A short story by Annie Reed
A holiday crime… with an unexpected twist.
Always on the hunt for a way to make a quick buck, Joe’s good buddy Carl thinks this year he’s hit on a winner.
Most of Carl’s schemes don’t pan out. This one looks like it just might, and that rubs Joe the wrong way.
The only problem with having a conscience—it can tell you what’s wrong, but it sure doesn’t tell you how to fix it.
“When I started this story, I thought I knew where it was going to go. Christmas, Salvation Army bell ringers, scam. Seemed obvious. And it wasn’t. It’s surprising, and you should read it.” –Kristine Kathryn Rusch, author of SANTA AND OTHER CHRISTMAS CRIMINALS
February 21st — Aunt Fabulous and the Talking Tattoo by Valerie Brook, Morning Song by Dean Wesley Smith
February 20th — How Smoke Delivered A Christmas Present by DeAnna Knippling, Magician's Choice by Stefon Mears, The Burning Artist by Mario Milosevic
February 19th — The Forgiving Execution by Rob Vagle, Cold Call by Dean Wesley Smith, Queendom by Kim Antieau
February 18th — The Haunting of Melsbury Manor by Rebecca M. Senese
February 17th — The Man Who Built the World by Chris Ward
February 16th — Witchling by Debbie Mumford
February 15th — The Pizza Man by Mark Leslie, Paper Trick by Brigid Collins
February 14th — The Storyteller by P.D. Cacek, Helmie by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
February 13th — Roses Around the Moment by Dean Wesley Smith, Escape (The Peena Colada Song) by Mark Leslie, Of Cats and Lost Socks by Liz Pierce
February 12th — The Bee-Keeper's Daughter by Leah Cutter, Star Rain by Dean Wesley Smith, Among the Shadows by Louisa Swann