Word on the street is…
This is something new I’m trying out, but it really depends on you. If you’re a private eye writer, and you’ve got something coming out in the next little while, please let me know via email (or DM me, for you youngsters) and I’ll post the news here. All I ask is that you keep it short, keep it pithy and keep it relevant. If you’re not sure, check out What the hell is a private eye, anyway?
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Attention, all short story-writing types–time-worn veterans, eager newcomers, and all those who fall in between–the folks at New York City’s landmark Mysterious Bookstore are now screening submissions for The Mysterious Bookshop Presents the Best Mysteries of the Year 2022 through the end of the year. Full details here.
My story, “Concrete Bimbo,” is included in the just released anthology from Murderous Ink Press, We’re All Animals Under The Skin. It’s features my P.I. Robert Doverman, who also appears in “Sleight Of Hand” in Bewildering Stories and “Between The Rain Drops” in Terror House, both just released this May. He previously appeared in “Wishing Star” in Jitter #8 and is scheduled to appear in the June issue of Yellow Mama in a story titled “A Bad Place To Be.”
Deadly Dance, the sixth installment in my series with former piano prodigy turned private investigator, Scott Drayco, was just released. Also, a short story featuring Drayco titled, “Suite in the Key of Death” was recently published in Mystery Weekly magazine (Their blurb? “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.”)
My own story in Only the Good Die Young: Crime Fiction Inspired by the Songs of Billy Joel, which came out last month from Untreed Reads, is also titled “Only the Good Die Young,” and it’s the first appearance of a new PI character, a Long Islander whose first name is Anthony and last name isn’t mentioned. I haven’t decided yet whether this is a one-off or if he’ll be back for more stories. Meanwhile, my Texas PI Helmut Erhard has two new stories — #4 and 5 in the series — coming out later this year, one in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine (“The Vampire Shift”) and one in Michael Bracken’s Mickey Finn 2 (“KLDI”).
Aloha Boys, a novella featuring my private eye Morris Ronald “Mo Ron” Boyette, will be released August 17 by PI Tales. It is paired with Frank Zafiro’s Hallmarks of the Job, featuring Stanley Melvin, as part of PI Tales’s Double Feature series. Also forthcoming from Tough, though I haven’t a date yet, is “Disposable Women.” The story features P.I. Cade Wilcox and has a small role for Studebaker Johnson, a PI who first appeared in “Quarryville, Texas” in The Private Eye Writers of America Presents: Fifty Shades of Grey Fedora (2015).
My P.I. Lackland Ask is featured in the serial “A Detective Story” in Dime Pulp. He’s a battered wise crackin’ tough guy looking to get revenge for a doublecross.
My first novel, An Untidy Affair, is being published this summer. The protag is David Blaise, a young, Black Philadelphia P.I. No exact pub date set but I’ll be seing the cover for the first time soon.
My second story featuring Martin Wade, punk-turned-P.I. short, “A Brief History of Local Warfare,” is in the current issue of Ellery Queen.
The Pine Barrens Stratagem: From the Case Files of Steve Rockfish drops on January 27, 2022 from Black Rose. It follows Steve Rockfish, a private detective struggling with the pandemic, who just landed his biggest client. But as Steve digs deeper, he’s thrown into the den of a monolithic criminal alliance and his effort uncovers a myriad of illicit activity dating back to the 1940s and as recent as yesterday.
My 6th Lucien Caye novel, The Spy Who Used Me, was just published. I’ve also had an inordinate (for me) amount of private eye short stories published during this pandemic, including “Love Pirate” (September 7, 2020, Black Cat Mystery Magazine #7), “A Dreamboat Gambol” (November-December 2020, AHMM) and “He Who Howls” in The Book of Extraordinary New Sherlock Holmes Stories.
I’m offering a free online course, Beginning Your Mystery, about finding and developing ideas, and about the work that goes into a mystery novel. We’ll look at the beginnings to several famous mystery novels, discuss finding ideas and developing them, and end with a writing exercise designed to jumpstart your creativity. Beginning Your Mystery stands on its own, and is the first of ten sessions which make up Mystery Writing Mastery, my online course which will be up in April. You can pre-register for it now, and check out Beginning Your Mystery.
I’m a new member of the Private Eye Writers of America, and I have a new book, The Arrangement, coming out in March. It’s a mystery/suspense story featuring hard-boiled African-American private detective Tootsie Carter, who takes on 1975 New York City armed only with a snub-nosed Colt .38, unmatchable wit, and a pocketful of Tootsie Rolls. It’s the first book of the Plainclothes Tootsie Mystery Series, which is planned for 26 future books.
My 25th novel, What Doesn’t Kill Us, featuring Mac McKenzie, will be published May 25th, 2021 by St. Martin’s Minotaur. I didn’t think it was possible when I started out to write somany books and not be filthy, stinking rich, but there you are.
The audiobook for my fourth Surfing Detective mystery, Murder at Volcano House, featuring P.I. Kai Cooke and read by Scott Ellis, will go on sale early in 2021. Meanwhile, I’m finishing up the sixth volume in his series, this one set on the island of Kaua’i.
I recently published my first collection of short stories: Harry Kenmare, PI: At Your Service. There are seven Harry stories in the collection, three of which were previously published in Switchblade, and the other four are fresh. I also have a non-Pl crime short story, “Childhood’s End,” appearing in the imminent Pink Floyd-inspired crime anthology, Coming Through the Wires.
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