Short walk #106

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

Short sample:

O’Conner crossed his arms before his face as the blast from the shotgun knocked him down. From “The Heist” by Gary Phillips and Richard Brewer (in Culprits: The Heist Was Just the Beginning, eds. Brewer and Phillips. Polis Books 2018).

Point of view:

Links to five reviews by Short Mystery Fiction Society President Kevin Tipple:

“The Imposter” is a Mike Bowditch short story by Paul Doiron and a fast, fun read.

Sordid is a five-story crime collection by Harry Hunsicker that is graphic, violent, and a very good read.

The Spring 2020 issue of Flash Bang Mysteries (online, free to read, see link at review site) includes four quick, good reads.

The February 2020 issue of Mystery Weekly Magazine is a quality issue withinteresting characters, complex mysteries, and lots going on.

“The Case of the Nameless Diablo” is an entertaining cozy-style private eye story.

New releases, old releases:

The latest issue of Mystery Weekly Magazine (June 2020), includes my You-Solve-It mystery “Gallery Thief” – solution will appear in July issue).

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.

Tricks of the Trade:

Two essays for mystery writers on hiding clues, here and here. And for two more see Short walks #32and #71.

Free Reads:

The short story archives of the Crime Readers’ Association includes about a gazillion free reads, all written by members of the prestigious Crime Writers’ Association (which sponsors the CWA Dagger Awards).

Check my shorts, please:

My You-Solve-It mystery “Gallery Thief” appears in the latest issue of Mystery Weekly Magazine (June 2020, solution will appear in the July issue).

Thanks for visiting.

Peter DiChellis

 

Short walk #105

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

Short sample:

Safe from eavesdroppers in the clatter of a Sutter Street lunchroom, the detective-sergeant leaned over his clam chowder and told me what he knew about the murder, which wasn’t much. From “Death on Pine Street” by Dashiell Hammett (In Nightmare Town: Stories by Dashiell Hammett, eds. McCauley, Greenberg, Gorman. Vintage Crime/Black Lizard, collected in 2000).

Point of view:

Review: Of Mice and Minestrone is a Joe R. Lansdale Hap and Leonard collection about the duo’s early years.

Reviews: The Mysterious Mr. Quinn and Poirot Investigates are collections of classic Agatha Christie mystery stories—reviews here and here.

New releases, old releases:

Deadly Anniversaries (2020) is a mystery anthology commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Mystery Writers of America.

For a review, see the Point of View section of Short walk #104.

Tricks of the Trade:

A Science-Fiction editor and author (who also writes occasional crime stories) offers a three-stage approach to revising stories before submitting them.

Free Reads:

Three Father Brown mysteries by G.K. Chesterton.

“The Invisible Man”“The Secret Garden”“The Sign of the Broken Sword”

Check my shorts, please:

My humorous You-Solve-It Mystery “The Mysterious Meatball Autopsy” appeared in the November 2017 issue of Mystery Weekly Magazine (with the solution to the mystery revealed in the December issue).

Thanks for visiting.

Peter DiChellis

 

Short walk #104

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

Short sample:

When the burglar turned his eyes on Archer Trebizond his heart fluttered and fluttered again, first at the mere fact of discovery, then at his own discovery of the gleaming revolver in Trebizond’s hand. From “A Bad Night for Burglars” by Lawrence Block (in The Burglar in Short Order [Bernie Rhodenbarr collection], independently published. Collected in 2020. Story originally appeared in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine in 1977.)

Point of view:

Review: Deadly Anniversaries is a mystery anthology commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Mystery Writers of America.

Review: Die Once–Die Twice is a collection of previously unpublished stories by paperback-era noir author Gil Brewer.

Review: The Beat of Black Wings is an anthology of crime fiction inspired by the songs of Joni Mitchell.

New releases, old releases:

Berkeley Noir (May 2020) is the latest release in the long-running anthology series from Akashic Books.

For reviews of previous anthologies in this series, see the Point of View sections in Short Walk#55, #67, and #90.

For free stories from the series, see the Free Reads sections of Short Walk #71, #92, #97, and #100.

Tricks of the Trade:

One of the editors at All Due Respect riffs about writing short crime stories, with notes on characters, plot, action, and focus. (ADR is open for submissions too. Check out the details here.)

Free Reads:

“On the Edge” by Sharon Diane King at All Due Respect.

“Against the Grain” by Rob McClure Smith at Tough.

Check my shorts, please:

My story “Ten-Spot Robber” appeared in the anthology Hardboiled.

Thanks for visiting.

Peter DiChellis

 

Short walk #103

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

Short sample:

That evening, shortly after eight, the invisible killer claimed his fourth victim. From “The Problem of the Boston Common” by Edward D. Hoch (in More Things Impossible, The Second Casebook of Dr. Sam Hawthorne, Crippen & Landru, collected in 2006.)

Point of view:

Reviews: Over four dozen Edward D. Hoch impossible crime stories in four different collections (including the collection featured above)—See the Point of View section in Short walk #30.

Reviews: Kevin Tipple covers the anthology Hoosier Noir and the January issue of Mystery Weekly Magazine, here and here.

New releases, old releases:

The latest issue of Mystery Weekly Magazine (May 2020).

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.

Tricks of the Trade:

A third generation cop offers real-world tips on avoiding glaring procedural mistakes in crime fiction.

Free Reads:

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

Check my shorts, please:

My humorous robbery whodunit “Listen Up” appeared at Flash Bang Mysteries.

Thanks for visiting.

Peter DiChellis

Short walk #102

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

Short sample:

According to the statistics, a town the size of Totterbridge can expect to have only one really interesting murder every fifteen years. From “A Gross Miscarriage of Justice” by Joyce Porter (in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, May/June 2020, ed. Linda Landrigan, Dell Magazines. Published in AHMM Mystery Classic section, story copyright 1978.)

Point of view:

Review: Broken is a new collection of six Don Winslow novellas.

New releases, old releases:

Fighters of Fear: Occult Detective Stories (2020) is an anthology that mixes detective tales with weird or supernatural fiction.

The First Prehistoric Serial Killer and Other Stories (2018) is a zany story collection by Teresa Solana. For two reviews, see the Point of View section in Short walk #47.

Tricks of the Trade:

Hank Phillippi Ryan on making every word count.

Free Reads:

Four free to read stories in the new issue of Flash Bang Mysteries.

Check my shorts, please:

My humorous private eye yarn “The Belle Hope” appeared in the anthology Malice Domestic 13: Mystery Most Geographical.

Thanks for visiting.

Peter DiChellis