Category: short stories

Perfect: Stories of the Impossible by Sally Emerson

In these stories of the impossible, master of the domestic thriller Sally Emerson introduces the eerie and supernatural into her keen-eyed portraits of everyday life … A clerk working in a public register office begins to receive death certificates dated in the future, but can she alter fate and save their victims? A woman unable to have children discovers a way of cloning her … Read More Perfect: Stories of the Impossible by Sally Emerson

Music of the Night by Martin Edwards (Editor)

Music of the Night is a new anthology of original short stories contributed by Crime Writer’s Association (CWA) members and edited by Martin Edwards, with music as the connecting theme. The aim, as always is to produce a book which is representative both of the genre and the membership of the world’s premier crime writing association. The CWA has published anthologies of members’ stories … Read More Music of the Night by Martin Edwards (Editor)

The Soul Catcher by Monica Bhide

Set in modern India in a dimension where time and space are fluid, Monica Bhide’s The Soul Catcher, a novel in stories, is a mosaic narrative about destiny, grief, loss, faith, love, and sisterhood.  It takes us on a magical journey that begins with an unspeakable tragedy, and concludes with a surprising resolution. It chronicles the life of Yamini Goins — the Soul Catcher — … Read More The Soul Catcher by Monica Bhide

Whatever Happened to Aunt Ada by Veronika Jordan

Every now and again I publish a short story instead of a book review. So as it’s almost Halloween here is a little tale of dark humour and cannibalism. #WhateverHappenedtoAuntAda @cookiebiscuit #shortstory Photo credit Danielle Lade July 2019 ‘So you had just started telling me Stan, whatever happened to Aunt Ada? She seemed so fit for 93.’ ‘She was. Good strong bones with plenty … Read More Whatever Happened to Aunt Ada by Veronika Jordan

Afraid of the Shadows by various

STORIES THAT GO BUMP IN THE NIGHT Crime fighting duo, Tilly and Poe solve a mystery from inside a pantomime horse in an exclusive short by Gold Dagger winner, M.W. Craven. A psychopath takes Trick or Treating a step too far. And a woman’s dream of a quiet life is shattered by a knock on the door. Afraid Of The Shadows is a collection … Read More Afraid of the Shadows by various

We Need To Talk by Jonathan Crane

It’s 2019 in Sudleigh, a market town not far from the south coast. It’s not a bad place to live, provided the new housing development doesn’t ruin it, but most residents are too caught up in their own disappointments, grudges, and sores to notice. #WeNeedToTalk @jon_crane24 @EyeAndLightning @damppebbles #damppebblesblogtours Gap-year Tom is cleaning toilets but finding unexpected solace in his Chinese house-share. Former lounge musician … Read More We Need To Talk by Jonathan Crane

2020 – A Year in Books

Here is a round-up of my favourite books of 2020. Being furloughed during the first lock-down, I got used to reading far more books than in previous years and it also saw the beginning of my new ‘career’ taking part in blog tours. The following are not just from those blog tours, but also NetGalley and Pigeonhole reads. I hope 2021 has as many … Read More 2020 – A Year in Books

Afraid of the Christmas Lights: An Anthology of Crime Stories

by Mark Billingham, Val McDermid, Rachael Blok, Heather Critchlow, Sara Collins , Elle Croft, James Delargy, Clare Empson, Jo Furniss, Sophie Hannah, T.E. Kinsey, N.J. Mackay, S.R. Masters, Phoebe Morgan, Dominic Nolan, Robert Scragg, Victoria Selman, Kate Simants, Adam Southward, Harriet Tyce Festive Shorts from the Biggest Stars in Crime Fiction My Review Some of my favourite authors amongst these including Victoria Selman, Phoebe Morgan and James Delargy. I’ve selected a few of the ones I enjoyed the most to review. An Unexpected Present by … Read More Afraid of the Christmas Lights: An Anthology of Crime Stories

Christmas Cookie Cozies: A Holiday Cozy Mystery Anthology

2020 is going to be the coziest holiday season yet with cozy mysteries from Ava Mallory, Summer Prescott, Jenna St. James, Laina Turner, Gretchen Allen, Joanna Campbell Slan, S. C. Merritt, Minnie Crockwell, Mona Marple, Rachael Stapleton and Loraine Hudson – along with their favourite holiday cookie recipe! #ChristmasCookiesCozies2020 @damppebbles #damppebblesblogtours Facebook @damppebblesblogtours  A fabulous collection of ‘long’ short stories – each one is almost a … Read More Christmas Cookie Cozies: A Holiday Cozy Mystery Anthology

The Thriller Collection by Alan Gorevan

An unmissable collection for fans of fast-paced reads. Three action-packed books in a single volume. #TheThrillerCollection #TheForbiddenRoom #TheHostage #HitandRun @AlanGorevan @damppebbles #damppebblesblogtours Facebook @damppebblesblogtours  The Forbidden Room: You and your partner are looking forward to a romantic break in the rugged landscape of West Cork, on the south west coast of Ireland. Cliff walks, seafood dinners and spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean. But a storm … Read More The Thriller Collection by Alan Gorevan

An Irrational Fear of Dogs by Veronika Jordan

Extracts from An Irrational Fear of Dogs by Veronika Jordan @cookiebiscuit #shortstories Double Bill (Extract) Goodbye Sarah. I bet you thought we would be friends forever. How wrong you were. The two of us were going to stand here and watch as Bill’s coffin was lowered into the ground. We pictured ourselves distraught, crying on each other’s shoulders, coming together in our shared grief, … Read More An Irrational Fear of Dogs by Veronika Jordan

A Diet of Werewolves – A Modern Fairy Tale by Veronika Jordan

‘I’m not like other men,’ said Dan. ‘I’m not even like other werewolves.’ ‘I don’t understand Mr Shaffer,’ the psychiatrist shuffled his papers and coughed. ‘…like other werewolves. There is no such thing as a werewolf or lycanthrope as it’s really called. It exists only in myths and legends. Please explain further.’ ‘I can do better than that,’ Dan was slowly sipping a blended … Read More A Diet of Werewolves – A Modern Fairy Tale by Veronika Jordan