Burke, Alafair, editor, The Best American Mystery and Suspense 2021 (anthology)| Buy this book | Buy the audio| Kindle it! Series editor Steph Cha and guest editor Alafair Burke take over the series, with a stellar collection that includes stories from Gar Anthony Haywood, Gabino Iglesias, Aya De León, Laura Lippman, Delia C. Pitts, Alex Segura, Lisa Unger and more.Ain’t it swell that we now have two annual collections?
September 2021 Collections & Anthologies
Child, Lee, The Mysterious Bookshop Presents the Best Mystery Stories of the Year 2021 (anthology)| Buy this book| Kindle it! Otto (and Michele) are back in the saddle, this time with Lee Child, with the second edition of their whole new thang. With stories from Alison Gaylin, David Morrell, James Lee Burke, Joyce Carol Oates, Sara Paretsky, Stephen King and others, plus a posthumous goodie from Sue Grafton. Ain’t it swell that we now have two annual collections?
Collins, Max Allan, & Barbara, Suspense—His & Hers: Tales of Love and Murder| Kindle it! It’s a family affair, as the Collinses serve up an eclectic new sampler of short stories, full of murder and mayhem, written individually and together, including stories featuring Quarry, Ms. Tree and… Marilyn Monroe?
Rennison, Nick, editor, American Sherlocks (anthology)| Buy this book| Kindle it! Fifteen short detective stories written between 1890 and 1920, including tales by Melville Davisson Post, George Barton, Ellis Parker Butler, Samuel Gardenhire, Anthony M. Rud, John R. Coryell, , Anna Katherine Green, Arthur B. Reeve and Hugh Cosgro Weir.
August 2021 Collections & Anthologies
Cohen, Octavus Roy, Jim Hanvey, Detective (Jim Hanvey) (r)| Buy this book| Kindle it! Reprint of classic 1921 collection of stories featuring backwoods detective Hanvey, with introduction by our pal Leslie S. Klinger.
Doherty, Jim, The Big Game and Other Crime Stories (non-P.I.; Dan Sullivan)| Buy this book| Kindle it! Tales from behind the badge.
Rennison, Nick, editor, American Sherlocks| Buy this book| Kindle it! Fifteen short detective stories written between 1890 and 1920, including tales by Melville Davisson Post, George Barton, Ellis Parker Butler, Samuel Gardenhire, Anthony M. Rud, John R. Coryell, , Anna Katherine Green, Arthur B. Reeve and Hugh Cosgro Weir.
Various, Tough 2 (anthology) | Buy this book Hard-boiled crime by Michael Bracken, Alec Cizak, S.A. Cosby, Evelyn DeShane, Tia J’anae, Nick Kolakowski, Preston Lang, Matt Mattilla, Chris McGinley, Thomas Pluck, C.A. Rowland, Rob McClure Smith, William R. Soldan, Mary Thorson and Andrew Welsh-Huggins.
Penzler, Otto, editor, Golden Age Detective Stories (anthology) | Buy this book|Kindle it! An impressive collection of mid-century murder, by the likes of Ellery Queen, Mary Roberts Rinehart, Cornell Woolrich, Erle Stanley Gardner, Anthony Boucher and more.
Page, Norvell W., Black Harvest: The Complete Black Mask Cases of Jules Tremaine (Jules Tremaine) | Buy this book
Prather, Richard, Shell Scott PI Mystery Series, Volume Four (Shell Scott) | Kindle it! Includes Dead Heat, Joker in the Deck, The Cockeyed Corpse, The Trojan Hearse, Dead Man’s Walk, Kill Him Twice and The Kubla Khan Caper.
Whitfield, Raoul, Laughing Death (non-P.I.; aviation adventure) | Buy this book
June 2021 Collections & Anthologies
Chaber, M.E., The Twisted Trap: Six Milo March Stories (Milo March) | Buy this book | Kindle it! Long-awaited collection of stories from men’s magazines featuring Milo March, the hot-to-trot insurance investigator and secret agent.
Prather, Richard, Shell Scott PI Mystery Series, Volume Three (Shell Scott) | Kindle it! Includes Slab Happy, Take a Murder Darling, Over Her Dear Body, Dance With The Dead, Dig That Crazy Grave, Shell Scott’s Seven Slaughters and Kill The Clown.
Rausch, Andy, editor, Dead-End Jobs: A Hitman Anthology (anthology) | Buy this book | Kindle it! Lotsa hits in this one. Stories by Joe R. Lansdale, Max Allan Collins, Paul D. Brazil, Nikki Dolson, Chris Miller, Stephen Spignesi and others.
