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Was it a Killer Year?

In 2009, for the first time, I reviewed a book, Killer Year: Stories to Die For… and posted it publicly in the blogosphere.  This “review” became my second post on Crimespace.  I’d discovered this social network “ning” site as a place for readers and writers of crime fiction and thought it a perfect place to have a… Read More ›

Opening Shots

Take a “glimpse beyond the page and into the mind of the writer”, and discover the first published stories of mystery and crime writers. Collected in Opening Shots are the stories of twenty authors spanning the years from 1952 to 2000.  These are the first published works of such mystery icons as Simon Brett, Max… Read More ›

Wondrous Beginnings

How did some of science fiction greatest authors get their start? Collected in Wondrous Beginnings are the stories that launched the careers of such science fiction masters as Stephen Baxter, Orson Scott Card, Arthur C. Clarke, Anne McCaffrey, and Gene Wolfe, among others.  The collection spans nearly one hundred years!  The first story included was… Read More ›

The Short Mystery Fiction Society

Since May is National Short Story Month, it’s the perfect time to unveil the latest addition to my list of links, The Short Mystery Fiction Society. The Short Mystery Fiction Society (SMFS) is comprised of writers, publishers, editors, and readers.  Established in 1996, the society endeavors “to promote the creation, publication, and appreciation of short… Read More ›

National Short Story Month

Did you know May is National Short Story Month? Though I don’t believe it’s officially recognized–like April as National Poetry Month (established in 1996)–there is growing momentum to recognize this form of oft overlooked writing. “Short stories are one of fiction’s most vital and necessary exports, though often they are not read with the frequency… Read More ›

The Poisoned Martini – VI

It’s time for Part VI of The Poisoned Martini, an original eStory written by yours truly.  With the introduction of Thaddeus Alcott in the last installment, the focus of the story begins to shift.  To protect his grandson, Thaddeus will investigate a murder… Recent college grad Rick Gray met an intriguing and pretty co-ed who invited him… Read More ›

The Chocoholic Mysteries

With Halloween approaching, October is the perfect month to read a book featuring chocolate, and JoAnna Carl’s Chocoholic Mysteries are a perfect choice.  For my “A Taste of Murder” discussion series, I ended up reading two selections.  I picked up a copy of Crime de Cocoa, which includes the first three Chocoholic Mysteries and a… Read More ›

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