Short walk #61

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

Short sample:

She was a tall, seedy, sad-eyed blonde who had once been a policewoman and had lost her job when she married a cheap little check bouncer named Johnny Horne, to reform him. From “Goldfish” by Raymond Chandler (in Raymond Chandler: Collected Stories, Everyman’s Library, collected in 2002).

Point of view:

From the EQMM blog: Frederic Danay and the Art of the Detective Short Story.

Review: Ellery Queen’s Japanese Golden Dozen (ed. Frederic Dannay).

New releases, old releases:

Announced on the SMFS blog – Pattern of Behavior: Ten Tales of Murder and Mayhem.

Includes Helen Smith’s Thriller Award winning short story “Nana” – Killer Women: Crime Club Anthology #2.

Tricks of the Trade:

A devotee of “rejectomancy” (the arcane practice of divining hidden meaning from rejection letters) reflects on what to do about a story after 24 rejections spanning five years.

Free Reads:

Pop open the new issue of Flash Bang Mysteries for five free stories.

Check my shorts, please:

The anthology The Best Laid Plans includes my impossible-crime private eye tale “Callingdon Mountain.”

Thanks for visiting.

Peter DiChellis

PS — Breaking news: My private eye You-Solve-It “Disappearing Diamonds” was accepted for an upcoming issue of Mystery Weekly magazine.

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Short walk #60

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

Short sample:

Grantham Beale smiled, and while it was worthy of inclusion in a toothpaste commercial, it was the first smile he’d managed since his conviction on first-degree murder charges just two weeks and four days earlier. From “The Ehrengraf Experience” by Lawrence Block (in Defender of the Innocent: The Casebook of Martin Ehrengraf, Subterranean Press, collected in 2014).

Point of view:

Review: Bibliomysteries, Ed Otto Penzler.

Review: Tiny Crimes: Very Short Tales of Mystery and Murder.

New releases, old releases:

Bloody Scotland: New Fiction from Scotland’s Best Crime Writers (2018).

From Thuglit: Hardcore Hardboiled (2008).

Tricks of the Trade:

Submissions at AHMM and EQMM — Behind the Scenes with Senior Assistant Editor Jackie Sherbow.

Free Reads:

“The Great Train Robbery” by Michael Bracken at King’s River Life.

“The Calling” by Gary Phillips at Akashic Books’ Mondays Are Murder.

“Hollywood Harry’s Bar and Grill” by Fred Zackel Yellow Mama.

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 #59

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

Short sample:

I sat on a hard bench in a police cell with my head in my hands, the smell of vomit and bleach up my nose and regret thundering around my brain. From “Tingo” by Tony Fisher (in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Department of First Stories, July/August 2019, ed. Janet Hutchings, Dell Magazines).

Point of view:

Review: Vicki Weisfeld (crime fiction lover) spends time with A Time For Violence: Stories With an Edge.

Reviews: Ben Boulden (Mystery Scene) and Kristopher Zgorski (BOLO Books) go for Murder-A-Go-Go’s.

New releases, old releases:

July’s monthly issue of Mystery Weekly arrived like clockwork, paperback and Kindle. And on the Mystery Weekly website you can read free story samples, new and old, by clicking the links in the list of Recent Published Stories, and also sign up for free stories via email.

The Anthology of Cozy-Noir: Mystery stories with an edge (2014).

Tricks of the Trade:

An NCIS intelligence analyst reveals how criminals use “diversion safes” and “secret compartments” to hide contraband (published in the FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin).

Free Reads:

“Pure Southern” By James Robert Smith and “Moose Season” by Joseph Tomaras at The Big Click (now defunct).

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

 

Short walk #58

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

Short sample:

“How could a man who was alive yesterday end up murdered inside a coffin that’s been buried for twenty years?” From “The Problem of the Crowded Cemetery” by Edward D. Hoch (in All But Impossible: The Impossible Files of Dr. Sam Hawthorne, Crippen & Landru, 2017).

Point of view:

Reviews: EQMM reviews several collections, including impossible crime volumes by the legendary Edward D. Hoch and by Derringer Award winner Gigi Pandian.

Reviews: Kevin Tipple gives cover-to-cover coverage of the April issue of Mystery Weekly and the new anthology The Best Laid Plans (includes my impossible crime story “Callingdon Mountain”).

New releases, old releases:

Check your mailbox, your local newsstand, and the AHMM and EQMM websites. July/August double issues (and online sneak peaks and excerpts) of the world’s most popular mystery magazines are ready to read.

Miraculous Mysteries: Locked-Room Murders and Impossible Crimes, ed. Martin Edwards (2017).

