Sunday, July 31, 2022
SMFS list member Ashley-Ruth M. Bernier’s
short story, Ripen, appears today in Black Cat Weekly #48.
Published by Wildside Press, the issue is available here in digital
For this week's Black Cat Weekly, Michael Bracken has acquired an original mystery by Ashley-Ruth M. Bernier, Barb Goffman found a tale by SJ Rozan that will surely satisfy crime fans, and Cynthia Ward tracked down a Matthew Hughes story. Plus, for the sheer silliness of it all, there’s a Mickey Spillane parody from 1954 (which manages to be both a mystery and fantasy…but wasn’t everything of Spillane’s?) and classics from R. Austin Freeman (a Dr Thorndyke story), a Nick Carter novel, and the first Skylark of Space novel by E.E. “Doc” Smith.
Here’s the complete lineup:
Mysteries / Suspense / Adventure:
“Ripen,” by Ashley-Ruth M. Bernier [Michael Bracken Presents short story]
“Death Takes a Swing,” by Hal Charles [Solve-It-Yourself Mystery]
“E-Golem,” by SJ Rozan [Barb Goffman Presents short story]
“The Case Of Oscar Brodski,” by R. Austin Freeman [short story]
A Human Counterfeit, by Nicholas Carter [novel]
“The Shaky Undertaker,” by Ed Cox [short story]
Science Fiction & Fantasy:
“The Shaky Undertaker,” by Ed Cox [short story]
“To the Sons of Tomorrow,” by Irving Cox, Jr. [short story]
“Mastermindless,” by Matthew Hughes [Cynthia Ward Presents short story]
“Problem In Solid,” by George O. Smith [short story]
“Sequel,” by Ben Smith [short story]
The Skylark of Space, by E.E. “Doc” Smith [novel]
Saturday, July 30, 2022
Thursday, July 28, 2022
The Macavity Award is named for the “mystery cat” of T.S. Eliot (Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats). Each year The Macavity Awards are nominated and voted on by members of Mystery Readers International, subscribers to Mystery Readers Journal, and friends and supporters of MRI who all nominate and vote for their favorite mysteries in four categories. The winners will be announced at Bouchercon in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in September.
This year we have five members of the Short Mystery Fiction Society nominated in the category of Best Short Story. The nominees are:
Steve Hockensmith: “Curious Incidents” (Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine: January/February 2021)
R.T. Lawton: “The Road to Hana” (Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine: May/June 2021)
The full list of nominees and their categories can be found here.
SMFS list member Mike McHone’s short story, Dead Ends and One Way Streets, appears online today at Shotgun Honey. You can read it for free here.
Tuesday, July 26, 2022
SMFS list member Karen Keeley announced today
publication of her new book, There Goes The Neighborhood. The
read is a collection of short stories featuring private investigator Syd
Malloy. Independently published, the book is available in print and eBook at Amazon
“I know he’s been abducted by aliens. They whisked him away in the ship, left me standing there, watching the ship grow smaller and smaller. Len has to be somewhere, and you’re a tracker. Word on the street, you can track anything.”
Syd Malloy smiled. Yes, he was a tracker but he preferred private investigator which meant searching for people who had gone missing or rustling up clues with regard to stolen property, collecting his standard rate for his efforts.
Excerpt from ONE WOMAN TOO MANY, the first of nine short stories featuring Syd Malloy, Private Investigator and his long-time pal Detective Al Simms with the Vancouver Police Force. Join them as they battle crime in post-WWII Vancouver, British Columbia.
Several SMFS list members are published in the new
issue, Vautrin - Volume 4, Issue 1, Summer 2022. Edited by Tod
Robins, the print issue is available at Watermark
Books and Café. The SMFS list members in the issue are:
Michael Bracken with “Sparks.” (Cover image comes from Mr. Bracken's recent Facebook post regarding his story.)
Jacqueline Freimor with “Foreword.”
Curtis Ippolito with “The Estate Sale.”
Saira Viola with “The Future’s A Fraud.”
Gritty urban fiction. Crime Fiction. Or gritty urban fiction with crime fiction elements. A touch of mythology, the supernatural. While laughing at the absurdity of it all. That’s the Vautrin mojo.
In this issue:
C. R. Resetarits, Quem Quaeritis?
Eli Cranor, Mussel
Dennis Tafoya, Last Night At Jack’s
Hector Acosta, El Diablero
Zach Vasquez, Panama
M. E. Proctor, Bathing Beauty
Thomas Pluck, Blue Canaries
Curtis Ippolito, The Estate Sale
You can also read more about the issue with details about the content and other information here.
