Crime, Thrillers & Mystery Short Stories Books

In the Eye of the Beholder: The Year of Short Stories

In the Eye of the Beholder 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 fifth collection of short stories, Cat O' Nine Tales, comes In the Eye of the Beholder, an irresistible, witty and ingenious short read.

Gian Lorenzo Venici and Paolo Castelli both excelled from their earliest days at school right through to the prime of their careers: Gian in academia and eventually as the most highly regarded art dealer in Italy; Paolo as a football star captain for Roma. After a career-finishing injury, Paolo announces his unlikely engagement to Angelina Porcelli - a lady 'only Rubens' would have found beautiful, and heiress to the largest pharmaceutical company in Italy. The pre-nup clearly stated that Paolo would get nothing were they to divorce - Gian can only conclude that Paolo's love for her is as genuine as Angelina's emerging love of great art. So when Angelina shows interest in the private collection of one of Gian's wealthy clients, he is more than happy to help negotiate . . .

One Man's Meat: The Year of Short Stories

One Man's Meat 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 One Man's Meat, an irresistible, witty and ingenious short read.

When Michael Whitaker spots the stunning Anna Townsend on the steps of the theatre, he decides he will do whatever it takes to get to know her. Finding a way to get a ticket for the seat next to her, he then invites her to a drink at the interval. By the end of the play, Michael asks her to accompany him to dinner. But what will her answer be?

What follows are four different endings . . . choose just one, or - if choosing to read all four - they can be read in the following order: Rare, Burnt, Overdone, and A Point . . .

The Grass Is Always Greener: The Year of Short Stories

The Grass Is Always Greener 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 fourth collection of short stories, To Cut a Long Story Short, comes The Grass Is Always Greener, an irresistible, witty and ingenious short read.

Bill has had the same spot under the archway outside Critchley's Bank for years. He knows all the staff: the yuppies, the middle-management, the executives . . . perhaps better than they know themselves. Across the company, from lowest to highest ranking, each looks at what the other has. But with every rung further up the ladder problems become increasingly complex and more difficult to escape from . . .

No Room at the Inn: The Year of Short Stories

No Room at the Inn 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 sixth collection of short stories, And Thereby Hangs a Tale, comes No Room at the Inn, an irresistible, witty and ingenious short read.

Richard has spent an idyllic month in Italy, soaking up the sun and the rich culture - even though his girlfriend decided at the last minute not to accompany him. Finding himself in the beautiful historic town of Monterchi, he spends his last few euros on a simple yet delicious meal. He is recommended the Albergo Piero for his stay that night. When he is told they have no rooms, the beautiful receptionist tells him to wait a moment - there might just be a room after all . .

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...

Clean Sweep Ignatius: The Year of Short Stories

Clean Sweep Ignatius 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 second collection of short stories, A Twist in the Tale, comes Clean Sweep Ignatius, an irresistible, witty and ingenious short read.

Nigeria's newly appointed Minister of Finance is determined to make his country sit up straight with his rigorous overhaul of the system, soon earning him the nickname 'Clean Sweep Ignatius'. But, somehow, large sums of money are still falling through invisible cracks. At his wits end, General Otobi grants Ignatius with the authority to take whatever means he deems necessary to track down the errant funds . . .

Cooper By The Gross (All 144 Cooper Stories In One Volume)

To all my Cooper fans: Thank you so much for your support all these years. Your downloads gave me the incentive I needed to keep writing the Cooper, P.I. series. Well, this is where it ends. In story #144, "A Game Of Horse," Matt ends up closing the investigations business and joining the L.A.P.D. as a cop. While this means the end of the Cooper stories with Matt as a P.I., it also marks the beginning of the next Cooper era--with Matt as a cop. Watch for more Cooper stories in the future. The logo and the titles may look different, but the same familiar characters will all be there...Matt Cooper, his wife, Chris and their twins, Nicky and Veronica, Matt's parents, Elliott and Gloria Cooper, Lieutenant Kevin Cole, Coroner Gerry Winkler and the other supporting characters who have become my extended family (and hopefully yours, too) If you're an Cooper old fan, enjoy this collection and the memories it brings. If you're a new fan, what better way to get to know the Cooper clan?

