Monday, December 9, 2019

Sunday, December 8, 2019

A Short Walk Down A Dark Street: Issue 82

As posted by SMFS list member Peter DiChellis:
This week’s blog cheers short mystery and crime fiction with links to a concoction of crime-infested reviews, releases, free reads, and more.
Includes the entire past library of stories from crime ‘zine All Due Respect—58 of ‘em, free to read. (And ADR has now reopened for ‘zine submissions and suggests reading past stories as examples of what they want.)
Plus: How stuff works—Standard police interrogation technique, step-by-step.
A short walk down a dark street (#82). Celebrating short mystery and crime fiction.
Best wishes,

SMFS Members Published in Crime Travel

Several SMFS members are published in the anthology, Crime Travel. Edited by SMFS member  Barb Goffman, the read was published today in honor of “Pretend To Be A Time Traveler Day.”  The new anthology is available at the publisher, Wildside Press, and other vendors including Amazon. The SMFS members published in the anthology are:
Melissa H. Blaine with “Living on Borrowed Time.

James Blakey with “The Case of the Missing Physicist.”

Michael Bracken with “Love, or Something Like It.”

John Floyd with “Ignition.”

Barb Goffman with “Alex’s Choice.”

Heidi Hunter with “No Honor Among Thieves.”

Adam Meyer with “The Fourteenth Floor.”

Barbara Monajem with “The Last Page.”

Korina Moss with “On The Boardwalk.”

Art Taylor with “Hard Return.”

Cathy Wiley with “And Then There Were Paradoxes.” 


CRIME TRAVEL features time-travel mysteries by a terrific lineup of authors. Included are:

James Blakey
Melissa H. Blaine
Michael Bracken
Anna Castle
Brendan DuBois
David Dean
John M. Floyd
Barb Goffman
Heidi Hunter
Eleanor Cawood Jones
Adam Meyer
Barbara Monajem
Korina Moss
Art Taylor
Cathy Wiley

Saturday, December 7, 2019

SleuthSayers: More Experiments by John M. Floyd

SleuthSayers: More Experiments: In last week's column I talked a bit about experimental writing, and gave as an example one of my recent stories, which was told in ...

SMFS Members Published in Heart’s Kiss: No. 18 December 2019 - January 2020

Two SMFS members are published in the recently released, Heart’s Kiss: No. 18 December 2019 - January 2020. Published by Heart’s Nest Press, the read is currently available from the publisher as well as in digital format at Amazon. Our two SMFS members with short stories in this issue are:

David H. Hendrickson with “The Girl in the Glitter.”

Tonya D. Price with “Christmas Love For Three.”

Both stories by these members are also currently available to read for free at the website along with some of the other content of the issue.

Amazon Synopsis:

A Magazine Celebrating Romance:

Love romance? Love discovering the best new writers with bite-sized stories? Or maybe you prefer to treat yourself by escaping into a sure-to-please favorite author’s world now and again, but don’t have the time to read a full-length novel. Heart’s Kiss magazine offers delicious variety and more.

Each issue has at least 60,000 plus words of fiction from names readers will recognize, to newly discovered writers, including interviews and articles talking about what romance readers love most—the books they love, why romance is important in today’s world, their love of the genre and what to enjoy next.

Heart’s Kiss is filled with a sweet-spicy-erotic mix of historical, contemporary, paranormal, suspense and futuristic romance stories that will be sure to make you yearn for more.

ONE NIGHT IN LONDON (serialization) by Kayla Perrin
THE GIRL IN THE GLITER by D. H. Hendrickson
DEVOTION (serialization) by Gracie Wilson

SMFS Short Story Saturdays: Joan Leotta

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 Joan Leotta shares the October 2017  short story, “Fish Out of Water” archived at Lawyerist.

If you would like to be included and are a member of the SMFS list at, 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

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Little Big Crimes Review: Blue Skies by Keith Snyder

Little Big Crimes: Blue Skies, by Keith Snyder: "Blue Skies," by Keith Snyder, in Black Cat Mystery Magazine #5, 2019. Tom Krol put out an ad for some land-moving equipment ...

SMFS Members Published in Mystery Weekly Magazine: December 2019

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

Jack Bates with “A Minute To Murder” in “A-You-Solve-It” mystery section.

John Floyd with “Rachel’s Place.”

R. T. Lawton with “The Job Interview.”

Robert Lopresti with “Robot Carson.” 

Vicki Weisfeld with “The West Texas Rookie.”


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:
In our cover feature “Peat” by Frederick Highland we are taken not far from a remote section of Hadrian's Wall, where archaeologists have departed for the season leaving the innkeeper of Wycherly's On The Moor, Hans Seefeldt, anticipating some peaceful downtime. Peaceful, that is, until a local peat cutter arrives bearing unwanted gifts.
“The Job Interview” by R.T. Lawton warns us when you need money, job interviews can be tricky situations.
At “Rachel’s Place” by John M. Floyd, a blind woman becomes the target of bank robbers who believe she can identify them.
“A Really Great Team” by Dennis Palumbo is a story filled with so many crimes—one thing leads to another …
“Robot Carson” by Robert Lopresti is a mystery set in the near future where robots have replaced most cops. Mary discovers that this leads to some new problems—as well as some old ones.
In “The West Texas Rookie” by Vicki Weisfeld a young Texas newspaper reporter has trouble fitting into the old boys' club in the office. When she's given the throwaway assignment of a four-victim murder, she sets out to solve the crime.
In “Exposure” by Stephen Couch homeless shelter volunteers discover the frozen corpse of a city official, but find their amateur sleuthing over his demise may lead them into deadlier waters than they ever imagined.
In “Taking Debbie Rabbit” by Ray Morrison a hitman's latest assignment doesn't quite add up, leading to some deadly surprises.