SMFS list member John M. Floyd once again has a short story appearing in Woman’s World Magazine. His latest tale, "A Very Deadly Clue" is in the current issue (August 1, 2020) of Woman’s World Magazine. The publication is available on some newsstands and by subscription.
Members are reminded that Mr. Floyd shared in his piece at SleuthSayers Blog how he goes about writing short stories for this market. Well worth reading, especially if you are looking to break into this market. Especially when you consider the fact that Mr. Floyd has had his short stories published considerably over 100 times by this market.
Monday, July 25, 2022
Sunday, July 24, 2022
Saturday, July 23, 2022
The SMFS would like to announce and congratulate our list members, Jim Guigli, Ellen Kirschman, and Frank Zafiro for their award wins at
the Public Safety Writers Association conference held last weekend in Las
Jim Guigli came in third place for his short story, “Looking for Mishka,” in the “Short Story Published” category. The tale was originally published in Rock and a Hard Place, Issue 7: Winter 2022 (January 2022).
Jim Guigli also came in third place for his flash fiction short story, “Listen to the Gunsmith,” in the “Flash Writing Fiction” category. It was then published online at Guilty Crime Story Magazine: Flash! and can be read for free.
Ellen Kirschman won second place for Answer to His Prayers (the fourth book of the Dr. Dot Mystery Series) in the “Fiction Book Published” category. Published by Hillcrest House Publishing in digital last December and then in print last March, the book also took second place in the “Fiction Book Unpublished” category in 2020.
Frank Zafiro won three awards in the “Short Story Published” category.
In first place, “One Fine Day” which appeared in The Tattered Blue Line: Short Stories of Contemporary Policing anthology. Independently published, Mr. Zafiro was also the editor for the anthology.
In second place, “Hallmarks of the Job.” Published by P. I. Tales, this novella was published in the book titled, Hallmarks Of The Job / Aloha Boys: A P.I. Tales Double Feature, by Frank Zafiro and Michael Bracken last August.
Mr. Zafiro also won a “Honorable Mention” for the short story, “The Last Cop,” which appeared in the To Serve, Protect, and Write: Cops Writing Crime Fiction anthology published last February. Published by Publicious Pty Ltd, the book was edited by A. B. Patterson.
The full list of the Public Safety Writers Association Award winners can be found here.
Wednesday, July 20, 2022
Tuesday, July 19, 2022
Today is publication day for Dead Drop: A Detective Nathan Parker Novel by James L'Etoile. Published by Level Best Books in print and digital formats, the book is available at Amazon and other vendors.
Hundreds go missing each year making the dangerous crossing over the border. What if you were one of them?
While investigating the deaths of undocumented migrants in the Arizona desert, Detective Nathan Parker finds a connection to the unsolved murder of his partner by a coyote on a human smuggling run. The new evidence lures Parker over the border in search of the truth, only to trap him in a strange and dangerous land. If he’s to survive, Parker must place his life in the hands of the very people he once pursued.
Border violence, border politics, and who is caught in the middle. The forces behind it might surprise you.
Today is publication day for Peppermint Barked: A Spice Shop Mystery by Leslie Budewitz. This is the sixth book in the series that began with Assault and Pepper. Published by Seventh Street Books in print and digital formats, the book is available at Amazon and other vendors.
As the holiday season lights up Seattle’s famed Pike Place Market, Pepper Reece’s beloved Spice Shop is brimming with cinnamon, nutmeg, and shoppers eager to stuff their stockings. Add to the mix a tasty staff competition—a peppermint bark-off—along with Victorian costumes for this year’s Dickensian Christmas theme, and Pepper almost forgets to be nervous about meeting her fisherman boyfriend’s brother for the first time.
But when a young woman working in her friend Vinny’s wine shop is brutally assaulted, costumed revelers and holiday cheer are the last things on Pepper’s mind. Who would want to hurt Beth? Or were they looking for Vinny instead?
The vicious attack upsets everyone at Pike Place, but none more than Pepper’s own employee, Matt Kemp. At first, Pepper is baffled by his reaction, but his clandestine connection to Beth could hold the key to the assailant’s motive. Or perhaps it’s Vinny’s ex-wife who knows more than she’s letting on . . . and what about the mysterious top-hatted man with whom Pepper saw Beth arguing that morning?
As the secrets of the market come to light, long-held grudges, family ties, and hidden plans only further obscure the truth. Is it a ghost of the past rattling its chains, or a contemporary Scrooge with more earthly motives? As Pepper chases down a killer, someone is chasing her, and in the end, the storied market itself may hold the final, deadly clue.
