Short walk #116

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

Short sample

Bosch knew that any active burglar with a parole tail would keep a separate and secret place—a safe house—for his tools and swag. From “Christmas Even” by Michael Connelly (in Angle of Investigation: Three Harry Bosch Stories. By Michael Connelly, collected in 2011. Little, Brown and Company.)

Point of view

Reviews of Agatha Christie shorts here and here.

For more reviews of Christie shorts, see the Point of View sections of Short walk #17and #105.

New releases, old releases

Killer, Come Back To Me: The Crime Stories of Ray Bradbury (collected in 2020) is scheduled for release on August 18 and is available for pre-order.

Kinsey and Me: Stories (Sue Grafton, collected in 2013) is divided into two parts: nine Kinsey Millhone stories and additional stories that provide a glimpse into Grafton’s early life in the guise of the character Kit Blue.

Tricks of the Trade

Submission calls: Hoosier Noir is open for Indiana-related crime stories (setting or characters). Submissions close September 13, but the publisher will then open for marijuana-related crime stories on September 15.

Free reads (repeated from previous posts, in case you missed them the first time)

“Fat Burglar Blues” By Tom Piccirilli

“Possibilities” by Bill Pronzini

“Falconer” by S.J. Rozan

Check my shorts, please

My impossible-crime private eye tale “Callingdon Mountain” appeared in the anthology The Best Laid Plans: 21 Stories of Mystery & Suspense. **

Thanks for visiting

Peter DiChellis

** I just learned this excellent anthology (ed. Judy Penz Sheluk) is on the ballot for the Killer Nashville Readers’ Choice Award. Voting for this award is open to all readers. You can see all nominated books & vote at this link. The ballot is alphabetical by author or editor last name.