Short walk #39

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

Short sample:

Inevitably, many who heard about Charlie Parker wanted to challenge him, and those who did died. From “Gun Work” by John M. Floyd (in The Best American Mystery Stories, 2018, eds. Penny and Penzler. Mariner Books Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2018. Story originally appeared in Coast to Coast: Private Eyes from Sea to Shining Sea). **See footnote.

Point of view:

Ben Boulden is on the scene with a review of Blood Work, ed. Rick Ollerman (who also edits Down & Out: The Magazine).

Catherine Dilts reviews four stories from the current issue of AHMM, here and here.

New releases, old releases:

Occult Detective Quarterly #5 (January 2019).

Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Novels and Stories: Volumes I and II.

Writing desk:

Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine editor Marvin Kay discusses the nuts and bolts of writing a classic whodunit.

Free reads:

“A Favorable Favor” by Brendan Dubois and “Possibilities” by Bill Pronzini at The Strand Magazine.

Check my shorts, please:

My mystery story “Darkness, Darkness” appeared in the July 2017 issue of Mystery Weekly Magazine. (Read a free except at the Mystery Weekly website.)

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.