I had seen her – it – many times, of course. It sat in the corner of the glass cabinet, propped up among the many relics and trophies of my friend and mentor Malachi Burke’s celebrated career as a detective; an ugly little rag-doll in a blue-checked dress, with black curls of yarn and a … Continue reading The Dress Shop Doll: A Malachi Burke Mystery
It was blazing hot, as it always was here. Marcus’s armour felt heavy, and his mind was slow as he by the line of women doing their washing in the Nile. As he looked over them, his eyes fell a little boy sitting by the river while his mother washed her laundry in the shallows … Continue reading Flash Fiction: Far From Home
That was faster than I expected: after receiving the proof-copy yesterday and making some last-minute corrections, the paperback version of Perseus Corbett and the Forbidden Valley is now live on Amazon! Let that be a lesson: always get a proof copy.
It all started with a kiss… When Perseus Corbett shared his first kiss with young Elizabeth Alban, daughter of Lord Darrow, he vowed that, impossible though it seemed, he would someday become rich enough to marry her. But after many years, a World War, and a hundred adventures chasing treasure in every corner of globe, … Continue reading ‘Perseus Corbett and the Forbidden Valley’ is Now Live!
Ritter watched Chloe entering the library. She was a sweet thing; a blooming, innocent seventeen. Just what he liked. She was a regular at the library, of course. That was why he had chosen it. A comfortable, safe place where her guard would be down. Chloe walked up a long row of shelves, as though … Continue reading Flash-Fiction: Gotta Eat
The store was a total loss. John had watched all night as his life’s endeavor was consumed in fire, the flames greedily feasting upon the oils and canvases of irreplaceable paintings, while sculptures cracked and shattered in the heat. Now, ignoring the warnings of the firemen, he walked among the sodden ashes of his life. … Continue reading Flash Fiction: Lost and Found
Allan anxiously fingered the roll of quarters in his pocket – his whole gaming allowance for the week – as he waited in line at the arcade snack counter. Was he really going to do this? One guy ahead of him in the line. Sarah was ringing him up, her curly brown hair falling over … Continue reading Flash Fiction: A Roll of Quarters
I’m excited to announce the publication of a new book coming out this Friday, March 4th (baring any Amazon-related delays). The Walk Home and Other Tales of Suspense is an anthology of seven short suspense stories, ranging from about 1500 to 5000 words each. Tales of murder, conspiracy, mystery, revenge, and other such delightful things. … Continue reading Publishing Announcement: ‘The Walk Home’ Coming Friday
“Ladies and gentleman, I give you...the Great Santini!” Applause as the magician popped onto the stage in a burst of smoke. His tailed coat was of the finest quality, but his face was long, pale, with a foolish chin not quite covered by an attempted Mephistophelian goatee. He wave with an affected air to the … Continue reading The Final Performance
Once upon a time there was an old farmer named Zechariah Flint. He grew all kinds of things, but his specialty was cabbages. He won prizes at all the fairs for his beautiful cabbages, and they were his pride and joy. Well, one year, just a few days before he was due to harvest the … Continue reading A Quick Short