Free Fiction Monday: Scars

Rena lost everything when her husband and son died in a fiery car accident. Now she has only her daily swim at the rec center, where she hopes no one pays attention to her horrible burn scars. But someone noticed—the same someone who murders a lifeguard while Rena does her laps. Only Rena can identify the killer, but the identification might prove more difficult than […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Remodeling

When Ada’s neighbor angrily bangs on her door one morning, she assumes he wants to yell at her husband, again. Rick’s sensitivity to neighborhood noise drives them out of home after home to appease his quest for a peaceful life. But once again, her husband’s intolerance for their neighbors shatters any chance for peace. How far will he go to teach his loud neighbors a […]

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Free Fiction Monday: The Wedding Ring

  When Serena meets Dylan in a casino hallway, she embraces the fairy tale. Whirlwind romance, Vegas wedding, all of it. But when the fairy tale ends abruptly, she vows to find out why. And what she discovers proves more shocking than winning big in Vegas. Named one of the best short mysteries of the year for 2018 by SleuthSayers. “There’s a lot of thoughtful […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Improvements

As a Medieval woman, Maude knows her place. But her husband’s death shortly after the birth of their son means she must fulfill his duties until their son comes of age. But when a woman appears on her doorstep bloodied and broken, Maude must decide how far she will go to protect her son’s estate. Will she follow the dictates of her time, or will […]

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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 […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Spaceships in the Desert

Laurel helps many people who return from the desert shaken by what they’ve seen—or think they’ve seen. But Mark seems different. He listens to her, and he makes her obsession with finding the strange silver objects—and discovering their secrets—his own. But that obsession comes with a cost: one neither might want to pay. “Spaceships in the Desert” by New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch is […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Fast Cars

The four musketeers plus one they call themselves: Johnny, Craig, Dale, Rennie and Carren. They want to make something of themselves, do great things after high school. So, they devise an experiment to guarantee their lives will amount to something. And that experiment changes their futures—but not in the ways any of them expects. A Nebula Award-nominated story about dreaming of a future and looking […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Dancers Like Children

Dr. Justin Schafer travels to the Bountiful colony to investigate a series of brutal murders. The colonists blame the Dancers, an alien species the colony relies on for its livelihood. But the more Schafer investigates, the more complicated the case seems. He begins to wonder if his past mistakes—mistakes that led to genocide—will color his judgment. And he begins to suspect that the reasons for […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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