Death Among Us

An Anthology of Murder Mystery Short Stories

Book Cover: Death Among Us

Who knew death could be so eclectic?

Relish this mesmerizing murder mystery mash-up of short stories.

Murder and mystery have been the staple of literature and films for years. This anthology of short stories will thrill and entertain you. Some will also make you laugh out loud. Others will stop and make you think.

Think of this murder mystery short story anthology as a book version of appetizers or starters, hors d'oeuvre, meze, or antipasti. It can be read as fillers between books or, as is the case in some countries, as a bookish meze - in its own right.

There’s murder mystery styles and locations to suit all tastes: detective fiction, serial killers, scifi, histfic, England, Los Angeles, San Francisco, The Great Lakes, Las Vegas, the Nevada desert, Mexico and more in an exquisite exposition of the art of short story telling.

These stories come from an international cast of ten authors; some with bestselling books, others are emerging or new talents. Their roots, cultures, and life experiences are as diverse as their writing styles.

But one thing binds them together: they know how to tell a story.

The ten authors who have contributed to the anthology are:

Stephen Bentley
Greg Alldredge
Kelly Artieri
Robbie Cheadle
Michael Spinelli
L. Lee Kane
Kay Castaneda
Aly Locatelli
Justin Bauer
Posthumously by 'G'

The stories include the 2019 SIA Award-Winning Murder Mystery Short Story 'The Rose Slayer' by Stephen Bentley.

Each author introduces his or her stories and the theme that lays behind them. By the time you finish the book, you will agree the result is a mesmerizing murder mystery mash-up.

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Reviews:Mae Clair on Amazon wrote:

5.0 out of 5 stars Murder Most Foul
Reviewed in the United States on July 11, 2019
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I’m a mystery/suspense fan so these stories hit all the right notes for me. The collection is varied with several authors contributing multiple tales to the collection. Read one or two at a time or gobble several back to back. The authors are great at transporting you into twisted worlds of murder most foul. You’re bound to find your personal favorites, but there are several that really stood out for me.

I was mesmerized by the historic angle Robbie Cheadle used in her all of her tales that address such unusual characters as chimney sweeps in Victorian England and monks, among others. She did an exceptional job of dropping her readers into the grimy period of the Industrial Revolution and other equally intriguing settings. Red Solo Cup by by Kelly Artieri has two couples undertaking a day boating. A twisty little tale with a cool title and an unexpected ending. She also does a great job with That's What Best Friends Do which has a kick-butt ending, The slightly horror jive of Monitaur by Michael Spinelli kept me enthralled ,and he hit a home run with No Man’s Land involving a dangerous fugitive. The dialogue is spot on.

All the authors are to be commended for such a great collection. Enjoy!

James J. Cudney IV (Jay) VINE VOICE on Amazon wrote:

5.0 out of 5 stars Great Collection
Reviewed in the United States on July 7, 2019
Format: Kindle Edition
My favorite book genre is mysteries. With so many wonderful authors and series, it's often difficult to decide what to read next, especially when you're looking to expand your horizons with something new. That's often why I'll turn to an anthology of short stories, as collections allow you to sample a dozen or so writers who hold a vast array of experiences and styles. This month, I took a chance on one called 'Death Among Us,' published in July of 2019 and edited by Stephen Bentley. In this fantastic collection, readers are exposed to ~10 authors who have each contributed 3 stories. What's even better is that the three stories are generally connected to one another, so it's almost like reading a mini novella several times over.

Prior to each author's stories, there's a lively and informative intro about what readers are getting themselves into. The writer will tell us if the stories are connected by the same character or a similar murder plot, a continuation of the previous tale but with a twist, or something even more dastardly and thrilling. I enjoyed this aspect of the anthology, as often in these types of books, each author only has a single story. With three, we get a better feel for their voice, style, and tone. The collection kicks off with the award-winning editor's 'The Rose Slayer' stories, where homicide cops trace a killer who leaves behind a calling card. It spoke to me for many reasons, but to watch the transition from the first to the second and the last story, I felt like I could understand the motivation and operating procedures / boundaries of the heroes (and possibly the serial killer too!).

Another favorite is Robbie Cheadle, an author who's participated in another short story collection that I've read as well as written many children's books with her sons. What a vastly differently style across her entire inventory of books and stories... to kick off with, in 'Justice is Never Served,' we have a woman who murders babies! Then there are the chimney sweeping killers (not what you're thinking either!)... Cheadle delivers just the right amount of gore and thrills without going over the top, as the topic could be quite difficult to swallow. The best parts of her three stories are how they are all based on some sort of true story... which makes the tale even more horrific. She's definitely cultivated her talents in these three tales, and I hope to see a full-length horror novel from her one day.

