Short walk #97

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

Short sample:

That week was the closest I ever came to believing in the supernatural. From “The Problem of the Phantom Parlor” by Edward D. Hoch (in All But Impossible: The Impossible Files of Dr. Sam Hawthorne, Crippen & Landru, 2017).

Point of view:

Three previously posted reviews are linked in sections below.

New releases, old releases:

Dark Yonder: Tales and Tabs is a crime anthology that pays homage to a favorite tavern.

(For a review, see the Point of View section in Short Walk #88.)

Exeunt Murderers: The Best Mystery Stories of Anthony Boucher is a collection of 22 tales, including all 9 of Boucher’s stories featuring his Nick Noble character.

(For a review, see the Point of View section in Short Walk #71.)

Tricks of the Trade:

Sympathy for the Devil—creating villains readers care about.

Free Reads:

“The White Gyal with the Camera” by Kei Miller and “Tomcat Beretta” by Patricia Powell (both from the Akashic Books anthology Kingston Noir).

(For a review of the anthology see the Point of View section in Short Walk #67.)

Check my shorts, please:

My suspense story “Nobody’s Safe” is free to read at crime ‘zine Tough.

Thanks for visiting.

Peter DiChellis

 

Short walk #96

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

Short sample:

They walked out of the terminal, the stooped old black man and the tall, prison-hard white man with a set to his mouth and a canvas zip-bag containing all his worldly possessions. From “Horn Man” by Clark Howard. (In Challenge the Widow-Maker and Other Stories of People in Peril. Crippen & Landru, 2000.)

Point of view:

Review: Miraculous Mysteries is an anthology of locked-room murders and other impossible crimes.

New releases, old releases:

“The Second Hostage” by Jeffery Deaver (March 2020) is a 99c Kindle single that introduces a new private eye character.

Tiny Crimes: Very Short Tales of Mystery and Murder is an anthology of 40 flash stories. For a review see the Point of View section in Short walk #60.)

Tricks of the Trade:

A Robert Lopresti essay onlessons learned about writing short mysteries, with an addendum on what he’s learned about selling stories to EQMM vs. AHMM.

Free Reads:

Stuck at home with not enough to read? All of these were linked in previous blog posts, but if you missed ‘em then, check ‘em out now!

“I’ll Be Waiting” by Raymond Chandler.

“Guy Walks Into a Bar” and “Everyone Talks” by Lee Child (From Child’s 2017 collection No Middle Name: The Complete Collected Jack Reacher Short Stories.)

“Lamb to the Slaughter” by Roald Dahl. (The classic crime story that became an Alfred Hitchcock Presents TV episode.)

“Arson Plus”“Slippery Fingers”“Crooked Souls”“The Tenth Clew” all by Dashiell Hammett.

Ten more free-to-read stories by Dashiell Hammett.

“Three-Ten to Yuma” by Elmore Leonard.

And free from the Gutenberg Project: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, a 12-story collection by Arthur Conan Doyle and Masterpieces of Mystery: Detective Stories (includes stories by Anton Chekhov, Wilkie Collins, Arthur Conan Doyle, Edgar Allan Poe, and many more).

Check my shorts, please:

My humorous private eye yarn “The Belle Hope” appeared in the anthology Malice Domestic 13: Mystery Most Geographical and was a Finalist in the 2019 Derringer Awards.

Thanks for visiting.

Peter DiChellis

 

Short walk #95

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

Short sample:

I was doing shots of cold Zoladkowa Gorzka and snacking on herring in a small zakaskas when the torture squad came for me. From “Lush” by Duane Swierczynski (in The Best American Mystery Stories, 2019, eds. Lethem and Penzler. Mariner Books Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019. Story originally appeared in Bloodwork: Remembering Gary Shulze Once Upon a Crime.)

Point of view:

Review: The Boy Detective & The Summer of ’74 and Other Tales of Suspense is a collection from multiple award-winning short mystery author Art Taylor (reviewed by 2018 MWA Raven Award winner Kristopher Zgorski at BOLO Books).

New releases, old releases:

Mystery Tribune Issue 12 is hot off the presses.

The Swamp Killers (March 2020) is a crime-noir novel-in-stories.

The Outlaw Album: Stories is a collection of wrenching rural noir tales by Daniel Woodrell. (Collected in 2011. For a review, see the Point of View section in Short walk #70).

Tricks of the Trade:

Balancing dialogue and description in a story.

Free Reads:

“The Tenth Clew” by Dashiell Hammet. (For a link to ten more free Hammett stories see the Free Reads section of Short walk #91.)

Check my shorts, please:

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

Thanks for visiting.

