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Mystery Short Stories

The Book Of Witness, Vol 1 (A Strange Air Mystery) – Erick W Mertz

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March 15, 2020

Witness

The Book of Witness Volume 1 is a collection of four short stories, The Phantom Hand, A Devil Wind, The Flipbook and Bell The Cat, each full of suspense, trepidation and paranormal jeopardy.

Carl Aldous is a student studying anthropology and for extra income wins a contract with the Works Progress Administration in 1936…


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Literary Fiction Short Stories

The Weddings – Alexander Chee

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February 22, 2020

Attraction

The Weddings, is an intriguing short story looking at gay relationships within the dynamics of marriage, somewhat satirical, somewhat deferential. Marriage, now a legally recognised possibility that has opened up for gay partnerships but the same criteria and decisions need to be made on a personal level. None shout louder…


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Short Stories

Can You Feel This? – Julie Orringer

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February 9, 2020

Trepidation

Can You Feel This? is a tense emotional story of a woman during childbirth and her psychological turmoil with what happened her own mother, haunts her and ignites the fear that she won’t be the dependable mother her child needs.

Emily is a young pregnant woman diagnosed with placenta previa and…


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Fantasy Humour Literary Fiction Short Stories

The Minotaur’s Son: & other wild tales – Kevin Ansbro

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February 6, 2020

Imaginative

The Minotaur’s Son: & other wild tales is a book of short stories that is unbounded in its imagination and entertainment. A collection of tales that I want to imagine being told around the metaphorical campfire, late at night, when the teller want to enthral and beguile their listeners. Stories…


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Literary Fiction Short Stories

Zenith Man – Jennifer Haigh

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February 1, 2020

Zenith Man is a short story from the Inheritance Collection and is inspired by real events.

“This story begins with a 911 call. The first shock was that Harold Pardee’s wife was dead. The second shock was that he had a wife.”

The opening line held so much promise but the drama…


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Literary Fiction Short Stories

Everything My Mother Taught Me – Alice Hoffman

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January 19, 2020

Circumspect

Everything My Mother Taught Me is a poignant story of a mother’s relationship with her daughter, husband, and neighbours. Some women should never be married, some women should never have children, meet Nora Ivie, mother to Adeline. Only a mother that is so narcissistic and devoid of caring for her…


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Literary Fiction Short Stories

The Lion’s Den – Anthony Marra

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December 28, 2019

Fortitude

The Lion’s Den is a beautifully written short story that is fascinating, clever, and insidiously probing. Packed with dark humour and satirical prose the observational settings that are painted are vivid and highly revealing. This is a story of a troubled relationship between father and son, with multiple side reflections…


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Fantasy Science Fiction Short Stories

Harmemoric Asylum – Dixon Reuel

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September 10, 2019

Resonance

Dixon Reuel has written a thought-provoking short story that manages to create a cold dystopian world and a tale with a deeper meaning. I imagined the images from ‘The Day After Tomorrow’ and ‘2012’ and wondered how implausible another ice age is. It is perversely entertaining to consider how…


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Literary Fiction Short Stories

Ten Seconds – Lucian Lupescu

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August 23, 2019

Loneliness

Ten Seconds is a collection of ten Flash Fiction and Short Stories that grab moments of life that have meaning and emotional pull. The stories start at an occurrence of birth, journey through episodes of flash memories as a child, a teenager, an adult, married, in a career and end…


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Literary Fiction Short Stories

Five Hundred Poor – Noah Milligan

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July 15, 2019

Profound

Five Hundred Poor is a very clever, fascinating and uniquely constructed book. There are 10 short stories that are unconnected in terms of storyline, but they combine to create a profound theme of loss and despair. We may consider our lives to be poorer when our dreams don’t materialise, when…

Peter Donnelly
Ireland

Founder of The Reading Desk, supporting readers, authors, publishers and book industry. Top Reviewer on Amazon, Goodreads, and NetGalley peter@thereadingdesk.com

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