In addition to these two clever authors, I found many new writers I plan to follow. All of the stories were strong, none left me bored or confused. It's a vibrant collection of twisty horrors, delicious death plots, and witty dialog among killers, cops, and victims. There are even a few lines of paranormal / fantasy / science-fiction being crossed, enough to make us afraid to enter a dark room in the future. Between those chills, and the crazy over-arching theme of what happens to both good and bad children in this book, it's a prime candidate for anyone who wants to be frightened or read about something over-the-top devilish and evil.

If you're up for a seasonal read, I'd recommend buying now and reading an author every few days in the month of October. Death and Halloween go so well together, and this is definitely one to keep in mind for pushing the envelope with creativity, complexity, and dark drama. That 'side serving of revenge' we often hear about... is the prime motivating factor in so many of these stories... and who doesn't like to see someone get their just desserts?

Kindle Customer on Audible wrote:

Outstanding!
These are wonderful short, short stories!! The authors have such great ideas and really put a lot into each story. I liked the first, but then I liked the second better, and so on!! Each one is great!! MUST READ!! Great narrator, loved all the different voices, each one so well done!


Rivers of Blood

A Steve Regan Undercover Cop Thriller

Book Cover: Rivers of Blood
Editions:Kindle
Pages: 198
Paperback: $ 9.99 USD
ISBN: 978-1795373739
Size: 5.50 x 8.50 in
Pages: 198
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There’s only one thing more dangerous than becoming a confidential informant.

Being an undercover cop.

They have something in common - living on the edge.


The Gripping Fast-paced Series Finale to the Steve Regan Undercover Cop Trilogy

Steve Regan is still undercover working for the same UK secret government department. He sets off on what he thinks is a last assignment: seconded to the Australian Feds posing as a hit man hired to assassinate a liberal Australian politician.

The Australian murder plot leads to the discovery of a frightening far-reaching white supremacist conspiracy to overthrow the government of the United Kingdom.

Regan goes deep undercover within a London police CID department in an effort to gather evidence against the white supremacists.

Regan's undercover infiltration is the most dangerous and audacious assignment he has faced.

Will he succeed? Or will this dangerous game endanger someone close to him?

Who will survive and who will die?

Reacher and Tom Clancy fans will love Regan - the 'real deal!' - undercover cop fiction written by a former undercover cop.

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Reviews:Sashadoo Vine Voice on Amazon wrote:

5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 26 February 2019
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I started reading this on the morning after it arrived and simply couldn't put it down until I finished it late at night. I just had to know what happened next. Steve Reagan under yet another alias, goes undercover once again as he works for a top secret organization dedicated to the destruction of major criminal enterprises. Also working in the organisation is his Thai wife, Ora, a specialist in the field of intelligence. When they come up against corrupt cops and a racist group intent on overthrowing the government, calling itself Aryan Supremacy, you can be sure it won't be long before the bullets start flying. It's a fast paced, exciting end to the author's trilogy with an ending that surprised me and tugged at my heartstrings. No spoilers from me though. Read it and weep, as the saying goes. Loved the book, and the series as a whole. 5 stars from a satisfied reader.

29 on Amazon wrote:

5.0 out of 5 stars Bentley does it again!
Reviewed in the United States on July 18, 2019
Format: Kindle Edition
Bentley does it again! Steve Regan returns to rid the UK and it's allies of many evils. Follow Steve along with a great cast of characters as they go head to head with bad guys masquerading as the good guys.

You'll be on an emotional rollercoaster, guaranteed, as Steve gets into his role and questions his job, his life, and even the world. Truly a deep book where the author makes the reader feel the story as if you were living it. Thank you Stephen Bentley for a great adventure!

I received a free ARC copy of this book and this is my honest review.


 

 

 

 

 

Dilemma

Book Cover: Dilemma
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ISBN: 978-1723203404
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When you are undercover, many want to kill you.

 

Sicilian Mafia, Thai Mafia, even the CIA, they all want you dead.


Join undercover cop Regan in this emotion-packed roller coaster of a thriller.

Steve Regan is back and this time he’s alone and undercover in a seedy area of Thailand on the trail of a Texan expatriate, Les Watkins, the biggest drug smuggler in South East Asia.

Using himself as the bait, Regan attempts to score a $50,000 deal with the Thai mafia to get closer to his target.

As he finds himself embroiled deeper into the operation, Regan suspects Watkins may be connected to Regan's nemesis, ruthless Mafia boss Carlo Vitale, who has fled the United States following a triple bombing and assassination of three crime family heads.

Besides staying alive, Regan has other problems when he suddenly finds himself facing the worst dilemma an undercover cop can face.

Dilemma is an edgy, suspenseful tale with twists and turns plus a sprinkle of romance.

Though Book 2 in the Steve Regan Undercover Cop series, it can be read as a standalone book.

If you are a Reacher or Tom Clancy fan, this book is for you.

