Thursday, April 15, 2021

Member Publication News: Elizabeth Zelvin

 At Something Is Going to Happen, the Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine blog, Elizabeth Zelvin tells the background to her story "Who Stole The Afikomen?"

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Member Publishing News: Alicia Beckman (Leslie Budewitz)

 Today is the publication date for Leslie Budewitz's first suspense novel, written as Alicia Beckman.  You can read about Bitter Root here.

Member Publishing News: Bobby Mathews

 Yellow Mama Webzine just published Bobby Mathews' "Every Night I tell Him."  Read it here.

Member Publishing News: William Burton McCormick

 William Burton McCormick has a story in the thirteenth issue of The Ghastling, out today.  More information here.

Member Publishing News: Edith Maxwell

 Today marks the publishing of Edith Maxwell's seventh Quaker Midwife mystery, A Changing Light.

Read about it here. 

Saturday, April 3, 2021

The Derringer Awards 2021 Finalists

The finalists for the 2021 Derringer Awards have been announced. Congratulations to all these authors!  Corrected 4/3/2021 4:24 PM CDT time.

  

FLASH 

Blackwell, C.W. “Memories of Fire.” Pulp Modern 

Blakey, James. “Outsourcing.” Shotgun Honey 

Mangeot, Robert. “Over Before It Started.” Murder Mondays 

Mathews, Bobby. “Quitman County Ambush.” Bristol Noir 

Richardson, Travis. “War Words.” Punk Noir 

 

SHORT 

Elwood, Elizabeth. “The Homicidal Understudy.” Ellen Hart Presents Malice Domestic: Mystery Most Theatrical 

Freimor, Jacqueline. “That Which is True.” EQMM: July/August 2020 

Jones, Eleanor Cawood. “The Great Bedbug Incident and the Invitation of Doom." Chesapeake Crimes: Invitation to Murder.  

Keeline, Kim. “The Crossing.” Crossing Borders

Woodson, Stacy. “River.” The Beat of Black Wings: Crime Fiction Inspired by the Songs of Joni Mitchell 

 

LONG

Chen, Sarah M. “Hotelin’.” Shotgun Honey: Volume #4: Recoil 

Mangeot, Robert. “Lord, Spare the Bottom Feeders.” AHMM: March/April: 2020 

Walker, Joseph S. “Chasing Diamonds.” EQMM: September/October 2020 

Walker, Joseph S. “Etta at the End of the World.” AHMM: May/June 2020 

Woodson, Stacy. “Mary Poppins Didn’t Have Tattoos.” EQMM: July/August 2020 

 

NOVELETTE 

Cohen, Jeff.  “The Question of the Befuddled Judge.” AHMM: May/June: 2020 

Malliet, G.M. “A Murder at Morehead Mews.” EQMM: July/August 2020 

Taylor, Art. “The Boy Detective and the Summer of ’74.” AHMM: January/February 2020 

Thornton, Brian.  “Suicide Blonde.” Suicide Blonde:Three Novellas 

Wilson, Matthew. “The Wretched Strangers.” EQMM: January/February 2020

SMFS Members Published in Fiction River: Dark & Deadly Passions


Several SMFS list members are published in Fiction River: Dark & Deadly Passions. Published by WMG Publishing, the anthology is available in print and eBook formats at Amazon. The SMFS list members in the book are:

 

Lauryn Christopher with "Tilting at Windmills."

 

Ron Collins with “Some of This Is True.”

 

Dayle A. Dermatis with “Zero Tolerance.”

 

Annie Reed with "Missing Carolyn.”

 

Laura Ware with “Lost and Found.”

 

Synopsis:

Dark and deadly passions fuel crime. Often violent crime.

The stories in this compelling volume traverse an emotional rollercoaster. Some revenge stories uplift, while the very darkest stories shine a light on the disturbing underbelly of human nature.

But heroism—or at least an attempt to do the right thing—provides hope.

So, brace yourself for a swirl of emotions—and some dark and deadly passions.

