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Tragedy at Sarsfield Manor [A Joe Scintilla Mystery]
Sarsfield Manor, a palatial home on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, has seen more than its share of horror and tragedy. It was built by four wealthy brothers in the eighteenth century, who abruptly committed suicide some years after it was constructed. Many years later, John Kenneth Sarsfield was carted away to an insane asylum for reasons no one can ascertain. In 1937 the members of the Sarsfield family have been brought to the manor by the terms of the strange will of John Kenneth Sarsfield, w... more info>>
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Baby Boy Blue
In 1944 the boy Walter Buehl encounters a grisly scene: his mother lies stabbed to death on the kitchen floor, with his teenaged brother Tony crouching beside her, bloody knife in hand. Forty-one years later Tony escapes from the state psychiatric hospital where he's been held in the interim, and Walter, now a prominent businessman, presses the Philadelphia Police Department for action. But Lt. Asher Lowenstein isn't convinced of Tony's guilt, and he asks his friend, psychic Tam Westington, to ... more info>>
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Murder with All the Trimmings
It's always difficult to have a happy Thanksgiving the year after a loved one dies. It's especially hard when you have to sit at the same table as the murderer...and a poor turkey substitute. This story appears in the Thanksgiving mystery anthology THE KILLER WORE CRANBERRY.
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The Clarent Pin
Russell likes everything in his life perfect and planned. A road trip with his wife results in an encounter with a strange fog. When Janice disappears, leaving him alone in the strange environment, Russell's orderly way of life begins to crumble. What he doesn't know is that there is an order to what's happening, but somebody else is in control. A short story from our Spectres horror line.
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Kipling and Camping
A displaced American and his British boyfriend, on a hiking trip into the mountains, find that the explorations of both wilderness and relationships have much in common with the works of Kipling. A short story from our Diversity line.
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Catch a Killer by the Toe
Marshal Sam Catlin's attempts to keep order in the unruly Western town of Fairplay are becoming more challenging by the day. First is the discovery of the body of Caleb Tinker. Then, the local beggar is nearly killed and one of his oppressors turns up dead. When his investigation reveals the events may be related, Catlin finds he'd better solve the cases soon...or risk becoming the next corpse.
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The Warehouse
A young policeman, anxious to make Detective, goes undercover on a drug bust. Will he live long enough to reach his promotion? Flash fiction from our Fingerprints mystery/thriller short story line.
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Ambrosia
Inviting the reformed felon in the family to Thanksgiving dinner may not seem like a good idea, especially when the table is surrounded by valuables. Of course, sometimes the real criminal in the family may not be as obvious. This short story appears in the Thanksgiving mystery anthology THE KILLER WORE CRANBERRY.
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Mr. Newby's Revenge
Tormented as a young boy, a man decides to settle the score and devises an intricate plan to get back at the one person who truly wronged him.
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The Lawyer, The Ghost and The Cursed Chair
Lawyer H.L. Snodgrass has it all: a successful practice, a devoted wife and a passionate boyfriend. When he decides to sell off a family heirloom, his cozy life takes a drastic turn for the worst. Now, he and the ghost of his great-great-great grandfather have to get it back before a Gypsy curse destroys everything! Add in a furry junk dealer and a nun in jail and you've got trouble!
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One Mistake
When Robert discovers a business card in a phone booth advertising astral projection lessons, he thinks he's stumbled upon a way to improve on his ordinary life. Unfortunately, the instructor has much more sinister plans for his student. A short story from the bestselling author of SEEKER and OFF FLESH.
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How to Sweeten a Mother-in-Law
Facing your in-laws at the holidays is hard enough without your mother-in-law also thinking you've stolen her prized serving dish. What Lela's about to find out is that there may be other members of her new family that have an ax to grind. This story appears in the Thanksgiving mystery anthology THE KILLER WORE CRANBERRY.
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Rufus thinks he's received a desperate plea to rescue a pants inspector who is being held hostage in a garment factory. Upon discovery of the truth, it may be Rufus' own life that needs alterations. A new short story from the author of the international bestseller A SUMMER WEDDING.
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Who Snuffed the Turkey?
