Size doesn't matter, at least where good writing is concerned. That's why short stories are so popular among mystery fans.
This year's Agatha Awards has nominated four stories and each can be found online for your perusal. Simply click on the links and enjoy.
Donna Andrews, "A Rat's Tale"
Rhys Bowen, "Please Watch Your Step"
Nan Higginson, "Casino Gamble"
Elizabeth Zelvin, "Death Will Clean Your Closet"