Bill Bernico - March 28, 2014

Christina Rosenthal: The Year of Short Stories

Christina Rosenthal 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 second collection of short stories, A Twist in the Tale, comes Christina Rosenthal, an irresistible, witty and ingenious short read.

Benjamin's childhood dream was to win the mile in the West Mount High School championships, but his attempts were peppered with taunts about his very traditional Jewish upbringing. And he is besotted with Christina - even though she is seemingly a key perpetrator of the slander. Told through a series of poignant letters written by Benjamin to his estranged father the rabbi, this is a tender, heart-wrenching and ultimately devastating tale of first love - and final promises.

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?

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.

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

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 Innocence of Father Brown

This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers. You may find it for free on the web. Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery.

Delivery Man: A Short suspense thriller

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"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.

Is that you, Jim?

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 had 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....

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 Black Cat (American Roots)

Edgar Allan Poe, the father of American horror fiction, first published his macabre short story The Black Cat in the August 19, 1843 edition of The Saturday Evening Post. The frightening tale of a murderer tormented by guilt over his terrible deeds is a classic. The narrator s admission that much of his bad behavior and deranged thinking is the result of demon alcohol is possibly autobiographical, as Poe himself struggled with alcoholism throughout his life. This short work is part of Applewood s American Roots, series, tactile mementos of American passions by some of America s most famous writers and thinkers."

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

Unusual crimes demand an unusual 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 . . .



The DCI Brendan Moran Crime Series - REVIEWS



'...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...'

--Amazon

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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.

Dead Flies: a Dark Teesside short story

Just a kid, really, with his whole life ahead of him. But he vanished three years ago...

In this chapter of the Dark Teesside series, the events unfold in Thornaby and Middlesbrough...

Introducing Dead Flies, a dark short story by award winning writer Glenn McGoldrick.

"Another excellent piece of short fiction from McGoldrick, well written and excellently presented. The use of actual Northern locations and the writing style as well hints at Ian Rankin, and hopefully there will be a full length novel in time. A sad and thoughtful short story, that leaves you very much wanting more" - Amazon bestselling author Sam Burnell

Red Marks: a Dark Teesside short story

"I wondered if she was sleeping alone; I liked to think that she was. It was too late to knock on her door and say hello, but maybe I'd get the chance some other time."

In this chapter of the Dark Teesside series, follow Michael as he walks the streets of Thornaby...

Introducing Red Marks, a dark short story by award winning author Glenn McGoldrick.

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.

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?

Black-Eyed Susie: A Short Story

"Dark and gritty and bloody and awesome. But you have to read to the end." - Meghan O'Flynn, author of the Ash Park series

*A predator lurks...

She caught his attention right away with her blond angel curls, heart-shaped mouth, and huge black eyes. She's young, but she's mature for her age--someone he can confide in. Someone who doesn't pester and nag and berate him. Someone who, with a webcam recording, will do any naughty thing he asks.

And now that her parents are out of town, she's invited him for a visit.

He stands on her front porch ready to knock, knees shaking, heart pounding. He knows what he's doing is against the law--that it's wrong. But he won't turn around. Because on the other side of that door, Susan is waiting. And she says she wants to make all his fantasies come true.

But what he doesn't know is that when it comes to little Black-Eyed Susie, you'd better be careful what you wish for.

*Please note that all characters in this story are 18+

The Man Who Knew Too Much

This contains the first 8 of the 12 stories in the published book The Man Who Knew Too Much and Other Stories. In these 8 detective thrillers, the main protagonist is Horne Fisher. (The omitted four are individual stories with separate heroes/detectives.)

Due to close relationships with the leading political figures in the land, Fisher knows too much about the private politics behind the public politics of the day. This knowledge is a burden to him because he is able to uncover the injustices and corruptions of the murders in each story, but in most cases the real killer gets away with the killing because to bring him openly to justice would create a greater chaos: starting a war, reinciting Irish rebellions, or removing public faith in the government.

A film of the same title was made in 1934 and remade in 1956, both directed by Alfred Hitchcock, but the films had nothing at all in common (except the title) with these short stories. Hitchcock decided to use the title simply because he had the rights for some of the stories.

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.

The Trial For Murder