• Monthly Recommendations
    Crime fiction,  Random,  Short stories


    Halloween is almost here and I’ve decided to publish Bodies in the Library‘s Monthly Recommendations a few days early. The reason? To up our spooky reading game a bit with some classic and free short stories. Each of the titles below provides access to a free and legal source from where to download the short story, so read without guilt! Bodies in the Library’s recommendations come out the last day of each month and they aim to bring together great crime fiction reads for fans of the genre. The lists are eclectic and diverse, and they celebrate contemporary crime fiction writers and classics alike. The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins-Gilman…

  • Crime fiction,  Short stories

    Bodies in the Library Recommends: Crime Fiction Short Stories

    Short stories have been experiencing a comeback for some time now, but it was at the end of last year when The New Yorker‘s “Cat Person” became one of the most read literary texts on the Internet that we all had to agree: Short stories are genius. As a reader of crime fiction, criminal short stories represent one of the most successful times in the history of literature for the genre, with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes short stories leading the way, and closely followed by Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple. So, as I read all the blurb about “Cat Person” and the outpour of love for short stories that…

  • Short stories

    Reader, I Married Him (Short Story Collection) Edited by Tracy Chevalier

    Every time I review a short story collection, I always say I am not the biggest fan of them, but that is not actually true. During the time I have been writing here I have found a few marvellous collection that always become ‘one of the best books of…’. This time Hayley from Harper Collins sent me Reader, I Married HIm: Stories inspired by Jane Eyre, edited by Tracy Chevalier. I did not know anything about the collection before I was sent it, but I loved the idea of seeing how Jane Eyre has influenced contemporary authors. Harper Collins is publishing Reader, I Married Him on account of Charlotte Brontë’s…

  • Short stories

    American Housewife by Helen Ellis

    I first heard of American Housewife by Hellen Ellis thanks to her wonderful UK publicist, Elizabeth Preston. A good friend of mine, Preston kept boasting on this new collection of short stories that will be published in the UK the 14th of January 2016. So, I kindly requested a review copy and Elizabeth, as usual, sent one to me. American Housewife is a collection of short stories by Helen Ellis. If you normally read my reviews you will have noticed that I read mostly novels, but the few short story collections that I read are usually ace. I still remember the time I read Troubled Daughters, Twisted Wives, an anthology…

  • Crime fiction,  Domestic Noir,  Short stories

    Troubled Daughters, Twisted Wives by Sarah Weinman

    Troubled Daughters, Twisted Wives: Stories from the Trailblazers of Domestic Suspense by Sarah Weinman is a short story anthology of forgotten female crime writers. I was offered a copy to review via email by Lindsay from Penguin Press and gladly accepted it thinking that it was totally up my alley. And I was wrong. This was the perfect book for me and I actually gave it 5 stars at GoodReads, something I do not usually do. From GoodReads: Murderous wives, deranged husbands, deceitful children, and vengeful friends. Few know these characters—and their creators—better than Sarah Weinman. One of today’s preeminent authorities on crime fiction, Weinman asks: Where would bestselling authors…

  • 19th century,  General Fiction,  Short stories

    The Birthmark by Nathaniel Hawthorne

    The Birthmark is a short story by nineteen century-American writer Nathaniel Hawthorne, best known for his novel The Scarlett Letter. I came across the short story in my 19th century American literature lessons and it has long remained with me although I actually never wrote a review. When I talked about it on my Suggested Halloween Readings post, some of you expressed interest on the story and I thought this would be the perfect time of the year to review it. So, first of all, The Birthmark is a short story that can be easily read in one sitting. It tells the story of Aylmer, a scientific married to  gorgeous…