Crimes of Passion


Crimes of Passion


By Samantha Lee Howe

Crimes of Passion is a collection of short evocative, crime, thriller and mystery stories by the USA Today bestselling author, Samantha Lee Howe.

‘I am in awe of her storytelling’ BookDecoder

Cover by Iain Robertson

ISBN: 978-1-84583-225-4
232pp B Format Paperback Original Collection.
Published 1 November 2023

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‘Passions may run hot but revenge is served very cold in Sam Howe’s new collection of thirteen short stories. Two are very respectable Sherlock pastiches, the rest modern Gothic tales of anger as a violent addiction, whether designing your own death or being posed post-mortem in a manner Hannibal Lecter would approve of. These stories make you look over your shoulder at people you thought you knew.’ Mike Ripley

Dive into the dark and tumultuous realms of human emotions with Samantha Lee Howe’s gripping short story collection, Crimes of Passion. This haunting anthology unravels the chilling tales of crimes committed in the heat of anger, jealousy, love, and uncontrollable passion.

From a scorned lover’s vengeance-fuelled obsession to a jealous rival’s deadly game of deception, each story peels back the layers of human desire and desperation, revealing the shocking consequences when emotions take a treacherous turn. Discover the twisted minds and unravelling souls of those who succumb to their deepest emotions, unleashing a chain of events that forever alters lives.

With masterful storytelling and unflinching exploration of the human psyche, Samantha Lee Howe weaves a web of suspense and intrigue that will leave you breathless. Prepare to be immersed in the gripping tales of love turned deadly, betrayal that knows no bounds, and the thin line between passion and destruction. Crimes of Passion is a chilling reminder that sometimes, the darkest acts emerge from the deepest corners of the heart.

Crimes of Passion is a collection of short evocative, crime, thriller and mystery stories by the USA Today bestselling author, Samantha Lee Howe.

‘I love writing short stories in between (and sometimes around and at the same time as) the novels,’ explains Samantha. ‘It’s an odd exercise because most short fiction I’ve written over the years has been horror. This is a crime collection but I’m still so drawn to darkness in it. Well horror and crime do go hand in hand don’t they?

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‘All very different, all scarily intriguing and all leaving something more to think about.’ Book Mark

232pp approx. Paperback Original Collection.
ISBN: 978-1-84583-225-4
Cover by Iain Robertson
Published 1 November 2023


USA Today bestselling author Samantha Lee Howe began her professional writing career in 2007 and has been working as a freelance writer for small, medium and large publishers ever since.

Samantha’s breakaway debut psychological thriller, The Stranger In Our Bed, was released in Febuary 2020 with Harper Collins imprint, One More Chapter. The book rapidly became a USA TODAY bestseller. In August 2020, Samantha signed a deal with production company Buffalo Dragon for the option and screenplay for The Stranger in Our Bed. The feature film went into production in November 2020 and was released in 2022.

In June 2020, Samantha signed a three-book deal with One More Chapter for her explosive spy thriller trilogy, The House of Killers (Book 1 The House of Killers), Kill Or Die (Book 2) and Kill A Spy (Book 3) were all released in 2021. Pitched as Killing Eve meets Jason Bourne this is a nerve shredding, enemies to lovers tale that is simmering with obsession and espionage.

To date, Samantha has written 20 novels, 3 novellas, 3 collections, over 40 short stories, an audio drama, a Doctor Who spin-off drama that went to DVD, as well as the screenplay for The Stranger in our Bed.

A former high school English and Drama teacher, Samantha has a BA (Hons) in English and Writing for Performance, an MA in Creative Writing and a PGCE in English.

Samantha lives in South Yorkshire with her husband David and their two cats Leeloo and Skye. She is the proud mother of a lovely daughter called Linzi.

Additional information

Weight .4 kg
Dimensions 20.3 × 13.2 × 2 cm

1 review for Crimes of Passion

  1. Mark Fearn

    Never one for short stories whenever I do read a collection I always realise I would have missed out on some brilliant writing if I hadn’t, no more so than this dark, crime ridden collection, all very different, all scarily intriguing and all leaving something more to think about.

    As well as including 2 based around Sherlock Holmes the rest are modern day tales of passion and of course the crime committed due to it; my favourites if asked to choose would be ‘The Fukushu Club’ and ‘The Wives’ both very chilling, very real and itching for a TV adaptation, fab ideas to run a series from, I won’t forget either of them…

    If you fancy a collection of well written and plotted tales this is for you.

    Good, very good……

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