Sunday, October 20, 2019

A Short Walk Down A Dark Street: Issue 75


As posted by Peter DiChellis to our list…
If it’s Sunday let’s take a walk. A short walk down a dark street.
As always, this week’s blog is all about short mystery and crime fiction, with links to reviews, releases, free reads, and more.
Includes: The newest issue of cutting edge crime ‘zine Switchblade has been released into the civilian population.
Plus, food for thought: Author and editor Richard Thomas dissects 15 unconventional storytelling methods.
A short walk down a dark street (#75). Celebrating short mystery and crime fiction.
Best wishes,
Peter

SMFS Members Published in Fiction River: Superstitious


Several SMFS members are published in the new anthology, Fiction River: Superstitious. Published by WGM Publishing, the read is available from the publisher as well as  Amazon in print as well as digital formats, and at other vendors. The members in this issue are:

Ron Collins with “The Robin Club.”

Dayle A. Dermatis with “Umberto Scolari and the Ill-Fated Marriage.”

Anne Reed with “The Perils of Taking Table Selfies at a Con.”

C. A. Rowland with “8 Seconds.”

Amazon Synopsis:

Superstitions pervade every culture and belief system. Often, the origins of such superstitions elude their practitioners. The seventeen authors in this latest volume of Fiction River create their own superstitious tales in fascinating stories ranging from dark and moody to light and fun, from introspective and thought-provoking to high-ratcheted tension. Distinct and realistic elements of humanity, love, fear, family, friendship, life, and death provide unforgettable experiences that prove we all practice some form of superstition, whether we admit it or not. “…fertile imaginations take these ideas to wild and wonderful directions.”—Astro Guyz



SMFS Members Published in In the Key of 13: An anthology of music and murder


Several SMFS members are published in the new anthology, In the Key of 13: An anthology of music and murder.  Published by Carrick Publishing, the read is available in both print and digital formats at Amazon. The SMFS members with stories in the book are: 

M. H. Callway with “Brainworm.” M. H. Callway also served as project manager.

Melodie Campbell with “Death of a Cheapskate.”

Marilyn Kay with “Her Perfume.”

Rosemary McCracken with “Farewell to the King.”

Lisa de Nikolits with “Hit Me With Your Pet Shark.”

Ed Piwowarczyk with “The Ballad of Will Robinson.” Mr. Piwowarczyk also served as a copy editor for the project.

Kevin P. Thornton with “Under The Lamplight.”

Sylvia M. Warsh with “None Shall Sleep.”


Amazon Synopsis:
 The Mesdames of Mayhem are delighted to bring readers their fourth anthology of crime stories. Our current theme is music, mischief and murder: In the Key of 13 !

Music from Mozart to Beethoven to Elvis is a sweet accompaniment to sin in 19 wicked tales, ranging from cozy to noir, by 18 acclaimed Canadian crime writers and one talented newcomer.

Can you hear the violins? They may be plotting your demise. Are you an opera lover? Take care, your passion means a revenge served cold. And that tune that refuses to leave your mind? It will truly drive you mad…

Many of the Mesdames are winners or finalists of leading crime fiction awards, including the Arthur Ellis, Edgar, Derringer, Bony Pete and Debut Dagger awards. To learn more about us and our novels and stories, follow the links in these pages and visit our website at mesdamesofmayhem dot com.

Editor: Donna Carrick
Copy-editor: Ed Piwowarczyk
Project manager: M.H. Callway
Foreword: Donna Carrick
The Moonlight Sonata, Caro Soles
Farewell to the King, Rosemary McCracken
A Contrapuntal Duet, Blair Keetch
Hit Me with Your Pet Shark, Lisa de Nikolits
Requiem, Jane Petersen Burfield
Under the Lamplight, Kevin P. Thornton
Soul Behind the Face, Madona Skaff
Winona and the CHUM Chart, Catherine Dunphy
Brainworm, M.H. Callway
The Beethoven Disaster, Rosemary Aubert
Her Perfume, Marilyn Kay
Bad Vibrations, Rosalind Place
Death of a Cheapskate, Melodie Campbell
Let the Sunshine In, Lynne Murphy
Gentle Rain from Heaven, Catherine Astolfo
None Shall Sleep, Sylvia Maultash Warsh
Solace in D Minor, Donna Carrick
The Ballad of Will Robinson, Ed Piwowarczyk
Modern Myst'ry Scribble'er, Cheryl Freedman

Get your Blue Shoes on and thrill to these fabulous stories of music and murder, brought to you by this acclaimed group of award-winning authors!




