Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

SMFS Members Published in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine: March/April 2020


Several SMFS members are published in the Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine: March/April 2020. The issue is available from Dell Magazines as well as at Amazon and newsstands and bookstores. The SMFS members published in this issue are:

Catherine Dilts with “Industrial Gold.”

John F. Floyd with “Quarterback Sneak.”

Robert Mangeot with “Lord, Spare the Bottom Feeders.”

William Burton McCormick with “Night Train for Berlin.”




SMFS Member Publishing News: Edith Maxwell


SMFS list member Edith Maxwell’s short story “One Too Many” appears in the Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine: March/April 2020 issue. The read is available from Dell Magazines as well as at Amazon and other vendors.

The First Two Pages: “Shaft on Wheels” by Mark Troy

The First Two Pages: “Shaft on Wheels” by Mark Troy

Sunday, February 16, 2020

A Short Walk Down A Dark Street: Issue 91


As posted by Peter DiChellis to our SMFS list…

Looking for trouble? Try a short walk down a dark street: links to reviews, releases, free reads, and more—and all about short mystery and crime fiction.
This week: ten free-to-read shorts by legendary author Dashiell Hammett.
Plus, Tricks of the Trade: Two types of stories—Abnormal characters vs. abnormal situations.
A short walk down a dark street (#91). Celebrating short mystery and crime fiction.
Best wishes,
Peter

Little Big Crimes Review: Mistaken Identity by Wayne J. Gardiner

Little Big Crimes: Mistaken Identity, by Wayne J. Gardiner: "Mistaken Identity," by Wayne J. Gardiner, in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, January/February 2020. Gary Hoffman is the se...

SMFS Members Published in Mid-Century Murder


Several SMFS list members are published in the new anthology, Mid-Century Murder. Published by Darkhouse Books, the read is available in print and eBook formats at Amazon. The SMFS members in the book are:


Michael Bracken and Sandra Murphy with “Where’s Sarah Jane?”

Herschel Cozine with “A Desperate Act.”

John M. Floyd with “Clara’s Helper.”

Kaye George with “Life and Death on the Road.”

Michael Allan Mallory with "Agent Provocateur.”

Camille Minichino with “Lorna.”

Sandra Murphy and Michael Bracken with “Where’s Sarah Jane?”

Michele Bazan Reed with “The Hitler Heist.”


Amazon Synopsis:

Return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear!Featuring stories by:Michael Bracken & Sandra Murphy, Kaye George, John M. Floyd, Margaret S. Hamilton, Diane Arrelle, William J. O’Connor III & Arthur Vidro, Camille Minichino, Albert Tucher, Karen Keeley, Herschel Cozine, M.M. Elmendorf, Michael Allen Mallory, Michele Bazan Reed, Kenneth Gwin, DG Critchley, Adam Beau McFarlane, Mel Goldberg




Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Travels With Kaye: Short Story First Lines by Kaye George

Travels With Kaye: Short Story First Lines by Kaye George

SMFS Member Publishing News: Hillary Davidson


SMFS list member Hillary Davidson’s new book, Don’t Look Down, is now out from Thomas & Mercer. The sequel to One Small Sacrifice is available in a variety of formats from Amazon and other vendors.

Synopsis:

From the Amazon Charts bestselling author of One Small Sacrifice, a gripping mystery about a sinister murder that everyone wants to stay buried—except one dogged NYPD detective.
Jo Greaver is a model of success. Young and ambitious, she’s built a thriving beauty business from nothing. But she has secrets she’ll do anything to keep buried. When her blackmailer offers to meet, Jo expects to pay him off—but gets a bullet instead. Bleeding and in shock, Jo flees with no one to turn to.
When NYPD detective Sheryn Sterling and her partner, Rafael Mendoza, find Andray Baxter murdered in his own home—shot through the heart—everything points to Jo as the killer. Her blood is at the scene, and so are disturbing photos of her taken as a young teen. But Sheryn has doubts. Was the kindhearted Andray really a criminal? Why did he repeatedly report finding spyware in his apartment? Was there something shady about Jo’s sister dying a year earlier?
Something’s not right, and it’s up to Sheryn to piece together the sinister puzzle, no matter the cost.

Monday, February 10, 2020

SMFS Member Publishing News: Alan Orloff


Today is publication day for SMFS list member Alan Orloff’s new book, I Know Where You Sleep. Published by Down & Out Books, it is available in both print and digital formats. The read can be purchased at the publisher, Amazon, and other vendors.

Synopsis:

When Anderson West takes on the pro-bono case of Jessica Smith, a twenty-something restaurant hostess being stalked, the last thing he expects is for his investigation to spiral into breaking and entering, assault, and legal threats from the suspects and the victim.

But that's what happens when you run a private investigation firm with your rule-breaking, loose-cannon sister at your side.

While Anderson spends his time deducing and interviewing possible suspects, Carrie handles interrogations in her own unique--and personal--fashion. And it seems like everyone is a suspect. There are Jessica's ex-boyfriend and current boyfriend, her incredibly creepy boss and the suspicious reverend at her church who definitely seems to be hiding something.