A cozy holiday mystery full of culinary delights and a rich cast of characters, the sixth installment in the Spice Shop Mystery series will keep you turning the page . . . and reaching for another piece of peppermint bark.
SMFS Member Publishing News: Death in the New Land: A People of the Wind Mystery Book by Kaye George
Today is publication day for Death in the New
Land: A People of the Wind Mystery Book by SMFS list member Kaye
George. This series began with Death in the Time of Ice which was
followed by Death on the Trek. Published by Untreed Reads in print
and digital formats, the book is available at the publisher,
and other vendors.
Enga Dancing Flower and her tribe have reached a place they can stay in safety. Or have they?
It's clear the groups of other settlers in the area do not want more neighbors, and this is made even more evident when a male of Enga's tribe is murdered, and a baby is kidnapped.
The future of the tribe is immediately put into question. Can Enga and her people find the killer and rescue the baby? Or will the security and bright future the tribe has dreamed of fall to pieces?
Monday, July 18, 2022
SMFS list member Tara Laskowski and her
novel, The Mother Next Door, is a nominee for the Library
of Virginia 2022 People's Choice Awards in addition to being an Anthony
Award nominee. The voting period runs from July 15 through August 31. The ballot
Published by Graydon House last October in print and digital formats, the read
is available at Amazon
and other vendors.
SMFS list member Glen Bush’s short story, Lost But Not
Forever, appears online today at Close To The Bone. You can read it for free here.
SMFS list member Jim Guigli’s short story, Listen to
the Gunsmith, appears online today at Guilty Crime Story Magazine: Flash! You can read it for free here.
Saturday, July 16, 2022
Friday, July 15, 2022
Thursday, July 14, 2022
Tuesday, July 12, 2022
SMFS list member Susan Kuchinska’s short story, A Burning Man, appears online at TOUGH. You can read it for free here.
Today is publication day for Death
and the Conjuror by Tom Mead. The first book in the Joseph
Spector Locked Room Series, the read is available in audio, digital and
print formats. Published by the Mysterious Press, the book is available from Amazon
and other vendors.
A magician-turned-sleuth in pre-war London solves three impossible crimes.
In 1930s London, celebrity psychiatrist Anselm Rees is discovered dead in his locked study, and there seems to be no way that a killer could have escaped unseen. There are no clues, no witnesses, and no evidence of the murder weapon. Stumped by the confounding scene, the Scotland Yard detective on the case calls on retired stage magician-turned-part-time sleuth Joseph Spector. For who better to make sense of the impossible than one who traffics in illusions?
Spector has a knack for explaining the inexplicable, but even he finds that there is more to this mystery than meets the eye. As he and the Inspector interview the colorful cast of suspects among the psychiatrist’s patients and household, they uncover no shortage of dark secrets―or motives for murder. When the investigation dovetails into that of an apparently-impossible theft, the detectives consider the possibility that the two transgressions are related. And when a second murder occurs, this time in an impenetrable elevator, they realize that the crime wave will become even more deadly unless they can catch the culprit soon.
A tribute to the classic golden-age whodunnit, when crime fiction was a battle of wits between writer and reader, Death and the Conjuror joins its macabre atmosphere, period detail, and vividly-drawn characters with a meticulously-constructed fair play puzzle. Its baffling plot will enthrall readers of mystery icons such as Agatha Christie and John Dickson Carr, modern masters like Anthony Horowitz and Elly Griffiths, or anyone who appreciates a good mystery.
SMFS Members Published in The Book of Extraordinary Femme Fatale Stories: The Best New Original Stories of the Genre Featuring Female Villains, Detectives, and Other Mysterious Women
Today is publication day for The Book of Extraordinary Femme Fatale Stories: The Best New Original Stories of the Genre Featuring Female Villains, Detectives, and Other Mysterious Women anthology. Published by Mango, the read is edited by Maxim Jakubowski, and is available in both print and digital formats at Amazon and other vendors. The SMFS list members in the anthology are:
O’Neil De Noux with “The Obsidian Knife.”
Robert Lopresti with “The Dance of Love and Hunger.”
Bev Vincent with “Kane’s Alibi.”
Joseph S. Walker with “Bliss.”
A World of Sexy Sleuths, Mysterious Missus, and Female Villains
Flip through tales of beautiful women, female villains, and clever consorts. Delight in crime, mystery, and suspense in story after story featuring femme fatales.