Friday, April 2, 2021

Thursday, April 1, 2021

SMFS Member Publishing News: Teel James Glenn


SMFS list member Teel James Glenn’s new novel, Killing Shadows, is now out. Published in print and eBook formats by Airship 27 Productions, the read is available at Amazon.

 

Synopsis:

SHADOWS OF THE PAST • Jon Shadows is a freelance bodyguard and investigator. When his ex-lover, Maria, tells him her billionaire husband, William Carter, is trying to kill her, he can’t help but come to her aid. Shadows’ plan is to attend an annual corporate employee meeting on Carter’s private island and do some digging. •He soon discovers the eccentric computer mogul has ominous ties to the Japanese crime syndicate known as the Yukaza and is already being investigated by the Securities and Exchange Commission. But before Shadows can make sense of the data, a close friend is brutally murdered and it looks like he is slated to be the killer’s next target. •In Jon Shadows, award winning pulp scribe, Teel James Glenn, has created a terrific new hero with echoes of the classics avengers. In the end, Jon’s enemies soon learn “Killing Shadows” is no easy matter.

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

SMFS Member Publishing News: Bev Vincent


SMFS list member Bev Vincent’s horror novella, The Dead of Winter, was recently published in the book, Dissonant Harmonies, a collaboration with Brian Keene. Published by Cemetery Dance in print format with an eBook on the way, the read is available at the publisher and Amazon. The Spotify play list of musical selections that served as inspiration can be heard here.

 

Synopsis:

Inspired by specially curated mixtapes, Bev Vincent and Brian Keene present two new spine-chilling novellas...

As a blizzard descends upon the sleepy town of Bayport, Rhode Island, brothers Joey and Frank Shaw investigate the mysterious disappearances of several townsfolk. After the discovery of strange tunnels, tunnels that only Joey can see, the trio suspect something is lurking beneath the snowbound town. Something burrowing. Something hungry. And it looks like Joey might be next in The Dead of Winter. 

Did you imagine the world vanishing to a flood or a comet, the hand of God or nuclear war? What if it started with something as innocuous as the Berenstain Bears, and something known as the Mandela Effect? Barricaded in a seedy motel room, one man makes sense of love, loss, and life as the end of the world looms. Do you see what he sees? Do you know what he knows?

SleuthSayers: What Drives Me ... And Maybe You Too by Barb Goffman

SleuthSayers: What Drives Me ... And Maybe You Too: Why do people write fiction? For enjoyment? That seems likely.  For money? I guess that could be true, although except for a lucky few, wri...

Monday, March 29, 2021

SMFS Member Podcast News: Sandra Murphy


The latest KRL Podcast features the mystery short story, “Sweet Tea and Deviled Eggs” by Sandra Murphy. The tale was originally published in the 2017 short story collection, From Hay to Eternity: Ten Devilish Tales of Crime and Deception. Published by Untreed Reads, the book is currently discounted here as part of their March promotion.  You can listen for free to the KRL Podcast here.

 

From the site:

This episode features the mystery short story Sweet Tea and Deviled Eggs by Sandra Murphy. It is read by local actor Donna Beavers.  Sweet Tea and Deviled Eggs was published by Untreed Reads in the anthology From Hay to Eternity: Ten Devilish Tales of Crime and Deception. 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-both to this podcast and to the podcast newsletter.

If you would like to help support this podcast and Kings River Life financially, and get some fun perks, check out our Patreon Page. You can also purchase some fun Mysteryrat's Maze merchandise on Redbubble.

Mystery Tribune: Nevermore: A Literary Crime Fiction By BV Lawson

 Mystery Tribune: Nevermore: A Literary Crime Fiction By BV Lawson

SleuthSayers: Where Did THAT Come From? by Steve Liskow

SleuthSayers: Where Did THAT Come From?: The debate between plotters and pantsers is as old as writing itself, especially in the mystery field. I used to list all my novels' sce...

