The Mystery of the Spanish Chest ~ A Shory Story by Agatha Christie #AudioBookReview #HerculePoirot #ClassicCrime #AgathaChristie

I was confused reading the blurb on Audible as Hastings is mentioned although he doesn’t actually appear in this story.

The Mystery of the Spanish Chest is narrated excellently as always by Hugh Fraser.

It was released on Audible in June 2020 and published by HarperCollins

Perusing the morning paper Poirot’s attention was caught by the headlines… SPANISH CHEST MYSTERY. LATEST DEVELOPMENTS.

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The Caretaker ~ a #ShortStory by Dan Klefstad #Vampire @danklefstad

A very intriguing short story which I believe the author has plans to develop into a novel. It was published in Crack The Spine Literary Magazine on February 1st 2017. I enjoyed reading The Caretaker very much, it’s a unique perspective on a vampire tale. To hear Dan read the quote below, check out the video clip.

Dear Applicant, Congratulations. Out of hundreds of applications, yours stood out…..But, I must warn you: The more you read, the more my employer will consider you a threat if you decline our offer. If you have no intentions of taking the job, delete this message now before reading further.” 

Then…the final warning.  Do you want to devote your best years to an exacting employer who will pay more than handsomely for loyalty and secrecy, spending your retirement in wealth and luxury or settle for a mundane job, family and regular yearly holidays? Continue reading

12 Days of Clink Street #Christmas ~ Short #Story by AW Rock (Part Two) @SohoHoney @gilbster1000 @authorightUKPR

Welcome to my second stop for the 12 Days of Clink Street Christmas, and the second part of a short story by AW Rock, Soho Noel. The other two parts can be found via the links further down. 


The dead man was still slumped on the table and any passerby would have assumed that he was a sleeping drunk. I knew it would be some time before one of the bar staff came out and tried to wake him up so I decided to carry on with my day as though nothing had happened, but the killer had made me change my itinerary. Continue reading

The Joker ~ A perfect lead in to the Grayson Trilogy ~ Short #Story by @GeorgiaRoseBook #BookReview

  • 30056759Author: Georgia Rose
  • Published: April 2016 by Three Shires Publishing
  • Category: Contemporary Fiction
  • five-stars

A tale of the morning after the night before, this story gives you a delicious glimpse into the background of a character who has proven to be a favourite for readers of the Grayson Trilogy. However, you do not need to have read that to enjoy this.

A short story looking closely at one of the supporting characters depicted in The Grayson Trilogy, Will Carlton, and getting an insight into what has made him who he is. Georgia Rose is very skilled at getting to the heart of a character, showcased by this well crafted story. I love the way it’s written, without speech marks, so it appears entirely from Will’s mind.  Continue reading

Joy ~ A Short Story @Celina_Grace #BookReview #AmReading #SundayBlogShare

  • JoyAuthor: Celina Grace
  • Published: November 2015 by Isaro Publishing Ltd
  • Category: Mystery, Crime
  • four-stars

The last person Detective Sergeant Kate Redman wants to see while she’s doing her Christmas shopping is habitual petty thief and homeless alcoholic Charlie Petworth. While she knows that Charlie steals small things in part to get a warm bed for the night, it’s still annoying, particularly in the season of good will. 

A short story written especially for fans of the Kate Redman Mysteries, this short, seasonal mystery is from crime writer Celina Grace, author of the Kate Redman Mysteries, The Asharton Manor Mysteries and the upcoming historical mystery series, Miss Hart and Miss Hunter Investigate.

I was alerted to this book when Lizanne Lloyd chose it for her Friday Five Challenge. The seasonal short story is a free download on Amazon and although there is a Kate Redman Mystery series this can be read as a stand alone. Having just noticed the first in the series is also free I’ve downloaded that also. I liked the short glimpse of Kate’s personality and would like to know more about her back story and work life. I think this is a series I’ll enjoy.

Detective Sergeant Kate Redman is last minute Christmas shopping when homeless man, Charlie, is caught shoplifting as she is leaving the store.  Continue reading

Unlawful Greed


  • UnlawfulGreedAuthor: Pamela Samuels Young
  • Performed by RC Bray
  • Published: Goldman House Publishing, released on Audible February 2015
  • Category: Crime, Mystery, Short Story
  • four-half-stars

Featured in the Anthology, The Funeral, this fast-paced short story wastes no time pulling the reader into a fascinating whodunit. When a prominent L.A. lawyer is found dead in his office, the detectives assigned to solve the crime search high and low for clues. What they discover at the lawyer’s funeral, may well lead them to his killer. But will the murderer turn out to be among the usual suspects?