A delightful menu of villainy and seduction. Dangerous women are a steadfast tradition of crime and mystery books. Choose between stories that compare to mystery best sellers, tales that feature the smart sleuth, the daring detective, the mystery date-turned-nemesis, or the baby-faced beauty. Perfect for fans of crime novels, fiction, strong female characters, or mystery and suspense books, The Extraordinary Book of Femme Fatales honors its heritage with stories featuring strong women and female villains who have mastered the art of seduction.
Marvelous mysteries, hand-picked by an expert. Maxim Jakubowski, one of the top best selling authors in mystery fiction books, has scoured the genre for the best new mystery and thriller stories featuring femme fatales. In The Extraordinary Book of Femme Fatales, he presents the best of the best in mystery literature featuring strong women, fiction, and good for her stories.
Inside The Extraordinary Book of Femme Fatales, you’ll find:
Stories with strong female leads, female villains, and more
Crime, seduction, and adventure
A look at what happens when women are the big bad heroes
If you liked The Maidens, The Jealousy Man and Other Stories, or The Best American Mystery and Suspense 2021, you’ll love The Extraordinary Book of Femme Fatales.
Sunday, July 10, 2022
Two SMFS list members are featured this week in Black Cat Weekly #45. Published by Wildside Press, the issue is available here in digital format. The SMFS list members in the issue are:
John Floyd with "From Ten to Two." (Michael Bracken Presents)
Steve Hockensmith with "Frank." (Barb Goffman Presents)
Welcome to Black Cat Weekly #45. This is an fun issue, and I’ve selected Tobias S. Buckell’s fantasy “The Fisher Dragon” as the cover story. (I must admit to having a fondness for dragons. The very first story I sold professionally, way back at the dawn of time when I was 16 years old, was about a dragon. And they appear in several of my novels, most notably Master of Dragons.) Thanks to acquiring editor Cynthia Ward for selecting it.
Black Cat’s other acquiring editors are represented in this issue, too—Michael Bracken selected an original mystery from John M. Floyd, and Barb Goffman has a tale about a retired detective by Steve Hockensmith (whose “Holmes on the Range” series of historical mystery stories are must-reads, as far as I’m concerned. Check then out if you get a chance.) And last (but not least), Darrell Schweitzer unearthed one of his paleo-interviews for us—this time with Craig Shaw Gardner. It's from the 1990s, when Gardner had just become a best-selling author, thanks to his Batman movie novelization.
And we have classics by George O. Smith, Henry Kuttner, and many others, including a 1915 Nick Carter mystery novel. And, of course, a modern solve-it-yourself mystery from Hal Charles (the writing team of Hal Blythe and Charlie Sweet).
Here’s the complete lineup:
Mysteries / Suspense / Adventure:
“From Ten to Two” by John M. Floyd [Michael Bracken Presents short story]
“An Eggceptional Solution” Hal Charles [Solve-It-Yourself Mystery]
“Frank” by Steve Hockensmith [Barb Goffman Presents short story]
The Bush-Rancher, by Harold Bindloss [novel]
The Suicide, by Nicholas Carter [novel]
“Speaking with Craig Shaw Gardner” [Interview with Darrell Schweitzer]
Science Fiction & Fantasy:
“The Fisher Dragon”by Tobias S. Buckell [Cynthia Ward Presents short story]
“Catspaw,” by George O. Smith [short story]
“The Half-Haunted,” by Manly Wade Wellman [short story]
“The Sea-Witch,” by Nictzin Dyalhis [short story]
“Chameleon Man,” by Henry Kuttner [short story]
SMFS list members are published in the Guilty Crime Story Magazine: Issue 005 - Summer 2022 issue. Published by Full Speed Publishing, the read is available in digital and print formats at Amazon. The SMFS list members in it are:
Brandon Barrows with "Double or Nothing." Mr. Barrows is also the editor.
Christine Eskilson with "A Tale of Two Wives."
Susan Oleksiw with "Edwin Gets an Idea."
Dustin Walker with "Lunch."
Robb T. White with "A Mischief of Rats."
Guilty is a magazine of crime stories, of criminals, their motivations and their beginnings and ends.
In issue five:
"Blood Loss" by Trey R. Barker - It's been years since John saw Diane, but she was still beautiful, the wound still bled, and John wasn't the only one who'd hurt.
"A Tale of Two Wives" by Christine Eskilson - Two wives, two deaths - I swear it's just a coincidence!
"Edwin Gets an Idea" by Susan Oleksiw - It was rare, but Edwin had an idea and it might even be a good one.
"A Mischief of Rats" by Robb T. White - The worst neighbors simply require the worst solutions.
"Mercy Killings" by Marie Anderson - It wasn't murder, he was just doing them a favor putting them out of their misery.
