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The Barefoot Stiff by M. Ruth Myers
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,580. Language: English. Published: August 19, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical
Depression-era private eye Maggie Sullivan wields a .38 as skillfully as an emery board. She’s drawn into a stranger’s murder, follows a lead the police laugh off, and confronts a killer in this **short story** featuring characters from the author's series of mystery novels. See why fans have dubbed Maggie "Sam Spade in a skirt."
The Big Fall by Anthony Pryor
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 17,840. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
Jewel thief Johnny D's had a pretty sweet setup as a successful criminal who moonlights as the masked crime-fighter, the Grey Ghost. At least until someone frames Johnny D's for murder, forcing him to don the Ghost's mask and team up with the mysterious Phantom Detective to clear his own name! "The Big Fall" is an adventure in the greatest tradition of classic pulp fiction!
Eye for an Eye Inc. - Welcome to the Family by A.J. Medina
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,200. Language: English. Published: September 11, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
Cops go to him for help when they can't connect the dots. Families go to him when the justice system doesn't work. Sometimes they overlap, and for the right price, he'll take care of it. He'll make them pay. The same way the victim suffered, so to shall they suffer. Whatever the crime, if the price is right, he'll dole out the justice.
Invisible Time by Janet Dawson
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,550. Language: English. Published: August 19, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
Greta and Hank are orphaned and homeless, scrabbling for survival on the cold, rainy streets of San Francisco. In this short story, a noir take on Hansel and Gretel, the little girl struggles to keep herself and her brother from falling through the cracks in this scary urban landscape, where homeless adults help and also prey on lost children.
Meltdown - Part 2: A Sam Jameson Espionage and Suspense Thriller by Lars Emmerich
Series: Devolution: A Sam Jameson Espionage and Suspense Thriller Series. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 19,820. Language: English. Published: June 16, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage
"Lars Emmerich is right up there with James Patterson, David Baldacci, Nelson DeMille, and Frederick Forsyth." - Gene GeRue, Amazon Special Agent Sam Jameson never pays much attention to the crackpots and goofballs with their shrill economic doomsday predictions… until their dire conjecture suddenly comes true. That's when her week blazes past horrible and crashes headlong into nightmarish.
Hagar by Barbara Hambly
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 14,730. Language: English. Published: July 13, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical
A novelette of 13,000 words in the Benjamin January historical mystery series. When the mistress of a plantation is murdered, Benjamin's wife Rose is convinced that contrary to the evidence, the crime was not committed by one of the household slaves. But proving it will be another matter.
Que peuvent dire les nuages? by Mayley O’ Baoigheall
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,380. Language: French. Published: December 19, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Une fille de dix-neuf ans, choquée par la mort de son grand-père, ne peut se résigner à cette réalité. Elle soupçonne qu'on l'a tué. Elle mènera une investigation. Sa decouverte surpasse toutes ses prétentions.
There Shall Your Heart Be Also by Barbara Hambly
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 6,440. Language: English. Published: July 17, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical
Short story of 5,000 words, sequel to Hambly's Benjamin January murder mystery series. It's astonishing enough to everyone who knows New Orleans saloon-keeper Kentucky Williams that she owns a Bible... but someone is willing to do murder to steal it. Benjamin January and his worthless white sidekick Hannibal Sefton attempt to figure out who - and why.
The Unknown Goddess by Tim Wellman
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 19,890. Language: American English. Published: October 10, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Steampunk & retropunk, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
A Victorian murder mystery among the tombs of Egypt. The year is 1871, a world of discovery and invention. Electricity, electric lights, fast airship travel... it is not quite the Victorian England of history books! Join proper English gentleman and antiquarian, Josiah Samson, and his surprisingly able assistant, Bea, on their first adventure! Murder, suspense, ancient secrets revealed...
Night Watch by Josh Lanyon
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 12,230. Language: English. Published: July 29, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
When investigative reporter Parker Davidson's’s ex escapes from a maximum security prison, LAPD Lieutenant Henry Stagge is tasked with making sure that Parker doesn’t end up a victim a second—and final—time.
The Spade by Vladimir Ross
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,110. Language: English. Published: October 11, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
It should have been a normal day for Nazar. Little did he know that one of the wallets he stole that morning would contain a terrible secret that would send him on a desperate hunt for a man he knows nothing about. Can he beat the clock and intervene in time to save a life?
The Night Butterflies: a short story by Zoe Sharp
Price: $1.55 USD. Words: 10,260. Language: British English. Published: April 30, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
The Night Butterflies is a standalone short story by the highly acclaimed crime thriller writer, Zoë Sharp. First published in the ACTION anthology, edited by Matt Hilton, it’s the story of a man who thought he’d left his violent past behind him, but discovers it is only a chance footstep away.
Death on the Moon by Barbara Hambly
Price: $5.00 USD. Words: 12,740. Language: English. Published: April 19, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical
A novelette of 12,000 words in the Benjamin January Free Man of Color historical mystery series. Rose Janvier is convinced that Professor Tixall's amazing telescope is a hoax, but when one of her servants sees one of the "Moon people" murder another, Rose knows a real murder has been done. But how does she bring justice for a crime done on another planet?
The Play of Light and Shadow & Writing by Barry Ergang
Price: $1.50 USD. Words: 16,090. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General(5.00 from 1 review)
The crime was impossible, but it happened. The gallery was locked and under constant observation, but the valuable painting was stolen, and later the prime suspect was murdered. A private detective and a professor turned bartender team up to solve who did it and how. Can you spot and interpret the clues and solve it first? Plus an article about how the novelette came to be written.
The Girl in the Velvet Black Gown by Lisa Gaines
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,700. Language: English. Published: January 2, 2012 by Eye of the Eagle. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories, Fiction » Horror » Crime
Lake Tahoe, Nevada. Vacation paradise by day. Gambler’s dream by night. But sometimes the line between day and night blurs, turning both paradise and dream into nightmare. When that happens even addicts can become heroes. Or not.
Have Yourself a Deadly Little Christmas (A Greatest Hits Mysteries Holiday Short Story) by Leslie Langtry
Series: Greatest Hits Mysteries, Book 8. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 18,410. Language: English. Published: April 27, 2015 by Gemma Halliday. Categories: Fiction » Holiday » Christmas, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
It’s Christmas Eve, and huddled around the fireplace with pet Dodo in her lap, Missi Bombay tells the story about the time she and her cousins, Gin, Liv, Paris, and Cy carried out a holiday assignment on the family’s private island—Agatha Christie style.
Served Cold: from the FOX FIVE Charlie Fox short story collection by Zoe Sharp
Price: $1.55 USD. Words: 11,360. Language: British English. Published: June 14, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
A finalist for the CWA Short Story Dagger, Served Cold gives a downtrodden woman the chance to take centre stage – the mysterious Layla, with betrayal in her past and murder in her heart.
Libre by Barbara Hambly
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 8,840. Language: English. Published: July 13, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical
A short story the Benjamin January Free Man of Color series. In pre-Civil-War New Orleans, musician Benjamin January seeks the missing daughter of one of the free colored demi-monde.