Category Archives: Short stories

“The Other Side Of Stone” by Linda Cracknell – Book Review #ShortStories @LindaJCracknell @PressTaproot #TheOtherSideOfStone #BookReview

This book is comprised of nine linked short stories that form a novella. At the heart of all the stories is a water-powered woolen mill in Perthshire, Scotland. The Other Side of Stone spans three centuries in an intimate study … Continue reading

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“Backstories” by Simon Van der Velde – Book Review #ShortStories

Can you find the famous person hidden in every story? And once found, can you relate to their struggles? 1) “The Guitar” – a short, small-statured boy from Brooklyn is bullied. 2) “Past Time” – a young black girl in … Continue reading

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“Animal Person” by Alexander MacLeod – Book Review

Contents: 1) Lagomorph – A long marriage disintegrates through apathy, meanwhile an elderly albino rabbit named Gunther gives the couple a common interest. 2) The Dead Want – A young man travels far to attend the funeral of his first … Continue reading

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“The Affair” (a short story) by Emma Kavanagh – Book Review @EmmaLK #ShortStory

A couple have been found dead in their living room. Was it a simple domestic misunderstanding or is there more to it than meets the eye…? This Kindle freebie short story introduces journalist Charlie (Charlotte) Solomon who works for the … Continue reading

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“Everything My Mother Taught Me” by Alice Hoffman – Book Review

The year is 1908. After losing her beloved father, thirteen year-old Adeline elects to never speak again. Her widowed mother, now having to find a way to support herself and her daughter, takes a menial job at a remote island … Continue reading

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The Queen of Crime 100th Birthday! Celebrating P.D. James

It is no secret to those who know me well that P.D. James and Ruth Rendell are my two long-time favourite crime writers. Today, August 3rd, would have been the 100th birthday of Phyllis Dorothy James, the Queen of Crime. … Continue reading

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“Girl in the Middle” a short story by Evie Gaughan – Book Review

A quirky short story about a woman who discovers that not all heroes wear capes… some of them don’t even have a pulse. But they do have a name. Gerald.I learned about this little story from Nicki over at the … Continue reading

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“The Boatman: and other stories” by Billy O’Callaghan – Book Review

“Everyone has to decide for themselves what happiness looks like.” Twelve outstanding and often poignant stories from one of Ireland’s master storytellers. The stories cover a wide range of topics, but many deal with tragic situations, regret, death, and loss. … Continue reading

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“Betwixt” by Evie Gaughan – Book Review

Catherine Ryan, a solicitor working in Galway, has recently lost her husband. Still grieving, she decides to revisit ‘Hollowbrook’ a cottage that they went to together to rekindle fond memories. The night she chooses to visit Hollowbrook is ‘All Hallow’s … Continue reading

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“The Lynmouth Stories” by L.V. Hay – Book Review

It takes talent to leave a lasting impression in a short story format. These three short stories are expertly wrought, with vivid settings and even more vivid characterization. All featuring female protagonists, the stories are dark in nature, though not … Continue reading

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“The Rebels: and other short fiction” by Richard Power – Book Review

“A beautifully crafted collection that reflects the best of the Irish short story tradition.” The stories The Rebels – It was a time when corporal punishment and segregation in Irish schools was the norm. A time when schoolboys brought a … Continue reading

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“Embers of Atlanta” by Laurențiu M. Badea – Book Review

“We are born embers, my friend, sparks kindling on the night sky, then fade into darkness.” The Daughter – Lisa, a young girl clutching her old teddy bear, wakes to a surreal landscape. Starting with the sounds and smells of … Continue reading

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“The House on Pine Terrace” a thriller short by Phillip Margolin

Blurb: This be-careful-what-you-wish-for Thriller Short from bestselling author Phillip Margolin tells what happens when a cop meets the man of her dreams, who lives in the house of her dreams. Monica Esteban grew up poor, on occasion helping her single … Continue reading

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“CWA Anthology of short stories: Mystery Tour” edited by Martin Edwards – Book Review

This exciting collection of short stories features crime writers working with a “mystery tour” or travel theme. Showcasing the diversity of the contemporary crime-fiction genre, these 28 compelling stories will take you on a memorable trip – and you’ll not … Continue reading

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19 Crimes + a myriad more…

Well folks it finally happened. I have found a perfect excuse to blog about TWO of my passions.  Most people who know me have long realized that I really appreciate a nice glass of red.  This summer I had a … Continue reading

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