May 2021 Collections & Anthologies
Block, Lawrence, Collectibles| Buy this book Mystery geeks and collectors should keep an eye peeled for this collection of crime tales about… collecting, by some of our best crime writers. With obsession-drenched stories by Joyce Carol Oates, Dennis Lehane, S.J. Rozan, Thomas Pluck, S.A. Crosby, Lee Goldberg, Joe R. Lansdale, Alex Segura and more.
Prather, Richard, Shell Scott PI Mystery Series, Volume Two (Shell Scott) | Kindle it! Includes: Always Leave ‘Em Dying, Too Many Crooks, Pattern For Panic, Strip For Murder, The Wailing Frail, Have Gat – Will Travel and Three’s a Shroud.
White, Lionel, Steal Big/The Big Caper (non-P.I.) (r) | Buy this book A Stark House two-fer.
Pachter, Josh, editor, Only the Good Die Young (anthology) | Buy this book| Kindle it!
Crime fiction inspired by the songs of, uh, Billy Joel? That may be a crime itself! But perfect for those who don’t want clever conversation, I guess. Contributors include Michael Bracken, David Dean, John M. Floyd, Barb Goffman, James D.F. Hannah, Richard Helms, Robert Lopresti, Richie Narvaez, and more.
Prather, Richard, Shell Scott PI Mystery Series, Volume One (Shell Scott) | Kindle it!
Includes: The Case of the Vanishing Beauty, Bodies In Bedlam, Everybody Had a Gun, Find This Woman, Dagger of Flesh, Darling It’s Death and Way of a Wanton.
Ollerman, Rick, Bullets and Other Hurting Things: A Tribute to Bill Crider (anthology) | Buy this book| Kindle it! A slew of Bill’s writing pals pay to the gentleman from Texas with some tall tales of their own, including William Kent Krueger, Bill Pronzini, Joe R. Lansdale, Patricia Abbott, Ben Boulden, Michael Bracken, Jen Conley, Brendan DuBois, Charlaine Harris, David Housewright, Kasey Lansdale, Angela Crider Neary, James Reasoner, James Sallis, Terry Shames, S. A. Solomon, Sara Paretsky, Robert J. Randisi, SJ Rozan, and Eryk Pruitt. I wish I’d been invited to this party.
Pachter, Josh, editor, The Great Filling Station Holdup (anthology) | Buy this book| Kindle it! Crime Fiction Inspired by the Songs of Jimmy Buffett. Includes new stories from Parrotheads Josh Pachter, Rick Ollerman , Michael Bracken, Lissa Marie Redmond , Elaine Viets , Robert J. Randisi , Neil Plakcy and more.
Neely, Richard, The Plastic Nightmare/While Love Lay Sleeping (1: Gus Klein) | Buy this book | Kindle it! From Stark House, classic reprints, including basis for the film Shattered.
Various,Black Cat Mystery Magazine #8 (magazine)| Buy this book | Kindle it! Includes new stories from Jon Matthew Farber, M.A. Monnin, John M. Floyd, Elizabeth Zelvin, D.V. Bennet, Barb Goffman and Donald Barr Chidsey.
Various, Guns & Tacos, Vol. 3 (collection; non-P.I.) | Buy this book | Kindle it! New crime stories by Michael Bracken, Trey R. Barker, Eric Beetner & Alec Cizak.
December 2020 Collections & Anthologies
Bracken, Michael, editor, Mickey Finn, Vol. 1: 21st Century Noir (anthology) | Buy this book| Kindle it! Twenty shots of noir, served straight up, courtesy of J.L. Abramo, Ann Aptaker, Trey R. Barker, Michael Bracken, Barb Goffman, David Hagerty, James A. Hearn, David H. Hendrickson, Jarrett Kaufman, Mark R. Kehl, Hugh Lessig, Steve Liskow, Alan Orloff, Josh Pachter, Steve Rasnic Tem, Mikal Trimm, Bev Vincent, Joseph S. Walker, Andrew Welsh-Huggins, and Stacy Woodson.
Box, C.J., editor, The Best American Mystery Stories 2020 (anthology) | Buy this book| Buy the audio| Kindle it! It’s the end of the world as we know it, as series editor Otto Penzler (and perennial sidekick Michele Slung riding shotgun) does the BAMS boogie one last time. Next year, a new series editor steps in, and the series itself gets a (slightly) new title. But the song remains the same: to present the very best crime stories, no matter where they come from. And this year’s edition is no exception—it includes “twenty perfect pearls” from the likes of Sheila Kohler, David Dean, Jeffery Deaver, Robin Yocum, James Lee Burke, Pamela Blackwood, John Sandford and Rick Helms.
