Second Honeymoon

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Second Honeymoon By Ian Stuart (excerpt) Onaig is on an island in the Scottish Highlands, a row of white-washed cottages nestling between a tiny harbour and the steep slope of Ben Onaig a hundred miles from nowhere. The hotel, small, stone-built, and Victorian, is perched a couple of hundred feet up the brae. It was […]

The Hunter

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The Hunter By Blanche Boshinski (excerpt) “Look at the long-range implications,” the hunter said over and over again as the men argued. Doug yelled at Cutter. “Driving drunk isn’t like cheating on your income taxes. I always knew you were a foo!” His voice was ugly, just as it was when Hugo had been missing […]

The Passion of Lizzie B.

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The Passion of Lizzie B. By Edward D. Hoch (excerpt) Most eastern crimes made little impression upon people like Ben Snow who lived west of the Mississippi, but even he had heard of Lizzie Borden and the sensational murder trial the previous year at which she’d been acquitted of charges that she brutally murdered her […]

A Keyhole in Time

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A Keyhole in Time By James Powell (excerpt) … Voyce smiled at the young man’s confusion. “No, of course you don’t understand. Keyholes in time won’t be discovered for another five centuries.” Hogarth giggled and sat down on an arm of his easy chair. “Yeah, sure. Keyholes in time.”

No Vivaldi

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No Vivaldi By Edward Clinton (excerpt) She needed energy and she looked briefly at the loaf on the cutting board. The eyes of the man in charge followed hers. “On holidays, are we?” the little leader asked, looking at her bags all packed and ready for the return flight home. She did not respond. It […]

Face value

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Face value By Jo Bannister (excerpt) I fell off the sailboard and, despite Jamie’s efforts to extricate me, became trapped under the sail and nearly drowned. For pony trekking, I was mounted on something distantly related to Red Rum which ran away with me halfway down a rocky gorge and dumped me on my head […]

The Shaft

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The Shaft By Marianne Strong, excerpt The swing swayed again, back toward the house and forward toward the garden. My eyes and flashlight followed the forward arc back to the garden until two white statues swam into my vision. The statues drew me like ghostly figures summoning me to some solemn ceremony.

Survivor

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Survivor By Suzanne Jones We were absolutely forbidden to go near the pool, which had to come very deep beneath the rush of water, blue green in its depth. The water was very cold coming out of the pipe, but as it fanned out onto the sand before running inn a little stream to the […]

Smiling Joe and the Twins

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Smiling Joe and the Twins By Florence V. Mayberry, excerpt The Old Man’s fancy for Joe increased at that first meeting. He told Dion afterwards he hadn’t laughed that much in years, said Joe’s down-home humor and way of looking at things relaxed him. He’d slept that night straight through, first time in ages. At […]

A Distant Affray

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A Distant Affray By Roger Ormerod (excerpt) … He asked, then, where I was calling from. I explained that it was a weekend course at an adult residential college. He asked how far away and I told him just over a hundred miles, and he said just as well but he didn’t blame me, and […]

Stolen Goods

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Stolen Goods By Donald Olson (excerpt) (Ellery Queen, Mystery Magazine, September 1993) White carnations. Hope’s favorite flowers, delivered by a florist with a card from Paul, a gesture he hasn’t made in years. Hope could cry, sitting there in her elegant living room with its ivory walls set off by jade and cinnamon fabrics chosen […]

The Stranger

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The Stranger By Michael Z. Lewin Excerpt The next few days were very busy ones for the stranger, and increasingly Edie acted as social secretary, taking messages and keeping track of when the stranger was available for lunch or dinner, for this excursion or that.

Davy Jones’s Gift

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Davy Jones’s Gift By John Masefield From A Tarpaulin Muster by John Masefield (1907). Excerpt “Once upon a time,” said the sailor, “the Devil and Davy Jones came to Cardiff, to the place called Tiger Bay. Thy put up at Tony Adams’, not far from Pier Head, at the corner of Sunday Lane. And all […]

Trading Death

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Trading Death By Dick Green (excerpt) That afternoon I spent time in Towson, going to the bank, visiting with a broker friend in his office, throwing speculations back ad forth about the ups and downs of trades. Pessimism clouded the market. When I pulled up to the house, an unfamiliar car was parked beside June’s. […]

Ralston Fails Again

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Ralston Fails Again By David Braly, excerpt Ralston smiled. He went up to the edge of the porch. Merrill stood at the vertical post where the lunch bell hung. A string of reins and bridles hung with the bell, and an old saddle was balanced beneath them on a horizontal rail that ran from the […]

The Witches of Westfleet

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The Witches of Westfleet By D. A. McGuire, excerpt The marsh below the house was riddled with ditches. Over some of them makeshift “bridges” had been laid; most were soggy, half-rotted pieces of plywood that sagged when any weight was put on them. I made my was across them until I reached the lower fringe […]

A Healing Fire

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A Healing Fire By William T.Lowe. Excerpt The Higbee barrens is roughly rectangular in shape, bounded on two sides by county roads, a stream on the east, and the pastures of a big dairy farm to the north. These are pitch pines, taller and a harder wood than the common jack pines. Pine trees in […]

The Dangerous Hand

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The Dangerous Hand By James Lincoln Warren. Excerpt. The next morning Treviscoe sat in his usual corner at Lloyd’s reading the Public Advertiser, there occasionally being some topic of interest to him in that well-circulated periodical, when Pofret staggered into the coffee-house.

The Building of the Long Serpent

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The Building of the Long Serpent By Michelle Knowlden, excerpt While Robyn read over his shoulder, I inspected the nearly stocked shelves against the walls. The room smelled of varnish, thick iron nails, graphite dust, turpentine, and wood shavings. The middle of the shed was crammed with worn worktables. Half-shewn oars lay in the shavings […]

Updates

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Updates By Kristine Kathryn Rush. Excerpt Interviewing people. Getting in the way of her updates. She felt a tug – a pull she hadn’t felt in a long time. The calls frightened her, and she liked Holly, but for ten years Marisa had lived for the shows. They had to continue as well.

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