Crime, Thrillers & Mystery Anthologies Books

Cheap at Half the Price: The Year of Short Stories

Cheap at Half the Price is part of THE YEAR OF SHORT STORIES and is one of several free digital shorts released to celebrate the publication of Jeffrey Archer's magnificent seventh collection, Tell Tale.

Taken from Jeffrey Archer's third collection of short stories, Twelve Red Herrings, comes Cheap at Half the Price, an irresistible, witty and ingenious short read.

Mrs Consuela Rosenheim is beautiful, clever - and, thanks to her three marriages, exorbitantly wealthy. On her birthday, she and Mr Rosenheim find themselves in London; he to conduct important business, and she to choose herself a sumptuous birthday gift. Wandering the streets of Mayfair, she happens upon a magnificent necklace - at an equally superlative price. All she needs to do now is employ her husband's renowned bargaining techniques . . .

Christmas Capers Anthology : Stab In The Dark Crime Writers Circle 2017

Christmas is a time for family, snow and presents but it's also a time for murder, lawbreaking and criminally good fun. What you have in your hand is a collection of festive inspired crime stories by some of today's best indie crime authors

Blue Ice: Five Crime Short Stories

Dark crimes, devious twists and dangerous criminals feature in the five snappy tales in Blue Ice - a collection of crime stories. Blue Ice contains five short stories - Honeymoon Period, An English Rose With Thorns, Blue Ice, Package Deal and The Second Life of James Moriarty. A newlywed Norwegian couple find everything isn't perfect during their honeymoon at a remote hotel. A married woman confronts a blackmailer. In Antarctica, where a group of scientists must work together in extreme conditions, everything is cold, including the heart of a murderer. Two tourists encounter serious trouble on their South American holiday. And the nemesis of Sherlock Holmes survives Reichenbach Falls and returns to commit new crimes ...

Watch out for Blue Ice.

It will chill your bones.

Ghostly Writes Anthology 2017

ENTER IF YOU DARE. A new Ghostly Writes Anthology for 2017, gives you sixteen authors from around the world with ghostly stories and poems for you to read. Each short story will take you to a new place, be it the future, present or past.

Plaisted Publishing House is happy to present this book to you - our readers. Please note that all stories are written in the English of the country the Author resides in.

Murder in Ancient China: Two Judge Dee Mysteries (Chicago Shorts)

Judge Dee--Confucian Imperial magistrate, inquisitor, and public avenger, based on a famous statesman--was Dutch diplomat and Chinese cultural historian Robert van Gulik's (1910-67) lasting invention. A welcome addition to the elite canon of fictional detectives, the Judge steps in to investigate homicide, theft, and treason and restores order to the golden age of the Tang Dynasty. In Murder in Ancient China's first story, we watch as Judge Dee attempts to solve the mystery of an elderly poet murdered by moonlight in his garden pavilion; in the second, set on the eve of the Chinese New Year, the Judge makes two rare mistakes--will peril result?

The Chase: an ebook short story

A thrilling, rollercoaster ride of a short story, from #1 ebook bestseller Paul Finch.

Plus, get an exclusive first look at the opening chapters of Paul's new book, 'The Killing Club'

The darkest things happen at night...

What happens when you witness a horrific crime? Do you stay and help? Or do you flee? And what do you do when the perpetrator sets their sights on you...?

Hold onto your seats in this terrifying, thrill-ride. Previously published as 'Him!', and now included alongside a sneak peek of Paul's new novel, 'The Killing Club', for the first time.

Hidden - The Wake Up Call



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A woman was found dead at an anti-war rally because of a myterious plane crash. Private investigator Edgar Willis will be assigned to solve this case. Along investigation, he will see conspiracy in the plane crash, and life. As the story unfolds, he will discover a lot of things he never thought he'd think about.

Preventing any of these people from being exposed to the public should be his priority. The worse that could happen is to keep the media from discovering what could be the biggest cover up in their nation's history. Soon, things will get complicated and they will find it hard to seek answers out of every assumption they make.

Delay in justice is injustice, he knows this very well. But the dead cannot cry out for justice, and the duty of living to do so for them is something he vows. But... will he ever reveal it?



