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Recent Published Stories

1
Oct
In ancient Alexandria, Magistrate Ovid must solve an unusual crime...
By Thomas K. Carpenter

1
Oct
A series of controversial prehistoric paintings on stone tablets recently discovered in a secret cave complex in the Pyrenees reveals the workings of the very first detective.
By Nik Morton

1
Oct
Sherlock Holmes works to prevent a scandal that could rock the very foundation of Victorian England by destroying the reputation of one of the era's most respected and beloved figures, who cannot defend himself.
By Michael Mallory

1
Oct
What if a Miss Marple-type of detective is not as sweet and innocent as she seems?
By Tim McDaniel

1
Oct
Faced with minding his own business or not, the old beekeeper proves that old habits die hard.
By Eric B. Ruark

1
Oct
A locked-room mystery, with a brief pre-history of Holmes's arch-enemy, in which a young Bertrand Russell (imported from Cambridge to London for the purposes of the story) is featured in a cameo role.
By S. Subramanian

1
Sep
A young girl takes to the hills in rural Appalachia, but never comes back. When the sheriff goes looking for her, the search brings back painful memories of her own daughter's disappearance into the same hills. Are the two stories related?
By Chris McGinley

1
Sep
Tori bet embezzled town money on old Air Force swampland, and now she's in deep. As in, fake a Bigfoot scare deep. Any go-getter knows the best thing to do in a hole is keep digging.
By Robert Mangeot

1
Sep
Dessert King Teddy Baer intends to retire and name his successor at his 65th birthday picnic, but his daughter Bronwyn and his several ex-wives decide to stage a hostile take-over.
By Steve Liskow

1
Sep
Police Chief Mike Ryan is having a hard night: a child has disappeared with no trace, an old enemy has just been released from prison, and a huge storm is on its way. And things are about to get even worse . . .
By John M. Floyd

1
Sep
An aspiring novelist comes across evidence that a man on death row may be innocent of the crime that put him there. Was justice served, or does justice sometimes need a little doctoring?
By Earl Staggs

1
Sep
JD was skeptical that the rich old woman kept her money in a mattress, but people did crazy things. Finding her dead on the mattress was another problem.
By Jude Roy

1
Aug
Cindy was Sean Flynn's dream girl, until she met the cop who stole her away. When tragedy strikes, can Sean swallow his pride and team up with the very same cop to take on his own outlaw clan?
By Joseph S. Walker

1
Aug
Young high school student gets beat up by a policeman and he thinks his beloved and idolized uncle betrayed him.
By Jerry Cronin

1
Aug
Just your typical family reunion on a beautiful summer day. Till the truth comes out.
By Darren O. Godfrey

1
Aug
A mysterious death in the Russian wilderness. A town under siege by a man-eating tiger. And a pair of researchers who stop at nothing to find the truth.
By Ken Brosky

1
Aug
Bobby Coldiron is a man on a mission. He would like to enjoy life with the woman of his dreams while he's young. Two problems. One, he hasn't told the woman yet and two...he has told his boss, and his boss says retirement is out of the question.
By D. V. Bennett

1
Aug
Evil lurks inside the tourist destination of Temptation Square and only one lonely private investigator cares.
By Leland Neville

1
Jul
He was a brother policeman, so Dan Sullivan was inclined to give him a break, to extend some professional courtesy.
By Jim Doherty

1
Jul
When an elderly couple rent a cabin in the Canadian wilderness for their vacation, the ravenous blackflies prove to be the least of their worries.
By Rosemary McCracken

1
Jul
While the search for a young girl continues in a small rural town, a mysterious stranger hires a mentally challenged man to build him crates.
By Caroline Misner

1
Jul
Late at night in a laundromat, an unusual encounter occurs.
By Leslie Elman

1
Jul
A forgetful sheriff leads an eccentric group of characters trying to solve three puzzling murders.
By Peter DiChellis

1
Jul
The Head of Security and a homicide detective investigate the disappearance of a road crew member from a concert in a Reno casino.
By Lance Dean

1
Jun
Samantha was a spy and assassin in the war. But now it’s 1947, and she’s trying to make an honest living as a private eye, seducing women’s husbands to give them grounds for divorce. But the cold war is starting, and someone has a more dangerous job
By Tony Parker

1
Jun
After witnessing a hate crime on the graveyard shift, a janitor takes it upon himself to seek retribution and blurs the line between justice and revenge.
By Michael Ayoob

1
Jun
To what lengths would Molly Sullivan go to assist a blood relative claiming to be in potential jeopardy? Even if she wanted to help, could she adequately adapt her urban sleuthing skills to a rural setting?
By John H. Dromey

1
Jun
The sweet old granny in room six wasn’t supposed to find the body. But 86-year-old Betty had as good a motive as anyone for killing the man.
By Jennifer Collins Moore

1
Jun
Years ago, Tosh Molloy made the change from intergalactic smuggler to Witness Protection Marshal. She's particularly good at making people disappear. But now a troublesome Showgirl client threatens to upend Tosh’s perfect record…
By Melodie Campbell

1
Jun
When a deal goes bad you’ve only got once choice. Get in deeper. It’s the only way to protect the ones you love.
By Peter W. J. Hayes