Fiction Sneak Peek: June 3, 2023 Issue

Welcome! Every week we look at the stories and serials which appear in our latest issue.

This week, we’re looking at issue dated June 3, 2023.

Short Stories

Our opening story this week is Alison Carter’s “Just Ask Jess”. Wedding planner, Jess, has always had one eye on the next event. Until now…Artwork from Martin Baines.

Will a prediction from the tea leaves come true? Find out in Val Bonsall’s “Twist Of Fate”. Artwork, Andre Leonard.

In “The Decider”, by Marian Myers, Sports Day is bringing out everyone’s competitive side!

Matthew helps out with a project that’s about “More Than Memories”, in Kate Blackadder’s short story. Artwork from Jim Dewar.

We go back to the heatwave of 1976 for our next story, “Buried Secrets”, where a body has been discovered at an archaeological dig. DS Judy McLeish is on the case…by Alyson Hilbourne, it’s illustrated by David Young (above).

Carley is so in love with charismatic fiancé, James, ten years her senior, and so self-assured. But the paintings in the gallery they’re visiting have a story to tell. Kate Finnemore’s “Out Of Control” is illustrated by Jim Dewar.

Art tutor, Scott, is working on a cruise ship. But is his heart in it? “A Blank Canvas” is written by Becca Robin.


It’s Part Three of “Hearts On Fire”, where Umbria is bringing out Wizzy and Charlie’s creative sides. By Sue Cook, with artwork by Gerard Fay.

And in the penultimate instalment of “The Sweet Shop Mystery”, can Ted figure out exactly what Betty is up to? By Becca Robin, it’s illustrated by Mandy Dixon.


We’ve reached Part 20 of our series, “Welcome To Quayside”. Could legal advice from Giacomo’s friend get the library back on track? By Stefania Hartley.

While over on Glenda Young’s “Riverside”, George makes Mary an offer she can’t resist.



Lucy Crichton

Fiction Editor Lucy is always on the look-out for the very best short stories, poems and pocket novels. As well as sourcing enjoyable content, she enjoys working with our established contributors, encouraging new talent, and celebrating 155 years of 'Friend' fiction!