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Reviews:Pat McDonald on Amazon wrote:

5.0 out of 5 stars Second book in the Steve Regan undercover cop series
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 26 November 2018
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This is the second book in the Steve Regan undercover cop series which introduces a less conventional undercover cop operating in a big organised crime world. Regan is now working for a small exclusive band of handpicked operatives DOCS Destroy Organised Crime Syndicates and he finds himself in Thailand where the ‘elephant in the room’ might turn out to be Watkins who he was sent to do ‘business’ with; in the world of undercover you never know who are the good guys and who are the bad. I never give away an ending but this one was a pleasant surprise, I didn’t see that coming!
There is an easy authentic emphasis to Regan, why wouldn't there be when the author himself is an ex-undercover cop which gives it a realistic feel and believable dialogues. Once again the author’s characters are three dimensional making them credible. I love the way Regan challenges his own actions and the economically descriptive settings that make me feel I’m in there with him, not watching somewhere on a screen, it’s rich and atmospheric, you can feel the tension. Pleased to know that there is more to come from Stephen Bentley in this series; it would make a terrific crime action film.

Kindle Reader on Amazon wrote:

5.0 out of 5 stars Action-packed thriller makes for an exciting read!
Reviewed in the United States on January 29, 2019
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Steve Regan is undercover cop Steve Ryan in Thailand. Embedded as the farang manager of Lucky’s Bar. Trying to infiltrate with fifty thousand dollars of drug buy money, heroin, he meets face to face with his target, Les Watkins, a Texan, the number one drug smuggler in South East Asia in the early 1980’s.

Three bombs go off in three Italian restaurants frequented by local mafia, murdering the Mafia bosses in these American cities. Violent bombs that killed innocents, including a ten-year-old boy. Carlo Vitale, capo of the Miami Mafia, is now on the ‘most wanted’ list. He escapes to Thailand.

Steve and his Mama-san Fon face danger in this fast-paced thriller in Thailand. What will be their fate? Vitale’s? Watkins? This well-written action-packed thriller makes for an exciting read.


 

 

 

 

 

Mercy

A Detective Matt Deal Thriller

Book Cover: Mercy
Part of the Detective Matt Deal Thrillers series:
  • Mercy
Editions:KindlePaperback
ISBN: 978-6219619004
Size: 8.00 x 5.50 in
Pages: 318
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His daughter was taken. He’ll never get her back.

Set in the near future, Matt Deal is a British businessman married into a wealthy Florida family.

Mercy, his fifteen-year-old daughter, is the glue in his rocky marriage to Lorey. His life is changed forever after Mercy is brutally sexually assaulted on a Destin beach leaving her in a persistent vegetative state.

Trusting the local detectives to bring the rapists to justice, mixed martial arts expert Deal concentrates in vain on his Florida gym business, only to have his world further explode on learning the men responsible for his daughter’s injuries may escape justice. Deal is isolated and at his wit's end after his rich father-in-law sends death threats blaming him for all these ills.

Who can he turn to? Where can he go? What will he do? Who can he trust?

Will he return to a post-Brexit Britain or ultimately will he seek revenge?

Fans of Jack Reacher, Barry Eisler, and any vigilante justice novel will love this book.


*** Trigger Warning ***
Contains a scene of sexual violence and some scenes of explicit consensual adult sex.

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Reviews:Caroline Walken on Amazon wrote:

5.0 out of 5 stars Hang on to your hat!
Reviewed in the United States on January 4, 2020
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Hang on to your hat...this thriller is not for the faint-hearted! Matt Deal is a hard-hitting, hot-blooded detective seeking peace and justice for his daughter, Mercy. His voyage takes him into dark places but, he emerges stronger and with a new hot side-kick, Wolfie Jules! The facts of the cases that he works are stellar, his romps with the ladies made this girl blush more than once! Stephen Bentley has created a crime fighter that will remind you of vintage detective mags! Bravo, Stephen Bentley!

Tina on Amazon wrote:

5.0 out of 5 stars 😀
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 30 November 2019
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The opening scene is gruesome and very descriptive but relevant to the whole story and its character building and the very purpose of Matt Deal and his justice that he needs to serve!
Matt Deal just doesnt seem to catch a break whether it be his wife and his overbearing father in law who blames him for everything that has happened. But the truth will be revealed and Matt Deal will seek bloody revenge on all who has done himself and his daughter wrong. They say revenge is a dish best served cold......but for Matt Deal it is a dish best served with justice. Anyway he can get it!

Great book written well. Intense and an emotional rollercoaster. Read it in one sitting and i think that says enough about how i view this book. Big fat 5 stars 😀.

Jocelyn on Amazon wrote:

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5.0 out of 5 stars Too Good!
Reviewed in the United States on March 16, 2020
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One of the most exciting books that I have read. Once I started, I couldn’t stop reading. The writing is crisp, and the action is nonstop. I am impatiently waiting for the ‘continuation’. Stephen Bentley, WRITE FASTER! I absolutely loved this book.

Dave T on Amazon wrote:

5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 25 March 2020
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Great page turner full of surprises, leaves you wanting to keep reading and not put down. Great believable characters that you really feel for.