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Chrysalis: Zac Tremble Investigates (Series One Case One)

Marc Grainger has gone missing, wife, Felicity, employs Zac to find him. This case file introduces us to Zac: thirty, gay and labouring under some pretty heavy expectations. He's watched over by Elizabeth, the secretary he inherited, along with everything else. Mrs Chan does her best to keep home for him, Matt is burning a candle, but more often, burning his fingers, and Joe thinks Zac is Frank, Zac's dearly departed father.

The Zac Tremble Case Files are a barely plausible, sometimes farcical, occasionally operatic journey through Zac's world; his highs and lows, successes and failures and the emergence of one of the most touching (and funny) love affairs in PI history (do PIs fall in love?).

Chrysalis is the first Zac Tremble Case File in the series Zac Tremble Investigates; the case files of the gay, Soho-based PI Zachary Tremble.

I sincerely hope that you enjoy the story. Feedback is especially welcome, and I'm thrilled with the feedback I have received so far, thank you! I would be delighted to hear from you.

Please email me at: [email protected]

And visit the website, www.chambersmars.weebly.com, for updates on the Zac Tremble Investigates series, the Life & Times of Johnny Sante series and other projects.

Thank you!

Chambers Mars

THE ROAD TO HELL

NO. 1 BESTSELLING MYSTERY ANTHOLOGY

"The Road to Hell" collects four stories by Paul Levine, the Edgar-nominated author of the bestselling Jake Lassiter series. Levine's heroes travel dark and dangerous paths as they confront devilish and powerful villains. The journeys are by land, by sea, and in one case, perhaps only in the mind.

In "El Valiente en el Infierno," (The Brave One in Hell), a 13-year-old Mexican boy tells his own story as he makes a treacherous midnight crossing into California in search of his father. The boy's courage is tested when he runs into two gun-toting American vigilantes, and the confrontation will change all of them forever.

"Development Hell" imagines a pitch session in which a bedraggled Edgar Allan Poe squares off with a slick Hollywood producer who wants to make a cheesy slasher flick out of "The Pit and the Pendulum." Bookgasm praised the story as "going straight to the funny bone."

"A Hell of a Crime" echoes with notions of "The Twilight Zone." A prosecutor prepares for a homicide trial while being pestered by his domineering mother, a famous lawyer herself. Just what role did she play in the murder? It's a mystery with a punch to the gut at the end.

Two of the author's best-loved characters, Steve Solomon and Victoria Lord, appear in "Solomon & Lord: To Hell and Back." The ethically-challenged Steve Solomon and the very proper Victoria Lord are mismatched Miami law partners. Steve says he's going fishing with Manuel Cruz, a sleazy con man. Victoria knows that Cruz embezzled a bundle from Steve's favorite client and is an unlikely fishing buddy. So just what is Steve up to now? Something between mischief and murder. The three of them head for deep water and dark troubles.

Also included: an excerpt of "Mortal Sin," one of the award-winning Jake Lassiter novels. "Recalling the work of Carl Hiaasen, this thriller races to a smashing climax." - Library Journal.

Finally, there's an excerpt of "Solomon vs. Lord," the first of the series nominated for the Edgar, Macavity, International Thriller, and James Thurber awards. Here's what number one bestselling author Harlan Coben had to say: "Hiaasen meets Grisham in the court of last retort. A sexy, wacky, wonderful thriller with humor and heart."

PRAISE FOR THE FICTION OF PAUL LEVINE

"Mystery writing at its very, very best." - Larry King, USA TODAY

"Irreverent...genuinely clever...great fun." - The New York Times Book Review

"Just the remedy for those who can't get enough Spenser and miss Travis McGee terribly." - St. Petersburg Times

"Genuinely chilling." - Washington Post Book World

"Take one part John Grisham, two parts Carl Hiaasen, throw in a dash of John D. MacDonald, and voila!" - Tulsa World

"Wildly entertaining blend of raucous humor and high adventure." - St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"Cracking good action-mystery...funny, sardonic, and fast-paced." - Detroit Free Press

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

The author of 20 novels, Paul Levine won the John D. MacDonald fiction award and was nominated for the Edgar, Macavity, International Thriller, and James Thurber prizes. A former trial lawyer, he also wrote 20 episodes of the CBS military drama "JAG." More at paul-levine.com

