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List of Published Stories

7
Nov
When a failed history professor falls in love with a bad witch he discovers that sometimes fortune does favor the bold. At least for a while.
By R. S. Morgan

7
Nov
There's a new kid at school. And she's not laughing.
By Stef Donati

7
Nov
A woman with a nefarious sense of fun meets her match on a train.
By David Vardeman

7
Nov
In the 1940s, a young woman returns to her Appalachian town to avenge her father's murder.
By Joseph D'Agnese

7
Nov
Lust, money and a recipe for murder.
By Edward Palumbo

7
Nov
What happens when two famous authors discuss the existence of ghosts at dinner in a London flat and they are joined by a noted third (female) author.
By Tom Tolnay

7
Nov
Sometimes what's in Day After Thanksgiving Soup is a real gamble. …
By Debra H. Goldstein

1
Oct
Ever considered writing Sherlockian pastiche? Here are some thoughts to ponder.
By Vincent W. Wright

1
Oct
Sherlock Holmes must discover who murdered a man. But first, he must discover who murdered a pig.
By Eric Cline

1
Oct
The part-time yoga instructor at an active retirement community is murdered in a fellow resident's apartment.
By John Hearn

1
Oct
In a Victorian London substantially different from the one we know, no consulting sleuth is as extraordinary as Ponder Wright, the mechanical detective. Yet even his wits are tested by a murder where the suspects are all automatons.
By John Longenbaugh

1
Oct
At long last, the maker of Sherlock Holmes's clay pipe is revealed.
By Bruce Harris

1
Oct
Roger Sherrington replaces Dr John H Watson to provide invaluable assistance to Sherlock Holmes in a monster-god investigation.
By Ralph E. Vaughan

1
Oct
At the request of Bram Stoker, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson investigate the deadly occurrences plaguing a production of Macbeth.
By Michael Mallory

1
Sep
They said doing time was like a river. But a river was forgotten in the ocean. Paying for the past was nothing like a river.
By D. S. White

1
Sep
An interview with a blogger brings back some horrifying memories for the daughter of a deceased crime writer with a cult following.
By Greg Herren

1
Sep
Bonnie is in love with a man she's never met, but she sees him on camera every time he drives through one of Florida's toll gates. She tries to think of ways they can be together, but can't do anything about it until his wife finally disappears.
By Erik Deckers

1
Sep
Getting into the mob is easy, it's having a good plan to get out that's hard.
By Peter W. J. Hayes

1
Sep
Mrs. Hitt was a satisfied customer of her mysterious hit man. Then Detective Snapp threatened to ruin everything.
By Lani Steele

1
Sep
A stranger arrives in a town and finds himself embroiled in corruption and murder.
By James Blakey

1
Aug
In Victorian London, private enquiry agent Adam Cole races to track down a killer who taunts and terrorizes with disturbing photographs of his victims, taken both before and after death.
By R.R. Scott

1
Aug
At the height of the Renaissance, a shrewd churchman takes extraordinary steps to protect his family's good name from scandal.
By Joseph D'Agnese

1
Aug
Junior diplomat Casey Collins volunteers to work in a war-torn country and her nature gives her only two ways to manage the risk. Go numb and avoid trouble. Or live life with every nerve end tingling …
By Diana Deverell

1
Aug
Walter hates dirty cops and has already executed justice on three of them. Now it's time for a corrupt judge to pay.
By Michael T. Coolen

1
Aug
Some people will do anything to win, but it's risky.
By Dale T. Phillips

1
Aug
A homeless man comes into possession of skeleton key that has special powers. The man uses the key to improve his situation but it seems he talked too much to the wrong person.
By Don Herald

1
Aug
Decades ago two strangers made mad love; he never knew she killed herself that same day ... until moments before he took a bullet in the neck, meant for the Marseilles accountant slow-mo diving beneath the table next to his.
By Eugene H. Davis

1
Aug
Some people are very good at their jobs. Just as long the instructions are kept nice and simple …
By Liam Hogan

1
Jul
A madcap Edwardian supernatural romp through a vast and ancient manor house. Who killed Sir Reginald Gastleigh? Who, indeed?
By Melanie Atherton Allen

1
Jul
A crime fiction writer, frustrated with his mountain of rejection slips, kidnaps a magazine editor and unwittingly discovers what true crime is all about.
By Kevin Z. Garvey

