Short walk #58

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

Short sample:

“How could a man who was alive yesterday end up murdered inside a coffin that’s been buried for twenty years?” From “The Problem of the Crowded Cemetery” by Edward D. Hoch (in All But Impossible: The Impossible Files of Dr. Sam Hawthorne, Crippen & Landru, 2017).

Point of view:

Reviews: EQMM reviews several collections, including impossible crime volumes by the legendary Edward D. Hoch and by Derringer Award winner Gigi Pandian.

Reviews: Kevin Tipple gives cover-to-cover coverage of the April issue of Mystery Weekly and the new anthology The Best Laid Plans (includes my impossible crime story “Callingdon Mountain”).

New releases, old releases:

Check your mailbox, your local newsstand, and the AHMM and EQMM websites. July/August double issues (and online sneak peaks and excerpts) of the world’s most popular mystery magazines are ready to read.

Miraculous Mysteries: Locked-Room Murders and Impossible Crimes, ed. Martin Edwards (2017).

The Black Lizard Big Book of Locked-Room Mysteries, ed. Otto Penzler (2014).

Tricks of the Trade:

Almost everything you ever wanted to know about impossible crime mysteries, including a comparison of seven vs. twenty classic locked-room solutions and how often writers have used them; trends in locked-room solutions through the 20th century; and more: here, here, and here. Plus, summaries of dozens of impossible crime stories: here, here, and here.

Free Reads:

The Short Mystery Fiction Society has posted more free reads via its Short Story Saturdays program.

Check my shorts, please:

My whodunit “The Owl Clock Murder” is among the free stories in SMFS Short Story Saturdays. The story originally appeared at Over My Dead Body!

Thanks for visiting.

Peter DiChellis

PS – Breaking news: I was excited to learn Kristopher Zgorski’s July/August EQMM  “Blog Bytes” column includes a write-up of A short walk down a dark street. Here’s a link to the online column. I haven’t seen the print copy yet.