SMFS Member Publishing News: Gary Phillips

SMFS list member Gary Phillip’s short story, “A Matter of Options” prompted by the Depression-era painting “Why Not Take the L” by Reginald Marsh appears in the new anthology, From Sea to Stormy Sea: 17 Stories Inspired by Great American Paintings. Edited by Lawrence Block, the read is available in print and digital formats. Published by Pegasus Books, the read is viable from the publisher and other vendors including Amazon.


In the third installment of his acclaimed illustrated anthology series, master of crime fiction Lawrence Block has gathered together the best talent from popular fiction to produce an anthology of short stories based on masterpieces of American art.
Seventeen stories by seventeen brilliant writers, inspired by seventeen paintings. That was the formula for Lawrence Block’s two ground-breaking anthologies, In Sunlight or in Shadow and Alive in Shape and Color, and it’s on glorious display here once again in From Sea to Stormy Sea.
This time the paintings are exclusively the work of American artists, and the roster includes Harvey Dunn, John Steuart Curry, Reginald Marsh, Thomas Hart Benton, Helen Frankenthaler, Winslow Homer, Rockwell Kent, Grant Wood, and Andy Warhol. Among the star-studded lineup of writers you’ll find Warren Moore, Jerome Charyn, Jane Hamilton, Christa Faust, John Sandford, Sara Paretsky, Charles Ardai, Barry Malzberg, and Janice Eidus. 
It’s an outstanding collection, with widely divergent stories united by theme and culture, and―no surprise―beautifully illustrated with full-color reproductions of the seventeen paintings.
Including stories by: Sara Paretsky, Jan Burke, Warren Moore, Patricia Abbott, Christa Faust, Jerome Charyn, Barry Malzberg, Scott Frank, Brendan DuBois, Tom Franklin, Gary Phillips, Charles Ardai, Micah Nathan, Janice Eidus, John Sandford, Jane Hamilton, and Lawrence Block. 
Illustrated with 17 color plates, one for each story.

SMFS Member Publishing News: Richie Narvaez

SMFS list member Richie Narvaez’s short story, “Blackout,” appears in the just released Mystery Tribune Issue No. 11: Fall 2019. Currently available from the publisher in print format.

Issue NÂș11: Fall 2019 features
·         A curated collection of short fiction including stories by Brendan DuBois, SJ Rozan, Ewa Mazierska, Nick Kolakowski, Richie Narvaez, Todd Robinson, Chris McGinley, and William R. Soldan.
·         Interviews and Reviews by Daniel Kraus, Scott Adlerberg, Tobias Carroll, Kristen Lepionka, and Charles Perry.
·         Art and Photography by Jessica Almeida, Sergey Nehaev, and more.
This issue also features a preview of the new graphic novel Rivers of London Volume 7: Action at a Distance by Ben Aaronovitch (Author), Andrew Cartmel (Author), and Brian Williamson (Illustrator).
NY Times Bestselling author Reed Farrel Coleman has called Mystery Tribune “a cut above” and mystery grand masters Lawrence Block and Max Allan Collins have praised it for its “solid fiction” and “the most elegant design”.
An elegantly crafted quarterly issue, printed on uncoated paper and with a beautiful layout designed for optimal reading experience, our Fall 2019 issue will make a perfect companion or gift for avid mystery readers and fans of literary crime fiction.
Your issue will typically arrive within 2-3 weeks after availability.

SMFS Member Podcast: Donna Andrews

SMFS list member Donna Andrews’ short story, “A Christmas Trifle” is currently the subject of Mysteryrat’s Maze Podcast. Actor Ariel Linn reads the tale.

Podcast Synopsis:

This episode features the mystery short story A Christmas Trifle, a Meg Langslow story by Donna Andrews. It is read by local actor Ariel Linn. A Christmas Trifle was originally published in Homicidal Holidays: Fourteen Tales of Murder and Merriment by Wildside Press in June of 2014. You can learn more about Donna on her website, and her latest Meg Langslow Christmas Mystery novel, Owl Be Home For Christmas, is available for purchase. 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 the episode as that helps more people be able to find us! Ariel Linn has read several stories for us and all are available here and on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play, and others.

The First Two Pages: “Living on Borrowed Time” by Melissa H. Blaine

The First Two Pages: “Living on Borrowed Time” by Melissa H. Blaine

SleuthSayers: No Flux Capacitors Here by Barb Goffman

SleuthSayers: No Flux Capacitors Here: When I sent out my call for stories for Crime Travel , the crime/time-travel anthology I edited--coming out this Sunday from Wildsid...

Sunday, December 1, 2019

A Short Walk Down A Dark Street: Issue 81

As posted by Peter DiChellis to our SMFS list earlier this afternoon…
This week’s blog brings it, with links to a trouble-making troupe of reviews, releases, free reads, and more.
Includes: Twenty free stories and novella excerpts, courtesy of The Strand Magazine.
Plus: The inside story on the current status of Occult Detective Quarterly (now Occult Detective Magazine).
A short walk down a dark street (#81). Celebrating short mystery and crime fiction.
Best wishes,