Friday, April 3, 2020

SleuthSayers: Character Bios by O'Neil De Noux

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Jacqueline Seewald: Writing: Fiction Mistakes and How to Fix Them

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SMFS Official Announcement: 2020 Derringer Award Finalists


Since 1998, the Short Mystery Fiction Society has awarded the annual Derringers—after the popular pocket pistol—to outstanding published stories. The awards recognize outstanding stories published during 2019. Results of membership voting are scheduled to be posted on May 1, 202020.

As graphically posted late last night to our list by 2020 Derringer Awards Coordinator Tony Rudzki, these are the official 202020 Derringer Award Finalists:

Flash
Author
Lucky
Trey Dowell
The Two-Body Problem
Josh Pachter
2 Percent
Lissa Marie Redmond
Birdbrain
C J Verburg
The Six-Year-Old Serial Killer
Chris Chan
Short
The Kindly Dark
J. B. Toner
Love, or Something Like It
Michael Bracken
A Sure Thing
C.C. Guthrie
On the Road with Mary Jo
John Floyd
Pig Lickin’ Good
Debra H. Goldstein
Long
Miss Starr’s Good-bye
Leslie Budewitz
None Shall Sleep
Sylvia Maultash Warsh
Pretty Dreams
Peter W. J. Hayes
See Humble and Die
Rick Helms
Lucy's Tree
Sandra Murphy
Novelette
Her Sister's Secrets
Brendan DuBois
The Cripplegate Apprehension
Rick Helms
The Concrete Smile
Frank Zafiro
The Dutchy
Doug Allyn
I Called to Say You're Dead
Stephen Greco


A vote of the SMFS membership will determine the winner in each category. Results will be announced in May 2020.

For more on the Derringers and the rules, please see the 
Derringer Awards Policy post

Kevin R. Tipple 
President-SMFS

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

SMFS Member Publishing News: Jacqueline Flaum


SMFS list member Jacqueline Flaum’s new novella, The Yellow Fever Revenge, is now available on Amazon in eBook format.


Synopsis:

Plague of Biblical proportions

When yellow fever rumors arise in 1878, Elizabeth McAlister knows how bad it can be — black vomit, raging fevers, thrashing victims wild with pain. She survived in 1867 when two thousand others did not.
But the ring of shop bell announces a threat more terrifying than yellow fever for her. Barkley Mills, the brutal man who raped her and fathered her son, is now living in Memphis. He will surely recognize himself in their boy’s face.
As the fever devastates towns in a steady march up the Mississippi River to Memphis, Elizabeth plots revenge—and finds love.

Chicks on the Case: Guest Chick: Nupur Tustin

Chicks on the Case: Guest Chick: Nupur Tustin

SMFS Member Publishing News: Edith Maxwell


Today is publication day for SMFS list member Edith Maxwell’s new book, Murder at the Taffy Shop. Writing as Maddie Day, the book is published by Kensington Publishing and exclusive to Barnes and Noble in print format for one year. This is the second book in the Cozy Capers Book Group Mystery Series that started with Murder on Cape Cod.


Publisher Synopsis:

Cape Cod bicycle shop owner Mackenzie “Mac” Almeida and her mystery book club find a certain accusation of murder quite the stretch . . .
 
When your mother is an astrologist and your dad is a minister, you learn to keep an open mind. Which is just what Mac loves to do—exercise her mind by puzzling out fictional clues in the mystery novels she reads and discusses with her Cozy Capers Book Group.
 
But now Mac’s friend Gin has found herself in a sticky situation. After wealthy genealogist Beverly Ruchart is found dead outside Gin’s taffy shop, the candy maker becomes a person of interest. When it’s revealed that Beverly was poisoned the night Gin brought a box of taffy to a dinner party at Beverly’s house, she’s bumped to the top of the suspects list. It’s up to Mac and her Cozy Capers crime solvers to unwrap this real-life mystery. But this time they might have bitten off more than they can chew . . .




Tuesday, March 31, 2020

SMFS Member Publishing News: Nikki Dolson

SMFS list member Nikki Dolson’s short story, “Liars, Killers and Thieves,” is published online at TOUGH. The story is free to read here.  

Monday, March 30, 2020

Writers Who Kill: An Interview with the 2020 Agatha Short Story Nominated Authors!