1
Jul
When her brother Johnny comes home to roost, Teri is ready.
By Tapanga Koe

1
Jul
The horrible movie adaptation of Robert Caldwell's novel killed his literary career. But Jason Stearne wonders if Caldwell's revenge got him murdered.
By J. Michael Major

1
Jul
The mysterious death of a retired fortune teller. Is it murder? Suicide? Or something else?
By Bruce Harris

1
Jul
Uncle Charlie usually refuses to loan out money, but when he does you better not renege. Even his favourite nephew was not immune.
By Thom Bennett

1
Jul
A blind man is the only witness to a murder. Detectives sort through the clues he provides.
By Peter DiChellis

1
Jul
A show-down at a small tavern defines characters on both sides of the gun control issue..
By Tom Tolnay

1
Jun
Artist, Tru Jameson, gets in deep when he answers the call of a friend who ran away with the circus. Evie's partner in her knife-throwing act has disappeared and she asks Tru for back up in finding the rumored, illicit after-hours show.
By C.M. West

1
Jun
A cell of the Melbourne mafia meet to discuss the issue of a recalcitrant member. With the Don's power waning, and each party harbouring his own ulterior motives, the conversation at dinner takes them to places they could never have imagined.
By Natalie Satakovski

1
Jun
What do you do when the girl you love doesn't love you back? Murder is always an option.
By Antony Mann

1
Jun
A birth injury takes control of a man who transforms into a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde murderer.
By Arthur Davis

1
Jun
Truth is stranger than fiction when a young tennis pro woos and wins the wife of the world's most famous author.
By David Afsharirad

1
Jun
A bank heist getaway goes horribly wrong.
By Jim Farren

1
May
To kill and kill is the only way this aged employee can get ahead.
By J.A. Becker

1
May
An Elizabethan law student investigates a curious case.
By Anna Castle

1
May
Curious old Mrs Walker investigates the death of the local barmaid when the killer dumps the body in her back garden.
By Katie Ginger

1
May
Jackie Plumm is the hottest television star of 1950, but when he turns up murdered, it's up to Buddy Barker, his comedy stooge, to find out who wanted his boss dead: the mob, the government, or one of his co-workers.
By Michael Mallory

1
May
In the six years I spent looking for David Alamont, it never occurred to me that I might actually find him.
By Charles Roland

1
May
Two thousand dollars richer and with a dead client, John LeGrand must now find what happened.
By Jude Roy

1
Apr
When Jed Pinto unlocks his subconscious, his muse paints a scene of rare interest to a most unusual patron.
By Delbert R. Gardner

1
Apr
Would a professor just elected president of his university kill himself?
By Carlos Orsi

1
Apr
While on vacation, a sweet pair of senior citizens turn the tables on the world's worst serial killer.
By Joseph D'Agnese

1
Apr
He can never undo what he did, but maybe he can atone for his sin.
By Michael Bracken

1
Apr
A down-and-out millennial scours dark bars searching for an estranged friend who has disappeared into thin air.
By David Gibb

1
Apr
Private Investgator Adam Pike's latest case strains him to the breaking point as he pits himself against bullets, mobsters, and a failed case from his time on the job that cost an innocent girl her life.
By Carl Adams

1
Mar
It's a whirlwind marriage for Cory Moss. Then his wife dies of a drug overdose and he's the only suspect.
By Michael McGlade

1
Mar
A PI travels to east Texas in search of a missing young man but finds more than he bargained for.
By Earl Staggs

1
Mar
Two career kidnappers approach their last grab, but their loss of nerve may cost them everything.
By Ben David Orlando

1
Mar
“Beyond the Grave” is the story of Edgar Allan Poe’s efforts to discover the killer of his child-bride, Virginia Clemm.
By Edward Francisco

1
Mar
A ruthless interrogator for a private enterprise
By Peter Hochstein

1
Mar
A heist turns into something unexpected
By George Garnet

7
Feb
Crags was determined to face life - and death - on the streets the same way he did in war. Alone.
By Martin Roy Hill

1
Feb
With the family business failing, Sal D’Amico is tempted by an unusual offer to bring back the boom times and carry on the tradition.
By Troy Soos

1
Feb
Two groups of street performers who are jockeying for prime position in The French Quarter of New Orleans both try to court the unnamed narrator to inflict damage upon the other group.
By Andrew Davie

21
Feb
Two L.A. losers concoct a car theft scheme perfect for their city and it works like a charm, until it doesn't.
By David M. Hamlin