THE JAKE LASSITER SERIES

To Speak for the Dead

Night Vision

False Dawn

Mortal Sin

Riptide

Fool Me Twice

Flesh & Bones

Lassiter

Last Chance Lassiter State vs. Lassiter

THE SOLOMON vs. LORD SERIES

Solomon vs. Lord

The Deep Blue Alibi

Kill All the Lawyers

Habeas Porpoise

LASSITER, SOLOMON & LORD SERIESBum RapBum Luck

STAND-ALONE THRILLERS

Ilegal

Impact

Paydirt

Ballistic

Sex, Murder & Killer Cupcakes

She may be a crime-scene photographer, but that doesn't mean Marian Moyer is ready to star in her own murder mystery. Most days, she can't even control her hair. But when the star of Marian's racy, underground magazine turns up dead and the police are convinced she's the guilty party, it's up to Marian to find out who really did it before it's too late. While danger isn't exactly her middle name, there's plenty to go around, especially when Marian begins to suspect that her long-time man crush is behind it all.

No Mercy (Sgt Major Crane crime thrillers)

Sgt Major Crane, a detective prepared to do anything it takes in the pursuit of justice.

No Mercy - prequel to the best selling Steps to Heaven #1 in the Sgt Major Crane crime series. Is crime ever justified? Would you be merciful if it came to it? Or would you take your revenge? Crane investigates a fire in which a man dies. Was it an accident or something more sinister? Crane won't stop until he finds the truth.

Who's Afraid Now is the prequel to Hijack the 6th Sgt Major Crane crime thriller. When Sgt Billy Williams finds local youths treating his parents with disrespect,well he just can't resist giving them a taste of their own medicine. Afterwards he boards a train home, only to find it's not the end, just the beginning...

For lovers of Angela Marsons' DI Kim Stone, Robert Bryndza's Detective Erika Foster, Robert Dugoni's Tracy Crosswhite, Peter James' Roy Grace, Peter Robinson's DCI Banks and Ian Rankin's Rebus.

"Excellent read from a slick pacey writer - leaves you wanting more!" Andrew Butler

Cartmell Rocks! This collection of short stories showcases Wendy Cartmell's fresh style and engaging prose. She presents a variety of situations of people caught in intriguing circumstances. The author delivers a twist to many of her stories in this collection.

Ed Benjamin Author

Comedy Shorts - Humorous Fiction Short Stories: Four Comedy Short Stories

Comedy and mystery with a twist of supernatural - tales of reality and beyond 'I recommend these stories to those who enjoy a bit of the macabre with a blend of mystery and a twist of supernatural on the side.' Readers' Favourite

Sleuthing For Beginners

Angela has always had a secret ambition to be a private detective. After her neighbour dies suddenly she launches her own investigation, with unexpected results.

A Peaceful Death

George, who has been obsessed with death since his father died, is visited by The Angel of Death, who strikes an unusual bargain.

A Girl's Best Friend

Ali, the sole beneficiary of her uncle's will, learns that he may have a secret, ill-gotten fortune stashed away. But she soon discovers she's not the only one determined to find it.

The Muse

Esther, a struggling romance writer, meets her muse Alfred, and he moves in, providing her with a constant source of inspiration. But is the cost too high?

If you like comedy, mystery and fantasy, and you're looking for a book you can read on the train or in a couple of spare hours, this book of short stories is for you.

'I love Robin Storey's dry wit and realistic characterization of the foibles of human nature.' Pamela Mariko.

Scroll up and click the Buy Button now to start reading this diverse collection of entertaining stories.

AUTHOR INTERVIEW

Did you come up with the idea of an anthology of short stories and then write them?

Not at all. The stories were already written, but not doing anything much, just lounging around in the Short Stories folder on my computer, eating pizza and watching Netflix. So I decided it was time they earned their keep.

Why did you choose those particular stories?

They all have a common thread of an element of humour, albeit subtle humour for the most part. Two of them are crime, (Sleuthing for Beginners and A Girl's Best Friend), one is fantasy (A Peaceful Death) and the other has a romantic subplot (The Muse). So I figured there was enough variety to keep readers from being bored.