Or someone.

The closer Anderson and Carrie get to an answer, the more danger Jessica finds herself in. Her stalker's notes become increasingly more threatening, trading the scary phone calls and text messages for terrifying photographs and notes at her gym, work, and home. To make things even more complicated, Jessica's backstory begins to unravel, and the secrets of her past could potentially solve everything...if only she'd let Anderson and Carrie in.

With time ticking down, will the brother-sister investigative team be able to solve Jessica's case before she tries something foolhardy, like facing up to the tenacious bastard on her own, armed only with a handgun and a prayer?



Sunday, February 9, 2020

A Short Walk Down A Dark Street: Issue 90


As posted by SMFS list member Peter DiChellis to our SMFS list…

This week’s blog applauds short mystery and crime fiction with links to a trouble-making troupe of reviews, releases, free reads, and more.
Includes reviews, reviews, reviews of Akashic Books’ Noir anthologies.
Plus, Tricks of the Trade: from The Stand Magazine— Ten ways to find and develop ideas for mystery stories.
Also, free reads from Mondays are Murder and Shotgun Honey.
A short walk down a dark street (#90). Celebrating short mystery and crime fiction.
Best wishes,
Peter

Little Big Crimes Review: Murderer Bill by John Grant

Little Big Crimes: Murderer Bill, by John Grant: "Murderer Bill," by John Grant, in Mystery Weekly Magazine, January 2020. Imagine, if you will, being a single mother with an...

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Women Writers, Women's Books: Unusual Writing Help by Tara Laskowski

Women Writers, Women's Books: Unusual Writing Help by Tara Laskowski 

SMFS Member Publishing News: Susan Oleksiw


SMFS list member Susan Oleksiw’s short story, “Kenny Orslow Shows Up On Time” appears in the Mystery Weekly Magazine: February 2020 issue. The read is available from the publisher  and at Amazon in both print and digital 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:
“Kenny Orslow Shows Up On Time” by Susan Oleksiw: Petty criminal Kenny Orslow is pushed off a bus to the County House of Corrections and finds himself homeless and friendless.
“Mr. Deshaw's Sculpture” by Jeff H.: An obscene sculpture is erected in a small town and no one knows why.
“Left Out” by Michael Wells: A delay in dropping off a library book sets Marcus on the path to commit murder.
“The Sizzle” by Jill Hand: Danielle faces a bleak future until her smooth-talking Uncle Everett offers her an opportunity to join him in his casket-sales business.
“We Suffered Such A Man As This” by Anthony Lowe: Arriving in the small mining town of Copperopolis in fall of 1899, Georges Armadale, self-proclaimed detective extraordinaire, has taken it upon himself to solve a murder recently committed in a local church. At the standard rate, of course.
“The Russian Triple Agent” by Arthur Davis: A mystery writer meets his characters that save his life.
“Where There's Smoke” by Eric B. Ruark: You can help Sheriff Tracy Hyers as she drops in at a fire scene and soon discovers that accidents don't always happen in this month’s You-Solve-It mystery.


SleuthSayers Blog: Shot By Your Partner by Robert Lopresti

SleuthSayers: Shot By Your Partner: Let's talk about Machine of Death, a concept I mentioned back in  October  (and will review below).  I wrote two short stories for th...

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

SleuthSayers Blog: Words you think are synonyms--but they're not! by Barb Goffman

SleuthSayers Blog: Words you think are synonyms--but they're not!  by Barb Goffman

Relevant History Blog: Holding History in Your Hand by Ana Brazil

Relevant History Blog: Holding History in Your Hand by Ana Brazil

SPAWN: Research and Novels by Jacqueline Seewald

Research and Novels: by Jacqueline Seewald You’ll notice that a lot of writers set their novels in places they either live in or have lived in. This may seem provincial, but in fact, it makes for good writing. If writers know a place well, they can create a realistic setting, an intriguing background for their novels. Setting is …

The First Two Pages: I Know Where You Sleep by Alan Orloff

 The First Two Pages: I Know Where You Sleep by Alan Orloff

Sunday, February 2, 2020

Little Big Crimes Review: Deportees by James Lee Burke

Little Big Crimes: Deportees, by James Lee Burke: "Deportees," by James Lee Burke, in The Strand Magazine, October-January 2019/2020. I think we need to begin by talking about ...

A Short Walk Down A Dark Street: Issue 89


SMFS list member Peter DiChellis has posted the below to the list regarding the issue that went live today.

This week’s blog takes a timeout from Super Bowl festivities to cheer short mystery and crime fiction: links to a winning roster of reviews, releases, free reads, and more.
Includes free-to-read stories from Evan Hunter (aka Ed McBain) and from the Akashic Books anthology Trinidad Noir.
Plus, Tricks of the Trade: Tips for writing a villain.
Also, Robert Lopresti selects a dozen favorite mystery shorts of 2019.
A short walk down a dark street (#89). Celebrating short mystery and crime fiction.
Best wishes,
Peter