Short walk #61

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

Short sample:

She was a tall, seedy, sad-eyed blonde who had once been a policewoman and had lost her job when she married a cheap little check bouncer named Johnny Horne, to reform him. From “Goldfish” by Raymond Chandler (in Raymond Chandler: Collected Stories, Everyman’s Library, collected in 2002).

Point of view:

From the EQMM blog: Frederic Danay and the Art of the Detective Short Story.

Review: Ellery Queen’s Japanese Golden Dozen (ed. Frederic Dannay).

New releases, old releases:

Announced on the SMFS blog – Pattern of Behavior: Ten Tales of Murder and Mayhem.

Includes Helen Smith’s Thriller Award winning short story “Nana” – Killer Women: Crime Club Anthology #2.

Tricks of the Trade:

A devotee of “rejectomancy” (the arcane practice of divining hidden meaning from rejection letters) reflects on what to do about a story after 24 rejections spanning five years.

Free Reads:

Pop open the new issue of Flash Bang Mysteries for five free stories.

Check my shorts, please:

The anthology The Best Laid Plans includes my impossible-crime private eye tale “Callingdon Mountain.”

Thanks for visiting.

Peter DiChellis

PS — Breaking news: My private eye You-Solve-It “Disappearing Diamonds” was accepted for an upcoming issue of Mystery Weekly magazine.