Short walk #80

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

Short sample:

Robbing banks is a tough habit to break. From “You Owe Me” 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: The Department of Dead Ends (a collection of “inverted mysteries” by Roy Vickers. Collected in 1979, limited availability.)

New releases, old releases:

Down and Out the Magazine Volume 2, Issue 1 (November 2019).

The Best American Mystery Stories of the Century (2001).

Tricks of the Trade:

A short walk encore presentation—two Michael Bracken essays on selling stories, here and here.

Free Read:

“Lamb to the Slaughter” by Roald Dahl. (The classic crime story that became an Alfred Hitchcock Presents TV episode.)

Check my shorts, please:

My impossible crime You-Solve-It “Disappearing Diamonds” appears in the latest issue of Mystery Weekly Magazine (Solution in December issue).

Thanks for visiting.

Peter DiChellis

 

Short walk #79

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

Short sample:

I did not expect to find Edith Blanton’s body in my walk-in refrigerator. From “Cold Turkey” by Diane Mott Davidson (in The Best of Sisters in Crime, ed. Marilyn Wallace. Berkley Prime Crime. First edition 1997, with later editions. Limited availability.)

Point of view:

Reviews and book giveaways: Two mystery anthologies.

New releases, old releases:

Black Cat Mystery Magazine #5 (November 2019).

Montana Noir (2017).

Tricks of the Trade:

For the Research Folder—almost everything you ever wanted to know about guns and bullets.

Free Reads:

“A Guy Walks Into a Bar” by Lee Child (free to read at the New York Times website. From Child’s 2017 collection No Middle Name: The Complete Collected Jack Reacher Short Stories.)

For another free-to-read Jack Reacher story by Lee Child, see the Free Reads section of Short walk #65.

Check my shorts, please:

My supernatural voodoo mystery “Most Evil” appeared in the anthology Busted! Arresting Stories from the Beat.

Thanks for visiting.

Peter DiChellis

 

Short walk #78

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

Short sample:

Within a week of thawing Daddy out, we knew something was wrong. From “Freezer Burn” by James Sallis (in Ten Year Stretch: Celebrating a Decade of Crime Fiction at Crimefest, eds. Edwards and Muller. No Exit Press/Oldcastle Books Ltd./Poison Pen Press, 2018).

Point of view:

Review: The Eyes of Texas: Private Eyes From the Panhandle to the Piney Woods (ed. Michael Bracken).

Review: Orange County Noir (ed. Gary Phillips).

New releases, old releases:

Cutting Edge: New Stories of Mystery and Crime by Women Writers (November 2019).

Seascape: The Best New England Crime Stories 2019 (November 2019).

The Cambodian Curse and Other Stories: A Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt Mystery Collection (collected in 2018, includes 2019 Derringer Award winner for Best Novelette).

Tricks of the Trade:

In a Halloween essay, EQMM editor Janet Hutchings reveals her views on supernatural mysteries.

Free Reads:

Two dozen free-to-read locked room mysteries, with introductory summaries and reviews.

Check my shorts, please:

My impossible-crime private eye tale “Callingdon Mountain” appeared in the anthology The Best Laid Plans.

Thanks for visiting.

Peter DiChellis

Short walk #77

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

Short sample:

Shorty Malone’s legendary week began on Monday, when he got shot in the leg, just barely, in a sanitation department maintenance facility. From “Shorty and the Briefcase” by Lee Child (in Ten Year Stretch: Celebrating a Decade of Crime Fiction at Crimefest, eds. Edwards and Muller. No Exit Press/Poison Pen Press, 2018).

Point of view:

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

New releases, old releases:

Mystery Weekly Magazine (November 2019).

And on the Mystery Weekly website you can read free samples of new and old stories by clicking the links to Recent Published Stories. You can also sign up to have free stories emailed to you.

Denim, Diamonds and Death: Bouchercon Anthology 2019.

Florida Happens: Tales of Mystery, Mayhem, and Suspense from the Sunshine State (Bouchercon 2018).

Passport to Murder: Bouchercon Anthology 2017.

Tricks of the Trade:

Essays by Flash Fiction Online editor Suzanne Vincent: How Editors Evaluate Short Story Submissions and Navigating Submission Guidelines. (Note: Although FFO is known as a Science Fiction market they also accept mystery and crime stories, as well as other genres.)

Free Reads from Akashic Books’ Mondays are Murder:

“Jump” by Reed Farrel Coleman.

“The Killing Type” by Maggie Estep.

“Fade Out” by Paul D. Marks.

“Falconer” by S.J. Rozan.

Check my shorts, please:

My impossible crime You-Solve-It “Disappearing Diamonds” appears in the new issue of Mystery Weekly Magazine (Solution in December issue).

Thanks for visiting.

Peter DiChellis