Free Fiction Monday: Valuables

For his entire life, Willard Harrison envied Mrs. Rose Grenlauer, but never more than now. Willard lost his arm, his wife, and everything he owned to the Yankees.

Now the Yankees hold Memphis, and he can’t do anything. Except think of Mrs. Rose Grenlauer, who escaped with her valuables into the wilds of Tennessee.

Willard wants her valuables. Willard wants her life. And he means to get both.

Shortlisted for The Best American Mysteries in 2001.

“Valuables,” by New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch, is free on this website for one week only.

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Free Fiction Monday: The Destruction of a Goddess

Vi thought trying to teach complicated choreography to inexperienced middle-aged men made for a bad day.

But when a Portland homicide detective shows up at Vi’s dance rehearsal, she quickly realizes that bad dance moves pale in comparison to the scrutiny of an experienced investigator seeking suspects in a murder.

Suddenly, Vi must lay her memories bare to discover a terrible truth and help solve a horrifying crime—one that might change her life forever.

“The Destruction of a Goddess,” by New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch, is free on this website for one week only.

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A Year of Year’s Bests

I am having a wonderful, marvelous, totally nifty year. Or maybe I had that year in 2015. Hard to say, really. Just depends on how you look at things. Here’s what I mean. My novella, “Inhuman Garbage,” appeared in two best of the year volumes in July. Depending on what you prefer to read, you have the choice of reading the novella in Gardner Dozois’s […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Elvis at the White House

Psychic investigator Chelsea LaFronde’s secret vice? The handsome young Elvis of the 1968 comeback special—Chelsea’s idea of a Real Man.

So when a handsome Elvis impersonator—the young Elvis, not the old, fat Elvis—shows up at her door talking about a murder, she listens. Even though the impersonator tells her that Elvis knows whodunnit.

Chelsea will deal with a bit of crazy, for Elvis. Even a fake Elvis.

“Elvis at the White House,” by New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch, is free on this website for one week only.

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Free Fiction Monday: Patriotic Gestures

Crime scene investigator Pamela Kinney hears the bad guys outside her house and smells smoke, but only realizes the next morning the crime they committed—burning the flag that had covered her daughter’s casket. Her police colleagues call it a small crime, but she disagrees. She must solve it, and she must solve it now. Chosen as one of the best mystery stories of 2009, “Patriotic Gestures” explores the fine lines that run through American culture, and sometimes through Americans themselves. “Patriotic Gestures,” by New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch, is free on this website for one week only.

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Free Fiction Monday: Bring Me the Head of Anne Boleyn

She’s her mother’s daughter, flirtatious and bright. She’s her father’s daughter, ruthless and cold. Which part of her will win?

Before her twenty-fifth year, she bore the titles of princess and prisoner, royal daughter and daughter of a traitor. Now, Elizabeth Tudor rules England as its queen and, in her private moments, cannot quite believe she survived.

To figure out how to rule, she first needs to reclaim her past, and to do that, she must find the last thing her mother ever gave her—a ruby ring in the shape of a falcon.

“Bring Me the Head of Anne Boleyn” by New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch is free on this website for one week only.

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Free Fiction Monday: Mr. Alibi

No-nonsense private eye Belinda Sweet, the only person in Los Angeles who wants no part in fame, avoids cases that bring her attention. Until she stumbles on one in a bar, when a barfly asks her to act as his alibi for killing his wife.

When the cops arrest him but then let him go, Sweet needs to know why. She’s lived in LA long enough to recognize an actor when she sees one. And she refuses to stop until she uncovers the real story—even if fame inevitably follows.

“Mr. Alibi” by New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch is free on this website for one week only.

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Free Fiction Monday: Jackie-O

Jaqueline Kennedy Onassis—former first lady, editor, mother, grandmother—lives a life of mystery. But she wants to solve a mystery of her own: who changed the world on November 22, 1963? Oswald? A group of conspirators? Originally written for a mystery anthology titled The First Lady Murders, “Jackie-O” explores the murder at the center of the former first lady’s existence, the murder of her husband, Jack. “Jackie-O” by New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch is free on this website for one week only.

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Free Fiction Monday: Cowboy Grace

After receiving a great shock, Grace, a CPA who always lived a cautious life, decides to sell her business and move west, not realizing that the man who bought her business deceived her. Her departure looks like guilt, and suddenly Grace, who only wants peace and quiet, finds herself with a price on her head.

Included in the World’s Finest Mystery and Crime Stories of 2004, “Cowboy Grace,” also received an Edgar Award nomination for Best Short Story of the year.

“Cowboy Grace” by New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch is free on this website for one week only.

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Free Fiction Monday: Scrawny Pete

Crime reporter Atkins discovered Scrawny Pete at the scene of a murder-suicide. The hard-bitten reporter took to the cat, and the cat took to him. Together they traveled through the city on the police beat, until the day they come across another crime, one that Scrawny Pete understands. “Scrawny Pete” by USA Today bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch is free on this website for one week only.

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