"Lunch" by Dustin Walker - Mac needs an in. All he has to do is survive one little luncheon...
"Eden Praire Heist" (article) by Antony Perconti
All brand-new material by top writers!
SMFS list members are published in the recently released Jacked: An Anthology of Crime Fiction. Published by Runamok Books and edited by Vern Smith, the read is available in print from Amazon and other vendors. The members in the anthology are:
Eric Beetner with “First Timers.”
Jacqueline Seewald with “Worst Enemy.”
Ricky Sprague with “The Gryfters.”
Edited by award-winning crime-fiction author Vern Smith, JACKED runs the gamut in crime fiction. From hard-boiled to humorous to gritty noir to straight-up mystery, the anthology promises to please the most diverse and discriminating reading audience. With offerings from heavy-hitters like Matt Witten, Andrew Miller, Meagan Lucas, Eric Beetner, and Allison Whittenberg, and equally impressive contributions by relative newcomers to crime fiction, like Paul Alexander, Zephaniah Sole, and Meredith Craig, JACKED is a debut anthology not to be missed.
Saturday, July 9, 2022
Gary Phillips’ short story, Wages of Gold, appears in the just released anthology, Bass Reeves: Frontier Marshal Volume 5. Published by Airship 27 Productions, the read is available in print and digital formats at Amazon.
In this volume of Bass
Reeves Frontier Marshal, the legendary black lawman faces another four
challenges as he rides the badlands of Oklahoma before it became a state.
From the curse of a Mexican witch to chasing a renegade Indian Chief, Reeves is relentless in his pursuit of lawbreakers and devoted to justice.
Writers Michael Panush, Thomas McNulty, Gary Phillips, and Mel Odom offer up tales of the frontier as seen through the eyes of the greatest lawman of them all. This is old fashion, western action as only these gritty pulp scribes can deliver. So saddle up and get ready to ride into adventure!
Published today on the KRL website is the short story, Cyclists Hit the Road: A Mystery Short Story, by Mary Jo Robertiello. It can be read online here for free.
Friday, July 8, 2022
Hosted by Janet Lynn and Will Zeillinger, Terry Shames is interviewed on the latest “Chatting With Authors.” The interview is at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P6uU7FY59fw
From the Site:
Terry shares the background of her award winning Samuel Craddock series and insight to the writing of her next book, and suggestions for new writers.
Thursday, July 7, 2022
The SMFS is proud to announce that again this year
members of the SMFS have been nominated for the 2022 Silver Falchion Awards. As
stated on their homepage, winners will be announced in mid-August at the
conference. The complete list of
nominees is on the 2022
Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Finalists site. The nominated SMFS list
Chris Chan for Sherlock's Secretary (MX Publishing, December 2021)
Emilya Naymark for Hide in Place (Crooked Lane Books, February 2021)
Best Juvenile / YA
William Burton McCormick for A Stranger From the Storm (Independently Published, October 2021)
Chris Chan for Murder Most Grotesque: The Comedic Crime Fiction of Joyce Porter (Level Best Books, September 2021)
Jeffrey James Higgins for Furious: Sailing into Terror (Black Rose Writing, May 2021)
Best Attendee Thriller Finalists
James L’Etoile for Black Label (Level Best Books, July 2021)
Additionally, Lies Along the Mississippi: A Memphis Mysteries Anthology (Malice in Memphis, A Killer Writing Group, July 2021) is a Silver Falchion Award finalist in the Best Short Story Collection / Anthology category. SMFS list members Jackie Ross Flaum and Lynn Maples have short stories in the book.
Wednesday, July 6, 2022
Today is publication day for Wolf Bog: A Berkshire Hilltown Mystery by Leslie Wheeler. This is the latest entry in the Berkshire Hilltown Mystery Series. Published by Encircle Publications, the read is available in print and digital formats at the publisher, Amazon, and other vendors.
It's August in the Berkshires, and the area is suffering from a terrible drought. As wetlands dry up, the perfectly-preserved body of a local young man, missing for forty years, is discovered in Wolf Bog by a group of hikers that includes Kathryn Stinson. Who was he and what was his relationship with close friend Charlotte Hinckley, also on the hike, that would make Charlotte become distraught and blame herself for his death? Kathryn's search for answers leads her to the discovery of fabulous parties held at the mansion up the hill from her rental house, where local teenagers, like the deceased, mingled with the offspring of the wealthy. Other questions dog the arrival of a woman claiming to be the daughter Charlotte gave up for adoption long ago. But is she really Charlotte's daughter? And if not, what's her game? Once again, Kathryn's quest for the truth puts her in grave danger.