Short walk #37

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

Short sample:

The cop scanned the faces all around him and fixed on Reacher. From “Too Much Time” by Lee Child (in The Best American Mystery Stories, 2018, eds. Penny and Penzler. Mariner Books Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2018. Story originally appeared in No Middle Name: The Complete Collected Jack Reacher Short Stories). **See footnote.

Point of view:

Two reviews of Lee Child’s No Middle Name: The Complete Collected Jack Reacher Stories, here and here.

CrimeReads names The 10 Best Crime Anthologies of 2018, and says why each made the list.

New releases, old releases:

On the prowl: Black Cat Mystery Magazine #4 (January 2019), plus #1, #2, #3.

Writing desk:

Best list of how-to writing tips ever (and I’ve seen a lot of ‘em).

Free reads:

A whole bunch of Saturdays; a whole bunch of free mystery and crime stories: Short Story Saturdays (a few more here) from The Short Mystery Fiction Society (with more still to come on the SMFS blog).

Check my shorts, please:

My private eye yarn “Mysterious Private Investigations” is the most recent linked story on the Short Mystery Fiction Society blog and is free to read. (Reprinted at Plan B Magazine. The story originally appeared in The Shamus Sampler anthology).

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 by author through the Table of Contents until all twenty stories in the volume have been included. Links will be provided to both the BAMS 2018 anthology and story’s original publisher.