Saturday, October 19, 2019

SMFS and Yahoo Groups Going Forward


For those SMFS members who are no mail or have other email restrictions and may not have been checking on the list as much as they should have been, Yahoo Groups is soon ending files, polling, and numerous other features. While we will still have the ability to send and receive email for now, changes are coming and that is going to necessitate moving to another host. This morning I sent the below message to the list so that all SMFS list members are aware of how I, as SMFS President, intend on handling this situation. The post below was generated by numerous member comments on the list in recent days since the news broke Tuesday afternoon as well as a massive flood of messages to me offlist.


It has seemed clear to me that those commenting publicly and privately would prefer to move to Groups.Io when we do move. As Yahoo Groups has stated that the emails will still work after October 21st or October 28th (pick a date as they are using both), there still seems to me to be no rush to move right this second. As I see it, the files function and polling function are the two that hit us the hardest and are not truly needed until Derringer season. 

I anticipate starting this process in early November sometime after Bouchercon. No, not the day after. I am not sure what exact day it would be, but it would be just a few days after Bouchercon here in Dallas. My goal would be to have everyone who wishes to make the leap to our new home do so by the end of November so that things are in place long before Tony and Dan need those tools for files/polling. Yes, there would be news on our blog to help spread the word when it happens. 

As I have previously explained, there would be a fee if I were to attempt to export us over from here. While I have not been able to find an actual fee structure on the Groups.Io site, I have seen the figure of $110 bandied about here and on other groups. I have also seen the fee listed as a $10 a month which would add up to $120 a year. Like the cutoff date, I don't know which one is right. Either way, it is a pain. While I would be willing to pay that up front on behalf of the group and would do so and then ask for members to chip in and help pay it, I don't trust these Groups.Io folks to not demand a higher fee next year to retain their service. Once we pay now, we may find ourselves locked in and unable to later switch to their free plan.

That means I would be passing on a fee to the next administration. That is a burden or obligation I do not want to place on them. Beyond that fact, I don't trust the Groups.Io folks to not end their free plan a year from now. They clearly are profiting from the end of yahoo groups and I think that once they get this wave of money they will want more. A simple solution for them would be to end the free version of things. But, at least if we went in free now, we would have a year before that happened and the new administration would face that issue. I can't avoid that happening, but I don't have to do something now that definitely obligates the new administration into either paying a fee or moving us again. 

Beyond that potential problem is the definite real problem regarding  group ownership. As Gerald So again noted  this morning, Margo Power is the owner of record and remains unreachable. I personally have tried to reach her a couple of times during my administration--as recently as mid summer this year-- as have members of previous administrations and with no sucess. The transfer process at Groups.Io requires the active participation of the owner of the Yahoo Group. That owner HAS TO be involved and do parts of it. No choice.  Therefore, at this time, there would be no possible way to make a transfer happen anyway.

So, it is not just their fee issue. It is a owner problem. 

This is why I suggested that the only way to do this would be to start a new group fresh there and then have folks come join it. Becuase their rules at Groups.Io make it impossible to do a transfer as many have advocated. By starting fresh, we also jettison the massive number of dormant accounts that have bloated our member roll. 

Our basic email will continue to work for now. Since we have time, I would really like to get through my coming medical stuff this week and then, hopefully, attend Bouchercon, and get through all of that before I try to fiddle with creating our new group at Groups.Io. 

Hope this all makes sense. 

KRT

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SMFS Short Story Saturdays: Earl Staggs


Each Saturday, we feature a SMFS list member whose work can be read online for free. These short stories are at least a year old.  

For SMFS Short Story Saturdays today, list member Earl Staggs shares the 2014 published short story, “Dead Man On A School Bus,” archived at his website.

If you would like to be included and are a member of the SMFS list at yahoo groups, email the link to your story to KevinRTipple at Verizon dot net. If you are not a member, this would be a good time to check us out at Yahoo Groups.

