Short walk #96

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

Short sample:

They walked out of the terminal, the stooped old black man and the tall, prison-hard white man with a set to his mouth and a canvas zip-bag containing all his worldly possessions. From “Horn Man” by Clark Howard. (In Challenge the Widow-Maker and Other Stories of People in Peril. Crippen & Landru, 2000.)

Point of view:

Review: Miraculous Mysteries is an anthology of locked-room murders and other impossible crimes.

New releases, old releases:

“The Second Hostage” by Jeffery Deaver (March 2020) is a 99c Kindle single that introduces a new private eye character.

Tiny Crimes: Very Short Tales of Mystery and Murder is an anthology of 40 flash stories. For a review see the Point of View section in Short walk #60.)

Tricks of the Trade:

A Robert Lopresti essay onlessons learned about writing short mysteries, with an addendum on what he’s learned about selling stories to EQMM vs. AHMM.

Free Reads:

Stuck at home with not enough to read? All of these were linked in previous blog posts, but if you missed ‘em then, check ‘em out now!

“I’ll Be Waiting” by Raymond Chandler.

“Guy Walks Into a Bar” and “Everyone Talks” by Lee Child (From Child’s 2017 collection No Middle Name: The Complete Collected Jack Reacher Short Stories.)

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

“Arson Plus”“Slippery Fingers”“Crooked Souls”“The Tenth Clew” all by Dashiell Hammett.

Ten more free-to-read stories by Dashiell Hammett.

“Three-Ten to Yuma” by Elmore Leonard.

And free from the Gutenberg Project: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, a 12-story collection by Arthur Conan Doyle and Masterpieces of Mystery: Detective Stories (includes stories by Anton Chekhov, Wilkie Collins, Arthur Conan Doyle, Edgar Allan Poe, and many more).

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