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Little Big Crimes Review: The Night Beat by Ngumi Kibera

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SleuthSayers: Talking About Dialogue III: Dialogue and Plot by Steve Liskow

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Sunday, March 29, 2020

A Short Walk Down A Dark Street: Issue 97


As posted by Peter DiChellis to our SMFS member list…
This week’s blog salutes short mystery and crime fiction with links to a sinister selection of reviews, releases, free reads, and more.
Includes two free stories from the Akashic Books anthology Kingston Noir (along with a review of the anthology).
Plus, Tricks of the Trade: creating villains readers care about.
A short walk down a dark street (#97). Celebrating short mystery and crime fiction.
Best wishes,
Peter

Saturday, March 28, 2020

SMFS Member Publishing News: Gary Hoffman


Gary Hoffman was a member of the SMFS list up until his passing earlier this year. His short story, A Reason to Laugh: Mystery Short Story appears today at Kings River Life Magazine. Lorie Ham explained more this morning on the list: “Special note-Gary passed away earlier this year but his family reached out and asked if KRL would help get Gary to his goal of 500 stories published so we will be publishing several over the next few months.” 

The online story is free to read here.

Jungle Red Writers: Finding Felicia

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Friday, March 27, 2020

SMFS Member Publication News: John Floyd March 2020


SMFS list member John Floyd’s latest book, Lighten Up A Little: 300 Doses of Humorous Verse, was published earlier this week. Published by Dogwood Press, the print version is available at the publisher, Amazon, and at other vendors.

Synopsis:

Award-winning Mississippi author John M. Floyd is best known for his crime/suspense stories and his multiple mystery series featuring characters like Angela Potts, Chunky Jones, and Old West private eye Will Parker. Fans of those stories are often surprised to learn that Floyd has also published poetry in more than 100 different markets. His poems, however, are not about social issues or angst or philosophy. They are just fun. Their purpose is to make you smile, or maybe even Laugh Out Loud. As it turns out, the title of this book is also its message: We all need to take the world a little less seriously.

SMFS Member Publication News—JR Lindermuth

SMFS list member  J. R.  Lindermuth’s latest western short story, “Something for Nothing” is now online at Rope and Wire.  The story is available to read here.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Mystery Fanfare: WHY CAPE COD? Guest post by Maddie Day aka Edith M...

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The First Two Pages: “Farewell to the King” by Rosemary McCracken

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Jungle Red Writers: The Swamp Killers? The Inside Scoop

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Criminal Minds: Biggest Publishing Change - Two Truths and a Lie by Frank Zafiro

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Sunday, March 22, 2020

A Short Walk Down A Dark Street: Issue 96


As posted by Peter DiChellis to our list…
This week’s blog applauds short mystery and crime fiction with links to an awesome assortment of reviews, releases, free reads, and more.
Featuring, for those stuck at home with not enough to read: nearly four dozen free-to-read stories—including from Raymond Chandler, Anton Chekhov, Lee Child, Wilkie Collins, Roald Dahl, Arthur Conan Doyle, Dashiell Hammett, Elmore Leonard, Edgar Allan Poe, and others. (Note: All of these were linked in previous blog posts, but if you missed ‘em then, check ‘em out now!)
Plus, Tricks of the Trade: A Robert Lopresti essay on lessons learned about writing short mysteries, including what he’s learned about selling stories to EQMM vs. AHMM.
A short walk down a dark street (#96). Celebrating short mystery and crime fiction.
Best wishes,
Peter

Little Big Crimes Review: Plot Ten by Caroline Mose

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Saturday, March 21, 2020

Friday, March 20, 2020

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Writers Who Kill: Taffy, Anyone? by Edith Maxwell/Maddie Day

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Washington Independent Review Of Books: An Interview with Art Taylor

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SleuthSayers: When Extroverts Must Stay Home by Barb Goffman

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SMFS Member Publishing News: Joseph S. Walker

SMFS list member Joseph S. Walker’s short story, “The Man Who Wouldn’t” appears online at TOUGH. The story is free to read here.

Sunday, March 15, 2020

A Short Walk Down A Dark Street: Issue 95


As posted by Peter Dichellis to our SMFS list…

This week’s blog cheers short mystery and crime fiction with links to a fired-up line-up of reviews, releases, free reads, and more.
Includes another free story by Dashiell Hammett.

And, 2018 MWA Raven Award winner Kristopher Zgorski reviews The Boy Detective & The Summer of ’74 and Other Tales of Suspense from multiple award-winning short mystery author Art Taylor.
Also, Mystery Tribune Issue 12 and crime-noir novel-in-stories The Swamp Killers are hot off the presses.

