Sunday, January 3, 2021

SMFS Members Published in Mystery Weekly Magazine: January 2021

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


Peter DiChellis with “A Conventional Murder.” This is the “A-You-Solve-It” story for this month with the conclusion appearing next month.


R. T. Lawton with “The Clean Car Company.”


Alan Orloff with “Auditions Can Be Murder.”


Josh Pachter with “The Night Movers.”



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.


Our cover story, “The Dark Side Of The River” by Brendan DuBois, discovers how far one man will go to help a brother whose earlier betrayal sent him to jail.“The Clean Car Company” by R.T. Lawton: When you offer a brand-new type of start-up business to the criminal element, you can't always depend upon them to be trustworthy. Even when they pay half upfront.In “A Day At The Office” by Anne Swardson, a Paris pickpocket who loves high fashion has something a high-rolling drug dealer urgently wants.“Auditions Can Be Murder” by Alan Orloff: Professional theater can be a cutthroat business, and everyone is just playing a role, heroes and villains, alike.In “Stakeout” by Caleb Coy, five people stakeout a hotel room, unaware that they are having the same bizarre conversation.“Why Do They Have To Make It Easy?” by Mike McHone: When the man who was sent to prison for killing Hal Richards' wife shows up on the Detective's doorstep, old wounds are reopened and secrets revealed. But is the escaped convict there for a more sinister reason?“The Night Movers” by Josh Pachter: When you're looking for a clean break and a fresh start, the Night Movers are there to help …In “Going Out To Sea” by Vy Kava, Jake Walsh received a free ticket from the Gallagher Museum of Art to view an art collection and soon learned that nothing ever comes free.“The Recidivists” by Mark Feggeler Bryan Waller is murdered one morning on his way to work. Things only get worse when it happens again the following day.The issue finishes with a You-Solve-It mystery “A Conventional Murder” by Peter DiChellis.Custom cover art by Robin Grenville Evans

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