Short walk #48

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

Short sample:

I needed some clean wheels for when I dumped the van we were using, and Pen had always delivered. From “Rule Number One” by Alan Orloff (in The Best American Mystery Stories, 2018, eds. Penny and Penzler. Mariner Books Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2018. Story originally appeared Snowbound: Best New England Crime Stories 2017). **See footnote.

Point of view:

Robert Lopresti reviews the best mystery story he reads each week. Like this one. And this one and this one. And this one, this one, this one, and this one.

New releases, old releases:

The Editor’s intro also rocks: Noir Nation #7.

Two collections by mystery shorts legend James Powell: A Dirge For Clowntown and A Pocketful of Noses: Stories of One Ganelon or Another.

Tricks of the Trade:

Gerald So interviews 2019 Derringer Finalists for the stories behind the stories. (Scroll down for all interviews, including mine!)

Free reads:

“Murder at Midway: 1942” (Part 1 and Part 2) by J.A. Becker and “Coppers” by Bruce Harris at Crimson Streets.

Check my shorts, please:

My crime-suspense story “They Die in Eight Minutes” first appeared, free to read, at Shotgun Honey in 2014.

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.