Who believes in ghosts anyways? This is the first story in the Zodiac Schmodiac story cycle, an insight into the Chinese mind and a funny, Chinesey story that will scare and thrill you.