Peter DiChellis

 

 

Short walk #94

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

Short sample:

I knew I was a dead man. Yet, still I begged. From “Night Train for Berlin” by William Burton McCormick (in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, (Cover Story), March/April 2020, ed. Linda Landrigan, Dell Magazines.)

Point of view:

Review: Small Kingdoms & Other Stories is a collection of Charlaine Harris stories.

New releases, old releases:

Columbus Noir is the latest anthology in the Akashic Books series (2020).

For reviews of 25 previous books in this series, see the Point of View sections in Short walk #90 (eight U.S. cities) and Short walk #55 (seventeen international settings).

Tough Guys and Dangerous Dames (1993) is an anthology of hardboiled and pulp-era tales from Raymond Chandler, John D. MacDonald, Erle Stanley Gardner, and many others.

Tricks of the Trade:

How a savvy British bookseller and a well-heeled investment firm plan to revive Barnes and Noble.

Free Reads:

Six new stories and three new Solve-it-Yourself mini mysteries, all free-to-read at Over My Dead Body!

Check my shorts, please:

My impossible-crime private eye tale “Callingdon Mountain” appeared in the anthology The Best Laid Plans: 21 Stories of Mystery & Suspense.

Thanks for visiting.

Peter DiChellis

Short walk #93

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

Short sample:

I drive a cab part-time when I can’t make enough PI money to crack my monthly nut. From “Miss Gibson” by Linda Barnes (In The Big Book of Female Detectives, ed. Otto Penzler. Vintage Crime/Black Lizard, 2018. Story originally appeared in Women on the Case, ed. Sara Paretsky. Delacorte, 1996.)

Point of view:

Review: Two anthologies of hardboiled tales from way back when: The Second Black Lizard Anthology of Crime Fiction and The Mammoth Book of Private Eye Stories.

New releases, old releases:

The Burglar in Short Order is a Lawrence Block collection of Bernie Rhodenbarr stories (2020).

The latest monthly issue of Mystery Weekly Magazine (March 2020).

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.

Supernatural Sherlocks (2017) is a nostalgic anthology of Golden Age occult detective stories. (For a review, see the Pont of View section in Short walk #88.)

Tricks of the Trade:

Switchblade Magazine opens for submissions this Spring. Get the details here.

Free Reads:

Joe R. Lansdale posts one of his stories, free to read, about once a week.

Check my shorts, please:

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

Thanks for visiting.

Peter DiChellis

PS – Breaking news: Mystery Weekly Magazine accepted my new You-Solve-It flash piece “Gallery Thief” for publication in a future issue, and Thriller Magazine and the upcoming anthology Who Dunnit accepted my flash reprint submissions.

 

Short walk #92

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

Short sample:

Virginia always remembered when the third child disappeared. From “Ding Dong Bell” by Ariel Dodson (in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Department of First Stories, March/April 2020, ed. Janet Hutchings, Dell Magazines).

Point of view:

Robert Lopresti reviews a James Lee Burke story from The Strand Magazine and Gerald So covers one from the new issue of EQMM,here and here.

New releases, old releases:

New issues of EQMM and AHMM.

Staten Island Noir (2012). See the Free Reads section below for a free story from this anthology. For a review see the Point of View section in Short walk #90.

Tricks of the Trade:

A Michael Bracken essay on writing and selling shorts.

Free Reads:

“A User’s Guide to Keeping Your Kills Fresh” by Ted Anthony (from Staten Island Noir).

“Lido Winter” by Maxim Jakubowski (from Venice Noir).

Check my shorts, please:

My flash piece “The Interrogation” appeared in the March 2016 issue of Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine as the story that won the AHMM Monthly Mysterious Photograph Contest.

Thanks for visiting.

Peter DiChellis

 

Short walk #91

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

Short sample:

Two soft knocks on the door disturbed the silence of the cold December morning. From “The Miracle on Christmas Eve” by Szu-Yen Ling (in The Realm of the Impossible, eds. Pugmire and Skupin. Locked Room International, 2017. Story originally appeared in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine in May 2016.)

Point of view:

Review: Kevin Tipple covers the Sherlock Holmes Double Issue of Mystery Weekly (October 2019), cover-to-cover.

New releases, old releases:

Mid-Century Murder (February 2020) is an anthology of “cozy to cozy-noir” crime stories set in roughly the late 1940’s to very early 1960’s.

Shots Fired (2014) is a collection of “stories from Joe Pickett country” by C.J. Box. (For reviews see the Point of View sections in Short walk #13 and #19.)

Tricks of the Trade:

Two types of stories: Abnormal characters vs. abnormal situations.

Free Reads:

Ten free-to-read stories by Dashiell Hammett.

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