Sunday, March 28, 2021

Little Big Crimes Review: The Ladies of Wednesday Tea by Michael Bracken

Little Big Crimes: The Ladies of Wednesday Tea, by Michael Bracken: "The Ladies of Wednesday Tea," by Michael Bracken, in Bullets and Other Hurting Things, edited by Rick Ollerman, Down and Out Boo...

Ladies of Mystery: Managing the Timeline by Susan Oleksiw

 Ladies of Mystery: Managing the Timeline by Susan Oleksiw

2020 Agatha Award Nominees


Established in 1989, Malice Domestic™ is an annual fan convention in the metropolitan Washington D.C. area that celebrates the traditional mystery, best typified by the works of Agatha Christie, containing no explicit sex, excessive gore, or violence. This year, instead of the annual in person convention, MORE THAN MALICE will take place entirely online from July 14-17, 2021. There are twelve SMFS list members up for an Agatha Award in six different categories. The awards will be presented on July 17th.

 

In the “Best Short Story” category there are four members that are nominated. Those members are:

Barb Goffman for "Dear Emily Etiquette" in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine: September/October 2020. You can listen to the podcast for this story here.

Art Taylor for “The Boy Detective & The Summer of ‘74" in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine: January/February 2021. You can read Art’s essay on how the story came together here.

Gabriel Valjan for “Elysian Fields” in the anthology, California Schemin’: The 2020 Bouchercon Anthology, published by Wildside Press.

James W. Ziskin for “The 25 Year Engagement” in the anthology, In League with Sherlock Holmes: Stories Inspired by the Sherlock Holmes Canon, published by Pegasus Crime. You can read James’ essay on how the story came together here.

 

Our members up for Agatha Awards for longer works are:

Donna Andrews is up for the Agatha Award in the “Best Contemporary Novel” category for Gift of the Magpie, published by Minotaur.

Tina deBellegarde is up for an Agatha Award in the “Best First Novel” category for Winter Witness, published by Level Best Books.

Mary Keliikoa is up for the Agatha Award in the “Best First Novel” category for Derailed, published by Epicenter Press, Inc.

Edith Maxwell is up for the Agatha Award in the “Best Historical Novel” category for Taken Too Soon: A Quaker Midwife Mystery, published by Beyond the Page Publishing.

Leslie Brody in the “Best Non-Fiction” Category for Sometimes You Have to Lie: The Life and Times of Louise Fitzhugh, Renegade Author of Harriet the Spy, published by Seal Press.

Martin Edwards in the “Best Non-Fiction” Category for Howdunit: A Masterclass in Crime Writing by Members of the Detection Club, published by Collins Crime Club.

Fleur Bradley in the “Best Children’s/YA Mystery” Category for Midnight at the Barclay Hotel, published by Viking Books for Young Readers.

Richard Narvaez in the “Best Children’s/YA Mystery” Category for Holly Hernandez and the Death of Disco, published by Piñata Books.

 

SMFS salutes our members on this honor and wishes them the best as they represent SMFS at Malice Domestic. The full list of nominees can be found at the Malice Domestic website.

Friday, March 26, 2021

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

SMFS Member Publishing News: Michael Bracken

SMFS list member Michael Bracken’s short story, “Fading Memories” appears in Unnerving Magazine: Issue 15. Published by Unnerving Books, the read is available in eBook format at Amazon.

 

Synopsis:

It's finally here! Issue #15 includes a previously unpublished Bentley Little short story, guaranteed to rattle your ribcages. A reprint from Michael Bracken that's one part paranormal and one part sexy. A revenge tale by Serena Jayne and an odd terror by James Richard O'Brien. Danger Slater is back with some of his most inspired film pitches to date. Renee Miller returns as well, this time with her most outrageous instalment of Black Brothel yet. Danielle Trussoni and Tess Gerritsen tell of their early horror memories. Plus reviews by Victoria Lester, Ben Walker, and Eddie Generous.

