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 . . .

Murder in Hatterton Crow

A cosy murder mystery set in the odd and slightly disturbing English village of Hatterton Crow. From British writer Ormolu Mockingbird.

Gretchen is an assistant at The Great Beyond funeral home, and she is not having a good day. Her father is having one of his 'prescient turns' again, her mother is planning a trip to Spain with her informal ladies' society, and to cap it all the village baker, Ben Tonkins, has died, which means that Gretchen will be bereft of her favourite dense, jammy sponge cakes. And there is something entirely fishy about Ben's death that sits ill with the intrepid mortician.

And what's worse is that something sinister appears to be at work in the village - a place where modern technology goes to die - because Gretchen's solemn and sensible boss, the honey-voiced Carmel, seems to have come down with a case of the crazies, botching the embalming process on Ben, and getting wildly smashed on vodka before bashing both Gretchen and another villager, Rosie Tawber, with a cricket bat.

But Gretchen knows Carmel, and she knows that cricket was never her game, so she sets out with the help and hindrance of the villagers to discover who, exactly, is the murderer in their midst - and what could be their motive in this sleepy corner of England.

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 . . .

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.

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 . . .

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.

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...

Wrong One - A short story (The Davenport Mysteries)

A WEDDING AND A THIRTY YEAR OLD GRUDGE

When Kiara invited Jake to a family wedding, he had not thought that it will be different from any other wedding. However, he started sensing something wrong with everyone in the wedding party.

Is Jake going to find out anything or is it a mere hunch? Or Kiara's fear of Jake creating a trouble in the marriage will come true?

The First: A Prequel to 'The Returned'

In Jason Mott's haunting and unforgettable debut novel, The Returned, an impossible miracle is occurring all across the globe. Read how it all begins in this short story, The First.

It's been just over a year since Edmund Blithe died, and just over a month since his fiancee, Emily, stopped wearing her engagement ring. Emily has finally begun to move on... Until Edmund mysteriously and inexplicably returns, sending the world - and Emily - into a tailspin.

Edmund is only just the beginning. Around the world, people's loved ones are returning from beyond, seeking only to reenter the lives they left behind. As the world dives deep into uncertainty, Emily and Edmund are determined to find their way back to one another...even if it means risking everything.

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

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

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 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?

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.

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

The Choice (Prequel to The Returned, Book 3) (The Returned Series)

In Jason Mott's haunting and unforgettable debut novel, The Returned, an impossible miracle is occurring all across the globe.

This is Part 3 in the exciting and much anticipated prequels to Jason Mott's The Returned - 'Fantastically readable' - The Times

Praise for Jason Mott'With fine craftsmanship and a deep understanding of the human condition, Jason Mott has woven a tale that is in turns tragic and humorous and terrifying' - Eowyn Ivey, Author of The Snow Child

'Could be the next Lovely Bones' - Entertainment Weekly

'Fantastically readable' - The Times

'Gripping' - Shortlist

'Mott tackles some big themes here, especially the vagaries of spirituality, and scores with one of the most emotionally resonant works in many seasons' - Essence Magazine

'It will...make you question what it means to be human and what you'd do in a similar situation'-The Sun

'Get in early before the hype begins' - Star Magazine

'The Returned transforms a brilliant premise into an extraordinary and beautifully realized novel. My spine is still shivering from the memory of this haunting story. Wow.' -Douglas Preston, #1 bestselling author of The Monster of Florence

This is the beginning of the Returned

Part 1 - The First

Part 2 - The Sparrow

Part 3 - The Choice

The Returned

Rest In Peace, Baby: A Badass Mexican Girl Introductory Action Sequence

One badass girl, a shitload of murderous narcos, and nonstop action from the opening line.

This is a no holds barred introductory action sequence filled with deliciously unrealistic action, an over the top heroine, and an unhealthy dose of dark humor. It's a blazing fast 90-page read.

It's not a full novel with a full plot, character development, etc. If you want those things (ya greedy bastard!) you'll have to read my next book, which ain't free! Cheapskates love free books, but my baby girl don't like cheapskates...

This book is just the teaser to get your blood pumping and sucker you into buying my next book. (I'm sorry for being such a greedy bastard that I actually want to make a living.)