1
Feb
Bodies don't stay buried in Florida
By Ross Gresham

1
Feb
What is the point of casting a shadow, if those who stand within it don’t feel its chill?
By Francesgrace Mary-Hedwyck Ferland

31
Jan
Real secret agents lead lives full of intrigue, and danger. But when a spy goes missing, could it be because of bad reading habits?
By Raymond Michaels

24
Jan
The widows of three drowned sailors plot to extract restitution from the miserly ship owner by stealing a valuable piece of ambergris.
By M. Bennardo

17
Jan
Merrill Ross has never been lucky—and now that his plan to escape his gambling debts has failed, he finds himself fighting for his life.
By John M. Floyd

10
Jan
When he’s framed for murder, an elderly book dealer must discover which of the guests at Sir Reuben’s dinner party wanted to kill his charming young ward.
By Faith Allington

1
Jan
Southern hospitality isn't always so hospitable.
By Alan Orloff

1
Jan
Assigned to the Office of Executive Development in an organization that won’t fire anyone, Bob Haas finds more hazard than he expected on the fast track.
By Bob Tippee

27
Dec
A Roman soldier's gruesome murder threatens the legion's honor and a precarious peace with a conquered, but still hostile Celtic tribe.
By Mark C. Harwell

20
Dec
A hitman gets more than he bargained for when he accepted a job to take out a guy named Nick.
By Micki Browning

13
Dec
A Native American sheriff gets some unlikely help solving a murder mystery -- from the ghost of Billy the Kid.
By Scott Merrow

6
Dec
Warren Pace is the CIA's most senior field agent, and has a wealth of experience—if he can remember it.
By Sonny Zae

1
Dec
Finally, after thirty years, a mysterious disappearance is solved by retired LAPD Detective Cliff Stover—or maybe not.
By Robert S. Levinson

1
Dec
When Lord Imhotep's cook is found murdered, it sets of a chain of events that his young cousin Anitepsut seeks to unravel before a friend loses her life.
By A. L. Sirois

29
Nov
A canoe trip on a swollen river, a baby lost, a new husband with a love for campsites with high vistas--what else could a woman want to become unencumbered?
By William R. Eakin

22
Nov
If you could kill anyone with a wish, whom would you choose?
By Dan Crawford

15
Nov
Is the race always to the swift -- even on the moon?
By Manny Frishberg

8
Nov
When contractors open your wall, you're in for a mess of trouble.
By JM Taylor

1
Nov
What's it take to kill an old woman? One less idiot.
By James Mathews

1
Nov
A fictional tale based on a factual lighthouse islanded a mile off coast, where the four keepers tending to this seaward lamp begin to distrust and suspect one another of strange happenings when no man claims the actions as his own.
By Jake Teeny

1
Nov
Years after Florence's two friends disappear into the woods, one returns to her life, forcing her to confront her flawed memories of that fateful day.
By Kassandra Montag

25
Oct
If an amateur scientist can't find a ghost, what can he do? Make one!
By Allen Lang

18
Oct
When they suspect a coworker of cheating in the office dead pool, two experts in risk take a big chance to try to catch a killer.
By Karl Lykken

11
Oct
A couple make their living targeting lonely hearts for easy cash, but nothing's ever easy in a world of lies, greed, and jealousy.
By Dan DeVoto

4
Oct
Sherlock Holmes must find who is responsible for a man's death .... before a mile-long bridge opens!
By Eric Cline

1
Oct
An incompetent escape artist manages to disappear from his full-body cast.
By Martin Hill Ortiz

1
Oct
The second most gruesome start of an investigation that Sherlock Holmes ever conducted!
By Jaap Boekestein & Roelof Goudriaan

1
Oct
Dr. Frederick Treves enlists the help of Sherlock Holmes to investigate the suspicious death of his famous patient,
By Michael Mallory

27
Sep
Recovering Coke Queen Finds Her Voice
By Michael Guillebeau

20
Sep
He couldn't stop writing stories, and she couldn't take it anymore.
By Mark Steven Long

13
Sep
Murder will not lie easy in Ellen Cobble's knot of lies, secrets, and the supernatural.
By A.A. Azariah-Kribbs

6
Sep
Sometimes she's the only one standing between you and the bad guys.
By Laura Ellen Scott

1
Sep
A rookie cop investigates the mysterious slayings of Rodney Rhodes, Tillie and Jacqui Gleason, and trips up a cunning killer.
By Agnes Hooper

