Reviews

‘Christine Poulson’s wonderful sense of place brings Cambridge to life. Cassie overcomes the problems facing her with wit and guile aplenty and ensures the reader’s empathy from first word to last . . . an enthralling and engaging read that underlines Christine’s burgeoning reputation as a crime novelist to watch.’ [Stage Fright]

- SHOTS MAGAZINE

Cemetery in snowI have a special affection for the short story. With only a few thousand words to play with, it’s possible to experiment in a way that might get irksome over the long haul of a novel. In my short stories I’ve more than once written from the point of a view of a man. I even wrote one story from the point of view of a fish. Having said that, writing a short story is not an easy option. In some ways it is more demanding than writing a novel. Every word counts.

The Starlings and Other Stories

The Starlings & Other Stories

Featured story:
‘Weeping Queens’

Twelve pictures, twelve tales of crime and mystery. Written by Murder Squad and their accomplices, these page-turning short stories open up a world of intrigue, suspense and fear. With contributions from celebrated crime writers including Ann Cleeves, Cath Staincliffe and Martin Edwards, each tale has been inspired by the atmospheric and evocative work of Pembrokeshire-based photographer David Wilson.

The stories, all illustrated with the images that inspired their authors, include modern day love and betrayal, historical murder mysteries, and crime in the Welsh countryside.

Published by Graffeg: 2015

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Guilty Parties (Severn House)

Guilty Parties

Featured story:
‘What’s the Time, Mr Wolf?’

Severn House is proud to be publishing a collection of new stories from the glittering talent of the members of the Crime Writers Association: Frances Brody; N.J. Cooper; Bernie Crosthwaite; Carol Anne Davis; Martin Edwards; Kate Ellis; Jame Finnis; Christopher Fowler; Paul Freeman;  John Harvey; Paul Johnston; Ragnar Jonasson; Peter Lovesey; Phil Lovesey; Christine Poulson; Kate Rhodes; Chris Simms; Cally Taylor; Aline Templeton; Ricki Thomas; L.C. Tyler; Yvonne Eve Walus; Laura Wilson.

Published by Severn House: 2014

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I.D. Crimes of Identity I.D. Crimes of Identity

Featured story:
‘Don’t You Hate Having Two Heads?’

This showcase of shorts from the CWA (Crime Writers’ Association) celebrates the ‘who’ in the whodunnit, the psyche behind the psychological profile. Husbands lead double lives, psychologists confuse perpetrators with ex-partners, neighbours reassess the people they thought they knew. It seems if there’s one thing you can’t classify or slap an ID card on, it’s the id.

Published by Comma Press: 2006

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Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine: December 2014Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine

Featured story:
‘Roller-Coaster Ride’

The final issue of 2014 deals with families and relationships, and of course crime, mayhem, and suspense. The conflicts of home are brought across international borders in Christine Poulson’s white-knuckle adventure ‘Roller-Coaster Ride’, set in Denmark, where an English mother with two kids suspects she’s being followed by her ex-husband.

Also features stories from Joyce Carol Oates, Bill Pronzini, Miriam Grace Monfredo, Hilary Davidson, Allan J. Emerson, Michael Wiley, Kevin Wignall and René Appel.

Published by EQMM:2014

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The Adventures of Moriarty

The Mammoth Book of the Adventures of Moriarty

Featured story:
‘The Mystery of the Missing Child’

The Secret Life of Sherlock Holmes’s Nemesis – 37 short stories

We think of Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson, but far more seductive is the pairing of Holmes and Professor James Moriarty, ‘the Napoleon of crime’ – a rivalry unparalleled in the world of crime fiction. Fiercely intelligent and a relentless schemer, Moriarty is the super-villain as megastar.

This wonderfully diverse collection by writers such as Martin Edwards, Jürgen Ehlers, Barbara Nadel, L. C. Tyler, Michael Gregorio, Alison Joseph and Peter Guttridge reveals not just the evil side of Moriarty’s personality, but his humanity, his motivations and his human failings. Some of the stories are humorous, some scary, but all are hugely entertaining.

Published by Constable and Robinson: 2015

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Litmus (Comma Press)

Litmus: Short Stories from Modern Science

Featured story:
‘What If?’

This anthology draws out and distills science’s love of narrative from a wide range of scientific disciplines, weaving theory into very human stories, and delving into the humanity of theorists and experimenters as they stood on the brink of momentous discoveries.

Each story has been written in close consultation with scientists and historians and is accompanied by a specially written afterword, expanding on the science for the general reader.

Together, they bring vividly to life the stories behind the ‘eureka!’ moments that changed the way we live, forever.

Published by Comma Press: 2011

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M.O. Crimes of Practice

M.O. Crimes of Practice

Featured story:
‘A Cabinet of Curiosities’

The second in this series of anthologies from the CWA (Crime Writers’ Association) picks up the primary scent of any investigation: the modus operandi; the signature that identifies any repeat offender, the ‘how’ that supersedes the ‘why’. From the ex-doctor tenderly administering a final prescription to his victims, the party of finishing school debutantes exacting revenge on their lecherous host… these stories demonstrate that, even with the most despicable of crimes, there’s methodology in the madness.

Published by Comma Press: 2008

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Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine: December 2014Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine

Featured story:
‘Roller-Coaster Ride’

The final issue of 2014 deals with families and relationships, and of course crime, mayhem, and suspense. The conflicts of home are brought across international borders in Christine Poulson’s white-knuckle adventure ‘Roller-Coaster Ride’, set in Denmark, where an English mother with two kids suspects she’s being followed by her ex-husband.

Also features stories from Joyce Carol Oates, Bill Pronzini, Miriam Grace Monfredo, Hilary Davidson, Allan J. Emerson, Michael Wiley, Kevin Wignall and René Appel.

Published by EQMM

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The Mammoth Book of Best British Crime No 10The Mammoth Book of Best British Crime: No 10

Featured story:
‘Vanishing Act’

42 fantastic stories from Britain’s best crime writers

A superb collection of the year’s most outstanding short crime fiction published in the UK. Jakubowski has succeeded, as ever, in showcasing the impressive breadth of crime writing, from cosy tales of detection to noir mayhem and psychological suspense and terror. There are puzzles to solve, nagging questions about the nature of the society in which we live, but, above all, there is an abundance of first-class entertainment.

Published by Constable and Robinson: 2013

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Phobic: Modern Horror Stories

Phobic: Modern Horror Stories

Featured story:
‘Safe as Houses’

Where does fear lurk in 21st century life? In a technological age hardwired to keep information flowing and the unknown at bay, what irrationalities still linger for horror writers to tap into? This anthology – the first in a new series from Comma – offers 15 very different responses to the question. From ancient curses kept alive in internet chat-rooms to malevolent children’s TV characters acquiring lives of their own, Phobic shines a torch into the unlit areas of the modern subconscious and suggests the more we know, the more we realise how worried we really should be.

Published by Comma Press: 2007

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