Friday, October 18, 2019

Thursday, October 17, 2019

SMFS Member Publishing News: BJ Wingate


SMFS list member BJ Wingate’s short story, “A Scary (?) Story: Halloween Mystery Short Story” was published today at Kings River Life Magazine. You can read it here.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

SMFS Members Published in Knucklehead Noir


Several SMFS members are published in the new anthology, Knuckhead Noir. Published by Coffin Hop Press, the read is only available in print format at Amazon. The SMFS members published in the book are:

Tom Barlow with “Smothered and Covered.”
Michael Bracken with “Noir at the Salad Bar.”
Craig Faustus Buck with “Go Down Hard.”
Axel Howerton with “Hot Sinatra.”
Brent Nichols with “Stars Like Cold Fire.”

Amazon Synopsis:
Tales of dimwitted criminals and unlucky twits on the wrong side of the law. Nimrods, numbskulls and rejects. Bumbling sidekicks and idiots-gone-wrong. Elmore Leonard and Charles Willeford ain’t got nothin’ on these dipshits. Darkly humorous crime and hardboiled hijinx.
Featuring new and slightly used fiction from:
Jaclyn Adomeit
Tom Barlow (Smothered and Covered)
Michael Bracken (Noir at the Salad Bar)
Steve Brewer (Lonely Street)
Craig Faustus Buck (Go Down Hard)
Axel Howerton (Hot Sinatra)
Pamela Kenney (Diamonds are a Girl's Best Motive)
Brent Nichols (Stars Like Cold Fire)
Steve Passey (Forty-Five Minutes of Unstoppable Rock)
Jason Pearce
Scott S. Phillips (Pete, Drinker of Blood)
Will Viharo (Love Stories Are Too Violent For Me)
Chris R. Young (The Old Mice Killer)
And
Laurie Zottmann (Dark Little Critter)



Something Is Going To Happen: “Crimehampton: Myth and Reality” (by Elizabeth Zelvin)

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Monday, October 14, 2019

SMFS Member Publishing News: Frank Zafiro


SMFS member Frank Zafiro’s new book, At Their Own Game: A SpoCompton Crime Novel as released today. Published by Down & Out books, this first book of a new series is available in audio, digital, and print formats by way of the publisher, Amazon, and other vendors.

Synopsis:

Jake Stankovic has been flying below the radar for years, dealing safely in stolen property crime with his two-man crew. But times are tough, so he decides to step up to the big money with a drug deal. Everything that can go wrong, does. The deal goes bad, a vengeful detective sets his sights on Jake, one of his crew might be a turncoat, and a woman from a long past affair suddenly reappears. All of this would be complicated enough on its own, but for Jake, it’s even worse.

The woman is the detective’s ex-wife.

And Jake Stankovic used to be a cop.

Now Jake must face new problems and old vendettas in an all-in proposition with lives on the line. He has to find a way to get his money back, keep the girl, and beat everyone involved…At Their Own Game.



Sunday, October 13, 2019

A Short Walk Down A Dark Street: Issue 74


As posted by Peter DiChellis to our list…

This week’s blog pours it on, with links to a gusher of reviews, releases, free reads, and more.
Includes: Free reads aplenty from new issues of OMDB! and FBM, and from many SMFS members.
Plus, Tricks of the Trade: Describing a protagonist in first-person POV.
A short walk down a dark street (#74). Celebrating short mystery and crime fiction.
Best wishes,
Peter

SMFS Members Published in Flash Bang Mysteries: Fall 2019


Several SMFS members are in the just released Flash Bang Mysteries: Fall 2019.  The members in this 17th issue are: 

Herschel Cozine with “Nothing to Lose.”

Bruce Harris with “It’s In The Cards.”

BV Lawson with “The Barbecue Pot.” This story is the cover story for the issue as well as the “Editor’s Choice” story.

Alan Orloff with “Afterward.”

Saturday, October 12, 2019

SMFS Members Published in A Murder Of Crows


A number of SMFS members are published in the new anthology, A Murder of Crows. Edited by SMFS list member Sandra Murphy who wrote the introduction to it and also contributed a short story, the read is published by Darkhouse Books. The book is available in print at Amazon as well as digital format. The SMFS members published in this anthology are:

Jack Bates with “A Tickle of Tarantulas.”

Michael Bracken with “A Cling of Koalas.”

Maddi Davidson with “An Extinction of Dodos.”