1
Sep
He stole some money from a mobster. Now he has to steal enough to pay it back, or die trying.
By Clifford Royal Johns

30
Aug
Trapped in a cycle of violence and manipulation, a British crime writer takes the knife into his own hands.
By J.A. Thorndyke

23
Aug
When a fellow member fails to upload his fitness data at the end of their group's weekly challenge, other members want to know why.
By Michael Bracken

16
Aug
An old man receives a letter that threatens to expose the dark secret of his past
By James Kester

9
Aug
A Vietnam veteran has to escort a competitive eater to a contest in Philadelphia, but what they don't know might hurt them.
By Tim Zatzariny Jr.

2
Aug
Will Juut die trying to collect on his dead former friend's unpaid debt?
By Susan Koefod

1
Aug
In the days before World War I, German saboteurs succeed in blowing up the munitions stored on Black Tom Island, but they fail to reckon with librarian Beatrice Winser.
By Albert Tucher

1
Aug
A young woman is abducted by an artist who uses his paintings to enlist her aid against an imminent threat.
By Joseph Cusumano

26
Jul
Christmas mystery story about the adventures of a wannabe burglar
By Deborah Lacy

16
Jul
Clogged drain? Troubled marriage? The plumber will fix it.
By Michael Turner

12
Jul
I didn't realize, the first time I met him, that this client was dead...
By Sherry D. Ramsey

5
Jul
One year after her mum disappeared, Mandy's family gather to remember her.
By Abigail Shepherd

1
Jul
Old man takes law into his own hands and District Attorney finds a way to cover up the murder.
By Arthur Davis

1
Jul
A small town sheriff investigating a ritualistic homicide finds links to a similar crime that has remained unsolved for twenty years.
By Jack Bates

27
Jun
A mafia defector is rightfully paranoid for his life, after he agrees to cooperate with the FBI.
By Jack Bristow

20
Jun
Who better to stage a haunted Victorian than tree-hugging, vegetarian, observant-of-detail interior designer Becki Green?
By Cynthia St-Pierre

13
Jun
A rural doctor finds the bear didn't kill the meth cook.
By Brian Haycock

6
Jun
Park ranger Neil Brody has his hands full when anarchists attending a nearby music festival commit potentially murderous mayhem at a park campground.
By Jim Courter

1
Jun
Four on a lifeboat, adrift at sea, but who tells the truth?
By Meghan Rose Allen

1
Jun
An inmate at Attica state prison recalls the tragic events of a summer night in Harlem.
By John Clinch

30
May
Detective Mark Gibbon cleans up a few last details before retirement by shooting a deacon at the cathedral.
By Bob Williamson

23
May
Six tiny mason jars, half full of water, sparkle in the sunlight.
By Francesgrace Mary-Hedwyck Ferland

16
May
When a greenhorn Brit tries to outwit the laws of physics, frontier law responds.
By Warren Bull

9
May
Divorce turns deadly in Bitter End when serial bride Louise Tellier Hannington Brown hires her best friend to assess her husband's...assets.
By Anne Stephenson

2
May
A suicide's widow searches for her friend, a hoarder and a bridesmaid from her wedding.
By Peri Dwyer Worrell

1
May
In a document put into a time capsule, a man describes the events that led him to murder his father.
By Eric Cline

1
May
It's not enough to know who did the crime. You have to catch them.
By Jerry Peterson

25
Apr
Max Kalb, deli counterman in 1925 Brooklyn, NY, finds himself involved in a missing person case that six of his mobbed up regular customers may have done.
By Jim Norman

18
Apr
Katherine Carney keeps a dental appointment she won't forget--and won't remember.
By Kathi L Reed

11
Apr
A con gets conned.
By Paul R. Lees-Haley

4
Apr
Forest fires are devestating, destroying everything in their path, but but when the fire passes, new life grows
By Kathleen Delaney

1
Apr
The story of a paranoid busy-body who decides his new neighbour is a serial killer. But could he be right?
By Charlie Hughes

1
Apr
Neil Brand solves two murders at the Knightsbridge movie studio.
By Ray Dyson

28
Mar
A priest serving a parish in a Korean village offers himself as bait to nab a killer
By J. R. Lindermuth

21
Mar
A PI's exwife dies leaving two and possibly three wills, and he's suckered into figuring out which is the authentic one.
By Bonnie Stanard

