“The King of Sacrifices” by John Maddox Roberts. From The Mammoth Book of Historical Detectives . A rather bloody little lesson on ancient Roman history and religion. Liked the narrative voice – must check out the novels starring Decius Caecilius Metellus.
“The Mask” by Guy de Maupassant. From Mademoiselle Fifi and other stories . A rather good story about a man who tries to hang on to his youth.
“Orange Horses” by Maeve Kelly. WT From Wildish Things. A rather horrific story about women in an Irish Traveller community.
“The Case of the Distressed Lady” by Agatha Christie. From Parker Pyne Investigates . Clever story about Christie's least famous problem solver.
“The Withered Arm” by Thomas Hardy. From The Penguin Book of English Short Stories . A well-constructed and -written if a tad melodramatic story.