Crime, Thrillers & Mystery Short Stories Books

She Did It: A Short Story

A detective relies on his gut (and his hallucinations) to solve an intriguing murder case.

Book 6 of 12 in the Sticky Fingers short story collection: diverse, dark-humored, and deliciously bite-sized. Fans of Roald Dahl and Gillian Flynn will love these unsettling stories with a twist in the tale.

GONE UP IN FLAMES: Introducing Louisa Dalton (The "Undeterred" Detective Book 1)

This is a Short Story

Louisa Dalton is a thirty something former police recruit. With a messy divorce now behind her, she's settled into running a market stall, selling her home made jewellery. Prenmouth market is usually a peaceful, happy place, but events are about to take a turn for the worse. She discovers an illicit affair, a murder and other wrong doings.

Join Louisa and her new boyfriend Geoff on their investigative journey, as they find out what the hell is going on in Prenmouth.

Breakfast In Paris

At a sidewalk cafe on a bustling Parisian avenue, a man awaits a rendezvous with the woman of his dreams. But as anticipation turns to dread, is he about to wake with a start?

Ruth's First Christmas Tree: A Dr Ruth Galloway Short Mystery

It is three days before Christmas and a bitter wind is blowing across Norfolk.

Until her daughter was born, forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway didn't do Christmas, but now that Kate is a year old, she wants it to be special.

She must get a tree, shop for food, clean the house, buy presents, including one for her new boyfriend - who she isn't even sure is her boyfriend - and remember to get the turkey out of the freezer.

But time is rushing by and the best-laid plans don't always work out...

Wilkie Collins: The Complete Novels (The Greatest Writers of All Time)

This book, newly updated, contains now several HTML tables of contents that will make reading a real pleasure!

The first table of contents (at the very beginning of the ebook) lists the titles of all novels included in this volume. By clicking on one of those titles you will be redirected to the beginning of that work, where you'll find a new TOC that lists all the chapters and sub-chapters of that specific work.

Here you will find the complete novels of Wilkie Collins in the chronological order of their original publication.

- Antonina

- Basil

- Hide and Seek

- The Dead Secret

- A Rogue's Life

- The Woman in White

- No Name

- Armadale

- The Moonstone

- No Thoroughfare

- Man and Wife

- Poor Miss Finch

- The New Magdalen

- The Law and the Lady

- The Two Destinies

- My Lady's Money

- The Haunted Hotel

- The Fallen Leaves

- Jezebel's Daughter

- The Black Robe

- Heart and Science

- I Say No

- The Evil Genius

- The Guilty River

- The Legacy of Cain

- Blind Love

The Debt

A FREE digital-only short story from the master of the race-against-time thriller and number one bestselling author of Siege. Included is an exclusive extract of Simon Kernick's new book Ultimatum (out 31st January 2013)

'A debt is a debt is a debt.'

It's not your debt. It's your cousin's. And he's done a runner.

So now the local gangland bosses have come to you for repayment. They aren't taking 'no' for an answer, but they will take your fingers - one by one - if you don't get hold of the money. Very soon.

You've got to think fast. You've got to act fast. And then you'll have to get out of here - as fast as you can.

The Scream of Silence (The Little Things That Kill Series Book 0)

She had secretly wanted the baby to die, but Fate never sided with her until twenty-three years later, when Destiny Childs got her wish.

Broken, middle-aged Destiny daily struggles to survive her haunting past. Dead parents. Unplanned teen pregnancy. Cyclic addiction and depression. Life hasn't treated her kindly. Then one day she sees the name of her castaway daughter on the news: a victim of murder.

Seeing this as an opportunity to extort the rich family her daughter left behind, Destiny crafts a plan. But as all her plans go, it loosens a mess of secrets long buried, along with the truth behind the killing.

In this haunting murder mystery short story, discover the gruesomely intimate stranger harbored within Destiny... and who may lurk within any one of us.

In this riveting prequel to international best-selling author Pamela Crane's The Little Things That Kill Series, "The Scream of Silence" unravels the darkest depths of human nature. A chilling tale consumed in under an hour, but not so quickly digested.

"The Scream of Silence" originally appeared in Reader's Circle of Avenue Park's "Crooked Tales" anthology but is now published for the first time as a standalone short story.