Plus, Tricks of the Trade: Balancing dialogue and description in a story.
A short walk down a dark street (#95). Celebrating short mystery and crime fiction.
Best wishes,
Peter

Little Big Crimes Review: What Mr. Leonard Said by Andrew Welsh-Huggins

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Saturday, March 14, 2020

Thursday, March 12, 2020

LEFT COAST CRIME 2020 IS NOW CANCELLED on ORDER OF SAN DIEGO COUNTY

As posted on their FB PAGE....

LEFT COAST CRIME 2020 IS NOW CANCELLED on ORDER OF SAN DIEGO COUNTY
County Public Health Officer Announces Restrictions, Prohibits Mass Gatherings
According to the County of San Diego’s Health and Human Services Agency, effective immediately all gatherings of more than 250 people are directed to be postponed or cancelled across the county. This includes concerts, conferences, and professional, college, and school sporting events. Smaller events can proceed only if organizers can implement social distancing of six feet between participants. These restrictions will remain in effect at least through the end of March.

SMFS Member Publication News: O'Neil De Noux


SMFS Member O'Neil De Noux’s latest book, Walkin' The Blues: Lucien Caye Private Eye Book Five is now out. Published by Big Kiss Productions, the read is available in print and digital formats at Amazon.

Amazon Synopsis:
The cases come quickly to New Orleans Private Eye Lucien Caye in the spring of 1952 –
1. A missing person case involving deception, greed and a possible murder.
2. A nosy father wants to know about his daughter who joined the beat generation.
3. A vengeful father wants to locate the photographer who took lurid pictures of his adult daughter.
4. Men in a black Chrysler Imperial accost women on the street, leading to bloody violence.

Lucien’s new wife, the alluring AlizĂ©e, is on a roll – writing and publishing songs, modeling, becoming a PI, bringing her sharp mind and knockout-looks to the agency. It takes a cool head to be a good private eye, along with quick wits. As usual in New Orleans, gunfire echoes, leaving the innocent to mourn lost loved ones.

The Lucien Caye New Orleans Private Eye books include the short story collection NEW ORLEANS CONFIDENTIAL; and novels NEW ORLEANS RAPACIOUS; ENAMORED; HOLD ME, BABE; DAME MONEY.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Born in New Orleans, O’Neil De Noux is a prolific American writer of novels and short stories with 42 books published, over 400 short story sales and a screenplay produced in 2000. Much of De Noux’s writing is character-driven crime fiction, although he has written in many disciplines including historical fiction, children’s fiction, mainstream fiction, mystery, science-fiction, suspense, fantasy, horror, western, literary, religious, romance, humor and erotica.

Mr. De Noux is a retired police officer, a former homicide detective. His writing has garnered a number of awards including the UNITED KINGDOM SHORT STORY PRIZE, the SHAMUS AWARD (given annually by the Private Eye Writers of America to recognize outstanding achievement in private eye fiction), the DERRINGER AWARD (given annually by the Short Mystery Fiction Society to recognize excellence in short mystery fiction) and POLICE BOOK of the YEAR (awarded by PoliceWriters.com). Two of his stories have been featured in the prestigious BEST AMERICAN MYSTERY STORIES annual anthology (2003 and 2013).

O’Neil De Noux was named the 2015 Literary Artist of the Year by the St. Tammany Parish Art’s Council, St. Tammany Parish, LA. He is a past Vice-President of the Private Eye Writers of America.




Sunday, March 8, 2020

A Short Walk Down A Dark Street: Issue 94


News of the latest issue as posted by Peter DiChellis to our list…

This week’s blog toasts short mystery and crime fiction with links to a big gulp of reviews, releases, free reads, and more.
Includes six new stories and three new Solve-it-Yourself mini mysteries, all free-to-read at Over My Dead Body!
Plus—Tricks of the Trade: How a savvy British bookseller and a well-heeled investment firm plan to revive Barnes and Noble.
A short walk down a dark street (#94). Celebrating short mystery and crime fiction.
Best wishes,
Peter

Little Big Crimes Review: A Little Help From My Friend by John Dobbyn

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SMFS Member Publication News: Andrew Welsh-Huggins


SMFS list member Andrew Welsh-Huggins short story, “What Mr. Leonard Said” appears in the  Mystery Weekly Magazine: March 2020 issue. The read is available from the publisher  and at Amazon in both eBook and paperback formats and other vendors.

