Short Stories

On this page you will find information about all my short stories, which are now also available for the first time in two convenient collections, both e-books. The first, For the Love of Old Bones, came out as an ebook on Kindle in summer 2012, and I was delighted and surprised by the sales. In fact I was so delighted, I immediately began work on a second collection, this time of all my other stories. No One Can Hear You Scream came out in the autumn, and was again well received by those who use modern technology for their reading.

If you enjoy my short stories, you might also like the longer stories I contributed to the collaborative novels by the Medieval Murderers.

I am delighted to participate in another collaborative effort, with several friends from the Detection Club. Eighty-five years ago, members of the club wrote the now legendary The Floating Admiral: we have decided to see if we can repeat their success with The Sinking Admiral: 'The Admiral' is a pub in the Suffolk seaside village of Crabwell, The Admiral Byng, which is threatened with closure due to falling takings. 'The Admiral' is also the nickname of its landlord, Geoffrey Horatio Fitzsimmons, and also the name of the landlord's dinghy. When Fitzsimmons is found dead in his tethered boat, the villagers assume a simple case of suicide and fear that their debt-ridden village pub will now sink without trace. But they weren't banking on the fact that this story has been written by 14 extremely competitive crime-writers - arch bamboozlers who will stop at nothing to save a good pub!

And I'm thrilled that my story, Alive or Dead, from The Detection Club's collection of short stories, Motives for Murder, has been longlisted for the CWA Short Story Dagger. If you haven't already read this collection of stories celebrating the birthday of Peter Lovesey, you may like to know that Alive or Dead will be published as an ebook single on August 3rd.

The Sinking Admiral

Motives for Murder

Chronicles of Crime

Murder Most Medieval - cover image

The Mammoth Book of Historical Whodunnits

ID: Crimes of Identity

Murder Most Catholic - cover image

For the Love of Old Bones

For the Love of Old Bones
The Coroner's Tale
originally published in Chronicles of Crime, editor Maxim Jakubowski.
For the Love of Old Bones
first published in Murder Most Medieval, editors Martin H Greenberg and John Helfers.
The Amorous Armourer
published in The Mammoth Book of Jacobean Whodunnits, editor Mike Ashley.
A Clerical Error
first published in Murder Most Catholic, editor Ralph McInerny.

Four of my short stories about Sir Baldwin de Furnshill and Bailiff Simon Puttock now republished by Endeavour Press, and therefore available for the first time in paperback as well as in eBook form:

No One Can Hear You Scream

No One Can Hear You Scream
No One Can Hear You Scream
previously published in The Best British Mysteries 2005, edited by Maxim Jakubowski
- first published in Green for Danger, the Crime Writers Association Anthology, edited by Martin Edwards.
The Tower's Man
published in The Mammoth Book of Jacobean Whodunnits, edited by Mike Ashley.
A Case of Identity
first published in ID: Crimes of Identity, the Crime Writers Association Anthology, edited by Martin Edwards.
The Hostage to Fortune
first published in The Mammoth Book of Roman Whodunnits, edited by Mike Ashley.
The Church House
previously circulated exclusively to purchasers of the Michael Jecks Conway Stewart pen.

Now republished by Endeavour Press, all five of my short stories which are not based on my 'Templar' series, available in one book. They range over time from the Roman period, through Jacobean, to the present day, with crime, thriller and horror stories designed to enthral: