Short walk #54

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

Short sample:

A door opened down the street and, for just a moment before it closed, I heard a piano playing the saddest tune in the world. From “The Long Sonata of the Dead” by Andrew Taylor (in Bibliomysteries: Stories of Crime in the World of Books and Bookstores, ed. Otto Penzler, Pegasus Books, 2017).

Point of view:

Robert Lopresti reviews the best mystery story he reads each week. Here’s one from EQMM, one from Fiction River: Spies, one from AHMM, another from Fiction River: Spies, and one from Houston Noir.

New releases, old releases:

The title story was a BAMS 2018 selection: Death in the Serengeti and Other Stories: Ten Tales of Crime by David H. Hendrickson (collected in 2019).

Edited by Elizabeth GeorgeA Moment on the Edge: 100 Years of Crime Stories by Women (2005).

Tricks of the Trade:

A real-world police detective reveals ten traps that could kill your fictional detective.

Free reads:

“The Key” by Earl Staggs at King’s River Life.

“An Occurrence on Oliver Street” and “About that Night” by Heidi Heimler, and “Trauma” by Robert Petyo, all at Yellow Mama.

Check my shorts, please:

My crime-horror story “Dead Ringer” appeared in Issue 22 of Kzine.

Thanks for visiting.

Peter DiChellis

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