The Cross: The first prequel in the Parliament House Books Series

On a night when old Glasgow caught fire, through the gang violence and the terrors gripping the city, two blood brothers went on a special mission.Their world would end that night. What remained grew in to a force of nature that would change Scotland and the wider world for the better. That force had a name: Brogan McLane. The first prequel in The Parliament House Books series.

Locked Room - A Katla KillFile (Amsterdam Assassin Series)

Assassin Katla reinvents a forensic landmark while creating a Locked Room mystery...The Locked Room KillFile (7,800 words) follows freelance assassin Katla Sieltjes executing a contract on a physician responsible for the death of her client's wife. Using an updated version of a lethal puzzle that astounded forensic scientists at the end of the twentieth century, Katla recreates a diabolical killing method that became a landmark in the forensic sciences. Thwarting forensic scientists is not her only hurdle in fulfilling her contract, as her target has to be killed in his home, an opulent penthouse in a fortress-like apartment building...

The Katla KillFile short stories chronologically precede the novels in the Amsterdam Assassin Series.Each KillFile features Katla Sieltjes, expert in disguising homicide, executing one of her contracts. While not mandatory reading, each KillFile provides insight both in Katla's work methods and skill, and additional background information in her character and personal history.

The Katla KillFile short stories chronologically precede the novels in the Amsterdam Assassin Series. Each KillFile features Katla Sieltjes, expert in disguising homicide, executing one of her contracts. While not mandatory reading, each KillFile provides insight both in Katla's work methods and skill, and additional background information in her character and personal history. The KillFiles can be read out of order, as the contracts are random samples from her past. Each KillFile also contains a teaser from the novels in the Amsterdam Assassin Series.

Is that you, Jim?

A FREE short story by the bestselling author of The Lazarus Succession.

Nobody would call Jim Beresford pitiful. He has a perfect life. All traces of his once miserable childhood has been erased and best forgotten. He is successful, popular, rich, with a beautiful wife and three daughters. They were the love of his life.

Jim has it all. Until one day, everything he's ever worked hard for crumbles into dust.

Poor Jim. There's only one thing left to do.... Right?

A Crime for all Seasons: DCI Brendan Moran - short stories volume 1

An unusual crime requires an unusual detective ...Meet DCI Brendan Moran, the Irish Detective From the midwinter snowdrifts of an ancient Roman villa to a summer stakeout at an exclusive art gallery, join DCI Brendan Moran and his team for the first volume of criminally cunning short stories in which the world-weary yet engaging Irish detective reaffirms that there is indeed a crime for all seasons ...A Crime for all Seasons is the first volume of short stories featuring DCI Brendan Moran.The DCI Brendan Moran novels:Black DecemberCreatures of DustDeath Walks Behind YouREVIEWS

'...a well-planned, well-written novel. The writer has a fertile imagination and an attractive narrative style.'

' of the best reads I have had this year. Gripped by the grizzled Irish detective.....plenty of twists and turns Bravo!'

'...I thoroughly enjoyed Black December - it's a very good "who done it" - and so often!'

'...Top drawer crime fiction...'

--AmazonScott Hunter is a CWA shortlisted author.

The Agreement - A Thriller Short Story: Includes a Preview of the Jack Daniels Thriller Last Call

How far would you do to get out of a gambling debt?

THE AGREEMENT is a short story that originally appeared in Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine in March 2005. It currently appears in the Konrath story collection 65 PROOF.

Because THE AGREEMENT ties into the Jack Daniels thriller LAST CALL, Konrath has made it available on its own. Also included is a chapter from LAST CALL.

Warning: Though this only takes a few minutes to read, the images will stick with your for life. This is a wickedly mean story. So let the reader beware...

If you are a more sensitive (or adventurous) reader, this handy scale rates specific categories from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest) to give you some idea if this is your kind of book.


Bad Language - 2

Scary - 6

Violent - 9

Funny - 3

Sexy - 0

More Short Fuses (Four Short Stories)

Four short stories from bestselling author Stephen Leather, plus opening chapters of five of his bestselling thrillers.

The short stories are: Rules of Engagement (where Spider Shepherd has to help a friend who is in serious trouble with the police), The Constituency Meeting (where a group of old folks decide to commit a murder), Ghost Kids (where a holidaymaker takes more home from Thailand than he expected) and Massage Therapy (where the massage skills of a Thai masseuse change a man's life forever).

There are also tasters of five of his bestselling novels, including Hard Landing, The Stretch and The Tunnel Rats.

