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The Mystery of the Skelton Diamonds

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This is a satisfying mystery that is a lot of fun to read. You aren't likely to be surprised by the resolution of this mystery, but you will probably enjoy the process of reaching it, and might find yourself tempted to pick up one of the longer books that feature the same detectives. In short, if you're looking for some quality escapist reading and enjoy period British mysteries, this is a good choice for you.


Karen Charlton

Book Introduction: The Ruins

Today's Book Introduction guest post comes from Daniel Bristow-Bailey, introducing his historical fiction novella, The Ruins, set in seventh century England. This is a fascinating time in history, with a lot of social change, which makes for an interesting back drop to a story. I'm looking forward to reading this novella!

The Ruins

by Daniel Bristow-Bailey

Small and Spooky

This is a collection of six classic short ghost stories. It is the third "taster flight" I've published via Annorlunda Books, and like the other two (Missed Chances and Love and Other Happy Endings), it has a unifying theme. In this case, the theme is that all of these ghost stories feature a child in some way, which I think gives a certain undertone of sweetness to the spooky stories.


M.R. Nelson

Giveaway: Giovanni Meets A Coven

Earlier this year, I featured a Book Introduction guest post from Kathy Bryson about her novella Giovanni Goes to Med School. She's back with a sequel, and this time, I'm hosting a giveaway. Entering is simple: just enter your email address on the entry form.

About the Book

Giovanni Meets a Coven is a slapstick novella about B movie monsters, and it can be read as a stand-alone book.


This is a fun anthology of stories that all feature an iPhone with some extra capabilities. The magic the iPhones perform varies widely across the stories, and part of the fun of the anthology is seeing all the different ways the authors address the theme. The stories are all interesting and well-written, too, and work on their own and not just as part of the anthology. All in all, this is a a great book to pick up if you're in the mood for some diverting fantasy that might just make you look at your smartphone in a slightly different light.


Janine A. Southard

Mister Mottley and the Key of D

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This short mystery reads a bit like a cross between Jeeves and Wooster and Sherlock Holmes, and somehow this really works. There is nothing deep here, but there is a fast-paced plot, crisp writing, and a lot of fun. As a bonus, right now you can give it a try for free.


Ellen Seltz

The Drowning Eyes

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This is a thoroughly enjoyable novella about a young woman who buys passage on a small fishing boat with a rag-tag crew, and sets off on a quest we come to understand is incredibly important and dangerous. The characters are delightful, and the world is interesting and believable. It is not fully described, but that feels more like room for future exploration than an absence in this story. The plot is perhaps not up to the level of the rest of the writing, but it is not ridiculous, either, and overall this book is well worth your time.


Emily Foster

In the Greece of the East

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The author of this fascinating book is a German who travels to Lviv, in Ukraine, to try to understand its history, and specifically how World War II changed it and by extension the rest of the region. He makes his trip with a copy of the writing of an earlier German visitor to the city, then called Lemberg. The result is part travelogue, part history, and part personal meditation. It is well-written and an enjoyable read.


Stefan Weidner

Charlotte Collins (translator)

Archibald Lawless, Anarchist at Large: Walking the Line

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This is a fun, quick read with interesting characters and a fast-paced plot. It is a noirish story that could be called a detective story, but that doesn't really do the originality of its premise justice. Rather than try to categorize it, just read it and enjoy.


Walter Mosley

Engraved on the Eye

This is a collection of fantasy short stories, all of which contain some element of Islam or the Middle East. Beyond that one unifying aspect, though, the stories are wide-ranging, encompassing a cowboy story, a story set in modern LA, a story set in the far future, and stories set in fantasy worlds. All of the stories are well told, inventive, and entertaining, and while some are stronger than others, even the weakest story is fun to read.


Saladin Ahmed

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