Crime, Thrillers & Mystery Short Stories Books

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...

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.

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 www.stephenleather.com and you can follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/stephenleather

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.'



'...one 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.

A Perfect Eye: Today is not the day

Do you know who thinks about you? Do you know if anyone is watching you? What happens when a secret admirer has grim intentions and you don't even know that the person exists? This short story explores the longing of the admirer who wishes to remain unseen until they are certain that they are in full control of the fate they will inflict on the person of their desire.

Is that you, Jim?

A psychological thriller about a man who discovers his perfect life is a big lie.

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 are 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?

The Disappearance: A Jill Hunter Short #13 (The Jill Hunter Short Story Series)

Welcome back for the thirteenth installment of the Jill Hunter 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 Disappearance: A Jill Hunter Short #13

When Jill Hunter's partner Rory disappears without a trace after a stupid fight, she is left heart broken.

She is considering leaving town and starting over somewhere new when she receives a phone call that changes everything. The stranger on the phone line tells her that Rory is in grave danger. The caller hangs up before Jill can find out any further details.

Jill must find out where he is and what is happening to him before it's too late to save him and their relationship.

Jill races to find Rory, but with so little to go on, she starts to lose hope. Will she find her man in time to save him?

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.

Fill up: A short suspense thriller

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?

The Jill Hunter Short Story Series: Stories 10-12 (A Jill Hunter Short Story Series Boxset)

Welcome back for the fourth boxset of The Jill Hunter Short Story Series. This boxset includes stories 10-12 in this captivating thriller series.

Each boxset is a quick read taking the average person about 3 hours to finish (each boxset is about 30,000 words in total). But, what it lacks in length it makes up for in fast-paced thrills.

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The Lost: A Jill Hunter Short #10

Jill Hunter arrives at her office to find a message from a potential new client who wants her help in bringing her daughter's rapist to justice. Confused as to why the police aren't involved, she calls the woman and they talk.

When Jill finds out the girl's age, she can't refuse, no matter what the strange circumstances are.

When she finds out exactly where and what the rapist is, she feels true fear, but she knows what she has to do. She will stop at nothing. Jill is going undercover. The only question is; will she be coming back out?

Conspiracy to Murder: Part One: A Jill Hunter Short #11

When Jill Hunter tries to take a rare day off, she knows it's over when her receptionist, Rosie, calls her with details of a potential new case.

Rosie tells her about a man who has come to her office telling of a murder he is about to be arrested for. Jill has no intentions of taking the case until she finds out the man is Lee Watson, an IT technician for the police force whom she's worked with in the past.

She agrees to look into his case and find out who is behind the conspiracy. Things get dangerous, and Jill fears for her life and her sanity.

Conspiracy to Murder: Part Two: A Jill Hunter Short #12

When Jill Hunter regains consciousness at the side of the road after being bumped by the car that was tailing her, she hears the warning to stay away from Lee Watson loud and clear. Of course, she ignores it completely.

The warning serves only to confirm her suspicions - that Lee Watson is innocent and being set up for a murder he didn't commit.

Jill launches herself into a fact finding mission, ignoring the danger to herself in the search for justice. When she finds the key to the case, she has to do something she would never normally resort to.

Will she see it through and save the day?

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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?

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.

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.

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 Neighbors: A Jill Hunter Short #6 (The Jill Hunter Short Story Series)

Welcome back for the sixth installment of the Jill Hunter 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.

In case you haven't already, as a special bonus for checking out this series we'd like to invite you to grab the high octane prequel to the Jill Hunter Short Story Series, A New Beginning, by signing up to our no spam newsletter at: https://www.timelypublishing.com/instafreebie-a-new-beginning. It's something that's exclusive to our mailing list and you can't get it anywhere else!

The Neighbors: A Jill Hunter Short #6

Jill Hunter is happy for the first time in years. So happy she has put down roots, including a brand new office in town.

When her first client walks in off the streets, Jill takes an instant dislike to her, but when she learns that the case involves potential child abuse, she knows she can't ignore it.

Jill takes the case and finds the accused to be law abiding citizens with a happy child. She takes pity on the client, an old woman who she believes to be afraid. She agrees to do some further digging, but what she digs up is far from what she was expecting.

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.



THE AGREEMENT by JA Konrath

Bad Language - 2

Scary - 6

Violent - 9

Funny - 3

Sexy - 0

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.

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.