Stephen Leather is one of the UK's most successful thriller writers, an eBook and Sunday Times bestseller and author of the critically acclaimed Dan "Spider' Shepherd series and the Jack Nightingale supernatural detective novels. Before becoming a novelist he was a journalist for more than ten years on newspapers such as The Times, the Daily Mirror, the Glasgow Herald, the Daily Mail and the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong. He is one of the country's most successful eBook authors and his eBooks have topped the Amazon Kindle charts in the UK and the US. In 2011 alone he sold more than 500,000 eBooks and was voted by The Bookseller magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the UK publishing world. Born in Manchester, he began writing full time in 1992. His bestsellers have been translated into fifteen languages. He has also written for television shows such as London's Burning, The Knock and the BBC's Murder in Mind series and two of his books, The Stretch and The Bombmaker, were filmed for TV. You can find out more from his website and you can follow him on Twitter at

Delivery Man: A Short suspense thriller

Limited time new release price of ?0.99

"When times are dark, you cling onto whatever light you can, no matter how twisted"

From Jonathan Kent, author of 'The Shael Chronicles' and the best selling Amazon short story 'The Waiting Room', comes 'Delivery Man', a dark, twisted psychological thriller.

In the space of four months, Robert Townsend lost his wife, his kids, his job and his house. When a bleary clarity finally returned, he knew he had to try and put the remains of his life back together. Taking up a position as a 'Delivery Assistant' in a local supermarket should have been just the tonic he needed to start the road to recovery, but what he hadn't accounted for was the sadistic boss he found himself working for. As the personal conflict escalates beyond his control, he is left with two very clear options: quit or stand up for himself.

God knows why he chose the latter.

'Delivery Man' shows exactly how far a man can go when pushed to the limit.

Microchip Murder - A Katla KillFile (Amsterdam Assassin Series)

Assassin Katla has to kill an industrial spy and retrieve the stolen item...The Microchip Murder KillFile (8,600 words) follows freelance assassin Katla Sieltjes executing a contract on an industrial spy, who is in the process of selling a stolen microchip with valuable software to the competition. Katla's client wants the stolen microchip and research materials returned to him, but her target is wary and the unscrupulous buyers are prepared to kill for the stolen software.

The Katla KillFile short stories chronologically precede the novels in the Amsterdam Assassin Series.Each KillFile features Katla Sieltjes, expert in disguising homicide, executing one of her contracts. While not mandatory reading, each KillFile provides insight both in Katla's work methods and skill, and additional background information in her character and personal history.

The Corrupt Billionaire: Charmed: A Gangster Bad Boy Novella

Caroline Winters just seems to pick the wrong men to share her life with.

Her boyfriend, Adam, has cheated on her and she desperately needs to be rid of him. She knows that he is after her father's money but getting rid of him is proving difficult. Caroline goes to her best friend's first art exhibition and Adam turns up to persuade her to stay with him. As she struggles to convince him that it is over between them, a tall, dark, handsome stranger, Peter, intervenes and she finds herself charmed by him.

When her controlling father comes home three days early from a business trip, her new romance is almost over before it began but she promises her father that she won't be late home and goes to meet her charming new man.

But is Peter everything he says he is or is Caroline putting herself in more danger with him than she had ever been with her ex?

Partners (Vegas Series Book 1)

Suspenseful and fast-paced, this short story will introduce you to Aurora Morelli and Kai Lawson; the characters who star in the full-length sequel "Roll the Dice" (to be released September 15, 2012). Forced to take on a new partner, after a serial rapist attacks her former one, annoys Aurora big time. Especially when he's the kind of hotshot she normally stays as far away from as possible. But, because they both want this man more than anything else, they ignore the irritating explosions they set off from one another. And finding this slimeball becomes their ultimate goal.

The Used Virgin: An Argolicus Mystery (Argolicus Mysteries)

After Rome, before the Middle Ages, Italy belonged to the Ostrogoths.

A corrupt governor. A young girl. An old man. Argolicus unravels the threads.

When a life-long friend disappears, a peaceful retreat to the provinces turns into a challenge to the local governor for Argolicus.

A cruel slander originates from the venal governor. When Argolicus visits the governor, he discovers an unscrupulous plot destined to impoverish his friend. When his lifelong tutor overhears a comment, they set out to find their friend only to discover base cruelty and a secret plot.

A plot that challenges the King's people, the roots of Roman civility, and his friend's life.