The Dillydoun Review: Visitation at Nine by Bobby Mathews

 The Dillydoun Review: Visitation at Nine by Bobby Mathews

SMFS Member Podcast News: Joseph S. Walker

In the latest AHMM podcast, SMFS list member Joseph S. Walker reads his short story, “Etta at the End of the World” which originally appeared in Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine: May/June 2020 issue. The story is currently an Edgar Award Nominee in the Best Short Story category. You can also read about how Mr. Walker went about writing the tale in this February 2021 guest piece at the First Two Pages hosted by SMFS list member Art Taylor.

 

You can listen to Mr. Walker read his short story here on the Podomatic.

 

EPISODE DESCRIPTION

After a hiatus, our podcast series is back with a tale by Joseph S. Walker from the May/June 2020 issue. The story, which is currently nominated for an Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Short Story, is read here by the widely published short-story author.

 

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The First Two Pages: “Volcano” By Alison McMahan

 The First Two Pages: “Volcano” By Alison McMahan

SleuthSayers: Fare Thee Well, Paul D. Marks

SleuthSayers: Fare Thee Well, Paul D. Marks: Paul D. Marks joined SleuthSayers in 2015 and has been a treasured member of the gang ever since. He died on February 28th of this year. Hi...

Saturday, March 20, 2021

Friday, March 19, 2021

SMFS Members Published in The Year of the Cat: A Cat of Fantastic Whims

SMFS list members are published in The Year of the Cat: A Cat of Fantastic Whims. Published by WMG Publishing, the anthology is available in print and eBook formats from the publisher, Amazon, and other vendors. The SMFS list members in the book are:

 

Liz Pierce with “Dead Fred.”

 

Annie Reed with "Queen of the Mouse Riders" has been published in Year of the Cat #10: A Cat of Fantastic Whims.

 

Synopsis:

Most cats pursue the business of their lives in ways both fantastic and whimsical.

In this entertaining volume of stories, cats perform as muses, inhabit fairy tales, consort with ghosts and zombies, and one cat even reigns as fantasy queen.

Enter the fantastic world of whimsical cats and enjoy!

 

Includes:

“Searching for the Familiar” by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

“Speechless in Seattle” by Lisa Silverthorne

“Queen of the Mouse Riders” by Annie Reed

“The Kingdom of Cats and Birds” by Geoffrey Landis

“Cat Leading the Way” by Dean Wesley Smith

“A Powerful Friend” by E. Nesbit

“Clyde and the Ghost Cat” by Jamie Ferguson

“Dead Fred” by Liz Pierce

“Un-Familiar” by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

SMFS Members Published in Rock and a Hard Place: Issue 5, Winter/Spring 2021

Several SMFS members are published in the Rock and a Hard Place: Issue 5, Winter/Spring 2021. SMFS list member Jay Butkowski is the Managing Editor and SMFS List members Paul J. Garth and Libby Cudmore are Associate Editors. Published by Rock and a Hard Place Press, the read is available in print and eBook formats at Amazon. The SMFS list members published in this issue are:

 

Paul J. Garth with “Eat for a Week on $9.70.”

 

Deb Merino with “A Son Needs His Mother.”

 

J. B. Stevens with “This French 75 is a Living Thing.” 

 

Synopsis: 

Gangs, guns and tomatoes—what could go wrong?Yeah, turn your back on that gray-haired woman in the old Lincoln.Dumpstering a life is never just a job, especially when the owner is watching.Rock And A Hard Place shifts into fifth gear, and the people have never been more desperate or the decisions worse. Fiction, essays, poetry, and photography by:Travis Wade BeatyJerry BloomfieldC.A. ColeBill DavidsonPaul J. GarthJames D.F. HannahLindsey HeatherlyClaude LalumièreAdrian LudensJeff MaschiDeb MerinoMichael J. MooreRoger NokesThomas PluckRichard RisembergJ. RohrS.J. RozanJohn Joseph RyanJ.B. StevensDon StollR.D. SullivanTim P. WalkerBraxton YountsIn issue five of Rock And A Hard Place you’ll find crime and much more. Wherever making the rent or a day of sobriety counts as a win, and wins and losses never even out, that’s our territory, and yours.

