Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Short Stories Read in July

I made it a personal goal to try to read ONE HUNDRED short stories in the month of July. I'll italicize my favorites.

From Agatha Christie's Poirot Investigates

  1. The Adventure of the Western Star
  2. The Tragedy at Marsdon Manor
  3. The Adventure of the Cheap Flat
  4. The Mystery of Hunter's Lodge
  5. The Million Dollar Bond Robbery
  6. The Adventure of the Egyptian Tomb
  7. The Jewel Robbery at the Grand Metropolitan
  8. The Kidnapped Prime Minister
  9. The Disappearance of Mr. Davenheim
  10. The Adventure of the Italian Nobleman
  11. The Case of the Missing Will
  12. The Veiled Lady
  13. The Lost Mine
  14. The Chocolate Box
 From The Dead Witness
  1. The Secret Cell by William E. Burton
  2. The Murders in the Rue Morgue by Edgar Allen Poe
  3. On Duty With Inspector Field by Charles Dickens
  4. The Diary of Anne Rodway by Wilkie Collins
  5. You Are Not Human, Monsieur d'Artagnan by Alexandre Dumas, pere
  6. Arrested on Suspicion by Andrew Forrester Jr.
  7. The Dead Witness, or, The Bush Waterhole by W.W. (Mary Fortune)
  8. The Mysterious Human Leg by James McGovan (William Crawford Honeyman)
  9. The Little Old Man of Batignolles by Emile Gaboriau
  10. The Science of Deduction by Arthur Conan Doyle
  11. The Whitechapel Mystery by Anonymous
  12. The Assassin's Natal Autograph by Mark Twain
  13. The Murder at Troyte's Hill by C.L. Pirkis
  14. The Haverstock Hill Murder by George R. Sims
  15. The Stolen Cigar-Case by Bret Harte
  16. The Absent-Minded Coterie by Robert Barr
  17. The Hammer of God by G.K. Chesterton
  18. The Angel of the Lord by Melville Davisson Post
  19. The Crime at Big Tree Portage by Ernest Bramah
  20. The Case of Padages Palmer by Harvey O'Higgins
  21. An Intangible Clue by Anna Katherine Greene
From After Dark by Wilkie Collins
  1. The Traveller's Story of a Terribly Strange Bed (1852)
  2. The Lawyer's Story of a Stolen Letter (1854)
  3. The French Governess's Story of Sister Rose (1855)
  4. The Angler's Story of The Lady of Glenwith Grange (new for After Dark)
  5. The Nun's Story of Gabriel's Marriage (1853)
  6. The Professor's Story of the Yellow Mask (1855)
From The End of the World: Stories of the Apocalypse
  1. The Hum by Rick Hautala
  2. We Can Get Them For You Wholesale by Neil Gaiman
  3. The Big Flash by Norman Spinrad
  4. Kindness by Lester Del Rey
From The Stories of Ray Bradbury
  1. The Man Upstairs
  2. Touched With Fire
  3. The Emissary
  4. The Jar
  5. The Small Assassin
  6. The Next in Line
  7. Jack-in-the-Box
  8. The Leave-Taking
  9. Exorcism
  10. The Happiness Machine
  11. Calling Mexico
  12. The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit
  13. Dark They Were, and Golden-Eyed
  14. The Strawberry Window
  15. A Scent of Sarsaparilla
  16. The Picasso Summer
  17. The Day It Rained Forever
  18. A Medicine for Melancholy
  19. The Shoreline at Sunset
  20. Fever Dream
  21. The Town Where No One Got Off
  22. All Summer in a Day 
  23. Frost and Fire
  24. The Anthem Sprinters
  25. And So Died Riabouchinska
  26. Boys! Raise Giant Mushrooms In Your Cellar!
  27. The Vacation
  28. The Illustrated Woman
  29. Some Live Like Lazarus
  30. The Best of All Possible Worlds
  31. The One Who Waits
  32. Tyrannosaurus Rex
  33. The Screaming Woman
  34. The Terrible Conflagration Up At the Place
  35. Night Call, Collect
  36. The Tombling Day
  37. The Haunting of the New
  38. Tomorrow's Child
  39. I Sing the Body Electric
  40. The Women
  41. The Inspired Chicken Motel
  42. Yes, We'll Gather At the River
  43. Have I Got a Chocolate Bar For You!
  44. A Story of Love  
  45. The Parrot Who Met Papa
  46. The October Game
  47. Punishment without Crime
  48. A Piece of Wood
  49. The Blue Bottle
  50. Long After Midnight
  51. The Utterly Perfect Murder
  52. The Better Part of Wisdom
  53. Interval in Sunlight
  54. The Black Ferris
  55. Farewell Summer
  56. McGillahee's Brat
  57. The Aqueduct
  58. Gotcha!
  59. The End of the Beginning 
From The Tuesday Club Murders by Agatha Christie
  1. The Tuesday Night Club
  2. The Idol House of Astarte
  3. Ingots of Gold
  4. The Blood-Stained Pavement
  5. Motive v. Opportunity
  6. The Thumb Mark of St. Peter
  7. The Blue Geranium
  8. The Companion
  9. The Four Suspects
  10. A Christmas Tragedy
  11. The Herb of Death
  12. The Affair at the Bungalow
  13. Death by Drowning

© 2012 Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews

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