Category Archives: Short stories

“Embers of Atlanta” by Laurențiu M. Badea

“We are born embers, my friend, sparks kindling on the night sky, then fade into darkness.” The Daughter – Lisa, a young girl clutching her old teddy bear, wakes to a surreal landscape. Starting with the sounds and smells of … Continue reading

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“The House on Pine Terrace” a thriller short by Phillip Margolin

Blurb: This be-careful-what-you-wish-for Thriller Short from bestselling author Phillip Margolin tells what happens when a cop meets the man of her dreams, who lives in the house of her dreams. Monica Esteban grew up poor, on occasion helping her single … Continue reading

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“CWA Anthology of short stories: Mystery Tour” edited by Martin Edwards

This exciting collection of short stories features crime writers working with a “mystery tour” or travel theme. Showcasing the diversity of the contemporary crime-fiction genre, these 28 compelling stories will take you on a memorable trip – and you’ll not … Continue reading

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19 Crimes + a myriad more…

Well folks it finally happened. I have found a perfect excuse to blog about TWO of my passions.  Most people who know me have long realized that I really appreciate a nice glass of red.  This summer I had a … Continue reading

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“The text” by Claire Douglas

Since May is Short Story Month, I have read a few titles that fit into the short story category.  My first selection is “The Text” by Claire Douglas.   A contemporary crime thriller written with skill, it has all the trademarks … Continue reading

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“The last resort: a short story” by Rajib Mukherjee

“When you have the one thing that could revive a bereaved man in distress, compassion becomes second nature. But what if your empathy puts the love of your life at stake?” The blurb and intriguing cover are what first attracted … Continue reading

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“The case of the missing bubble gum card” by R. Weir

This short story introduces the reader to Jarvis Mann, a struggling private investigator living in Denver, Colorado.  In his mid-thirties and single, Jarvis fancies himself a bit of comedian, though his sarcastic wit often only entertains himself. To save money, … Continue reading

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“Sleep no more: six murderous tales” by P.D. James

Finding work by a late author that you have revered is rare. Therefore you can imagine my excitement to see that another collection of stories by the inimitable P.D. James has been published. Last year I read and enjoyed “Mistletoe … Continue reading

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“Christmas in Killarney” by S. Furlong-Bolliger

A short, short story that will leave you gob-smacked! It is almost Christmas in Hackensack, New Jersey. Maureen’s life is on a downward spiral…  Her husband, Bob has lost his job due to ‘downsizing’ and he now sits around their … Continue reading

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Bedtime stories for grown-ups (Guest post by Andrew Joyce)

Bedtime Stories for Grown-Ups is a jumble of genres—seven hundred pages of fiction and nonfiction … some stories included against the author’s better judgment. If he had known that one day they’d be published, he might not have been as … Continue reading

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Remembering novelist Margaret Yorke

Recently, while trying to purge my overcrowded bookshelves, I came across a  “Winter’s Crimes 18” anthology.  Since it was an ex-library book, and not in very good shape, I decided it was one of the books I would be purging. … Continue reading

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20 Questions with Margaret Gracie (#Authorinterview)

Today Fictionophile welcomes Canadian debut author Margaret Gracie.  Margaret has generously agreed to answer my questions and share her writing journey with us. Margaret’s book has recently been published by The Porcupine’s Quill. F  Congratulations on the publication of “Plastic”! … Continue reading

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“Pieces like pottery” by Dan Buri

Blurb: “Pieces Like Pottery is an examination of the sorrows of life, the strength of character, the steadfast of courage, and the resiliency of love requisite to find redemption. Offering graceful insight into the human condition, each linked story presents … Continue reading

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“Half a reason to die” by Chip Duncan (#shortstories)

from SelectBooks: “Half a Reason to Die”  is a collection of eight short stories by the acclaimed documentary filmmaker and photojournalist Chip Duncan. Though a work of fiction, the series of stories is drawn from real people, locations, and events … Continue reading

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“It can’t be October already” by Jeffrey Archer

The best-selling author of such works as “Kane & Abel“, “A matter of honor” and the popular Clifton Chronicles series has written a humorous yet poignant short story. The story includes delightful illustrations and portrays Pat O’Flynn, a homeless man … Continue reading

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