The Crimson Shorts are a range of Short Stories from Crimson Cloak Publishing available individually in e-book and print, designed for quick lunchbreak reads or downloading to read on a phone while waiting in a queue or waiting room. They make great little gifts as well!
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Adrienne Davies visits Loftus House, home of her old friend Margaret and her difficult husband Edward. There's no love lost between him and his other houseguests, or indeed his own family. After a tension-packed evening, in the middle of the night someone screams ... A Country House. A Murder. Five suspects. Detective Chief Inspector Sheehan investigates.
This compelling short story can be used as a murder game scenario at parties, or enjoyed as a standalone Jim Sheehan mystery.
From an Amazon review: "A short book, simply and clearly written, Murder at Loftus House is a little gem for all aspiring sleuths."
The town of Bright might be small but its people have big hearts. When high winds whip up a fire in the town's lumber yard to life-threatening proportions, its people rally round to save their town, and even conspire with Santa to re-schedule Christmas for the evacuated children.
When eleven year old Will Fellows is asked to go to a store employee reunion with his great-grandmother, he isn't at all thrilled, but what he finds on the fourth floor when he wanders off will change both their lives.
Mississippi Vigilantes conspire to administer justice to a pedophile, but things go horribly wrong.
What do you do if you discover a fishing buddy is a murderer, or worse? Anton agrees that there is only one solution, but things do not go according to plan.
The account he leaves of the incident now forms part of the archives of the Doni Sisterhood: making this book a clever prequel to the author's epic post-global-warming series which begins with The HAARP Letters.
These two Crimson Short stories by Gary Winstead relate humorous incidents in the life of Cutter the cowboy. In The Chukar Fiasco, he is persuaded to go partridge shooting with Crazy Dave, but soon regrets his decision. Kippy is the story of a cantankerous Angora goat buck, acquired as a weed-cutter but possessed of so much character that a love-hate relationship develops between goat and owner which lasts until its death. Cutter gets more than he bargained for when he takes Kippy on as a weed-mower!
Emily lives in the quiet village of Oak Haven with her Mum, Dad and her lovely dog, Toby. Her life is a happy and peaceful one, but there is more to Emily than meets the eye. The young girl has a very strong connection with animals, one that becomes even more apparent when she enters the wood that lies just outside the village. Strange things happen in the wood, and Emily isn’t convinced whether the wood has magical powers, or even if she herself has special abilities. Whatever the reason, life is never quite the same when she is there.
Emily’s problems really begin when she discovers that goblins have come to her precious wood. They are making the woodland creatures’ lives a misery, and seem intent on staying.
It's an ordinary day at Sam's roadside diner, with the usual mix of customers. But when the lights fail a gunshot rings out - and one of them lies dead. Detective Chief Inspector Jim Sheehan must unravel a string of coincidences to determine who is the murderer. by The Doom Murders author Brian O'Hare
Elderly Wilhelm Huntzinger lies dead beside his wheelchair.
Inspector Jim Sheehan must discover who among the residents of the Woodlands Care Home released the brake to send him plunging to his death: but does the answer lie in the German ex-officer's wartime history, or is it to be found nearer to home?
The latest of the Inspector Sheehan series is a short story that can double as a party mystery game: create teams, read the story aloud, and see who can guess the murderer!
Murder at The Care Home is the best of the three Inspector Sheehan short stories. As with the first two, it offers a unique fusion of storytelling elements. It is a short story with a cleverly crafted mystery, which demands interpreting several subtle clues. It is also a sort of reader-participative deductive logic puzzle, that encourages the reader to become an active participant by assuming the role of investigator.
As with the full-length Inspector Sheehan mysteries, it is intelligently written, with three-dimensional characters with complex interrelationships and conflicting motives. The settings are vividly drawn. The characters and their interrelationships are much more confidently explored than in the first two short stories.
For those readers who have not enjoyed a full-length Inspector Sheehan novel, it is an apéritif, offering a tantalizing taste of treats to follow. For those who have read the mysteries and eagerly await the next installment, it is perhaps a digestif to tide them over. As the short story format doesn’t permit full character development, the story may be best enjoyed by those who are already familiar with the vivid cast of characters; however, it can be read independently.
THE TRAVELLER, and FLAMES
Who is the mysterious stranger with flaming red hair who helps a young man travelling to visit a long-lost relative after an accident?
A young firefighter's nightmares of burning prove to be linked to an ancient curse.