"Thrilling Tales: A Story Time for Grown-ups" is comprised of gripping short stories for a grown-up audience that are expertly read aloud from 12:05 p.m. to 12:50 p.m. on select Mondays of the month at The Seattle Public Library, Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Level 1, Microsoft Auditorium, 206-386-4636. 

Library programs are free and open to the public. Registration is not required. Parking is available in the Central Library garage at the regular rates. Brown bag lunches and knitting are welcome. Doors open at 11:40 a.m. Stories start at 12:05 p.m. and are finished no later than 12:50 p.m. 

This month's stories will include:

12:05 p.m. to 12:50 p.m. Monday, Aug. 14 - "The Fifty-Cent Victims" by Jack Ritchie. Premeditated murder, for the price of bus fare? Why - that's insane! Merry mayhem from a macabre master. 

12:05 p.m. to 12:50 p.m. Monday, Aug. 28 - "The Great Persuader" by Stanley Ellin. Left in debt by her spendthrift husband, a widowed matriarch finds her seaside Florida estate and her fetching granddaughter circled by greedy sharks.