Short walk #72

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

Short sample:

The body floating facedown in the swimming pool was wearing a navy-blue wool suit, which was odder than the veil of blood hanging like shark bait in the water. From “Dirty Scottsdale” by Diana Gabaldon (in Phoenix Noir, ed. Patrick Millikin. Akashic Books, 2009).

Point of view:

Reviews: Kevin Tipple and Matthew X. Gomez on Tough 2 Crime Stories, here and here. (And for a third review, see the Point of View section in Short walk #67).

More reviews: Kevin Tipple covers the June issue of Mystery Weekly cover-to-cover, while Rob Lopresti’s Little Big Crimes (The best mystery story I read this week . . .) picks one story from the Mystery Weekly August issue and one from September.

New releases, old releases:

Classics: The Crime of My Life and A Choice of Murders (both re-released in 2019).

Tricks of the Trade:

Encore! From past Short walk posts, EQMM Editor Janet Hutchings discusses a recent submission trend, a type of mystery she often doesn’t like, 1st vs. 3rd POV, and her view on story endings.

Free Reads:

“No Man” by Nathaniel Kressen at Akashic Books’ Wilderness Wednesdays.

“Our Dirty Little Secrets” by Geoffrey Philp at Akashic Books’ Mondays Are Murder.

Check my shorts, please:

My humorous crime romp “Rolling Lucky” is free to read at The Norwegian American newspaper’s website.

Thanks for visiting.

Peter DiChellis

PS – Breaking news – My private eye You-Solve-It “Disappearing Diamonds” is scheduled for publication in Mystery Weekly magazine in early November.

 

Short walk #71

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

Short sample:

The little lawyer waggled a finger at Joe the Angel and sat impassive while the bartender poured another double shot of rye. From “Hard Sell” by Lawrence Block (in Resume Speed and Other Stories by Lawrence Block. Concrete Canyon Press, collected in 2018).

Point of view:

Reviewed by Bill Pronzini: Exeunt Murderers: The Best Mystery Stories of Anthony Boucher.

New releases, old releases:

Three excerpts from Occult Detective Quarterly #6 (scheduled release: 2019).

Fiction River: Crime Boxed Set (Three anthologies, collected in 2018).

Tricks of the Trade:

Techniques for hiding clues in mystery stories.

Free Reads:

“Mission Hills Confidential” by Grace Suh (from Kansas City Noir).

“Justice” by Riaz Mulla (from Mumbai Noir).

“Amp is the First Word in Amphetamine” by Joseph Mattson (from The Speed Chronicles).

Check my shorts, please:

My story “Ten-Spot Robber” appears in the anthology Hardboiled (paperback and Kindle, included in free-to-read Kindle Unlimited program).

Thanks for visiting.

Peter DiChellis

 

Short walk #70

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

Short sample:

In the Ozarks we get about two weeks of spring before it gets hotter than a whore in church, and this was one of those fine April days after the cold and before the thunder and the heat. From “Johnny Cash Is Dead” by Jordan Harper (in Thuglit Presents Hardcore Hardboiled, ed. Todd Robinson. Kensington Books, 2008).

Point of view:

Rural noir: reviewing the evidence on The Outlaw Album: Stories by Daniel Woodrell.

New releases, old releases:

This year’s Bouchercon anthology Denim, Diamonds and Death (ed. Rick Ollerman) is available for pre-order from Down & Out Books.

Ford County: Stories (by John Grisham).

Mississippi Noir (ed. Tom Franklin).

Tricks of the Trade:

Make your characters more interesting with lies.

Free Reads:

“And They Shall Take Up Serpents” and “With Hair Blacker than Coal” by Chris McGinley, both at Tough.

Check my shorts, please:

My back-country jailhouse whodunit-howdunit “Locked Tight” appeared in Mystery Weekly Magazine in July 2018. You can read a free excerpt on the Mystery Weekly website.

Thanks for visiting.

Peter DiChellis

 

Short walk #69

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

Short sample:

While writers make their best work public, murderers bury theirs. From “The Bog” by Loren D. Estleman (in Desperate Detroit and Stories of Other Dire Places, Loren D. Estleman. Gallery Books, collected in 2016).

Point of view:

Review: Switchblade Issue 10 (reviewed by Matthew X. Gomez).

Review: Switchblade: Stiletto Heeled (reviewed by Kevin R. Tipple).

New releases, old releases:

Me Too Short Stories: An Anthology (ed. Elizabeth Zelvin, 2019).

Troubled Daughters, Twisted Wives: Stories from the Trailblazers of Domestic Suspense (ed. Sarah Weinman, 2013).

Tricks of the Trade:

Interviews with the editors of Tough and The Strand Magazine, here and here (as also posted on the SMFS blog).

Free Reads:

All the latest free-to-read flash fiction from Mystery Tribune.

Check my shorts, please:

My suspense story “Nobody’s Safe” is free to read at crime ‘zine Tough.

Thanks for visiting.

Peter DiChellis

 

Short walk #68

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

Short sample:

The false note screeched across the rehearsal room, ricocheted off the acoustic ceiling tile, and then dropped with a bang to the floor. From “Bare Ruined Choirs” by Webster Ford (in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Department of First Stories, September/October 2019, ed. Janet Hutchings, Dell Magazines).

Point of view:

Reviews: Ben Boulden’s Gravetapping blog taps “The Winning Ticket” by Bill Pronzini and “Postcard from Cambodia” by Andrew Nette.

New releases, old releases:

Mystery Tribune #10, print edition (Summer 2019).

The September monthly issue of Mystery Weekly arrived like clockwork, in paperback and Kindle formats. And on the Mystery Weekly website you can read free story samples, new and old, by clicking the links to Recent Published Stories, and also sign up for free stories via email.

Tricks of the Trade:

Arson, autopsies, cop talk, guns, poison, suicide vs. murder, and more: ten short essays on writing crime scenes.

Free Reads:

“Spare Change” by Liz McAdams, “Through the Noose” by Katherine Bonnie Bailey, “Fortune Teller” by Deborah Sheldon, and “Keys” by Anne Elizabeth Weisgerber, all at Shotgun Honey.

Check my shorts, please:

My crime-suspense story “Murderous Lies” is a free podcast from King’s River Life Magazine. The story was originally published in Suspense Magazine in 2013.

Thanks for visiting.

Peter DiChellis