1912—In a world where President Andrew Johnson’s conviction at his impeachment trial guaranteed that Reconstruction not only had teeth but also continued into the 20th century, South Carolina stands out as a leader in change, a pioneer of laws that change the balance of power. This new United States, this new South, sees blacks and women rise to their rightful places of power alongside whites. […]
D Street—the closest thing Hope’s Pass has to a red light district. Three whorehouses and a few independents to service the miners who survived the mines outside of town. When someone murders a prostitute, Will, the mayor, must fill in for the drunken sheriff and investigate the crime. Only the crime has deep roots—roots that will touch Will’s entire family and make him question everything […]
Coney Island in 1907, known for its freaks and spectacles. But for Rose, Coney Island becomes a place of wonder, a place that makes memories. A place that saves lives… A moving story that offers a glimpse at the Coney Island of old through an unexpected lens. “Rose in Dreamland” by New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch, is free on this website for one week only. […]
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. […]
Nell’s determination drives her throughout her life. It allowed her to play baseball when only “tomboys” played. It allowed her to walk again when doctors said she never would. And now, even in old age, it will allow her to find answers to questions plaguing her for her entire life. But the answers she seeks solve one mystery and pose another. “The Young Shall See […]
Years ago, Lurleen helped the NAACP investigate lynchings. She stopped when she met her husband, but never forgot the work…or the caution it required. After his death, Lurleen finds herself struggling to find purpose.
She travels to New York without a plan. But what she finds there might help her face her past—and finally chart her future.
A powerful story about justice, courage, and facing one’s true self.
Originally written for the anthology In Sunlight or in Shadow, edited by Lawrence Block, and inspired by the painting “Hotel Room (1931)” by Edward Hopper, “Still Life 1931” by Edgar Award-nominated author Kris Nelscott, is free on this website for one week only.
George has lived a full life as a decorated WWII veteran, high-end attorney, family man. But the incident that haunts him only took five minutes—five minutes when he shared a Coke with a woman on her way to California, a woman who would die hours later. Murdered. Maybe even by George.
Winner of Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine’s 1998 Readers’ Choice Award.
“Details,” by New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch, is free on this website for one week only.
February, 1964: Two men die in a squalid alley in a bad neighborhood. New York Homicide Detective Seamus O’Reilly receives the shock of his life when he looks at the men’s identification: J. Edgar Hoover, the famous, tyrannical director of the FBI, and his number one assistant, Clyde Tolson.
O’Reilly teams up with FBI agent Frank Bryce to solve the high-level assassination before the murders unleash even greater consequences.
In our world, Hoover kept his secrets until long after his death. In Seamus O’Reilly’s world, Hoover’s secrets get him killed.
The acclaimed short story that inspired the award-winning novel, The Enemy Within.
“G-Men,” by New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch, is free on this website for one week only.
Unlike June, which started so slowly I couldn’t even start the reading list until the middle of the month, July started off with a bang. I enjoyed almost everything I read, and I was reading a lot. One day per week, I started accompanying Dean on his trips to find stuff to stock the stores. He’d head off to a Goodwill or a charity shop, […]