Saturday, November 18, 2017
SMFS Member Gigi Pandian's The Library Ghost of Tanglewood Inn: A Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt Mystery Short Story is out now by way of Henery Press. Published in digital format, the 39 page read is availble at Amazon and other vendors.
From the Amazon synopsis:
An unsolved murder from the 1930s.
A ghost story to explain the impossible crime.
A dead man in the haunted library.
And no way for the authorities to reach the survivors until the snowstorm clears…
A snowstorm waylays Jaya Jones and Tamarind Ortega. It seems almost too good to be true that they find rooms for the night in beautiful old inn—until they find a dead man clutching an Agatha Christie novel in the secluded hotel’s library. Worse yet, Tamarind is accused of the crime.
To clear her friend, Jaya must delve into the history of the hotel’s haunted library. The present-day mystery is eerily similar to a mysterious unsolved death in the 1930s—could it be the work of the library’s avenging ghost?
If you’ve never met Jaya Jones or been on one of her adventures, this is a great place to start. And lucky you, you have the whole series (and the novella!) to look forward to!
Friday, November 17, 2017
Writers Who Kill: Editing an Anthology: Five Stages of Grief: Today J. Alan Hartman of the publisher Untreed Reads tells us about his experiences as editor in putting together his most recent Thanks...
Thursday, November 16, 2017
SMFS Member William Burton McCormick's short story, "Matricide and Ice Cream" appears in the new anthology, CWA Anthology of Short Stories: Mystery Tour. Edited by Martin Edwards, the anthology contains 28 stories from members of the Crime Writer's Association. Published overseas by Orenda Books, and available at Amazon UK, the book will be available in the US in hardback form next February and paperback in May.
From the Amazon UK synopsis:
Highlights of the trip include a treacherous cruise to French Polynesia, a horrifying trek in South Africa, a murderous train-ride across Ukraine and a vengeful killing in Mumbai. But back home in the UK, life isn't so easy either. Dead bodies turn up on the backstreets of Glasgow, crime writers turn words into deeds at literary events, and Lady Luck seems to guide the fate of a Twickenham hood. Showcasing the range, breadth and vitality of the contemporary crime-fiction genre, these twenty-eight chilling and unputdownable stories will take you on a trip you'll never forget.
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
SMFS Member Jennifer Soosar's short story "The Settlement" appears in the Spinetingler Magazine Fall 2017 issue. Published by Down & Out books, the current issue is available in digital and print formats at Amazon and other vendors.
Monday, November 13, 2017
SMFS Member O’Neil De Noux’s latest book, The Great Beau, is available at Amazon in digital and print forms. This is the fourth book in the John Raven Beau series.
From the synopsis on Amazon…
The mysterious death of an elderly man draws NOPD Chief Inspector John Raven Beau into a complex case involving priceless art, stolen Nazi loot, a dead deerhound, a haughty countess, a ruthless killer and featuring the irresistible NUDE IN RED woman. Bang. Bang. The shocks keep coming when a priceless cache is found hidden in an uptown attic – a legendary treasure which stuns archaeologists, forensic scientists, historians and the entire art world. Has NOPD located one of the great treasures of the ancient world? How does Beau become a Hero of the French Republic? One shock after another. A suspected heart attack surfaces a rare poison so it’s murder. Are those Frederic Remington original paintings on the wall? They are immediately stolen. What’s in the old box in the antique shop? Anyone heard of Titian? Master of the 16th Century Venetian School of artists, a Renaissance artist who painted the same time as Da Vinci and Michelangelo? Could this be his last painting, Aphrodite and the Painter, lost in 1576? How did it end up in New Orleans? Who is killing people to get this art?
NOPD’s Critical Investigations Unit (CIU) was formed for this type of case and Chief Inspector John Raven Beau uses the skills he honed as a homicide detective to sift through the clues. He seems to be a step behind the murderer-thieves but he is the relentless pursuer, the half-Sioux, half-Cajun who carries an obsidian war knife and a 9mm Glock he’s already killed with. The world is amazed at with this case and John Raven Beau goes to Paris for a short vacation and a fateful rendezvous with the Legion of Honor.
From SHAMUS and DERRINGER Award winner O’Neil De Noux comes the fourth novel in the critically acclaimed New Orleans Police series featuring half-Cajun, half-Sioux JOHN RAVEN BEAU. Assigned as Chief Inspector to command NOPD’s new CIU – Critical Investigations Unit – Beau brings his unique talents to investigate special cases.
Sunday, November 12, 2017
Little Big Crimes: Precision Thinking, by Jim Fusilli: "Precision Thinking," by Jim Fusilli, in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, November/December 2017. Last week I wrote about a ...