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This week’s links to what’s fresh, what’s famous, and what’s fiendish in short mystery and crime fiction.
Bernie whipped his tail across the sink, scattered the little shampoos like bowling pins, and made Sherm wonder if he should’ve gone with a smaller alligator. From “Palmetto Springs” by Jeremy Herbert (in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Department of First Stories, September/October 2018, ed. Janet Hutchings, Dell Magazines).
Point of view:
A Cross Examining Crime review examines a trio of mystery shorts from ingenious storyteller Roald Dahl (Collected in 2005. Limited availability on Amazon, including used paperbacks).
New releases, old releases:
Hot, hot, hot off the presses: all the latest issues of Mystery Tribune are here.
The Best American Mystery Stories 2018 (eds. Penny and Penzler) launches October 2 (pre-orders available).
While you’re waiting: The Best of the Best American Mystery Stories: The First Ten Years (1997-2006) ed. Penzler, 2014.
A batch of free summer stories at Over My Dead Body!
Check my shorts, please:
My crime-horror story “Gravedigger Blues” is free to read at Story and Grit (originally appeared at Yellow Mama in 2013).
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