Jeanne DuBois with “A Troubling of Goldfish.”

John M. Floyd with “The Blue Wolf.”

Kaye George with “Grist for the Mill.”

Heidi Hunter with “Killer Alpaca.”

Denise Johnson with “Knotty Inheritance.”

Sandra Murphy with “Me and Dean.”

Jacqueline Seewald with “Touch Not The Cat.”

Earl Staggs with “A Gaggle of Geese and a Tribe of Goats.”


Amazon Synopsis:

What do you call a group of writers tasked with penning tales of crime that must include animals and their collective names? It’s a wording of writers! This wording features twenty-one writers who share crimes stories with a surprising twist. No animals are harmed—the humans don’t fare so well. Here are the usual suspects: Jack Bates, Michael Bracken, Jeanne DuBois, Kaye George, EJ McFall, Kari Wainwright, John M. Floyd, Heidi Hunter, Jacqueline Seewald, Kathryn Gerwig, Earl Staggs, Marianne Wilski Strong, Damien Mckeating, C.A. Fehmel, Linda Kay Hardie, Helen O’Neill, Shielia J. Rizer, Maddi Davidson, Denise Johnson, Sandra Murphy, J.B. Toner

SMFS Members Published in Star Noir: A Science Fiction Anthology


Several SMFS members are published in the new book, Star Noir: A Science Fiction Anthology. Edited by Paul Bishop, the read is only available in digital format at Amazon. The members in the anthology are:

Eric Beetner with “Nightclub At the End of the World.”
O’Neil De Noux with “Escape From Tyrannosaur Valley.”
Gary Phillips with “The Anti-Gravity Steal.”
Richard Prosch with “Time Stamp.”


Amazon Synopsis:

Ten original stories by award-winning & bestselling authors. One remarkable collection.
With a foreword by Paul Bishop, this collection has something for every science fiction fan.
Nearly 700 action-packed pages of entertainment!
When you reach for the stars, you don’t always know what you’ll get! 
Grab your copy of Star Noir today.

The Anti-Gravity Steal—Gary Phillips
Escape From Tyrannosaur Valley—O’Neil Du Noux
Time Stamp—Richard Prosch
Tracks—Jean Rabe
A Nice Century For Dying—Douglas Hirt
Hybrid—Michael Black
Blood Flurry—Tyler Dann
Blue Ivory—Mike Baron
Too Much Time—Tim Tresslar
Nightclub At the End of the World—Eric Beetner


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SMFS Short Story Saturdays: Sybil Johnson


Each Saturday, we feature a SMFS list member whose work can be read online for free. These short stories are at least a year old.  

For SMFS Short Story Saturdays today, list member Sybil Johnson shares the short story, “Some Like It Raw” archived at Mysterical-E.

If you would like to be included and are a member of the SMFS list at yahoo groups, email the link to your story to KevinRTipple at Verizon dot net. If you are not a member, this would be a good time to check us out at Yahoo Groups.

Friday, October 11, 2019

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SMFS Member Publishing News: Joan Leotta


SMFS list member Joan Leotta’s poems, “Candle at the Shrine- A Celebration” and “Every Meal” as well as “Dance of the Seven Fishes” appear in the newly published book, Celebrate: A Collection of Life’s Celebrations. Published by Tree Shadow Press, the book is available in both print and digital formats from Amazon.

Synopsis:

To reduce negativity in the world, it is vital to devote time to the positive. Holidays. Special Days. Momentous Events. Personal Triumphs. All are worthy of being celebrated. This collection focuses on all of the above. The style of each piece is as varied as the contributors and includes: Poetry, Essays, Stories, and Articles. Start at the beginning and read in order. ~ OR ~ Open the book to any random page. There is something here for everyone.



Pikes Peak Writers: Juggling Multiple Projects by Catherine Dilts

Pikes Peak Writers: Juggling Multiple Projects by Catherine Dilts 

Thursday, October 10, 2019

SMFS Members Published in How I Got Published And What I Learned Along The Way


Several SMFS members are published in the new writing reference books, How I Got Published And What I Learned Along The Way. Edited by SMFS list member Lyn Worthen and Renee Scandalis, the read is published by Camden Park Press and is available in both print and digital formats from Amazon and other vendors. The SMFS members with essays published in the book are:

John M. Floyd with “Short and Sweet.”