Affronted, he pursues the thread. Little does he know that his investigation will pitch him in a fight with thugs and ultimately set him head-to-head with the governor.

5 Stars

"A rich tapestry of interactions that serve to draw the reader deeper in...""The feel of a time long passed as a mystery unfolds..."

Fill up: A short suspense thriller

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From Jonathan Kent, author of 'The Shael Chronicles' and the best selling Amazon short story 'The Waiting Room', comes 'Fill up', a short, suspenseful thriller.

After a string of bad luck, Sean was grateful for the 'gift' of a car from his high-flying brother. The only problem was it was in London, which meant a last minute, hastily arranged road trip - something his eight year old daughter was desperate to go on.

After a nightmare return journey, they were nearly home, when a stop to 'fill up' was interrupted by a horrific turn of events. Whilst Rosie sleeps on, Sean is faced with a terrible dilemma.

What would you do if you were faced with only bad options?

I Spy with My Little Eye (A Nursery Rhyme Suspense short story): A Marlow and Sage Mystery

Praise for I Spy with My Little Eye: "A GREAT READ"

"Really enjoyed this story!"

"I liked it so much that I immediately read all the books in the series."

When what you don't know will kill you.

A dead Santa throws Marlow and Sage together in this Nursery Rhyme Suspense short story.

The target isn't Santa, it's Sage, and she and Marlow aren't the only ones who want information from the would-be assassin. Temporarily recruited by CISUE, Central Intelligence for Special or Unusual Events, Marlow and Sage are tasked with finding out the identity of CISUE's main nemesis, and while they're at it, smoke out the company mole.

Marlow and Sage surprise themselves by what appears to be a latent skill set, perfect for taking down bad guys. They'd pat each other on the back later if only they hadn't agreed to have their memories wiped.

Who are you again?

The Letter: A Jill Hunter Short #1 (The Jill Hunter Short Story Series)

Welcome to the first installment of an exciting new short story series.

Each story in the Jill Hunter Short Story Series is a quick read taking the average person about an hour to finish (they're each about 10,000 words). But, what it lacks in length it makes up for in fast-paced thrills.

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The Letter: A Jill Hunter Short #1

In this installment of the Jill Hunter Series, when Jill, an ex-homicide detective turned freelance investigator, receives an anonymous note, at first she thinks it's an old colleague intent on upsetting her.

She soon learns there's more to it when she receives the next note. Jill must try to find the anonymous sender before he kills once more.

He might have pinned the last murder on someone else, but Jill is determined to stop him from doing that again.

With only her wits and intuition, Jill goes after the dangerous man, chasing him across the country and back in the hope of preventing him from killing another victim.

The Wall of Retribution

When the layers are stripped back, our darkest secrets surface; they cannot be papered over permanently.

When mum asked me to repaper the front room wall, I never expected it to lead to a blast from the past. I met up with an old mate who could help me out, some things never change. But what I never saw coming was what was to happen next. How could I have done? And, will I live to tell the tale?

Guilt's Beady Eye - A Prize Winning Short Story

We're all quick to condemn those who break the law.

But think for a moment - how far would you go to protect the one you love if you thought there were no legal alternatives?

In this gritty thriller, a responsible mother has a very real dilemma to deal with, and finds her conscience swayed by an unlikely ally.

Would you do the same in her position?

This short story of approx 3,500 words won the Writers' Forum Fiction Competition, has been updated and enhanced for Kindle release, and is taken from the collection: Tales of Loss and Guilt.

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The Last Nazi

The Last Nazi is found in the American Midwest where he has been hiding for 50 years! Born of German immigrants he takes on the bitterness of his family from the defeat in World War I; sympathizing with Hitler, he wields vengeance on an unsuspecting Jewish merchant of a local farming community. Yet, the ghosts of the past haunt him on his last night on earth in an eerie surrealism. As the old man sleeps in the dilapidated farm house his greatest fear of being found becomes a reality and his only salvation in the end, but it is too late.

Steel Valentine

A Ghost is Born

It's early 1980's in blue-collar Boston. Billy Carson held his brother in his arms and watched him take his last breath. The cops and everyone else see it as a clear case, young guy, partying too hard, took to much and his body reacted, shut down. Billy knows there's more, but to dig deeper means crossing some dangerous paths and putting himself and his family at risk. If the choice is his, he'd walk away for his family's sake. He soon finds out, some choices get made for you.