Short walk #33

What’s fresh, what’s famous, and what’s fiendish in short mystery and crime fiction.

Short sample:

The bodies were contorted, frozen in positions of agony. From “Y is for Yangchuan Lizard” by Andrew Bourelle (in The Best American Mystery Stories, 2018, eds. Penny and Penzler. Mariner Books Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2018. Story originally appeared in D Is for Dinosaur). **See footnote.

Point of view:

Joseph Scarpato, Jr. is on the scene with a review of  Murder Short & Sweet, ed. Paul D. Staudohar (2008).

New releases, old releases:

a.k.a. pattinase. I Bring Sorrow: And Other Stories of Transgression by Patricia Abbott (2018).

a.k.a. Big Daddy Thug. Thuglit Presents Blood, Guts, and Whiskey ed. Todd Robinson (2010).

Writing desk:

Police Craft: What Cops Know About Crime, Community and Violence by Adam Plantinga. (Reviewed at Criminal Element: “a fine choice for crime writers who want to capture authentic action and emotion in their own works”).

Free zines:

“Ibis” by Ted Flanagan at Akashic Books’ ezine Mondays are Murder.

“Seven Odd Bullets” by Maxwell Park at Shotgun Honey.

Check my shorts, please:

My You-Solve-It-Mini-Mystery “The Action Hero Murder” is free to read at Over My Dead Body!

Thanks for visiting.

Peter DiChellis

** Beginning with Short walk #32 the blog will short-sample every story from the exceptional anthology The Best American Mystery Stories 2018, proceeding alphabetically through the Table of Contents until all twenty authors and stories in the volume have been included. Links will be provided to both the BAMS 2018 anthology and the story’s original publisher.

 

Short walk #32

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

Short sample:

A prickle of terror climbed the back of his neck. From “Banana Triangle Six” by Louis Bayard (in The Best American Mystery Stories, 2018, eds. Penny and Penzler. Mariner Books Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2018. Story originally appeared in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine). **See footnote.

Point of view:

Kevin Tipple’s review covers the July issue of Mystery Weekly, cover to cover. (Includes my story “Locked Tight.” For Kevin’s reviews of the February through June issues, see Short walk #2, #25, and #29 in the May, November, and December archives.)

145 mystery readers give the star treatment to Witness for the Prosecution and Other Stories by Agatha Christie (collected in 2012).

New releases, old releases:

Check your mailbox, your local newsstand, and the AHMM and EQMM websites. January/February double issues (and online sneak peaks and excerpts) are ready to read.

From Wildside Press: Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine #26.

Writing desk:

What Sherlock Holmes Can Teach Writers About Clues (in The Strand Magazine).

Free zine:

Three from Trigger Warning: Short Fiction With Pictures. “Honeymoon Sweet” by Craig Faustus Buck, “The Last Walk of Filips Finks” by William Burton McCormick, and “The Bank Job” by Stephen D. Rogers.

Check my shorts, please:

My jailhouse whodunit-howdunit “Locked Tight” appeared in Mystery Weekly Magazine in July. You can read a free excerpt on the Mystery Weekly website and, in addition to Kevin Tipple’s review (linked above), a review from Catherine Dilts.

Thanks for visiting.

Peter DiChellis

** Beginning with Short walk #32 the blog will short-sample every story in the exceptional anthology The Best American Mystery Stories 2018, proceeding alphabetically through the Table of Contents until all twenty authors and stories in the volume have been included. Links will be provided to both the BAMS 2018 anthology and the original publisher of the story.

 

Short walk #31

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

Short sample:

Lying in bed in the apartment she once shared with Harry, the apartment where she now lived alone, staring at the ceiling unable to sleep, Esther began killing Harry. From “The Last Supper” by Carol Lea Benjamin (in Manhattan Noir, ed. Lawrence Block, Akashic Books, 2006).

Point of view:

Vicki Weisfeld reviews The Best American Mystery Stories, 2018 at Crime Fiction Lover.

New releases, old releases:

Hardboiled (paperback and Kindle, included in free-to-read Kindle Unlimited program).

Gary Phillips’ Hollis For Hire (paperback and Kindle, included in free-to-read Kindle Unlimited program).

Writing desk:

For the Research Folder — Bullet Trajectories: Where Did the Shot Come From?

Free zines:

“Dollface” by Michael Bracken at Story and Grit.

“The Myths” by J.D. Smith at Retreats From Oblivion.

Check my shorts, please:

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

Thanks for visiting.

Peter DiChellis

 

 

Short walk #30

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

Short sample:

Ironic, too, that Otis Parker was killed by the books he loved. From “The Book Case” by Nelson DeMille (in Bibliomysteries: Stories of Crime in the World of Books and Bookstores, ed. Otto Penzler, Pegasus Books, 2017).

Point of view:

Mysteries Short and Sweet presents over 50 short, sweet reviews of Edward D. Hoch impossible crime stories from 1, 2, 3, 4 collections.

New releases, old releases:

Hot, hot, hot off the presses: the latest issue of Mystery Tribune.

Cuddy Collection: The Concise Cuddy by Jeremiah Healy (1998).

Writing desk:

Author and Editor Richard Thomas gives his Top Ten Tips on getting stories published.

Free reads:

One from the latest issue of Mystery Tribune and one from an earlier issue. “The Witness” by Bern Sy Moss and “American Beauty Minus Kevin Spacey” by Eugenio Volpe.

Check my shorts, please:

My crime-horror story “Dead Ringer” appears in Issue 22 of Kzine.

Thanks for visiting.

Peter DiChellis

Short walk #29

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

Short sample:

I had bounty hunted for years, and I’d done a bit of head whopping before, but this was my first murder. From “Six-Finger Jack” by Joe R. Lansdale (in Lone Star Noir, eds. Bobby Byrd and Johnny Byrd, Akashic Books, 2010).

Point of view:

Kevin Tipple’s review covers the June issue of Mystery Weekly, cover to cover.

Robert Lopresti reviews the best mystery story he reads each week. Like this one. And this one (sort of). And this one. And . . . well, you get it. He does this every week. Good deal!

New releases, old releases:

The newest 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.

Texas Twosome: The Big Book of Hap and Leonard by Joe R. Lansdale, collected in 2018.

Writing desk:

John Floyd gives writers the inside story on stories inside The Strand Magazine.

Free zines:

“The Last Case” by James Blakey is free to read at Over My Dead Body!

“You Got It All Wrong” by Caroline Couderc is free to read at Shotgun Honey.

“Death Pin” by Bruce Harris is free to read at Crimson Streets.

Check my shorts, please:

My private eye story “With Cunning Wickedness” is linked on the Short Mystery Fiction Society blog, free to read. (Reprinted at Trigger Warning: Short Fiction With Pictures. Originally appeared in The Shamus Sampler II).

Thanks for visiting.

Peter DiChellis