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Donna Fletcher Crow (US) is the author of forty-some books, mostly novels dealing with the history of British Christianity. She is the author of The Monastery Murders series; The Lord Danvers Victorian True-Crime series; The Elizabeth & Richard literary mysteries, GLASTONBURY,A Novel of the Holy Grail and more.
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Short Story Anthology Continues Free Armchair Travel

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ March 10, 2017

The freebies just keep coming! Yesterday I blogged about our great FREE 9-book set of mystery novels from Crime Cafe. Today I want to let you all know about the companion set of 5 mysterious short stories from best-selling authors which you can get FREE here.

Our focus on setting continues today as three of our short story authors share about the places their stories take you to.
First, join Jenny Milchman in Life in the head of a suspense writer. Life in a small town:


I make my way up the winding country road, feet skipping over each other in sudden haste, glancing over my shoulder. There's somebody behind me, walking at a steady clip. It's winter and we're both swathed in over-garments. It's hard to tell who might be following along--someone I know? A stranger? A man, surely, given his height, the bulky breadth of him in his dark, sweeping coat. I'm only out here on a short walk--a breather from the story I'm writing--a burst of exercise I had to push myself to take, given how warm and cozy my house was, how cold I feel right now. And how nervous. This is a long, lonely stretch of road. Nothing else out here besides the two of us, except for some cawing crows. If I turn around and walk back toward home, I'll have to go right past whoever this is. But I can't stay ahead of him either. He's speeding up. And he's longer legged than I, and faster. I usually only walk--jogging is for people more motivated and in better shape than I--but I break into a run as the person in back of me increases his pace. I whip my head left, then right. A house to one side--but empty, abandoned--I live in a cluster of mostly summer homes. Dense woods on the other; I picture a gnarled and twisting run through skeletal trees. Then the person is beside me. No time to make a choice. "I've never seen you run before!" he calls out in a jovial tone, his silvery puff of breath hanging momentarily in the air.


Bill Crider takes his readers to Monte Carlo in his story "How I Found a Cat, Lost True Love, and Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo."


Hey, who hasn't wanted to break the bank at a casino in Monte Carlo?  I have, and although I've never been to Monte Carlo, I like to think about how it could be done.  It took me a while to find a way, but I did find one.  While I don't recommend that you try it (and I don't plan to, either), it's theoretically possible.  Or so I was told.  Maybe it's just a fantasy?, but people need a little fantasy in their lives.  As for the cat, well, I like cats.  Lots of mystery writers do, I've been told, and I thought this story needed a cat to make up for the loss of true love.  That's my story, and I'm sticking to it.


And Debbi Mack, New York Times Bestselling author and the lovely lady who put both of these great collections together, shares a visual teaser:


The short story "Jasmine" is set in an unnamed city during the end of the year holidays—  a noir story at a time of general celebrating— a contrast of light and darkness. The image represents what the protagonist sees from the balcony of her apartment at the end of the story.


This outstanding anthology will be FREE here through March 11.

Donna Fletcher Crow (US) is the author of forty-some books, mostly novels dealing with the history of British Christianity. She is the author of The Monastery Murders series; The Lord Danvers Victorian True-Crime series; The Elizabeth & Richard literary mysteries, GLASTONBURY,A Novel of the Holy Grail and more. www.donnafletchercrow.com

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Thank you, Crime Caf?! Happy reading to all!
-Donna, March 10, 2017

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