Sleuthing for Beginners and A Peaceful Death were short-listed in short story competitions, but had the sulks because their moment of glory was over before it even started. So to appease them I included them to give them some exposure.

What is it you enjoy about writing short stories?

Because most of my time now is spent on the marathon of writing novels, I love the sprinting exercise of writing short stories. It's a refreshing change of pace to be able to see the ending as soon as you start writing. The discipline of short story writing is excellent training for novel writing - it teaches you to be economical and succinct in your word choice, to focus on the story at hand and not get side-tracked and to write in such a way that readers can read between the lines without you having to spell things out.

Short stories are as much an exercise on what to leave out as to what to put in. It's a real art that only comes with practice.

Will you be publishing more short stories in the future?

I would certainly like to, but I don't know when. Finding the time to write them is the challenge.



The Murder Files - 8 Stories of Murder, Lies and Mystery: (A thriller and suspense short story collection)

8 powerful, bone-chilling, speed-of-light thrillers that will leave you begging for more.

Fans of James Patterson, Harlan Coben, John Grisham, David Baldacci, Lydia Davis and Stephen King will love this collection of exclusive short stories that will be sure to leave you breathless.

The award-winning and best-selling authors in this collection turn up the heat - it's pedal to the metal break-neck action from start to finish!

The short story is back with a vengeance! Murder, mystery, suspense, chills, thrills and kills this collection has it all!

About the Stories

What Money Can't Buy - by Paul Casselle Are you a bad person trying to be good or a good person that sometimes does bad? It's a difficult question to answer, but that doesn't stop life asking regularly!

The Butcher - by Will Patching Not all of us are 'normal'. Some of us are stone cold killers...

Collin O'Connor by Ernest Dempsey In a world where terrorist attacks seem to cover the front page of every news outlet, the people of Earth need a new kind of hero. The planet needs someone who isn't afraid to do whatever it takes to bring justice to those who would harm the innocent. We need Collin O'Connor.

A Love Affair by Leah Monroe Have you ever asked yourself, "What am I here for?" Is it wealth? To leave a legacy? Or perhaps you're playing with the cards life deals you. One man comes face-to-face with this age old question and his decision will leave you speechless.

Downside Up by Jane Thornley She climbs roofs at night but how could she know how far she'll have to fall to find the truth?

The Son-in-Law by Craig Hart Can you go straight by committing murder? One man is about to find out-if he lives long enough.

Linking Arms with the Devil by Michael Maxwell They tell us, "You can't take it with you". Maybe you can if you link arms with the devil.

Red Eyes - by Terry Keys A small town middle-school teacher suddenly vanishes and returns six months, six days, and six hours after he disappeared. But now he is hiding a terrible secret, and only the next victim can see the . . . Red Eyes.

Dark Maple : Unknown Demands

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Lyra's mother just passed away and she felt she didn't give enough effort to open up her life with her mother. Her mother was diagnosed having cancer three years before her birth which is why she thinks that she was the cause of her death. Because of too much stress and depression, decided to go at his Uncle Jones ranch.

Lyra and her father was invited to go to Vermont. They stayed at the beautiful Maplewood Ranch for the rest of the year. Lyra was successful in her goal of forgetting all the things that happened; she spent her days riding horses, including a strong horse named April. Soon, she will discover that the ranch is being torn down and the horses are in danger as well.

Will the beginning of life changing decision arise in here? Will she chose to be herself or will she shut everybody out of her life yet again?

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Forbidden Zone - The Stranger Land

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This is a suspense story of survival that describes how an astronomer called Mr Stamper, a chaperone and his prisoner, a marine official, and other passengers boarded a flight from New York to Los Angeles piloted by Mr Pedro and co-piloted by Ms Angela.

It describes the suspense that arose when landing the plane took rather too long after a white beam of light shines on the plane. After a while of reaching out to air officials and getting no response, they landed on a strange land. The sun, the stars and the sky looked so different. After panic amongst the passengers was calmed down, the astronomer indicated they were in another planet due to these signs.

They were approached by the people of this strange land whom had a strange language and gradually they learnt how to understand each other. They came across one of their kinds on the craddleland called Dean who claims to know the way out and eventually helped them get back to Los Angeles after series of adventure and seeking for a way out.

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