Jakubowski, Maxim, The Book of Extraordinary New Sherlock Holmes Stories (Sherlock Holmes; anthology) | Buy this book| Buy the audio| Kindle it! The game’s a-foot, with all-new stories featuring Holmes, Watson and the usual gang, by the likes of David Stuart Davies, John Grant, O’Neil De Noux, Rhys Hughes, Matthew Booth, Phillip Vine, Bev Vincent and more.
Murphy, Sandra, editor, Peace, Love & Crime (anthology) | Buy this book| Kindle it! C’mon people, let’s get together with this batch of crime fiction inspired by the songs of the sixties, from the likes of Michael Bracken, Jeanne DuBois, Terrie Farley Moran, Heidi Hunter, Paul D. Marks, Mary Keliikoa, Maxim Jakubowski, Josh Pachter, and more.
Standiford, Les, editor, Miami Noir: The Classics (Akashic noir) | Buy this book| Kindle it! Featuring classic crime from the likes of Marjory Stoneman Douglas, Elmore Leonard, Lester Dent, Zora Neale Hurston, Brett Halliday, Damon Runyon, Edna Buchanan, James Carlos Blake, Douglas Fairbairn, Charles Willeford, T.J. MacGregor, Lynne Barrett, Les Standiford, Preston L. Allen, John Dufresne, Vicki Hendricks, Christine Kling, Carolina Garcia-Aguilera, and David Beaty.
Malmon, Kate, Revenge of the Widow Malmon (anthology) | Buy this book | Kindle it! Fuck MS! The widow Malmon seeks revenge. New stories for a good cause, featuring Jordan Harper, S.A. Cosby, J.J. Hensley, Joe Clifford, Sean Chercover, Aimee Hix and more!
Penzler, Otto, editor, The Big Book of Espionage (non-P.I.; anthology) | Buy this book| Kindle it! This year’s doorstep anthology from Penzler rounds up recently declassified tales of spies, moles, secret agents, double agents and triple-dog-dare agents, by Lee Child, Jospeh Finder, Ian Fleming, Sara Paretsky, Jeffrey Deaver and other assets.
Various, Black Cat Magazine #7: Special Private Eye Issue (periodical) | Buy this book | Kindle it! This one sucker-punched me! What a great collection! With stories from Robert Lopresti, Josh Pachter, Andrew Welsh-Huggins, Bev Vincent, John M. Floyd, Graham Powell, O’Neil De Noux, E.E. King, Robert Jeschonek and a classic reprint by Fletcher Flora.
Various, Hoosier Noir: Two (anthology) | Buy this book | Kindle it! The second big issue includes stories Don Stoll, Marianne Halbert, Serena Jayne, Stephen J. Golds, C.W. Blackwell, Michael Bracken, Zakariah Johnson, and Joseph S. Walker.
September 2020 Collections & Anthologies
Brown, Fredric, The Complete Ed & Am Hunter Mysteries (Ed & Am Hunter) Prestigious two-volume set from Haffner Press, with an introduction by Jack Seabrook.
Child, Lee, editor, The Nicotine Chronicles (anthology) | Buy this book| Buy the audio| Kindle it! Heroin, cocaine, speed, marijuana–Akashic finally unleashes an antho about a real killer… featuring new stories by Lee Child, Joyce Carol Oates, Jonathan Ames, Eric Bogosian, Michael Imperioli, Bernice L. McFadden, Cara Black, Jerry Stah and more.
McAleer, Andrew, & Paul D. Marks, eds, Coast to Coast Noir: From Sea to Shining Sea (anthology) | Buy this book| Kindle it! Another solid collection, featuring stories from Colleen Collins, Brendan DuBois, Alison Gaylin, Andrew McAleer, Michael Mallory, Paul D. Marks, Dennis Palumbo, Stephen D. Rogers, John Shepphird, Beth Terrell and Dave Zeltserman.
Mosley, Walter, The Awkward Black Man (collection; non-P.I.) | Buy this book| Kindle it! A collection of his non-crime short fiction.
Bellem, Robert Leslie, & John Wooley, Homicide Highball: The Lost Dan Turner Movie Script (Dan Turner) | Buy this book | Kindle it! Includes Bellem’s original story, “Homicide Highball”, plus Wooley’s original script for the 1990 film.
Champion, D.L., Murder Costs Money: The Complete Black Mask Cases of Rex Sackler (Rex Sackler) | Buy this book Intro by Ed Hulse, illustrated by Peter Kuhlhoff, cover by Rafael DeSoto.