Not used to anything but victory in his court cases, high-powered lawyer Vernon Jackson Jones was nevertheless feeling a little nervous as he waited for the verdict in his latest case. He needn’t have worried. The jury found in favour of his client. He wished his personal life was as successful but with a cheating wife, an alcoholic partner and a sponging son it wasn’t easy going. 

Vernon did not want to think about the only real family he had. All three of them had disappointed him greatly, forcing him to finally make some tough decisions he should have made years ago.

It was time for Vernon to sort his life out. He should have known a much younger, gorgeous woman wouldn’t be content to sit waiting for someone who worked the hours he did. He could see his third divorce looming. As for his son, Vernon knew he’d been spoiled in compensation for the death of his mother. The last, and hardest, item on his to do list was firing his partner.

When Vernon is found dead in his office from gunshot wounds, Detectives Helen Lawrence and Candace Malveaux have several ready-made suspects heading their enquiries. 

I had to feel sorry for Vernon, he’s not a bad man just the classic rich, older and good-looking man wanting a young and beautiful wife. Unfortunately the attraction, in the main, is his money. His son has been wrongly over indulged and pampered all his life, but for understandable reasons. And Vernon feels genuine sadness over his partner’s troubles. The problem is Vernon just can’t see what’s under his nose.

A very good whodunit with an ironic twist at the end, during the reading of the will. The two detectives are great characters and play well off each other. Although the audio is less than an hour it has a well paced and believable plot, great writing and a wonderful narration by RC Bray. 

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About the author

PamelaSamuelsYoungPamela Samuels Young is a practicing attorney and bestselling author of the legal thrillers

Every Reasonable Doubt, In Firm Pursuit, Murder on the Down Low, Attorney-Client Privilege, Buying Time and Anybody’s Daughter. She is also a natural hair enthusiast and the author of Kinky Coily: A Natural Hair Resource Guide. In addition to writing legal thrillers and working as Managing Counsel for Labor and Employment Law for a major corporation, Pamela formerly served on the board of directors of the Los Angeles Chapter of Mystery Writers of America and is a diehard member of Sisters in Crime-L.A. The former journalist and Compton native is a graduate of USC, Northwestern University and UC Berkeley’s School of Law.

The Rocking Chair Lady

  • TheRockingChairLadyAuthor: Randy Mixter
  • Published: September 2012
  • Kindle Edition
  • Category: Contemporary, Paranormal, Fantasy
  • five-stars

The Rocking Chair Lady is a fictional short story based on a young boy’s fascination with an elderly lady’s stories of her adventurous, and sometimes magical life. Expect the unexpected.

A hauntingly beautiful and engaging short story of an old lady and a young boy exchanging reminiscences. The boy soon runs out of his own stories but the old lady still shares her magical life stories and thoughts with the boy each time he visits. The visits span a few summers, the boy is captivated by the stories and learns a lot about the old woman, her husband and how they met. She tells him of her life and adventures, story by story and year by year. 

I was thirteen years old when I first met the rocking chair lady. It was early June and I was helping Andy, a friend of mine, deliver newspapers……

I didn’t wear a watch back then, but I figured it was close to lunch time when I arrived at my last house of the day. It was an old brick house with a long wooden front porch. I noticed several wind chimes hanging from the porch’s ceiling. I knocked on the door several times with no success and was about to put down the paper and leave, when I heard the faint voice of a woman say ‘come in’ from somewhere inside of the house. I was wary and the voice seemed to sense my fear.

And so begins an unusual friendship which grows with each subsequent visit and both the old lady and the boy look forward to their brief times together.

Randy Mixter always writes with such appeal and sensitivity and manages, in this story, to incorporate a lot into a few pages, giving the two characters distinct and extremely likeable personalities. I couldn’t help but be drawn to them and the old lady’s stories of a life which embraced all opportunities and was full of rich and deep experiences.

There are touches of sadness, which isn’t unusual for someone of advancing years, and a wonderfully magical, correlated ending which is a delight, leaving feelings of pleasure in a story skillfully told. 

About the author

RMixterRandy Mixter lives in Pasadena, Maryland, with his wife Veronica and their five cats. He writes in a variety of genres including Fantasy, Action/Adventure, Mysteries, and Suspense Thrillers. He currently has several novels and short stories available, with more on the way.

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