Phillips, Gary, & Gar Anthony Haywood, editors, Witnesses for the Dead (anthology) | Buy this book | Kindle it! What if you saw what they saw? New stories by Christopher Chambers, Richie Narvaez, Gary Phillips, Sarah M. Chen, Cara Black, Tod Goldberg, SJ Rozan, and more.
September 2022 Collections & Anthologies
Christie, Agatha, Marple: Twelve New Stories (collection; non-P.I.) | Kindle it! All new stories from Naomi Alderman Leigh Bardugo, Alyssa Cole, Val McDermid, Kate Mosse, Ruth Ware and others.
Edwards, Martin, (editor), Murder by the Book: Mysteries for Bibliophiles (collection) | Buy this book |Buy the audio| Kindle it! Books. As motive. As maguffin. As weapon. Sixteen nefarious nuggets from the Golden Age of British Crime, perfect for savoring on a cold winter’s night, perhaps accompanied by a hot cuppa. Among the suspects? Nicholas Blake, G.D.H. Cole and M. Cole, A.A. Milne, Julian Symons, Ngaio Marsh, E.C. Bentley, Christianna Brand and John Creasey all contribute bibliographic mayhem (there are even a few private detective tales) that will have you turning the pages… and looking over your shoulder.
June 2022 Collections & Anthologies
Cudmore, Libby, & Art Taylor, editors, Lawyers, Guns & Money (anthology) | Buy this book | Kindle it! The shit has hit the fan. Short stories inspired by the music of Warren Zevon, by the likes of excitable boys & girls such as William Boyle, Dana Cameron, Libby Cudmore, Hilary Davidson, Paul D. Marks, Josh Pachter, Charles Salzberg, Laura Ellen Scott, Alex Segura, Kevin Burton Smith (who?) and Brian Thornton.
Jakubowski, Maxim, editor, The Book of Extraordinary Femme Fatale Stories: The Best New Original Stories of the Genre Featuring Female Villains, Detectives, and Other Mysterious Women (anthology) | Buy this book | Kindle it! Contributors include Claude Lalumière, O’Neil De Noux, Bev Vincent, Robert Lopresti and Joseph S. Walker.
Niles, Steve, Criminal Macabre (collection; Cal McDonald)| Buy this book | Kindle it! Collects the prose stories featuring Steve Niles’s ghost-and-monster-busting private eye: “Savage Membrane;” “Guns, Drugs, and Monsters,” “Dial M for Monster” and “All My Bloody Things,” plus two new stories: “The Dead Son,” “Out of Water” and an introduction by horror legend John Carpenter. (May 2022)
Powell, William Dylan/Vilharo, Will, Dixon Guidry Gets Lost/All Souls are Final (1: Roughneck Mike/1: Vic Valentine) | Buy this book | Kindle it!
Spillane, Mickey, Stand Up and Die!: A Crime Fiction Collection (collection) | Buy this book | Kindle it! Ten hard to find tales, including a Mike Hammer story. With an intro by Max Allan Collins (of course).
Bracken, Michael, editor, Groovy Gumshoes: Private Eyes in the Psychedelic Sixties(anthology) | Buy this book | Kindle it! Tune in and turn on with this trippy collection of original stories by the likes of Jack Bates, C.W. Blackwell, Michael Bracken, N.M. Cedeño, Hugh Lessig, Steve Liskow, Adam Meyer, Tom Milani, Neil S. Plakcy, Stephen D. Rogers, Mark Thielman, Grant Tracey, Mark Troy, Andrew Welsh-Huggins, and Robb White.
Daly, Carroll John, Unremembered Murder: The Collected Hard-Boiled Stories of Race Williams Vol. 7 (Race Williams) | Buy this book 16 from 1944–55, as Daly closed out his most popular series with a bang, plus an all-new intro by Professor Brooks E. Hefner of James Madison University.
Rozan, S.J.,editor, Crime Hits Home (MWA anthology) | Buy this book |Buy the audio | Kindle it! The latest from the Mystery Writers of America includes new stories from Naomi Hirahara, Sara Paretsky, Gary Phillips, Walter Mosley and S.J. Rozan, among others.
Bracken, Michael, editor, Mickey Finn Vol. 2: 21st Century Noir| Kindle it! Second collection in the series–a crime-fiction cocktail guaranteed to knock readers into a literary stupor. Featuring nineteen new stories from the likes of Trey R. Barker, John Bosworth, Michael Bracken, Scott Bradfield, S.M. Fedor, Nils Gilbertson, J.D. Graves, James A. Hearn, Janice Law, Hugh Lessig, Gabe Morran, Rick Ollerman, Josh Pachter, Robert Petyo, Stephen D. Rogers, Albert Tucher, Joseph S. Walker, Sam Wiebe, and Stacy Woodson
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?
Cody, Liza, My People and Other Crime Stories (collection) | Buy this book| Kindle it! A collection of short crime stories from one of the greats, including “Day or Night,” a touching tribute to Anna Lee, Cody’s London private eye, one of the first (and best) lady dicks of the modern era.
Westmoreland, Mark, Trouble No More (anthology) | Kindle it! Turn it up. A collection of crime stories inspired by Southern Rock by the likes of C.W. Blackwell, Jerry Bloomfield, S.A. Cosby, Nikki Dolson, Michel Lee Garrett, James D.F. Hannah, Jessica Laine, Brian Panowich, Rob Pierce, J.B. Stevens, Chris Swann, Art Taylor, Joseph S. Walker and more.
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?
Pachter, Josh, editor, Monkey Business: Crime Fiction Inspired by the Films of the Marx Brothers| Buy this book| Kindle it!
Possibly too much monkey business for me to be involved in, but this collection rounds up new stories by the likes of Donna Andrews, Frankie Y. Bailey, Jeff Cohen, Lesley A. Diehl, Brendan DuBois, Terence Faherty, Barb Goffman, Joseph Goodrich, Robert Lopresti, Sandra Murphy, Robert J. Randisi, Marilyn Todd, Joseph S. Walker, and some guy called Josh.
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.
Ross, Martin, Short Suspects: Lost, Forgotten, and Neglected American Mystery Stories & Where to Find Them (non-fiction)| Kindle it!
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.
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.
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.