Short walk #119

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

Short sample

Four men were clustered around the form on the stainless-steel autopsy table: two in dark blue uniforms, a homicide detective in a plain dark suit, and the medical examiner in a knee-length white lab coat. From “Things That Follow” by Jim Allyn. (In Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, September/October 2020, ed. Janet Hutchings, Dell Magazines.)

Point of view

Review: What Dread Hand? is a collection of murder and horror stories by the “criminally underrated” and “very talented” author Christianna Brand.

New releases, old releases

Tampa Bay Noir, Addis Ababa Noir (both August 2020), and Alabama Noir (April 2020) are the latest releases in the long-running Akashic Books Noir series.

Ten Year Stretch: Celebrating a Decade of Crime Fiction at Crimefest, is a commemoration anthology that includes stories by Ann Cleeves, Lee Child, Jeffrey Deaver, Martin Edwards, Kate Ellis, Ian Rankin, and many other outstanding authors. For three reviews, see the Point of View section in Short walk #15.

Tricks of the trade

Developing unique character voices.

Free reads

The latest free-to-read stories from Britain’s Crime Writers Association, posted on their Crime Readers Association website.

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

PS: Excited to announce I am now a Full (published author) Member of Britain’s Crime Writers Association.