Short walk #122

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

Short sample

Seeking the escape of unconsciousness, Al lay on his bunk and covered his head with his blanket before rolling over to face the wall. From “Shuffle” by Christopher M. Stephen (in Prison Noir, ed. Joyce Carol Oates. Akashic Books, 2014.) For a review of this anthology, see the Point of View section in Short walk #26.

Point of view

Review: Mulholland Dive: Three Stories is a Michael Connelly collection of “three entertaining stories set on Mulholland [Drive] in Los Angeles”—though the stories do not feature Connelly’s well-known Harry Bosch or Mickey Haller series characters.

New releases, old releases

The Killer Wore Cranberry: A Sixth Scandalous Serving is the latest in the annual TKWC series (ed. Jay Hartman, September 2020).

Culprits: The Heist Was Just the Beginning is a themed anthology about what happened to criminal characters after they pulled a big heist. (eds. Richard Brewer and Gary Phillips, 2018).

Tricks of the trade

A three-step, three-minute brainstorming technique to fix a scene that isn’t working.

Free reads

A Treasury of Sayers Stories includes a dozen stories by Dorothy L. Sayers, free to read at Gutenberg Canada.

Check my shorts, please

My locked-jail-cell story “Locked Tight” appeared in Mystery Weekly Magazine in July 2018. You can read a free excerpt on the Mystery Weekly website, and reviews here and here.

Thanks for visiting

Peter DiChellis