May 2, 2022

Inge, Teresa; Bickford, Susan Alice; Adler, Mary; Dabney, MB;. plus 6 more authors. THE 2021 SISTERS IN CRIME GUPPY ANTHOLOGY: THE FISH THAT GOT AWAY. Wildside Press. June '21. $13.99. "Edited by Linda M. Rodrigues and featuring an introduction by Susan Van Kirk, THE FISH THAT GOT AWAY is the latest anthology from the Guppies Chapter of Sisters in Crime. This volume selects 20 great new stories from the rising stars of mystery fiction! Included are: TO EVERY SEASON by Mary Adler; 'Black On Black In Black' by MB Dabney; 'The Pearl Necklace' by E.B. Davis; 'Know Nothing' by C.M. Surrisi; 'Geetings From The Board' by Mary Dutta; 'Quarry' by Susan Alice Bickford; 'Catch And Release' by Mark Thielman; Dead Armadillos Don't Dance' by Kari Wainwright; 'The Case Of The Abused Aritchoke' by Cynthia Sabelhaus; 'Wild About Saffron' by Marcia Adair; 'Good Neighbors' by Victoria Kazarian; 'Stress Kills' by Cheryl Marceau; 'Granddad's Blood Bait' by Gene Garrison; 'The Legend OF Bahama Bobby' by Melinda Loomis; 'Releasing Lives' by P.A. De Voe; 'Killer's Cruise' by Joseph S. Walker; 'Book Drop' by Sarah A. Bresniker; 'The Last Laugh' by Lori Roberts Herbst; 'The Canine Caper' by Michele Bazan Reed; and 'True Colors' by C.M. West."

Oates, Joyce Carol. NIGHT, NEON: Tales of Mystery and Suspense. Mysterious Press. June '21. $25.95. "A new collection of dark, chilling tales from the #1 New York Times Bestselling author. From literary icon Joyce Carol Oates comes a brand new collection of haunting and, at times, darkly humorous mystery & suspense stories. These are tales of psyches pushed to their limits by the expectations of everyday life - from a woman who gets lost on her drive home to her plush suburban home and ends up breaking into a stranger's house, to a first-person account of a cloned 1940s magazine pinup girl being sold at auction and embodying America's ideals of beauty and womanhood. Taken as a whole, the collection forms a poignant tapestry of regular people searching for their place in a social hierarchy, often with devastating and disastrous results. Rendered with stylish, fresh writing from an author who continues to push the envelope, the stories deftly weave in and out of a stream-of-consciousness to reflect the ways we process traumatic experiences and impart that uncertainty and uneasiness to the reader. Originally appearing in publications as disparate as Harper's, Vice, and Conjunctions, the stories comprising NIGHT, NEON showcase Oates' mastery of the suspense story - and her relentless use of the form to conduct unapologetically honest explorations of American identity. Paperback edition. May '22. $16.95.

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