Short walk #84

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

Short sample:

Moon shadows are blacker than hearses and I knew I wasn’t the only one out that night. From “Lucky Dip” by Liza Cody (In Bad Behavior: Mystery Stories, ed. Mary Higgins Clark. Gulliver Books, 1995. Limited availability.)

Point of view:

An appreciation of the mystery shorts of PD James.

Reviews: Golden Age stories: Mysteries on the Waves, Bodies from the Library, and Bodies from the Library 2, here, here, and here.

New releases, old releases:

New issues of EQMM and AHMM (January/February 2020), with story excerpts and magazine features free-to-read online.

Brand X: A Collection of Stories (by Christianna Brand, collected in 2013).

The Spotted Cat and Other Mysteries from Inspector Cockrill’s Casebook (by Christianna Brand, collected in 2002).

Tricks of the Trade:

Editor Tony Medawar on putting together the Golden Age anthology Bodies from the Library.

Free Reads:

From the Gutenberg Project, Masterpieces of Mystery: Detective Stories (includes free stories by Anton Chekhov, Wilkie Collins, Arthur Conan Doyle, Edgar Allan Poe).

Check my shorts, please:

My humorous private eye yarn “The Belle Hope” appeared in the anthology Malice Domestic 13: Mystery Most Geographical and was a Finalist in the 2019 Derringer Awards.

Thanks for visiting.

Peter DiChellis