Story Calendar

A Story for April: The Talented Mr Varg

An exclusive extract from the first chapter of The Talented Mr Varg, the second book in the Detective Varg series, publishing this month.

A Story for March: Meeting Frank

In celebration of the new film adaption of Jane Austen’s ‘Emma’, Alexander presents an ‘Emma’ story.

A Story for February: A Temporary Position

A heartwarming tale about returning to work and finding an unexpected bonus. This story first appeared several years ago in The Lady magazine. 

A Poem for January: Holy River

Instead of his usual short story offering, today Alexander gifts you a new poem to celebrate the New Year. Best wishes for 2020 to one and all.

A Story for December: The Lost Librarians of Las Vegas

This could be a Christmas story. Stories told at this time of year, in the middle of winter, are meant to be a little bit scary. And sometimes the story happens to be true, as this one is. This story first appeared in the Daily Mail.

A Story for November: Sphinx

This story is published in the UK as part of a new book called Pianos & Flowers: Brief Encounters of the Romantic Kind, a collection of short stories inspired by photographs from the Sunday Times archive.

A Story for October: The Generosity of Wine

First appearing in the Berry Bros & Rudd newsletter in 2017, this story is a delightful tale of friendship, fortune, and wine.

A Story for September: To The Land of Long Lost Friends

A preview of the first chapter from the upcoming twentieth book in the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series.

A Story for August: The Peppermint Tea Chronicles

A little preview of the soon-to-be published The Peppermint Tea Chronicles, the thirteenth book in the 44 Scotland Street series.

A Story for July: The Summer Cruise

The delightful and dramatic tale of a Gardening Club Summer cruise party. This story originally appeared in Good Housekeeping.

A Story for June: At the Olive Pressing

“Your job!” people said to Robert. “How do you get something like that?” Robert always smiled at the question. He was used to people asking him this, and he invariably gave the same answer. “It just came my way, as it happens. They offered it to me.” Which was perfectly true. He had never set […]

A Story for May: The Second Worst Restaurant in France

A little taster of the soon-to-be-published The Second Worst Restaurant in France (publishing Julyy 2019), sequel to My Italian Bulldozer.