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.