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Lightning Rider
Price: Free! Words: 9,410. Language: English. Published: May 29, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
Twenty-six year-old Jessie Scout had endured a life steeped in pain. She had come to Las Vegas, a city of risk, not to gamble. But to collect. This short work won Canada's top literary prize for crime fiction, the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Short Story, presented by the Crime Writers of Canada.
Mars is a Bummer, Man
Price: Free! Words: 11,640. Language: English. Published: June 9, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Science fiction » General
(4.00 from 2 reviews)
You can take people off earth, but can you take the earth out of people? Humanity's first mission to Mars hits a nasty speed bump. Personality, passion and persuasion form a deadly triangle on the first Martian colony. This novelette by Frank Severino cynically explores notions of character, class, human expansion, legacies and what the future might regrettably consider historically valuable.
The Witch of Ballyvale
Price: Free! Words: 8,650. Language: English. Published: March 8, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Paranormal, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
(5.00 from 1 review)
What do people fear? The unknown, the ruling classes, or individualism? Aged four, Mags Rose was plucked from her home that was alien to her and placed in a world where she would grow to be an individual, strong in her beliefs and values. Others fear her, wishing to dominate, and wanting her submission to the norms of society. She stands firm.
The Lola Cruz Christmas Story
Price: Free! Words: 12,810. Language: English. Published: November 28, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
(4.50 from 4 reviews)
A Holiday Prequel to Living the Vida Lola Almost private investigator Lola Cruz gets wrapped up in her own Christmas story when she's summoned by a woman from her past. This short story is a fun holiday prequel to Living the Vida Lola, the first in the Lola Cruz Mystery series from St. Martin's Minotaur Books.
Dark City, Dark Magic
Series: Mystery, Murder, and Magic, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 16,730. Language: English. Published: July 26, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Brother of millionaire Frederick Billingsly is dead, but was it suicide or magic-assisted murder? The police are no help, so Frederick hires private eye Rick Walker. While Rick might be a Scotch-soaked womanizer, he's good at his job and an able magic user. With the help of a foul-mouthed demon, Rick takes the case. The question is - will he be able to solve the case and pay his rent on time?
Spring Water Haven
Price: Free! Words: 5,860. Language: English. Published: April 1, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
(4.00 from 1 review)
Spring Water Haven has flower gardens and an idyllic view of the sea. Jim and Sharon Peck, newlyweds fresh from the Midwest, befriend the owners, a naval officer and his wife. Thirty years later, the Pecks return to Newport to find their widowed friend hoarding a bitter vengeance. When the cottage becomes theirs, they think it's their dream home…until they learn its terrifying secret.
Frostbite
Series: Ivy Granger, 0.25. Price: Free! Words: 5,630. Language: English. Published: March 6, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
(5.00 from 1 review)
This spooky prequel short story is the perfect introduction to the award-winning Ivy Granger Psychic Detective urban fantasy series. When a client claims that her house is being haunted, Ivy tries to keep her mind open and her weapons handy. Will our favorite psychic detective face down murderous ghosts? Anything is possible in Harborsmouth.
Gris-Gris
Price: Free! Words: 8,070. Language: English. Published: July 13, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
(5.00 from 1 review)
AJ’s mother never married his father. A struggling musician who was never around, AJ barely knew his father. Ignoring his parents’ warnings, all he ever wanted to be is a musician. After college, his dream of being a musician took a backseat to earning a living. A backseat until his estranged father passed away.
An Unexpected Letter
Price: Free! Words: 1,550. Language: British English. Published: March 15, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
(5.00 from 1 review)
A short story about the curious case of an unexpected letter, a Grandson, and his eccentric Grandmother, who was recently deceased.
Lancelot Graves: White Guilt Comes to Milwaukee
You set the price! Words: 17,270. Language: English. Published: September 6, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Travel, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
(5.00 from 1 review)
Lancelot just wanted to deliver a bike to a friend in Milwaukee. But when he stumbled upon a search for a missing woman, he falls back into his old spy tricks and uncovers more in the city than he bargained for.
