Sunday, September 20, 2020

Little Big Crimes Review: The Cough by Lynn Chandler Willis

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A Short Walk Down A Dark Street: Issue 122

As posted by Peter DiChellis to our SMFS list


This week’s blog commends short mystery & crime fiction with links to a sinister selection of reviews, releases, free reads, and more.

Includes, free-to-read: A Treasury of Sayers Stories comprises a dozen stories by Dorothy L. Sayers.

Also—Tricks of the trade: A three-step, three-minute brainstorming technique to fix a scene that isn’t working.

Plus, a review of the Michael Connelly collection Mulholland Dive: Three Stories.

And more.

A short walk down a dark street (#122). Celebrating short mystery and crime fiction.

Best wishes,


SMFS Members Published in Mystery Readers Journal: Senior Sleuths, Volume 36, No. 3, Fall 2020

Several SMFS members are published in the recently released Mystery Readers Journal: Senior Sleuths, Volume 36, No. 3, Fall 2020. The read is available in both hardcopy or a PDF at the website. The members in this issue are:


Jim Doherty with “Just the Facts: A Cop for Three Quarters of a Century!”


Ron Katz with “Where Age is an Edge.”


Ellen Kirschman and Terry Shames cowrote “Senior Sleuths and Older Writers: A Conversation.”


Ang Pompano with “Senior Sleuths: Not Dead Yet!”


Rabbi Ilene Schneider with “Why My Protagonist Is a ‘Woman of a Certain Age.’”


CJ Verburg with “Edward Gorey, Detective.” 






§  I Want to Be Mrs. Pollifax When I Grow Up by Patricia Cook

§  Marlowe’s Last Bow by Jonathan Woods

§  Supreme Senior Sleuths by Robert J. Stern



§  Difficult Endings by John Harvey

§  Yooper Sleuthing in the Golden Years by Deb Baker

§  Senior Sleuths Can Be Geezers or Geezerettes by Mike Befeler

§  The Silvering Sleuth by Baron R. Birtcher

§  Cat Caliban and M.J. Smith by D. B. Borton

§  My Senior Sleuth by Garry Disher

§  Observations Lead to Older Detective Duo by Carl Brookins

§  Sixty is the New Forty by Robert Dugoni

§  Write the Age You Know by Kaitlyn Dunnett

§  How Quickly Does Your Detective Age? by Martin Edwards

§  Subjected to History’s Judgment by Daniel Friedman

§  A Conversion with Bronson by L.C. Hayden

§  Detectives of a Certain Age by Richard Helms

§  A Different Kind of Sleuth by Russell Hill

§  Confronting Golden Ageism by Helen Jacey

§  From the Golden Girls to Jessica Fletcher: The Road to Poppy Harmon by Lee Hollis

§  Where Age Is an Edge by Ron Katz

§  Senior Sleuths and Older Writers: A Conversation by Ellen Kirschman and Terry Shames

§  Rancho de Taos by Gay Toltl Kinman

§  White-Haired Love by Chris Knopf

§  Who You Calling Senior? by Vicki Lane

§  Why I Wrote the Gladdy Books by Rita Lakin

§  “See You Later” But Not “Goodbye” by Gayle Leeson

§  The World’s Oldest Working Cop by Peter Lovesey

§  My Senior Sleuths Are Still on the Case by Ed Lynskey

§  Sleuths of a Certain Age by Annette Mahon

§  Old Age Can Be Deadly, Unless You Are the Fog Ladies by Susan McCormick

§  A Senior Author Tries Sleuthing by Rosemary Mild

§  Molly and the Inspector by Larry Mild

§  Sneaking Into the Life of My Protagonist by Radine Trees Nehring

§  Better than a Homicide Detective by Richard Osman

§  Considering Writing a Senior-Themed Cozy Mystery? I Did. Here’s What I Learned by Carol Novis

§  Senior Sleuths: Not Dead Yet! by Ang Pompano

§  A Much Younger Sleuth by Cynthia Riggs

§  Murder and Mayhem in a Modern Noir Style by M. Glenda Rosen (aka Marcia Rosen)

§  Old Folks Are Just Neat by Nancy Swing

§  Why My Protagonist Is a “Woman of a Certain Age” by Ilene Schneider

§  Edward Gorey, Detective by C J Verburg

§  Mysteries After Sixty by Livia Washburn



§  Mystery in Retrospect: Reviews by Sandie Herron, Lesa Holstine, L.J. Roberts, Lucinda Surber

§  In Short: You’re Never Too Old by Marvin Lachman

§  Just the Facts: A Cop for Three Quarters of a Century! by Jim Doherty

§  Real Italy Mysteries by Cathy Pickens

§  Crime Seen: Miss Marple and Beyond by Kate Derie

§  POV: The First Hundred Years Are the Hardest by Rita Lakin

§  From the Editor’s Desk by Janet A. Rudolph

Saturday, September 19, 2020