What Leads A Man To Murder

A Collection of Short Suspense

What Leads A Man To Murder

What Leads A Man To Murder

A Collection of Short Suspense

Short Story Collection by Joslyn Chase



An eclectic variety, but every story a gem. I will say a couple of the stories had me in doubt (Adalet and Song of The Gondolier) but I pressed on even when I wasn't sure I would like the stories, and they actually turned out to be two of my favorites. Surprising and fun!

Cassie, Goodreads


Great stories! Totally sucked me in and kept me turning the pages. Lots of variety in the stories,and the author notes added a dimension that I really liked, interest and insight that I really enjoyed. Very fun read.

C. Giles, Amazon


Loved this collection from Joslyn Chase. My favorite was "A Simple Glass of Water." Enjoyed the author's notes at the beginning of each story. It's not often we get a peek inside the inspiration behind the work. Await more from this author.

Amazon customer


Twelve stories. Countless twists. Lots of suspenseful fun!


For fans of Jeffery Deaver’s short stories with a twist, this collection of diverse tales from prize-winning author, Joslyn Chase, will seize you by the throat and pull you along at a tingling pace!

-          What leads a man to murder? Neil Anderson ponders the question over morning coffee and a newspaper report of a missing girl. By midnight he’s found a personally compelling answer, drawing him into the horrifying center of the question.


-          She bears a scar that mars her breast. And her soul. Entangled in a game of lies, Adalet stakes every last bit of herself on winning, but the odds are not in her favor.


-          A young doctor, part of an elite medical task force, sets a course for adventure in Bangladesh, where she faces the harsh realities of a killer disease. And the human element which aids and abets it. Dr. Elizabeth Mason’s first tour of duty turns out to be more than she bargained for. But just what she needed.


Suspenseful, surprising, twisted, and provocative, this collection of Joslyn Chase stories demonstrates the dexterity and verve that keeps fans raving for more:


“…had me hooked good from the first word to the very last.”   MC D’Alton, author of Numbers and The Tango


  “Tiny details in this are stunningly brilliant…these illuminate the characters and situation with few words. Wonderful writing.”   Catherine Ryan, author of Seed Corn and The Kind


“…jam-packed with everything that makes a delightful page-turner. I was sorry to see The End.”   Wendy Pearson, author of The Caul and The Valente Connection


“Joslyn Chase is Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Clive Barker, and H.P. Lovecraft all rolled into one manifestation. Wonderful stories! The list would be ridiculously long if I tried to include every superlative that applies.”   Thomas Heaven, author of the Carter’s Cases series


“Excellent, excellent! I loved reading this and it went by so fast.”  Mike Van Horn, author of The Inner Game of Growth and Recapture Your Time


Here’s the twelve story lineup:


What Leads A Man To Murder



A Simple Glass of Water

Tickling The Tiger

The Sodden Spectators

Blessings and Curses on a Calico Cat

Bedtime Story

Rachmaninoff’s Peasant


A Touch of Native Color

Song of The Gondolier


If you enjoy suspense laced with empathy and touches of humor, grab a copy of What Leads a Man To Murder and watch for the next Joslyn Chase thriller, coming in July, 2017!



Joslyn Chase writes suspense fiction, ranging from mysteries to thrillers and veering toward the occasional horror story. She is also a classical pianist, music teacher, public speaker, and storyteller. She loves American History and holds a degree in American Studies.

Joslyn loves to travel and has ridden camels through the Nubian desert, fended off greedy monkeys on the Rock of Gibraltar, punted on the River Cam, and hiked the Bavarian Alps, but she still believes that sometimes the best adventure is in getting the words on the page or in the thrill of reading a good story.

She currently lives in the Pacific Northwest, with her husband, a dog, and at least one child at any given time, but has previously resided in Spain and Germany as well as various locations in the United States.