What’s fresh, what’s famous, and what’s fiendish in short mystery and crime fiction.
The only body part I saw was a leg wearing a scrap of blue jean, and that was enough for me; no reason to delve deeper. From “Waiting on Joe” by Scott Loring Sanders (in The Best American Mystery Stories, 2018, eds. Penny and Penzler. Mariner Books Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2018. Story originally appeared in Shooting Creek and Other Stories). **See footnote.
Point of view:
The best Sherlock Holmes stories, according to Arthur Conan Doyle.
74 mystery readers give the star treatment to The Mysterious Mr. Quin: A Short Story Collection by Agatha Christie (collected in 2010).
New releases, old releases:
Fishy Business: The Fifth Guppy Anthology (Sisters in Crime, April 2019).
The Beat Goes On: The Complete Rebus Stories by Ian Rankin (collected in 2016).
Tricks of the Trade:
A devotee of “rejectomancy” (the arcane practice divining hidden meaning from rejection letters) breaks down the numbers after rejection #300 and explains why five different types of form rejections are actually all the same.
Pop! Pop! Pop open a six-pack of freebies at the new issue of Flash Bang Mysteries.
Art Taylor’s Edgar Award Winner “English 398: Fiction Workshop” (EQMM, July/August 2018) is free to read here.
Check my shorts, please:
My supernatural voodoo mystery “Most Evil” appeared in the anthology Busted! Arresting Stories from the Beat.
Thanks for visiting.
** 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.