Lybeck, Ed, Dead Evidence: The Complete Black Mask Cases of Harrigan (Harrigan) | Buy this book Intro by Will Murray, illustrated by Arthur Rodman Bowker, cover by Jes Schlaikjer
Reeves, Robert, Dead and Done For: The Complete Black Mask Cases of Cellini Smith (Cellini Smith) | Buy this book Intro by Kenneth S. White, cover by Rafael DeSoto
Various, Pulp Adventures #36 (periodical)| Buy this book This issue includes a rare story by Erle Stanley Gardner, plus new and classic fiction from Michael A. Wexler, Robert J. Mendenhall, E. C. Tubb, Charles Boeckman, Earle Basinsky, Conrad Adamson; and Steven L. Rowe.
Block, Lawrence, editor, The Darkling Halls of Ivy (anthology) | Buy this book| Kindle it!
A semester’s worth of academia-themed murder & mayhem, by Ian Rankin, Joe Lansdale, Reed Farrel Coleman, Gar Anthony Haywood, Tod Goldberg, David Morrell and others.
Various, Shotgun Honey Presents Volume 4: Recoil (periodical) | Buy this book | Kindle it! Twenty-three tales of crime that will hit so hard that the recoil will be felt long after the stories are done, with stories by Rusty Barnes, Jen Conley, Barbara DeMarco-Barrett , Nick Kolakowski , David Nemeth, Johnny Shaw, Kieran Shea and more.
April 2020 Collections & Anthologies
Ballinger, Bill, The Tooth and the Nail/The Wife of the Red-Haired Man (non-P.I.; noir twofer) | Buy this book| Kindle it!
Corris, Peter, See You at the Toxteth (collection) | Buy this book | Kindle it! Now in print! A round-up of some of the best stories featuring Sydney P.I. Cliff Hardy, plus a selection of Corris’ non-fiction columns on the world of crime and crime writing, along with his “ABC of Crime Writing.”
Hodder, Mark, editor, Sexton Blake and the Great War (Sexton Blake; collection) | Buy this book Includes The Case Of The Naval Manoeuvres, On War Service and Private Tinker.
Muller, Marcia, & Bill Pronzini, eds., Deadly Anniversaries (MWA Anthology) | Buy this book | Buy the audio| Kindle it! To mark their 75th anniversary, the MWA unleashes 19 tales of anniversaries gone bad, edited by one of the great married couples of crime fiction.
Pachter, Josh, editor, The Misadventures of Nero Wolfe: Parodies & Pastiches Featuring the Great Detective of West 35th Street (anthology) | Buy this book | Kindle it!
Pachter, Josh, editor, The Beat of Black Wings: Crime Fiction Inspired by the Songs of Joni Mitchell (anthology) | Kindle it! Includes stories by Art Taylor, Michael Bracken, Marilyn Todd, Greg Herren and a slew of others. A better investment than a little money riding on the Maple Leafs.
The Great Radio Private Eyes (OTR collection) | Buy the audio Almost ten hours of detective show’s from radio’s Golden Age, including epiosodes of Bulldog Drummond, Candy Matson, The Falcon, Pat Novak, Michael Shayne, Richard Diamond, Philo Vance, Christopher London, Mr. Keen, Philip Marlowe, Let George Do It, Rex Saunders, Barrie Craig, Danger With Grainger, Sherlock Holmes, Casebook Of Gregory Hood, Boston Blackie, Jeff Regan, Investigator, Sam Spade and Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar.
March 2020 Collections & Anthologies
Brown, Fredric, Market for Murder (collection) Third big volume from Haffner Press, collecting all Fredric Brown‘s mystery and crime short stories and novellas.
Brackman, Lisa, & Matt Coyle, editors, Crossing Borders (anthology) | Buy this book | Kindle it! The San Diego Chapter of Sisters in Crime present stories that cross the line.
Edwards, Martin, editor, The Measure of Malice: Scientific Detection Stories (collection) | Buy this book | Kindle it! A sterling collection of classic detective stories by the likes of R. Austin Freeman, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Edmund Crispin, Dorothy L. Sayers and others, featuring some of the “masters of scientific deduction.”
Various, Hoosier Noir: One (anthology) | Buy this book | Kindle it! A new mag from Indiana, featuring writers from that state. This first issue includes Les Edgerton, Don Stoll, Preston Lang, and many more, as well as Michael Mullen photography, an Author Spotlight on Alec Cizak, and an exclusive interview with Rex Weiner.
Westlake, Donald, Double Feature (non-P.I., Hard Case Crime) (r) | Buy this book | Kindle it! Reprints A Travesty and Ordo.
Pulp Adventures #34: City of the Dead Paperback (periodical) | Buy this book Another shot of new and classic pulp, with stories by William M. Hope, William Decatur, Robert Leslie Bellem (Dan Turner!), Logan Robichaud, Adam Beau McFarlane, Patti Boeckman, Sharla Wilkin, Charles Burgess and Ron Reikki.