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:
“Death Under The Dragon Prow” by Scott Forbes Crawford: In this historical whodunit a Viking chief is found murdered aboard his ship, and the brewing storm is the least of the dangers facing his wife. Far from shore and surrounded by cut-throats, she must find the killer—to avenge her husband and escape with her life.
“The Big Seal” by Andrew McAleer: It's a race against time in this hardboiled tongue-in-cheek romp when a self-revered notary public must save the justice system.
“What Mr. Leonard Said” by Andrew Welsh-Huggins: A poetic serial killer deals with the ‘death under mysterious circumstances’ of his beloved Texas middle school teacher, triggering a series of slayings of particular resonance in the Lone Star State.
“The White Box” by E R Brown: A caper with a twist begins with a man grilled by the DEA as he retrieves the ashes of his brother, whose bomb killed a drug boss and himself and ends with an escape plan.
“The Whisperers” by L. A. Wilson, Jr.: In this supernatural mystery, Ivory Roberts learns that his nine-year-old neighbor has a mysterious illness, but it is not the illness that is likely to take his life. The real danger comes from others who surround him including his doctors.
“The Florida Regiment” by Denise Robbins: A darkly humorous suspense in which a former police detective based in Miami, Florida, who quit the force and her alcohol abuse problem, intending to turn over a new leaf finds her past quickly catching up with her in strange and unexpected ways.

SMFS Members at Left Coast Crime 2020- -San Diego


Left Coast Crime 2020 is in San Diego this year and begins Thursday, March 12th.  Numerous SMFS members will be attending and actively participating on panels, book signings, and more. The list below features just some of the many activities featuring SMFS list members. For the  conference schedule go to the website. Please note that the panels have a separate page and are  listed here.


SMFS meetup is at 5:30 PM, Thursday, for drinks.


Various Events


Thursday

1:15 PM  Cynthia Kuhn is a panelist for the “I Am What I Write: Authors drawing on their own backgrounds” panel in Sierra 5-6.

1:15 PM  Frank Zafiro is a panelist for the “I Am What I Write: Authors drawing on their own backgrounds” panel in Sierra 5-6.

1:15 PM  Merrilee Robson is a panelist for "Murder in a Small Town: Adding small community flavor to crime fiction" in Rio Vista E. 


Friday

10:15 AM  Ana Brazil moderates “The Wonder Woman: the Powerful Female Protagonist” panel in Rio Vista E.

10:15 AM   Cynthia Kuhn is a panelist for “Lefty Award Mysteries: Best Humorous Mystery” panel in Rio Vista  A-D.

1:30 PM  Hilary Davidson is a panelist for “Let’s Talk About Sex (in mysteries)  panel in Rio Vista A-D.

1:30 PM  Faye Snowden is a panelist for “The State of Noir. What defines Noir today" panel  in Rio Vista A-D. 

1:30 PM  Travis Richardson is a panelist for “The State of Noir. What defines Noir today" panel  in Rio Vista A-D. 

4: 00 PM . Camille Minichino is a panelist for “Write What You Want to Know: Creating beyond personal experience”  in Sierra 5-6.

4:00 PM   Alan Orloff is a panelist for the “Politics: A deadly business” panel in Rio Vista E.

4:00 PM   Frank Zafiro moderates the  “Inside the Mind of a Cop: Law enforcement officials talk reality versus fiction” panel in Rio Vista F-H.

4:00 PM   Martin Roy Hill is a panelist for “Inside the Mind of a Cop: Law enforcement officials talk reality versus fiction” panel in Rio Vista F-H.

5:00 PM   Stephen Buehler and Travis Richardson host “Short Stories & Writers Groups.”  This is an Author-Reader Connection and one of a number listed here.



Saturday

9:00 A.M.  Faye Snowden is a panelist for “Not your traditional detectives: Female Investigators bucking the hard-boiled rules" panel in Rio Vista A-D. 

10:15 AM  Hilary Davidson is a panelist for  “ Crime Fiction and Reality: How do today’s headlines impact fiction?” panel in Rio Vista E.



Banquet Dinner


Camille Minichino hosts a table with Ann Parker and Margaret Dumas.

Stephen Buehler, and Travis Richardson, are hosting a table with themselves.


Sunday

9:00 AM  M. H. Callway moderates for the “Celebrating the Short Story: when less is more” panel  in Sierra 5-6.

9:00 AM   Rob Pierce is a panelist for the “Celebrating the Short Story: when less is more” panel in Sierra 5-6.

9:00 AM   Kate Thornton  is a panelist for the “Celebrating the Short Story: when less is more” panel in Sierra 5-6.