April 6, 2021

Bart, David; Lawson, BV; Preston, Chris; Soloway, Jeff; plus 6 other authors. MYSTERY WEEKLY MAGAZINE: March 2021. Book 67. Independently published. February '21. $7.99. "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."

Mystery Writers Of America. DEADLY ANNIVERSARIES: A Collection of Stories from Crime Fiction's Top Authors. Muller, Marcia & Pronzini, Bill, editors. Hanover Square Press. April '21. $9.99. "Mystery Writers of America is proud to present Deadly Anniversaries, a collection of crime and mystery stories from some of the best contemporary authors, all of whom have been invited to put their own unique spin on what it means to recognize a certain day or event every year. An anniversary can take many forms, and by the time this group of bestsellers and award winners is through, none of us will ever look at anniversaries the same way again. Edited by Marcia Muller and Bill Pronzini, this collection features original stories from twenty industry giants. DEADLY ANNIVERSARIES is sure to shock, scare and delight mystery and suspense fans of all kinds. The list of writers includes: Doug Allyn, Lee Child, Max Allan Collins, Jeffery Deaver, Meg Gardiner, Alison Gaylin, Sue Grafton, Carolyn Hart, Naomi Hirahara, Wendy Hornsby, Laurie R. King, William Kent Krueger, Laura Lippman, Peter Lovesey, Margaret Maron, Marcia Muller, Bill Pronzini, Peter Robinson, S.J. Rozan, and Julie Smith. Simultaneous release on CD from Harlequin Audio and Blackstone Publishing.

Penzler, Otto & Box, C.J., Editors. BEST AMERICAN MYSTERY STORIES 2020. Best American Paper. November '20. $16.99. "A collection of the year's best mystery short fiction selected by New York Times best-selling and Edgar Award-winning author C.J. Box."

Starr, Jason. OUTLAWED INK. Independently published. June '20. $10.95. "The first volume of collected short crime fiction from the Anthony Award-winning author... A father's death reveals a twisted family secret, a crooked P.I. seizes an opportunity to make a big score, a bullied kid in Brooklyn seeks the ultimate revenge, a octogenarian in Florida plots to murder his wife. This thrilling collection contains some of acclaimed crime author Jason Starr's most compelling characters yet, all blazing along dead-end roads, blissfully unaware of their fates."

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