Undercover: Crime Shorts

Under one cover for the first time, a collection of my short stories


Update: Undercover: Crime Shorts continues to be used by 2nd Year students at Western Kentucky University, KT, the USA for a third semester (Spring 2022).

I am excited to learn that Undercover: Crime Shorts, will be used this Fall (2021) at the Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, (KT. USA), as an Introduction to Literature Class with second year students.

Six fab crime stories and a little extra

Having over one hundred short stories sitting on my hard drive has been a source of frustration for some time. What to do with them? Should I publish them? My publisher does not publish collections for individual authors, so I wondered if I should hunt for another publisher for them? I am free to publish elsewhere if what I’ve written is not taken up by my publisher.

I decided that I didn’t want to spend time looking for a publisher, submitting and waiting for a response. I wanted to get some of them out and so I decided to self-publish Undercover: Crime Shorts – I hope to publish more collections later.

The title came about after I’d written a piece of flash fiction – of the same name – some time ago which was well received. Several readers kept asking if I was going to develop it into a short story or a book and when could they get it.

I’d already started my Ms. Birdsong Investigates Murder in Ampney Parva series of books and after several re-writes and plot changes I decided to use what I’d written – Undercover (flash fiction story) – as part of one of the Ms B books – Ms. Birdsong Investigates Murder in Ampney Parva. It fitted the plot perfectly and I used the piece of flash fiction in the body of my novel.

In fact, the short segment of Undercover which was incorporated into Ms. Birdsong has been included in Undercover: Crime Shorts as a taster of what to expect from Ms B.

Undercover: Crime Shorts features stories written for the busy commuter, the person who reads whilst doing other things, or someone who likes a short fast read before bed at night. But quite honestly, you can read it anywhere, anytime.

The Stories

Sweet Sable: The Red Siren

Apartment 206c

Murder by Christmas

The Watchers

The Honey Trap

The Look

Undercover- extract from Ms. Birdsong Investigates Murder in Ampney Parva.

My first collection of Crime Shorts under one cover.


‘Undercover: Crime Shorts is a wonderfully satisfying anthology of seven short stories which transcend above the crime fiction genre providing a ripping yarn irrespective of the reader’s crime fiction preference. Jane Risdon has cleverly stitched together a mix of tales to suit all fans of the genre’.


‘Murder by Christmas is a brilliant read. The author displays excellent skills as she tells the story from several perspectives, all of which help keep the twists and turns a surprise. thoroughly recommended.

Roger A Price, former detective and author of Nemesis, Vengeance and Hidden.

‘Jane Risdon is an author of exceptional talent. When you get the opportunity to read her work you certainly should, she is an awesome talent. She gives a view in her writing which is both full of imagination and technique. An author who knows exactly how to convey her thoughts and ideas to her readers and her writing is of a calibre and quality only seen in the very best authors’.


‘The Honey Trap: great story. You completely blind-sided me with your twist at the end. I didn’t see it coming. Loved it. Jane is an awesome author of exceptional talent.’

Jeff Lee, author of Chump Change, The Ladies Temperance Club’s Farewell Tour and Scrotus.

‘Wow, I could hardly breathe while I read this. Glad it was short or I would’ve joined the corpse.’ Tina Jaray, Reader.

‘As with all her stories, I find them intriguing and unpredictable, leaving me wanting more; I don’t want them to end.’ Gloria Clulow, Reader.

‘Murder by Christmas: what a fantastic story. I was glued to the screen and stopped work which means another late night (thanks). Dave Michael Prosser, author of the Barsetshire Diaries and more.

‘Undercover, what a gripping story, so well written. You’ve packed so much ‘punch’ into it, loved it. I really felt the rising tension and suspicion! You’ve captured the suspense of it beautifully and it is such a great set-up with good characters.’ Margot Kinberg, associate professor and author of the Joel Williams series.

‘Undercover, wow Jane! This is one of the best stories I’ve ever read! It doesn’t matter that it is so short, I was right there with her and this blew me away. You are such a good writer! Stacy Margaret Allan, author of Sorrow Dreams.

For more reviews please visit Amazon, BookBub and Goodreads.



Undercover Crime Shorts is available internationally from most digital platforms in eBook and in Paperback.



It is also available from branches of Waterstones.

ISBN: 9780359397839



Sweet Sable: The Red Siren


I am excited to learn that Undercover: Crime Shorts, will be used this Fall (2021) at the Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, (KT. USA), as an Introduction to Literature Class with second year students.

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