Short walk #78

This week’s links to what’s fresh, what’s famous, and what’s fiendish in short mystery and crime fiction.

Short sample:

Within a week of thawing Daddy out, we knew something was wrong. From “Freezer Burn” by James Sallis (in Ten Year Stretch: Celebrating a Decade of Crime Fiction at Crimefest, eds. Edwards and Muller. No Exit Press/Oldcastle Books Ltd./Poison Pen Press, 2018).

Point of view:

Review: The Eyes of Texas: Private Eyes From the Panhandle to the Piney Woods (ed. Michael Bracken).

Review: Orange County Noir (ed. Gary Phillips).

New releases, old releases:

Cutting Edge: New Stories of Mystery and Crime by Women Writers (November 2019).

Seascape: The Best New England Crime Stories 2019 (November 2019).

The Cambodian Curse and Other Stories: A Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt Mystery Collection (collected in 2018, includes 2019 Derringer Award winner for Best Novelette).

Tricks of the Trade:

In a Halloween essay, EQMM editor Janet Hutchings reveals her views on supernatural mysteries.

Free Reads:

Two dozen free-to-read locked room mysteries, with introductory summaries and reviews.

Check my shorts, please:

My impossible-crime private eye tale “Callingdon Mountain” appeared in the anthology The Best Laid Plans.

Thanks for visiting.

Peter DiChellis

Short walk #77

Weekly links to what’s fresh, what’s famous, and what’s fiendish in short mystery and crime fiction.

Short sample:

Shorty Malone’s legendary week began on Monday, when he got shot in the leg, just barely, in a sanitation department maintenance facility. From “Shorty and the Briefcase” by Lee Child (in Ten Year Stretch: Celebrating a Decade of Crime Fiction at Crimefest, eds. Edwards and Muller. No Exit Press/Poison Pen Press, 2018).

Point of view:

Robert Lopresti reviews the best mystery story he reads each week. Like this one. And this one. And this one.

New releases, old releases:

Mystery Weekly Magazine (November 2019).

And on the Mystery Weekly website you can read free samples of new and old stories by clicking the links to Recent Published Stories. You can also sign up to have free stories emailed to you.

Denim, Diamonds and Death: Bouchercon Anthology 2019.

Florida Happens: Tales of Mystery, Mayhem, and Suspense from the Sunshine State (Bouchercon 2018).

Passport to Murder: Bouchercon Anthology 2017.

Tricks of the Trade:

Essays by Flash Fiction Online editor Suzanne Vincent: How Editors Evaluate Short Story Submissions and Navigating Submission Guidelines. (Note: Although FFO is known as a Science Fiction market they also accept mystery and crime stories, as well as other genres.)

Free Reads from Akashic Books’ Mondays are Murder:

“Jump” by Reed Farrel Coleman.

“The Killing Type” by Maggie Estep.

“Fade Out” by Paul D. Marks.

“Falconer” by S.J. Rozan.

Check my shorts, please:

My impossible crime You-Solve-It “Disappearing Diamonds” appears in the new issue of Mystery Weekly Magazine (Solution in December issue).

Thanks for visiting.

Peter DiChellis

 

 

Short walk #76

This week’s links to what’s fresh, what’s famous, and what’s fiendish in short mystery and crime fiction.

Short sample:

Here’s a story you might find interesting, even though it’s less of a detective story than we Carrs usually provide. From “Seal of the Confessional” by S.L. Franklin (in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, November/December 2019, ed. Linda Landrigan, Dell Magazines).

Point of view:

Review: Stories by Block, Westlake, and Randisi from High Stakes: 8 Sure Bet Stories of Gambling and Crime.

Review: A Time for Violence: Stories with an Edge. (For a second review of this anthology, see the Point of View section in Short walk #59.)

New releases, old releases:

The Big Book of Reel Murders: Stories that Inspired Great Crime Films (October 2019).

Edgar Allan Poe: 10 Creepiest Stories (Illustrated).

Tricks of the Trade:

Bouchercon memories – 2015 (here and here), 2016 (here and here), 2017, and 2018.

Free Reads:

“I’ll Be Waiting” by Raymond Chandler.

“Three-Ten to Yuma” by Elmore Leonard.

Anthony Awards: Short story finalists (courtesy of Barb Goffman at Sleuthsayers).

Check my shorts, please:

My crime story “Eternal Love” appeared in Switchblade: Issue 4.

Thanks for visiting.

Peter DiChellis

 

Short walk #75

Weekly links to what’s fresh, what’s famous, and what’s fiendish in short mystery and crime fiction.

Short sample:

Polly’s heart froze, cold as a rock in a riverbed. From “The Dutchy” by Doug Allyn (in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, November/December 2019, ed. Janet Hutchings, Dell Magazines).

Point of view:

Review: Life is Short and Then You Die (includes excellent introduction on the challenges and joys of the short form).

New releases, old releases:

Switchblade: Issue Eleven (October 2019).

New issues of EQMM and AHMM (November/December 2019), with free-to-read excerpts and features online.

Knucklehead Noir (October 2019).

Tricks of the Trade:

Author and editor Richard Thomas dissects 15 Unconventional Storytelling Methods.