SMFS Member Publishing News: David Goudsward

SMFS member David Goudsward has an article in the recently published, Pulp Adventures #38. His piece is titled “Dr. Whitehead & The Naked Secretary.” Published by Bold Ventures Press, the read is currently is available in both print and eBook formats at the publisher and at Amazon.

 

Synopsis:

Pulp Adventures #38 features pulp history along with new and classic pulp fiction!

 

PULP HISTORY

1936: YEAR OF PULP UPHEAVAL by Will Murray — The Hero Pulp genre was at its peak, and a tipping point, in 1936; DR. WHITEHEAD & THE NAKED SECRETARY byDavid Goudsward — An author of Weird Tales faced the horror of typing his own manuscripts when his secretary became Miss Florida 1931

 

CLASSIC PULP FICTION

DEATH IS A REBEL by Roger Torrey — Murder was occurring in Florida, right under Detective Mahoney’s snoot — exceptionally baffling murder that speedily developed angles rough and tough, plus painful international aspects of continent-shaking revolution; THE FIREPLACE by Henry S. Whitehead — Angry embers burned many years after the fact.

 

NEW PULP FICTION

ROOM 801 by Jack Halliday — Just another date for some, but August 5 signified revenge and redemption for other people; TUNNELS OF LAO FANG by James Palmer — An unspeakable horror dwelled among the stalactites; TAKING THE PLUNGE byPaulene Turner — The world’s high-rolling cockroaches look forward to a long, hot night of partying, unless special agent “Valentina” stops them; FROM HERE TO SHEBOYGAN by Charles Burgess — A one-way trip to hell, with Murder as the back-seat driver; ALL IN HER HEAD by Bruce Beattie — Want to take a mindtrip? No drugs involved,” read the classified. What could go wrong, Joshua decided.

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

AHMM/Trace Evidence: I Need a Scorecard by Robert Lopresti

 AHMM/Trace Evidence: I Need a Scorecard by Robert Lopresti

Writers Who Kill: Starting with Plot by Paula Gail Benson

Writers Who Kill: Starting with Plot: by Paula Gail Benson I write short stories. Even if I’m writing for a themed anthology, I start with character. I need to know the people ...

One Writer's World: Getting Organized: A Lesson in Keeping Track by Susan Oleksiw

One Writer's World: Getting Organized: A Lesson in Keeping Track: Image by Hatice EROL from Pixabay I recently made a mistake that at the beginning of my           writing life would have made me cringe and...

SleuthSayers: Drafts? I Don’t Keep No Stinking Drafts! by Michael Bracken

SleuthSayers: Drafts? I Don’t Keep No Stinking Drafts!: When Eve Fisher wrote “I’m so relieved to hear that I’m not the only one with 50 versions of the same damn story on my hard drive” in her re...

SMFS Member Publication News: Curtis Ippolito

Today is publication day for Curtis Ippolito and his new book, Burying The Newspaper Man. Billed as “a gritty tale of fear and redemption” it is published by Red Dog Press in England. Currently it is available in eBook format at Amazon. You can also read an interview with Curtis about the new book at the Bristol Noir.  

 

Synopsis:

A dead body. A dark past. An ordinary man with everything to lose.

Marcus Kemp is a regular beat cop living a normal life in San Diego, California. Until the day he makes a shocking discovery: a dead body in the trunk of a stolen car. Worse, the victim turns out to be the man who abused him as a child.

Marcus instinctively wants to help the killer get away with murder and, disregarding his police oath, will stop at nothing to make it happen. With both his job and freedom in jeopardy, his investigation leads him to an unexpected killer, and Marcus is soon faced with an impossible decision.

Can he finally bury the past before it drags him under?

Monday, March 15, 2021

SleuthSayers: The Waiting by Steve Liskow

SleuthSayers: The Waiting:   by Steve Liskow Lately, I've seen writers posting at various sites that they're having trouble writing now. The lockdown has made ...