The Black Lizard Big Book of Locked-Room Mysteries, ed. Otto Penzler (2014).

Tricks of the Trade:

Almost everything you ever wanted to know about impossible crime mysteries, including a comparison of seven vs. twenty classic locked-room solutions and how often writers have used them; trends in locked-room solutions through the 20th century; and more: here, here, and here. Plus, summaries of dozens of impossible crime stories: here, here, and here.

Free Reads:

The Short Mystery Fiction Society has posted more free reads via its Short Story Saturdays program.

Check my shorts, please:

My whodunit “The Owl Clock Murder” is among the free stories in SMFS Short Story Saturdays. The story originally appeared at Over My Dead Body!

Thanks for visiting.

Peter DiChellis

PS – Breaking news: I was excited to learn Kristopher Zgorski’s July/August EQMM  “Blog Bytes” column includes a write-up of A short walk down a dark street. Here’s a link to the online column. I haven’t seen the print copy yet.

 

Short walk #57

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

Short sample:

The streets were as deserted as the morning after Judgment Day. From “Her Mama’s Pearls” by Vicki Delaney (in Bound by Mystery: Celebrating 20 Years of Poisoned Pen Press, ed. Diane D. DiBiase, Poisoned Pen Press, 2017).

Point of view:

Review: Cannibals: Stories from the Edge of the Pine Barrens by Jen Conley.

Review: Murder Squad: Best Eaten Cold and Other Stories (ed. Martin Edwards).

New releases, old releases:

Release date June 18: The Best Laid Plans: 21 Stories of Mystery & Suspense (includes my story “Callingdon Mountain”).

Tricks of the Trade:

From the Department of Weird Clues – Earprints (in five parts).

Free Reads:

“Arson On The Eastside” by Morgan Boyd at Tough.

“End Times” by James P. Hanley at Over My Dead Body!

Check my shorts, please:

My story “Ten-Spot Robber” appears in the anthology Hardboiled (paperback and Kindle, included in free-to-read Kindle Unlimited program).

Thanks for visiting.

Peter DiChellis

 

Short walk #56

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

Short sample:

He did not urinate on Connell’s body. From “Killing O’Malley” by Tony Spinoza (in Hardboiled Brooklyn, ed. Reed Farrel Coleman, Bleak House Books, 2006).

Point of view:

Review: bookgasm is excited about Gil Brewer’s noir collection Redheads Die Quickly.

Review: Kevin R. Tipple is on his game for Mark Troy’s collection Gameface.

New releases, old releases:

The Desperate and the Damned (2019).

Tricks of the Trade:

A baker’s dozen of hard-working editors dish the inside dope on how they select and edit anthology stories. E.A. Aymar and Sarah M. ChenMichael Bracken, with Trey R. Barker and Frank Zafiro – Martin Edwards – Andrew MacRae – Paul D. Marks and Andy McAleer – Karen Pullen – Judy Penz Sheluk Brian Thornton –  Elizabeth Zelvin.

Free Reads:

“Blood on the Curb” Part 1 and Part 2 by Nick Swain at Crimson Streets.

Check my shorts, please:

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

Thanks for visiting.

Peter DiChellis

 

Short walk #55

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

Short sample:

The most dangerous day of Santa Ezerina’s life began with the exclamation: “Wait until I get my bra on!” From “Murder With a Flick of the Wrist” by William Burton McCormick (in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, May/June 2019, ed. Janet Hutchings, Dell Magazines).

Point of view:

Akashic Noir International Review Tour: Amsterdam, Belfast, Copenhagen, Haiti, Helsinki, Lagos, Marrakech, Marseille, Mexico City, Montreal, Moscow, Mumbai, Prague, Sao Paulo, Singapore, Sydney, Vancouver (U.S. Tour coming soon).

New releases, old releases:

Available for pre-order: The Best Laid Plans: 21 Stories of Mystery & Suspense.

June’s monthly issue of Mystery Weekly arrived like clockwork. And on the Mystery Weekly website you can read free story samples, new and old, by clicking the links in the list of Recent Published Stories, and also sign up for free stories via email.

Tricks of the Trade:

For those who missed Short walk #11 (way back in July): Seven mystery editors tell all: AHMM, BCMM, Dell, EQMM, KRL, Mystery Weekly, OMDB!

Free reads:

“Midlife Crisis” by Neva Bryan and “Nick Break” by M. L. Joy at Tough.

Check my shorts, please:

My flash-length crime story “See No Evil” is free to read in noir ‘zine Retreats from Oblivion: The Journal of NoirCon.

Thanks for visiting.

Peter DiChellis