Inability to get along with family members is a given when it comes to being together for Thanksgiving, but is it possible to be so dysfunctional you accidentally kill someone? This short story appears in the Thanksgiving mystery anthology THE KILLER WORE CRANBERRY.
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A Mobster's Guide to Cranberry Sauce
Charlie and Harry know it's their job to take care of the "family." So when Jeremy shows up for Thanksgiving dinner and starts acting suspiciously, the two mobsters figure they'd better make sure nobody's gonna get whacked. This short story appears in the Thanksgiving mystery anthology THE KILLER WORE CRANBERRY.
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Turkey Cull
When Farmer McDougall turns up dead after making an offer to donate a turkey to the Thanksgiving table of the local Mission, one of the feathered folk suspects "fowl play" and is determined to crack the case. This story appears in the Thanksgiving mystery anthology THE KILLER WORE CRANBERRY.
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After the Auction
Lily Kovner cold not have dreamed that research for a magazine assignment would resurrect a searing memory from her childhood. A fleeting glimpse of a family treasure looted by the Nazis launches "Afikomen" - her quest for justice and restitution spanning three continents. Along the way threats, murder and the revelation of a diabolical secret deal thrust Lily onto an emotional rollercoaster further complicated by the thrill of new romance.
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An Inconsequential Murder
When the decapitated body of a student is found on the train tracks in Monterrey, Mexico, Captain Guillermo Lombardo finds his investigation taking him into the world of the Mexican drug cartels. As everyone from the university Dean to the Governor himself fails to cooperate with the investigation, Lombardo soon discovers that the body is just the tip of the iceberg of a much larger situation.
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Death by Jello
Bailey isn't too thrilled with the fact that she had to bring a jello salad to her real estate office's Thanksgiving party, and even less happy when her boss suddenly drops dead after eating it. When the police arrive to investigate, Bailey soon finds that the world of selling houses is a LOT more cutthroat than even she had realized. A short story from our Fingerprints line.
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Christmas in Killarney
Maureen is facing the prospect of a depressing Christmas after her husband Bob loses his job and she's forced to clean hotel rooms. When Bob's former boss is murdered, she thinks there's a chance that the couple's luck has changed. Unfortunately, for Maureen, her luck just got a lot worse. A holiday short story from the author of DEATH BY JELLO.
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Chasing Can Be Murder
Professional greyhound trainer, Kat McKinley, is a soft touch. When she's talked into having sex with a guy who's just not her type, a romp so pathetic it registers minus ten on a sex-to-die-for scale, she decides to end the relationship. When Kat wakes the next morning to find Mr Wham-Bam sprawled beside her, a knife embedded in his left nipple, she wishes she'd ended the relationship sooner.After that wake-up call, Kat figures life can't nose-dive any lower. But with a killer out to get h... more info>>
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Little Dumber Boy
Will's aunt wants him to spend some time with his estranged son at Christmas. All Will wants is to knock off his girlfriend's husband and collect a share of the life insurance policy. Unfortunately, when you fail to take into account all the angles, the perfect crime can really ruin your holiday. A short story from our Fingerprints line.
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Last Licks
Spud and Sweet are determined to figure out which one of them is going to be the most favorite potato at the Thanksgiving meal. The problem is, this is one bet that guarantees somebody is going to get mashed. This story is part of the Thanksgiving mystery anthology THE KILLER WORE CRANBERRY.
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The Thanksgiving Cookoff War
While many sheriffs in small towns deal with fairly simple crimes, Molly finds herself dealing with a deputy who wants to be a SWAT member, stolen tractors and the biggest criminals of all: those who would do anything to have her declare their food the winner at The Thanksgiving Cookoff. This short story appears in the Thanksgiving mystery anthology THE KILLER WORE CRANBERRY.
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Hanukkah Gelt
All antiquities photographer Josh Katzen wants to do is enjoy his Hanukkah reunion with Roz Eliahu. When the couple becomes involved with a murdered security guard and a stolen amulet, it becomes readily apparent that the Festival of Lights is about to become the most dangerous holiday he's ever had. A holiday short story from our Fingerprints line.
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