ShotGun Honey: Lemmings by Jay Butkowski

 ShotGun Honey: Lemmings by Jay Butkowski

SMFS Member Podcast News: Cathi Stoler

The latest KRL Podcast features the first two chapters from the mystery, Out of Time: A Nick Donahue Adventure by Cathi Stoler. This book and the author was previously featured here on the SMFS blog back in November 2019 when the book was published. You can listen for free to the KRL Podcast here.

 

From the site:

This episode features the first 2 chapters of Out of Time by Cathi Stoler. It is read by local actor Ian Jones. Out of Time was published by Black Opal Books in November of 2019 and is available for purchase. You can learn more on the author's website. 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-both to this podcast and to the podcast newsletter.

If you would like to help support this podcast and Kings River Life financially, and get some fun perks, check out our Patreon Page. You can also purchase some fun Mysteryrat's Maze merchandise on Redbubble. 

You can find more mystery fun on our websites Kings River Life Magazine and KRL News and Reviews.



Friday, March 12, 2021

Monday, March 8, 2021

Saturday, March 6, 2021

SMFS Member Publishing News: Jeffrey James Higgins


SMFS list member Jeffrey James Higgin’s short story, The Interrogation, is now available in eBook format on Amazon.

 

Synopsis:

Hillsborough County Deputy Sheriff Alec Barnes begins his first day as a narcotics detective investigating the murders of two drug traffickers. Alec has dreamed of becoming a detective since childhood, and he is desperate to impress his senior partner, the legendary Detective Maricela Diaz. Hoping to prevent a drug war, Alec and Maricela interrogate and flip a member of a new opioid trafficking group, but it may be too late to stop the violence. Sometimes, what you don't know can kill you.

SMFS Member Publishing News: O'Neil De Noux

SMFS list member O’Neil De Noux latest book, The Spy Who Used My Love: A Private Eye Mystery is now out in print and eBook formats. This is the sixth book in the Lucien Caye Private Eye Series that began with New Orleans Rapacious. The read is available at Amazon.

 

Synopsis:

The wife of an old army buddy hires New Orleans Private Eye Lucien Caye. She knows her husband has the occasional girlfriend, but he might be doing something dangerous at work, something that might land him in jail or worse. Lucien confirms there’s a girlfriend involved but the case rapidly whirls out of control with lies, deceptions, espionage, a murder, a suicide, a Soviet spy and a mystifying femme fatale. The confusing case draws in the FBI and CIA as Lucien is interrupted by another friend who found $20,000 hidden in a window seat of his apartment and a strange man who hires Lucien to investigate the growing Beat Generation in New Orleans as well as a nudist colony across Lake Pontchartrain. Lucien and his alluring wife, the exquisite Alizée – now a PI – need all their moxie to sift through these cases before someone else dies.

About Lucien Caye: Lucien Caye works in the run-down New Orleans French Quarter of the late 1940s and early 1950s. Unlike most P.I.s, Caye rarely drinks, doesn’t smoke and only wears a hat only when necessary (it messes up his hair). He’s six feet tall with wavy, dark brown hair and standard-issue Mediterranean-brown eyes, a sly smile and a clever mind that often gets him into trouble.He has a weakness for women, children and fellow World War II veterans, down on their luck. He knows how to make a decent living but often finds himself working pro-bono – in one case working to find a little girl’s missing cat, in another searching for a boy’s runaway father and in yet another, canvassing the Quarter for the child who wrote a note to Santa Claus, asking Santa to take him to live with the angels so his mother and father didn’t have to buy food for him anymore. They don’t have much money.Born in New Orleans of French and Spanish descent, Caye attended Holy Cross High School before working as a copy boy, then cub reporter for The New Orleans Item. A stint as a crime reporter drew Caye to law enforcement and he joined the New Orleans Police Department in 1939 where he was a patrol officer working uptown until December 7, 1941.Caye joined the U.S. Army serving in North Africa, Sicily and the subsequent Italian campaign at Anzio and Salerno. At the Battle of Monte Cassino, Caye met and befriended journalist Ernie Pyle during the bitter stalemate. Leading an assault on the infamous monastery, Caye was seriously wounded by a German sniper and sent home with a Purple Heart medal and a Silver Star for bravery.After the war, he returned to the police department, working the French Quarter beat until deciding he preferred working alone and set up shop in 1947 in an apartment building at the corner of Barracks and Dauphine Streets, not far from the fictional residence of Tennessee Williams’s Stanley Kowalski. Living upstairs, Caye’s office faces Barracks Street and the small Cabrini Playground Park across the narrow street.In 1950, Lucien falls in love three times (see novel ENAMORED) as a seven year old girl changes his life. In 1951, an alluring, auburn-haired, doe-eyed beauty named Alizée enters Lucien’s life and things change again for this hardboiled private eye (see novel HOLD ME, BABE). ENAMORED and HOLD ME, BABE were finalists for the Private Eye Writers of America SHAMUS AWARD – awarded annually by the Private Eye Writers of America to recognize outstanding achievement in private eye fiction. Other Caye books include the collection NEW ORLEANS CONFIDENTIAL and novels NEW ORLEANS RAPACIOUS, DAME MONEY and WALKIN’ THE BLUES.