Injun Summer
You set the price! Words: 15,470. Language: English. Published: February 8, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
(5.00 from 1 review)
Plucked from a desert siege by a mysterious priest who disappears after saving Warrior Mike Faraday has him wondering why. The priest appears again at the local Mall and directs Mike to a suicide bomber in the main hall. He thwarts the attempt. Revenge by the terrorists, a pretty waitress, and a bumbling undercover cop are drawn together as the tale climaxes and concludes around a campfire.
Moriarty and the Massacre of Mammon
Price: Free! Words: 10,990. Language: English. Published: December 31, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British, Fiction » Literature » Literary
(5.00 from 1 review)
London, summer of 1915. Moriarty, the 'Napoleon of Crime', tries to outwit 'The Other Mr M' to invest his profits into financing the First World War. Both sides of it. As the body count rises on an epic scale, Moriarty leads us through a maze of plot twists. A clever tale with dark humour and characters that could come straight out of the tales of Sherlock Holmes whom Moriarty despises deeply.
Matt Vol I
Price: Free! Words: 17,320. Language: English. Published: October 18, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » International crime, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
(5.00 from 1 review)
"Matt Vol I" is the beginning of a Short Thriller series "They murdered my wife two years ago... Tonight, you die. I am Matt, your nightmare!" On a quiet night like any other, Matt, a successful entrepreneur, returns home to his gorgeous villa, only to find his wife brutally murdered. A soft verdict against the culprits, a gang of violent teenagers, spins Matt's relatively calm and collected de
Niebla en el valle
Price: Free! Words: 18,280. Language: Spanish. Published: February 23, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
(5.00 from 1 review)
¿Qué sucede si descubres que tu vida es un auténtico misterio escondido delante de tus ojos?
From The Shadows
Price: Free! Words: 3,180. Language: English. Published: February 2, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
Jake Elliot is a private investigator that is a bit different, His cases involve the paranormal
The Astonishing Adventures of Winston Fluffybottom
Price: Free! Words: 11,750. Language: English. Published: December 25, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Mystery & detective » International crime
(5.00 from 1 review)
Winston Fluffybottom is a seasoned private cat detective that solves crime with his sidekick turtle Professor Winkles. The Curse of the Jade Orangutan is a tale about a fabled, supernatural object, a criminal animal kingdom and a mysterious kitten at the centre of it all.
George: A Josephine Meyers Mystery
Series: Josephine Meyers Mysteries Series. Price: Free! Words: 12,840. Language: English. Published: August 17, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
(5.00 from 1 review)
A chilling mystery following the lives of two teenage girls who are trying to survive their last summer together, but an unknown stalker has a different idea of how they will spend their time.
Execution Day: A Short Story
Price: Free! Words: 2,890. Language: English. Published: May 4, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Crime, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
(5.00 from 1 review)
They want him dead. The most dangerous man in the city. Will it be by poison? Or maybe an "accident"? Or maybe by a good old-fashioned gunshot wound? That's what they're here to decide, but by any method, one thing is for certain. Execution day is coming.
Do What Must Be Done
Price: Free! Words: 3,900. Language: English. Published: January 5, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
Nervous and reluctant to give a presentation in front of hundreds of people, a shy man attempts to conjure up some courage at the hotel bar. Once there, he notices a mysterious man harboring a deadly focus on another unsuspecting patron. His curiosity and inclination to engage the mysterious individual leaves him wondering if there really is such a thing as harmless conversation. A short story.
The Emperor's Ring
Price: Free! Words: 10,610. Language: English. Published: August 5, 2011 by Open Books Press. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » Asian, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
(5.00 from 1 review)
A craftsman in the palace of the Han Emperor looked deeply into a yellow jadestone, listened to what his ancestors whispered about the jade’s powers; keeping safe the life and thoughts of its wearer, a Han lord who became Emperor. He fashioned it into a ring, a turtle as the guardian spirit of the wearer’s long life. The jade turtle ring grew heavy with its story.