Dave H. Hendrickson with “Giving Up on Your Dreams.”

Lyn Worthen under her own name and in addition to her duties as editor, wrote the introduction, “Roller-skating, Backwards, In the Rain.” She is also in the book under her pen name of Lauryn Christopher with “We Are All Storytellers.”


Synopsis:

Twenty published authors share tips, tricks, advice, and encouragement for other writers. They talk about working through the rough times, making their first sales, and finding success in the publishing industry. Whether you’re traditional, indie, or hybrid; a journalist, novelist, or blogger, we hope their stories provide encouragement for you, wherever you are in your journey toward publication.


Wednesday, October 9, 2019

SMFS Member Podcast News: Ana Brazil


SMFS list member Ana Brazil’s short story, “Mr. Borden Does Not Quite Remem….” is  currently the subject of Mysteryrat’s Maze Podcast. Actor Kelly Ventura reads the tale.

Podcast Synopsis:

This episode features the mystery short story, “Mr. Borden Does Not Quite Remem…” written by Ana Brazil and read by local actor Kelly Ventura. You can learn more about Ana Brazil and her writing on her website anabrazil.com. This is another story that is perfect for Halloween, but of course fun to listen to any other time as well. In each episode we share with you mystery short stories and mystery novel first chapters read by actors from the San Joaquin Valley. If you enjoyed this episode please review or rate it as that helps more people be able to find us! Also, consider subscribing so you never miss an episode. You can find more mystery fun on our websites Kings River Life Magazine and KRL News and Reviews. Ariel Linn has read several of our other episodes as well!


The First Two Pages: “Never Again” by Elizabeth Zelvin

The First Two Pages: “Never Again” by Elizabeth Zelvin

Sunday, October 6, 2019

A Short Walk Down A Dark Street: Issue 73


As posted by SMFS list member Peter DiChellis….
This week’s blog deals a full house of links to ace reviews, releases, free reads, and more.
Includes: Three free Continental Op short stories by the legendary Dashiell Hammett.
Plus, For the Research Folder: Evidence collection guidelines for a dozen different types of evidence—from blood to fibers to fingerprints to shell casings to tool marks and more.
Also: BAMS 2019 has arrived.
A short walk down a dark street (#73). Celebrating short mystery and crime fiction.
Best wishes,
Peter

Saturday, October 5, 2019

SMFS Members Published in Mystery Weekly Magazine: October 2019


Several SMFS list members are published in the Mystery Weekly Magazine: October 2019 issue. The read is available from the publisher in both print and digital formats as well as Amazon and other vendors. The SMFS members in this issue are:

Jack Bates with “Casuality Of The Bidding War."

Chris Chan with “Of Course He Pushed Him.”

Teel James Glenn with “The Case of the Final Interview.”

Bruce Harris with “The Reigate Squires Scrutinized.”

Michael Mallory with “The Adventure Of The Seven Nooses.”

Josh Pachter with “The Two-Body Problem.”

Synopsis:

At the cutting edge of crime fiction, Mystery Weekly Magazine presents original short stories by the world’s best-known and emerging mystery writers.

The stories we feature in our monthly issues span every imaginable subgenre, including cozy, police procedural, noir, whodunit, supernatural, hardboiled, humor, and historical mysteries. Evocative writing and a compelling story are the only certainty.
Get ready to be surprised, challenged, and entertained--whether you enjoy the style of the Golden Age of mystery (e.g., Agatha Christie, Arthur Conan Doyle), the glorious pulp digests of the early twentieth century (e.g., Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler), or contemporary masters of mystery.


In this issue:


“The Adventure Of The Abominable Inn” by Ralph E. Vaughan is an episode that occurred while the world considered Sherlock Holmes but a shade pursuing houseboats upon the Styx.
“Of Course He Pushed Him” by Chris Chan: This pastiche takes an alternate look at a famous fictional world. What would happen if one of fiction's most beloved characters were suspected of murdering his best friend?
In “The Murderous Wood” by Thomas J Belton, it’s 1917 in London when T.S. Eliot the poet meets Sir James Frazer the religious anthropologist to help Captain Robert Graves whose been accused of a ritual murder while on leave from the Western Front during WWI.
In “The Case Of The Final Interview” by Teel James Glenn, the Holmes we know may not have been all we thought, nor Dr. Watson.
“The Two-Body Problem” by Josh Pachter: In a tight job market, some academics will do anything to land a gig.
In “Casualty Of The Bidding War” by Jack Bates, John Watson and Martha Hudson attempt to solve a murder without the assistance of their famous friend.
“Hemingway's Hat” by David Wiseman is a cautionary tale asking how far will a desperate writer go to find the inspiration he craves?
“Rousseau's Children” by M. Bennardo begins on the morning of a politically motivated execution, whereby a young journalist sees a chance for the condemned to be exonerated.
In “The Adventure Of The Seven Nooses” by Michael Mallory, only Sherlock Holmes can decipher the deadly message concealed within a grisly collection of seven nooses delivered to a terrified client ... though the message, even the entire case, might prove to be something other than what it seems.
“Counterpunch” by S. Subramanian: Being an account of ‘Bull-dog’ Drummond’s Finally Final Round with Carl Petersen.
In “The Body Pillow” by J.R. Underdown, poor old Geoffrey started the evening as their rich host and ended it murdered. Or ... was he murdered?
Also presented are three essays on the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle: “An Indian Nobody’s Affair With Mr Sherlock Holmes Of Baker Street” by S. Subramanian, “Words On A Page: Sherlock Holmes And The Variations Of Text” by Vincent W. Wright, and “The Reigate Squires Scrutinized” by Bruce Harris.




SMFS Members Publication News: Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine #27


Several SMFS list members have short stories and other pieces in the recently released Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine #27. Published by Wildside Press, the issue is currently available in print at Amazon and elsewhere. The members in this issue are:

Jacqueline Seewald with “The Unexpected.”

Additionally, Chris Chan has a non fiction piece titled “Someday the Truth Will Come Out.” He summarizes the Anne Lemberger case and explains how Mark Lemberger cleared his family’s name.

Also included is the non fiction piece, “Dr. Watson and True Facts” by Bruce Harris

Synopsis:

"The 27th issue of Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine features new and classic mystery tales!
FEATURES:
·  From Watson’s Notebooks, by John H Watson, M D
·  Ask Mrs Hudson, by (Mrs) Martha Hudson
NON FICTION:
·         Screen of the Crime, by Kim Newman
·         Carnivory, Darwin, and Doyle, by O’Neill Curatolo
·         “Someday the Truth Will Come Out”, by Chris Chan
·         Dr. Watson and True Facts, by Bruce Harris
FICTION
·         The Red-Faced League, by Hal Charles
·         Such Good Friends, by Dianne Neral Ell
·         The Strange Disappearance of the Talking Horse, by Ron Goulart
·         A Death in Baltimore, by Arjay Lewis
·         Jewels in the Sun, by Laird Long
·         The Unexpected, by J.P. Seewald
·         “Lease With Option to Buy”, by Ellen Wight
·         The Adventure of Silver Blaze, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

SMFS Short Story Saturdays: Peter DiChellis


Each Saturday, we feature a SMFS list member whose work can be read online for free. These short stories are at least a year old.  

For SMFS Short Story Saturdays today, list member Peter DiChellis shares the 2016 published short story, “An October Afternoon,” archived at Flash Bang Mysteries.

If you would like to be included and are a member of the SMFS list at yahoo groups, email the link to your story to KevinRTipple at Verizon dot net. If you are not a member, this would be a good time to check us out at Yahoo Groups.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

SMFS Member Podcast News: Craig Faustus Buck


SMFS list member Craig Faustus Buck’s short story, “Race to Judgement” from Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine: November/December 2018 is the current selection for the EQMM Podcast. The story is a Macavity Award nominee. Mr. Buck is one of a number of SMFS members that are currently nominees for the Macavity Awards. They will be handed out at Bouchercon in Dallas at the end of the month.

Synopsis:

In this episode of our podcast series we provide listeners with the opportunity to hear a story that is currently nominated for a major award in the mystery field. The Macavity Awards, sponsored by Mystery Readers International, will be presented at the Bouchercon World Mystery Convention in Dallas, Texas (which runs from October 31 to November 3). In the short-story category, screenwriter, novelist, and short-story writer Craig Faustus Buck is nominated for “Race to Judgment,” first published in EQMM’s November/December 2018 issue. He read the story for us from his home in Southern California.