SleuthSayers: Cover Me--I'm Going In by John M. Floyd

SleuthSayers: Cover Me--I'm Going In: As if we haven't seen enough blog posts lately about how to sell our fiction . . . My topic today is  cover letters . It came to mind af...

Friday, March 5, 2021

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

SMFS Member Publishing News: Art Taylor

Art Taylor’s essay, “Tales of Mystery & Imagination: A History of the Edgar Allan Poe Short Story Award” appears in Mystery Scene: Spring Issue #167. You can learn more about the current issue at the publisher  as well as on newsstands.

Something Is Going To Happen: “Not From Around Here” by Leslie Elman

 Something Is Going To Happen: “Not From Around Here” by Leslie Elman

SMFS Member Publishing News: John M. Floyd

SMFS list member John M. Floyd’s short story, “Fools Gold” is the featured fiction in The Saturday Evening Post: March/April 2021 issue. The bicentennial issue is available at their website and on newsstands. Interested readers can also watch a video preview of the issue on YouTube.  

Monday, March 1, 2021

The Write Practice: The Cliffhanger: How to Write a Story Your Readers Can’t Put Down by Joslyn Chase

 The Write Practice: The Cliffhanger: How to Write a Story Your Readers Can’t Put Down by Joslyn Chase 

SMFS Members Published in Mystery Weekly Magazine: March 2021

Several SMFS list members are published in the Mystery Weekly Magazine: March 2021 issue. The read is available in both print and eBook from the publisher and at Amazon. The SMFS members in this issue are:

 

BV Lawson with “Suite In The Key Of Death.”

 

Jeff Soloway with “The Hook-Up Scam.”

 

Mark Thielman with “Exhibiting Signs Of Death.”

 

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:

“Damaged People” by David Bart: Creed didn’t keep his promise to Leah and now it’s too late. She's dead.“Suite In The Key Of Death” by BV Lawson: When Scott Drayco was hired to investigate a suspicious death, he didn't count on an oddball suspect. Or that he'd wish he'd never taken the case at all.

In “It Was Always Temporary” by Chris Preston, a hitman takes on an assignment to make up for recent missteps. Is his loyalty in the right place?

“The Hook-Up Scam” by Jeff Soloway: The woman was not who she claimed. But neither was he. And neither was his wife. Would any of them get their revenge?

“Short Con” by Brandon Barrows: At last, Eli Farris has the freedom he wanted so badly, but he needs money to sustain it. Working is for marks, but he has a plan—only it includes his sister. Amber doesn't take direction well and the buzzing in Eli's head is getting really bad.

In “Billy The Kid, GED” by Jack Clark, a private-eye test for an ambitious young man leads him down a dark alley.

In “Spanky And Delilah Are In Love” by Roger Johns, a dog park romance and a chance encounter with an aging mobster renew Alex Abraham’s desire to find his long-lost brother.

