Murder for Christmas by Francis Duncan (Excerpts)

Murder for Christmas by Francis Duncan (Excerpts) The scream awakened him. Mordecai Tremaine sat up in bed with the sound of it ringing in his ears, and at first he could not tell whether it was real. Imagination and reality, fantasy and fact had become so entwined within him that, aroused suddenly from a troubled […]

After the Fire

Excerpt from Henning Mankell’s Novel AFTER THE FIRE…

Excerpt from Henning Mankell’s Novel AFTER THE FIRE… (Translated by Marlaine Delargy) Chapter II I watched as one boat after another disappeared, the sounds of the different engines gradually dying away. I knew who each person was out here in the archipelago. There are two dominant families: the Hanssons and the Westerlunds. Many of them […]

 Crossroad: A Short Story

Crossroad: A Short Story

 Crossroad: A Short Story Even the windows shook when the lightning burst overhead. Our front room lit like a Polaroid time and again as light flashed through blinds I hadn’t closed. Rain, endless, came in a deluge. I looked up from the armchair again. My worrying at the clock wouldn’t get Dad home any sooner, […]

THE LIST by Angus McAllister

“I’ve got a little list – I’ve got a little list Of society offenders who might well be underground, And who never would be missed – who never would be missed!” WS Gilbert The Mikado               It’s eight o’clock and I’ve been waiting over an hour. He’ll be taking his time, of course, relaxing, […]

The Price of Belief

The Price of Belief

The Price of Belief                                         Nothing like a guy threatening to jump off a roof to get the public’s attention. “‘Bout time you showed up, Rinaldi.” Shielding his eyes, Sergeant Harry Polk offered me his trademark […]

Sherlock Holmes and the Scene of the Crime

Sherlock Holmes and The Scene of the Crime

Sherlock Holmes and The Scene of the Crime The autumn of 1897 presented such an array of singular cases that to pen any one of them seems unjust to those excluded. Clients from all walks of life brought their seemingly insoluble problems to my friend for resolution. There was the case where Holmes vindicated a […]

Lestrade Solves the Case…

Lestrade Solves the Case   I’m Sherlock Holmes of Baker Street; I like my cases clear and neat. My friend Lestrade of Scotland Yard, by contrast, makes his casework hard. Just why this is seems to perplex; for we both witness self-same facts. The difference is that I observe, all that I view… and so […]

Diamonds Are Forever by Rita Cheminais

Diamonds Are Forever by Rita Cheminais

Diamonds Are Forever by Rita Cheminais   Max and Camilla Partridge had finally sold their jeweller’s business. They were both looking forward to enjoying a Mediterranean cruise to celebrate the start of their retirement. As they boarded the Queen Elizabeth liner at Southampton they were feeling rather apprehensive, after hearing stormy weather was forecast around […]

DVD Review– The Americans: Season 3

DVD Review– The Americans: Season 3

DVD Review– The Americans: Season 3   The premise of The Americans is certainly attention-grabbing—and disturbing. A seemingly ordinary couple who live outside of Washington, D.C., in the 1980s have a secret. To the world, Philip and Elizabeth Jennings (Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell) are a mild-mannered couple who run a travel agency and have […]

The Worst Way to Die

The Worst Way to Die

When I got to the front door, it was slightly ajar. That, brothers and sisters, was not a good sign. If someone got here before me and capped Izzy, I was a dead man. Contract jumping makes everyone look bad and Bob wouldn’t make himself an example, so if our target was face down in […]

Musical Mysteries: A literary Odyssey

Haunted Melody

Haunted Melody Melody awoke with a start, her sheets soaked. The dream. It was getting worse. She couldn’t shake these nightmares. She thought she’d never break free.She slid from bed and wrapped her housecoat around her waist. After ensuring she hadn’t disturbed Paul, she stepped into her slippers and tiptoed downstairs. In the sitting room, […]

The Assassin’s Birthday

The Assassin’s Birthday Lustig was waiting for the man who nearly thirty years ago they had called “The Killer.” A very effective fellow—the cleanup man who got rid of traitors and other undesirables.It was strange that he was late. Lustig had arrived an hour early at Estiatorio Milos’s sushi bar, which was attached to the […]