Free Reads:

The new Halloween edition of Yellow Mama is loaded with crime and horror stories (includes one of mine—see below).

Check my shorts, please:

Free to read — My creepy crime-horror flash piece “Stegmann’s Basement” was reprinted in the new Halloween edition of Yellow Mama. The story originally appeared at Spelk.

Thanks for visiting.

Peter DiChellis

PS – Note to SMFS members: With the changes coming to Yahoo Groups I don’t think I’ll be able to post blog announcements and links on-list until the group settles into its new digs. But I’ll still blog each Sunday, usually in the afternoon (Pacific time zone). The WordPress “follow” feature will send you alerts to new posts.

Short walk #74

This week’s links to what’s fresh, what’s famous, and what’s fiendish in short mystery and crime fiction.

Short sample:

If you’re reading this letter, then I’ve been murdered. From “Letter From a Dead Man” by Percy Spurlark Parker (in Hollywood and Crime: Original Crime Stories Set During the History of Hollywood, ed. Robert J. Randisi, Pegasus Books, First Edition 2007).

Point of view:

Reviews: Echoes of Sherlock Holmes and Baker Street Irregulars, here and here.

Review: Kevin Tipple covers the July issue of Mystery Weekly, cover-to-cover.

New releases, old releases:

A Murder of Crows (2019).

Hap and Leonard: Blood and Lemonade.  (Collected in 2017 as a “novelish” mosaic of related stories. For an additional Hap and Leonard collection, see Short Walk #29.)

Tricks of the Trade:

Describing a protagonist in first-person POV.

Free Reads:

New at Over My Dead Body! – “What Do We Do Now?” by Sharon Hunt and “Extrication” by Wes Blalock.

Plus – Four free stories in the new issue of Flash Bang Mysteries.

Check my shorts, please:

My flash-length crime story “An October Afternoon” was recently linked among many free reads at Short Story Saturdays on the Short Mystery Fiction Society’s blog.

Thanks for visiting.

Peter DiChellis

 

Short walk #73

Weekly links to what’s fresh, what’s famous, and what’s fiendish in short mystery and crime fiction.

Short sample:

Bosch checked the clock as he rolled to the side of the bed and sat up. It was 5:45 A.M. and that was late for a murder call. From “One-Dollar Jackpot” by Michael Connelly (in Dead Man’s Hand: Crime Fiction at the Poker Table, ed. Otto Penzler, Harcourt Inc., 2007).

Point of view:

Reviews: CrimeTime selects “Murder-Two” by Joyce Carol Oates from the anthology A Moment on the Edge: 100 Years of Crime Stories by Women and two from Patti Abbott’s collection Monkey Justice and Other Stories.

And for a cover-to-cover review of Abbott’s collection, see the Point of view section in Short walk #45.

New releases, old releases:

The Best American Mystery Stories 2019.

Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine #27 (September 2019).

Mystery Weekly Magazine (October 2019).

And on the Mystery Weekly website you can read free samples of new and old stories by clicking the links to Recent Published Stories. You can also sign up to have free stories emailed to you.

Tricks of the Trade:

For the Research Folder: Evidence collection guidelines for a dozen different types of evidence—from blood to fibers to fingerprints to shell casings to tool marks and more.

Free Reads, by the legendary Dashiell Hammett:

“Arson Plus”

“Slippery Fingers”

“Crooked Souls”

Check my shorts, please:

My supernatural voodoo mystery “Most Evil” appeared in the anthology Busted! Arresting Stories from the Beat.

Thanks for visiting.

Peter DiChellis

 

Short walk #72

This week’s links to what’s fresh, what’s famous, and what’s fiendish in short mystery and crime fiction.

Short sample:

The body floating facedown in the swimming pool was wearing a navy-blue wool suit, which was odder than the veil of blood hanging like shark bait in the water. From “Dirty Scottsdale” by Diana Gabaldon (in Phoenix Noir, ed. Patrick Millikin. Akashic Books, 2009).

Point of view:

Reviews: Kevin Tipple and Matthew X. Gomez on Tough 2 Crime Stories, here and here. (And for a third review, see the Point of View section in Short walk #67).

More reviews: Kevin Tipple covers the June issue of Mystery Weekly cover-to-cover, while Rob Lopresti’s Little Big Crimes (The best mystery story I read this week . . .) picks one story from the Mystery Weekly August issue and one from September.

New releases, old releases:

Classics: The Crime of My Life and A Choice of Murders (both re-released in 2019).

Tricks of the Trade:

Encore! From past Short walk posts, EQMM Editor Janet Hutchings discusses a recent submission trend, a type of mystery she often doesn’t like, 1st vs. 3rd POV, and her view on story endings.

Free Reads:

“No Man” by Nathaniel Kressen at Akashic Books’ Wilderness Wednesdays.

“Our Dirty Little Secrets” by Geoffrey Philp at Akashic Books’ Mondays Are Murder.

Check my shorts, please:

My humorous crime romp “Rolling Lucky” is free to read at The Norwegian American newspaper’s website.

Thanks for visiting.

Peter DiChellis

PS – Breaking news – My private eye You-Solve-It “Disappearing Diamonds” is scheduled for publication in Mystery Weekly magazine in early November.