“Exhibiting Signs Of Death” by Mark Thielman: During a quick stop at a museum gift shop, a retired cop finds a dead body on display. He and the shop clerk must solve the murder.

SMFS Members Published in Pulphouse Fiction Magazine: Issue 10

Several SMFS members are published in the recently released Pulphouse Fiction Magazine: Issue 10. Published by WMG Publishing, the read is available in print and digital formats from the publisher, Amazon, and other vendors. The members in this issue are:

 

Dayle A. Dermatis with “Custard: A Romeo & Juliet Story (Sort of).”

 

David Hendrickson with “Role of a Lifetime.”

 

Robert Jeschonek with “Would Sir Prefer the 1918 Influenza?”

 

Annie Reed with “Paintings of Cats by Mice.”

 

Johanna Rothman with “Flat Bernie Saves Stanley.”

 

C. A. Rowland with “Sergei's Swan Song.”

 

 

Synopsis:

A three-time Hugo Award nominated magazine, this issue of Pulphouse Fiction Magazine offers up sixteen fantastic stories by some of the best writers working in modern short fiction. No genre limitations, no topic limitations, just great stories. Attitude, feel, and high quality fiction equals Pulphouse.

 

Includes: 

“Paintings of Cats by Mice” by Annie Reed

 

“Flat Bernie Saves Stanley” by Johanna Rothman

 

“The Conjurer of the Canvas” by Phillip McCollum

 

“Custard: A Romeo & Juliet Story (Sort of)” by Dayle A. Dermatis

 

“Sometimes Gramma’s Gotta Cut A Bitch” by Leah R. Cutter

 

“Blind Eclipse” by Rob Vagle

 

“Would Sir Prefer the 1918 Influenza?” by Robert Jeschonek

 

“The Developmental Adventures of Phil” by Jason Adams

 

“Visage” by Lisa Silverthorne

 

“Used to be Your Victim” by Stephen Couch

 

“The Artist, The Engineer, and The Sleeping Dog” by Robert J. McCarter

 

“Drumbeats” by Kevin J. Anderson & Neil Peart

 

“Just Write!” by James Gotaas

 

“Role of a Lifetime” by David H. Hendrickson

 

“Sergei’s Swan Song” by C.A. Rowland

 

“Vamp Until Doomsday” by Stefon Mears

Victoria Weisfeld: “Living to Tell the Tale” – EQMM March/April 2021

 Victoria Weisfeld: “Living to Tell the Tale” – EQMM March/April 2021

Saturday, February 27, 2021

KRL: Mystery Short Story: Body of Evidence by Guy Belleranti

 KRL: Mystery Short Story: Body of Evidence by Guy Belleranti

SMFS Member Publishing News: Annie Reed

SMFS list member Annie Reed has two stories published in The Year of the Cat anthology titled, The Year of the Cat: A Cat of Artistic Sensibilities. Published by WMG Publishing, the anthology is available in print and eBook formats from the publisher, Amazon, and other vendors. Annie Reed’s two stories in the anthology are “Essy and the Christmas Kitten" and "Paintings of Cats by Mice."

 

Synopsis: 

Cats and art mix in odd ways, at odd times. 

Scratch the surface on just about any well-known author and you will find a cat, or more likely, many cats. Not just authors. Painters, composers, dancers, and magicians all seem to need cats at some time or other. 

Cats inspire art. 

Or damage a piece of art. 

Or sit on a keyboard and create weird writing all their own. 

In this fantastic group of stories, we have cats as muse, cats falling for violinists, cats using love as an art, and even cats as feline photographers. 


Includes: 

“The Cat Who Lived in a Drainpipe” by Joan Aiken 

“I Bleed Music” by Stefon Mears 

“Pigeon Drop” by Mary A. Turzillo 

“Essy and the Christmas Kitten” by Annie Reed 

“The Secret Lives of Cats” by Kristine Kathryn Rusch 

“Cat Caught in the Art” by Dean Wesley Smith 

“My Father, the Cat” by Henry Slesar 

“Paintings of Cats by Mice” by Annie Reed