Quick Reads for the Weekend: A Collection of Short Stories and Novellas

If it Bleeds by Stephen King

Four novellas comprise this new work by popular Stephen King, master of suspense and horror. You may have to sleep with the lights on for a few days. Which leads us to…

Sleep No More by P.D. James

Brilliant writer of mystery, P. D. James, master of the short story genre (see also Mistletoe Murder) offers six stories in Sleep No More. She is the writer of the classic Adam Dalgliesh mysteries. 

Triple Homicide by James Patterson 

Short ebooks have become popular, and James Patterson has a series called Bookshots. This collection of three includes thrillers with three of his popular series, Alex Cross, Michael Bennett, and The Women’s Murder Club.

Midnight at Tiffany’s by Sarah Morgan

Wonderfully entertaining author Sarah Morgan wrote this prequel to the enjoyable From Manhattan with Love series. Matilda is an aspiring author whose awkward demeanor is nothing like the bold heroines of her novels, until meeting Chase Adams. Working her day job as a waitress, she finds herself spilling champagne at a function and leaving a lasting impression on Chase. 

A Week in Summer by Maeve Binchy

Classic prolific Irish author Maeve Binchy wrote heartwarming novels, including A Week in Winter, as well as this short story. Brian and Kathleen, happily married for years, plan a much needed vacation to Ireland where surprises await.

Trains and Lovers by Alexander McCall Smith

In these short stories from bestselling author Alexander McCall Smith, four strangers on a train from Edinburgh to London exchange personal stories of love and loss.

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Cozy Mystery Reading

Check out these gentle reads with some mystery and mayhem!

The prolific writer Alexander McCall Smith is on his 20th volume of The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, which started in 1998. The latest title is To the Land of Long Lost Friends. Set in Botswana, Southern Africa, this series features Mma Precious Ramotswe, a private detective. With wisdom and humor, she deftly is able to solve cases. The gentle pace and likable characters make this a gem of a series. 

Brewed Awakening is Cleo Coyle’s 18th book in the extensive Coffeehouse Mystery Series, set in Greenwich Village, New York City. Clare Cosi, proprietor of the Village Blend coffee shop, and engaged to NYPD detective Mike Quinn, wakes up in Washington Square with no memory and a suspect in a kidnapping. For fans of mysteries and a good cup of coffee. Check out the audiobooks on hoopla.

Hannah Reed’s too-short trilogy, The Scottish Highlands Mysteries, is completely enjoyable. Beginning with Off Kilter, writer Eden Elliott decides to travel to Glenkillen in the Scottish Highlands to work on her book. Her friend Ami Peterson urges her to go to recover from the death of her mother and her recent divorce. But when she arrives, there is a murder, and Eden finds herself helping the Police Inspector find the murderer.

The Body in the Wake is 25th in the Faith Fairchild mystery series by Katherine Hall Page. Faith is the wife of a minister in Aleford, Massachusetts. She is also a mother, caterer (recipes included), and amateur detective. Faith gets ready to attend the wedding of her friend’s daughter at their summer Penobscot Bay Maine cottage with familiar and likable characters from the previous series. Then a body is found in the lily pond. Check these ebooks out on Overdrive or hoopla

The Whole Enchilada is the 17th book in the Goldy Bear Culinary Mysteries by Diane Mott Davidson. The first book is Catering to Nobody. This is a classic series to enjoy, featuring sleuth and caterer Gold Schulz. Set in Aspen Valley, Colorado, the series starts with divorced mother Goldy Bear and eleven-year-old son Arch. As Goldy keeps busy running her business, Goldilocks Catering, she finds herself embroiled with a mystery. Homicide detective and future love interest Tom Schulz investigates the case. Titles from the series are accessible on Overdrive and hoopla. Recipes are included!

Furmidable Foes is the impressive 29th book in Rita Mae Brown’s Mrs. Murphy Mysteries. The series started in 1990 with Wish You Were Here. Funny and whimsical mysteries for cat and dog lovers set in Virginia and featuring “Harry” Mary Minor Harirsteen and her cats, Mrs. Murphy and Pewter, and dogs, Tee Tucker and Pirate. Harry is married to veterinarian husband Fair. She is the postmistress and finds herself often solving a mystery. In this volume, there is a mystery with ties to the colonial past of the area involving an artifact of a diamond-and-pearl necklace. As always, there is the delightful subplot involving the animals’ adventures.

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