Grab your free copy, get glued to your seat, and then angrily buy the next Badass Mexican Girl thriller!

After Dark: The Story Begins (Urban Fantasy Anthologies Book 1)

What would you do if your dreams became REAL?

Jeremy Patten discovers he has a unique power. When others sleep Jeremy is able to enter their dreams. In the first book of this series, 'The Story Begins' Jeremy discovers his power, and quickly sets out to solve the mystery of a major jewellery heist that occurred in Chicago ten years ago.

Jeremy is smitten with pretty Tara Shield, and is keen to be more than just friends. He finds out through his power that Tara is involved in a tangled web of relationships. He discovers too that his employer handled the jewellery heist court case, but was never really satisfied with the outcome.

Does Jeremy have the power through his after dark visits to solve a long standing mystery? Does he win the girl?

This short read debut will leave readers guessing until the very end.

After Dark 'The Story Begins' was a US Amazon #1 Best Seller.

Sanctus: Part One

This book has been serialized into 4 parts - this is PART 1 OF 4. TRY THIS BIG BESTSELLER AT A SPECIAL PRICE. 'Plenty of action, plenty of intrigue and wonderfully imaginative. The sort of novel to devour in one sitting.' Kate Mosse on SANCTUS - the bestselling thriller debut of 2011.

Page Extent: 50 pages

THE SECRET THAT WILL SHAKE THE WORLD

Liv Adamsen is a New York crime reporter, Kathryn Mann a charity worker. They are very different people, but their fate is bound together by one man's desperate act.

With the world's media watching, a robed man has thrown himself from the top of the oldest inhabited place on earth, an ancient citadel in Turkey. For some it is a sign of great events to come. For Liv and Kathryn it is the start of a race into danger, darkness and the most remarkable secret in the history of humanity.

It is a secret that the fanatical monks in the citadel will kill, torture and break every law, human and divine, to keep hidden...

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.

FBI Special Agent Owen Burke Folge 1/2 - Doppelband: Drei Leichen im Keller / Der Freitagsmörder (German Edition)

Zwei brandneue Stories aus der Serie "FBI Special Agent".

Unerschrocken kampft Owen Burke im Dschungel der Grossstadt gegen das Verbrechen. Terrorismus und das organisierte Verbrechen sind dabei seine Gegner.

Der New Yorker Ermittler Owen Burke geht im Big Apple auf Gangsterjagd - eindrucksvoll in Szene gesetzt von Top-Autor Pete Hackett.

The Scent of Death: Free Sampler

Discover the Best Historical Crime Novel of 2013 (Crime Writers' Association Ellis Peters Award) with this FREE 100 page extract from the No.1 bestselling author of THE AMERICAN BOY. 'Andrew Taylor's historical crime fiction is always an event,' Guardian.

August, 1778. British-controlled Manhattan is a melting pot of soldiers, traitors and refugees, surrounded by rebel forces as the American War of Independence rages on.

Into this simmering tension sails Edward Savill, a London clerk tasked with assessing the claims of loyalists who have lost out during the war.

Savill lodges with the ageing Judge Wintour, his ailing wife, and their enigmatic daughter-in-law Arabella. However, as Savill soon learns, what the Wintours have lost in wealth, they have gained in secrets.

The murder of a gentleman in the slums pulls Savill into the city's underbelly. But when life is so cheap, why does one death matter? Because making a nation is a lucrative business, and some people cannot afford to miss out, whatever the price...

Forward Slash

A terrifying novel about internet dating, secret desires and a chilling serial killer. From bestselling authors Mark Edwards and Louise Voss.

He's posted on your wall.

He's following you on Twitter.

He knows where you are right now...

When Amy receives an email from her older sister, Becky, announcing that she's off travelling and "don't try to find me", she is worried. Becky would never do such a thing on a whim.

Amy - who is recovering from an abusive relationship that has left her terrified of love - soon finds that Becky had started using online dating sites. Aided by Becky's neighbour, Gary, Amy sets about tracking down the men her sister had dated, following a trail that leads her into the darkly seductive world of internet hook-ups.

But Amy is unaware that a sadistic killer is watching - a killer who's been using the internet to stalk, torture and kill. Now he's got something very special planned for Amy and she is about to find out that romance really is dead.

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.

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.