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Criminal Brief blogs on short mystery fiction.Now closed although the pages are still up. I appeared on alternate Mondays
SleuthSayers blogs on mystery fiction by a lot of the old CB gang and lots of talented new writers. I have retired from the site but still appear as an occasional guest
September's Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine includes my story, A Political Issue, another outing for nineteenth century New York City Medium, Madame Selina and her assistant, Nip.
My short story, "The City of Radiant Brides" appears in Ellery Queen's newest short story anthology, Crooked Road, volume 2, available on Amazon's Kindle.
After a blackout encounter in Hyde Park with a brutal older man, Francis, an irrepressibly gay, alcoholic, masochistic painter, begins to be haunted by a police inspector. Does the man Francis refers to as “my own personal copper” suspect the illicit roulette game that Francis is running with the help of his old nanny and his lover of the moment?
Maybe, but when Damien Hiller, a rent boy Francis knows, is brutally murdered, he learns that “his” Inspector Mordren is with the homicide division. When the painter later tumbles over the corpse of one of the all important RAF pilots near a favorite club, he winds up forced to become a police snitch to keep himself and his beloved old nanny from a gambling prosecution.
Francis’s work as an Air Raid Warden is a distraction from both his mini-casino and his legal troubles, but as the Blitz intensifies, he finds himself in a cat and mouse game across shattered London.
A collection of my published and unpublished short mysteries, the stories in "Blood in the Water" encompass a wide range of characters and situations. A lonely frontier wife seizes the chance to secure an infant, a woman on the run finds the perfect protective garment, an elderly stroke victim finds a way to save a neighbor, and an illegal immigrant and his girlfriend turn the tables on a modern day Bluebeard. Hear samples from the collection via the podcasts listed below.
I have had several new stories published recently, with "The Best Thing for the Liver" in Alfred Hitchcock, "The Double"in Sherlock Holmes,and "The General" appearing in the MWA anthology Vengeance, edited by Lee Child.Lee Child's Introduction to Vengeance at Mulholland Books.
"The Chef" a non-mystery story, appears in the new issue of Connecticut Muse Read the Spring Issue Online .
"Armies of the Night" appears in the newly released Level Best Books anthology, Dead Calm."
Two good sources for mystery podcasts are The Podcast Page at Alfred Hitchcock's Mysery Magazine and The Ellery Queensite, where a professional podcast of my EQMM story,The Star of the Silver Screen.