14
Mar
Elderly widow Helen McKinnon leads a quiet life now that she's retired, but discovering a child in her backyard with sinister connections may change that.
By K. McGee

7
Mar
A reporter investigates the murder of an escape artist who was shot to death while inside a sealed coffin.
By Martin Hill Ortiz

1
Mar
Charlie Main discovers some secrets on Beale Street he wishes he'd not.
By Corey Mesler

29
Feb
The Chicago Blade's homeless freelance newspaper reporter finds himself covering front-page news in suburban Gravel City.
By Tim Kane

18
Jan
A detective must use her wits and modern technology when a criminal catches her tailing him.
By Marta Tanrikulu

15
Feb
Struggling to come to terms with a recent breakup, a college student planned the perfect murder, or so he thought.
By Benjamin Cooper

8
Feb
Mad at the Hatter, who will kill him first: Tweedledum, the Queen of Hearts, or a March Hare?
By Maddi Davidson

1
Feb
Blackmailing a hitman for the mob is rarely a smart proposition.
By Tom Barlow

1
Feb
An Ohio private investigator seeks a runaway girl in Florida, but when he discovers the sordid circumstances of her death, he decides to get justice for her grieving parents.
By Robb White

25
Jan
A wealthy man is found murdered in his locked bedroom and it's up to Detective Tubert to figure out how the seemingly impossible murder was committed and by which of his heirs.
By Craig Faustus Buck

11
Jan
A possessive man warns his wife against peeping pervs while preparing for his own evening of peeping.
By Nick Sweeney

4
Jan
Neglected by her parents, a lonely girl idolises a police officer and tries to solve the murder of her teacher.
By Cathy Bryant

1
Jan
In a story that blends mystery with horror, artist Megan Walsh decides to spend a few quiet weeks in Persistence, South Dakota, a small town where everybody already seems to know her, even though she’s never been there before; too late, she realizes
By B.K Stevens

28
Dec
A divorced school principal struggles to raise his children.
By Robert Petyo

21
Dec
When a herd of unicorns go missing, it's up to Sheriff Dan Morgan to sift through a cast of colorful suspects to find the real thief.
By James Blakey

14
Dec
A lady believes information she has given has led to the end of a serial killer's reign.
By Calvin Demmer

7
Dec
Could there be a connection between a wealthy woman's home development project and the jewelry thefts in her neighborhood?
By Nupur Tustin

1
Dec
Playing stand-in for a famous Hollywood actress should have been the role of a lifetime.
By Carolyn E. Kourofsky

30
Nov
A detective story with a difference by K D Holdsworth
By K D Holdsworth

23
Nov
What's Thanksgiving without (almost) everyone's favorite dish? Potentially deadly, Becca learns, when her aunt's cranberries go missing.
By C. A. Verstraete

16
Nov
What happens when a war wound removes your conscience?
By John Clark

9
Nov
When her father is murdered, Molly Capriccioso is considered the prime suspect, but for the record she had nothing to do with it.
By Micki Browning

2
Nov
A famous actress dies during what appears to be a robbery.
By Jacqueline Seewald

1
Nov
A nocturnal serial stabber has a small town on edge.
By Stephen Baily

26
Oct
When a madam hires Jack Gardner to avenge one of her girls, Gardner learns that power and money always insulate the rich from the consequences of their actions.
By Tom Andes

19
Oct
A retired detective finds himself embroiled in a murder at an auction house.
By Matthew Masucci

12
Oct
Auditors balance the scales of justice, as well as the books.
By Laird Long

5
Oct
Julius Caesar has to solve a client's murder quickly or risk the collapse of his political career.
By Jean Airey

1
Oct
After her Episcopal Priest boss is murdered, the secretary learns some lessons about pride.
By Jan Christensen

28
Sep
The Bochent Street Bridge Club has a way of murderously helping its members.
By Mary Stojak

21
Sep
Abel needs to sell the Volvo—but the dead man in the trunk makes it evidence until his murder is solved.
By Nancy Sweetland

14
Sep
An English professor, shot dead in his office -- a violent dispute over academic disciplines, or something more prosaic, and more sinister?
By Karl El-Koura

7
Sep
A mystery short story by Nikki Dolson. A father and daughter reunite but there aren't any hugs or happy endings to be found.
By Nikki Dolson

1
Sep
Jack Daniels and married blondes are a deadly combination.
By Michael Bracken