Short walk #21

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

Short sample:

“Art theft, of course,” said the elegant man, “has been overdone. By now it’s thoroughly boring.” From “Ask a Silly Question” by Donald E. Westlake (in Thieves’ Dozen: The Dortmunder Stories, Donald E. Westlake. The Mysterious Press (collected in 2004).

Point of view:

A fascinating review: Ellery Queen’s Mystery Stories by 25 Famous Writers, ed. Ellery Queen (Frederic Dannay and Manfred Bennington Lee) with mystery stories by Pearl S. Buck, Ernest Hemingway, Rudyard Kipling, Mark Twain, John Steinbeck, and others. (1957 and 1965 editions. Limited availability on Amazon, including used copies from third party sellers).

Mystery File re-introduces us to Carolyn Wheat’s “Crime Scene” (limited availability on Amazon here and here.)

New releases, old releases:

The Best American Mystery Stories 2018.

Flash and Bang: A Short Mystery Fiction Society Anthology (2015).

Writing desk:

The pain and pleasure of reading and writing shorts.

Free zine:

A batch of new freebies (September, scroll down at site) from Over My Dead Body!

Check my shorts, please:

My crime-horror story “Dead Ringer” appears in the new issue of Kzine.

Thanks for visiting.

Peter DiChellis