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The Misfortune Teller: Three Stories of Crime [Kindle Edition]

Gavin Bell
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Book Description

Three short stories of crime and suspense.

In THE ROOM, an incapacitated student gets more than he bargained for when curiosity leads him to join an online self help community. At first the members of The Room welcome him with open arms, but things take a turn for the deadly when one of them confesses to a murder...

In IT'S NOT ME, IT'S YOU, an encounter with a mysterious stranger in an all-night cafe changes a young woman's life forever.

And in THE MISFORTUNE TELLER, Miller is a private detective with an unusual talent. One that just might help him crack his latest case...

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Three stories of mystery and suspense in one great package. This trio of dark thrillers draws on influences as diverse as Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett, Stephen King and Alfred Hitchcock.

This collection also includes an exclusive free sample of HALFWAY TO HELL - Gavin Bell's full-length thriller novel.

Book Length: 8,500 words (plus exclusive sample of Halfway to Hell); includes active table of contents for easy navigation between stories.

These stories are also available in the bumper collection: SECOND CITY TALES, also available on Kindle.

Product Details

  • File Size: 142 KB
  • Print Length: 66 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Winterlong; 1 edition (February 11, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00787YQTE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,307,013 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three quick-reading short stories March 5, 2012
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Each of these three stories focuses on a more-or-less dysfunctional character with strained -- and strange -- relationships with others, and on the way their lives intersect with a murder, potential murder, or a murderer.

Each of the three stories, "The Room," "It's Not You, It's Me," and "The Misfortune Teller," were well written and well structured. They each make fine use of the short story form. The most memorable story of the three for me, "The Room," plays off of both chance encounters and carefully engineered ones. The main character, who goes by "Jack," finds himself drawn into very dangerous relationships with others. There was something about this story and its voyeurism -- as well as Jack's broken leg -- that reminded me of Alfred Hitchcock's "Rear Window" (which was based on a short story, itself). It is kind of a 21st century "Rear Window," where the peeking into others' lives takes place not through a back window but through a computer screen, and one in which the girlfriend is *not* Lisa. Even the very end of the story reflects aspects of "Rear Window." It was cleverly done.

"It's not you, it's me" is another story of a chance encounter and in this one, the main character is more lucky than unlucky. I think that although this story wasn't perhaps as memorable as the first one, it was the one I liked the best.

"The Misfortune Teller" I liked least of the three. Perhaps it was its more macho tone, its noir-ish feel, or the presence of random otherworldly elements. It was still a finely constructed story; I simply didn't enjoy it as much as the others. Your mileage may vary, as they say!

One of the things that really struck me about each of these stories was how well-crafted the ending of each was.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Urban Legend writer? February 14, 2013
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Bell once again gives an easy read. Three stories of three different charecters who live in a city with so many stroies. Bell puts down on paper unban legends that just might be truths. Ever been to a party where someone has a friend who kenw a guy who... Once again Bell stirs the pot giving you the stories worth reading. Hay Bell Whats NEXT!!!
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1.0 out of 5 stars 'My Misfortune' reading this... August 19, 2012
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Tried reading the first story in this collection - and it was predictable enough for me to just skim...and still knew what was going to happen.

Didn't bother with the other 2 stories...
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Gavin Bell was born in Glasgow in 1979. He studied English at the University of Stirling and has been writing stories all his life. To pay the bills, he's also put in the hours in various occupations including taxman, researcher, project manager and pizza delivery boy.

His short story 'A Living' was shortlisted for the Quick Reads Get Britain Reading award, and published in the Sun Book of Short Stories. His crime and mystery stories have appeared in Scribble magazine, First Edition and Thrillers, Killers and Chillers. He also writes screenplays and comic books.

Halfway to Hell is Gavin Bell's first novel: a neo-noir action thriller and the first in a series starring Johnny Park. Johnny isn't your run-of-the-mill thriller hero, in fact he isn't exactly a hero. He isn't exactly one of the bad guys, either. By his own estimation, he's just bad enough.


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