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Small Crimes

Your Monday reads.

Rachel Howzell Hall interviewed at CrimeReads.

Two takes on Twitter from Gabino Iglesias at Lit Reactor and Jane Friedman at her blog.

E.A. Aymar interviewed at Dana King’s blog.

Leye Adenle interviewed at Crime Reads.

J. Kingston Pierce interviewed Tom Nolan about Ross McDonald at Crime Reads.


“Murder-A-Go-Go’s: Crime Fiction Inspired by the Music of the Go-Go’s” edited by Holly West (Down & Out Books, 2019)


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Sunday’s Sins

Your Sunday reads.

This story is even better than its title, “Personal Hell: Accept Your Fate with Emilio Estevez” by Ken Price (Punk Noir Magazine)

“Remember Dan Fante” by Douglas Mallon (3:AM Magazine)

Photographs: “Big Lonely City #35” (Fragments of Noir)


Dana King’s “Ten-Seven” (Down & Out Books, 2019)


Short Story: New issue of “Yellow Mama” is out.

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Saturday’s Sabotage

Your Saturday reads.

Meredith Borders gives us a nice list of “The 13 Best Women Writing Horror Today” in LitReactor.

Jo Spain, author of “Dirty Little Secrets” (Quercus, 2019) interviewed at the Irish Times.

Kevin Mims gives some reasons why Joyce Maynard is ignored as a crime author in “America’s Most Overlooked Crime Novelist”. I disagree with a few, but a good article. (Something is Going to Happen)


“Switchblade 8” (Caledonia Press, 2019) is out in ebook and print. Edited by Scotch Rutherford, it features A B Patterson, Chris McGinley, Stephen D. Rogers, Jack Bates, Nick Manzolillo, Doug Knott, Andrew Miller, Albert Tucher, Zella Christensen, and Michael Guillebeau.


Short Stories: “‘Target’ And Other Dark Micro Tales By Genelle Chaconas” (Mystery Tribune)

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Friday’s Felonies

Your Friday morning reads.

Dietrich Kalteis interviews Terry Shames, author of “A Risky Undertaking for Loretta Singletary” (Seventh Street Books, 2019)

Lawrence Maddox has an interesting essay at SleuthSayers called “The Manual of Mindfulness: Thinking Like Sherlock Holmes“.

Benjamin Whitmer interviews Gabino Iglesias, author of “Coyote Songs” (Broken River Books, 2018). (LA Review of Books)


“Carnivorous Lunar Activities” by Max Booth III (Fangoria, 2019) is reviewed at Ink Heist.


Short Story: “Today” (Part One) by Chris Roy (Close to the Bone)

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Thursday’s Threats

Your Thursday evening reads.

“Betty Ballantine, paperback publishing pioneer, dies at 99” (Associated Press)

The following article by Sarah Nicolas will make you depressed: “These Are The Book and Reading Statistics That Show Who Readers Are” (Book Riot).

Paul Heatley reviews S.A. Cosby’s “My Darkest Prayer” (Insight, 2019) saying Cosby’s “similes are as masterful as they are entertaining, and they’ll be sure to keep you chuckling, when you’re not wincing. ” (MysteryTribune)

“‘I Am Not a Nostalgic Person’: An Interview With Brian Alan Ellis” by Zac Smith (Vol. 1 Brooklyn)

“Notes on My Literary Minimalism” by Carol Guess (Literary Hub)


“Beton Rouge” by Simone Buchholz, translated by Rachel Ward (Orenda Books, 2018) reviewed at Books From Dusk Till Dawn.


Short Story: “It’s Not the Pale Moon by Jim Shaffer (Flash Fiction Offensive)

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Thursday’s Thefts

Your Thursday morning reads.

My article this morning for Do Some Damage advocates taking action against Otto Penzler for his behavior. The article is called “What To Do About Otto” or as I like to refer to it, “Burning bridges before I even get to them”.

Two of my favorite reads are featured in The Thrill Begins’s “The Advocates”: Janet Rudolph and J. Kingston Pierce. Art Taylor writes:

But the key here isn’t how good they’ve been to me but instead how good they are to all of us—enthusiastic about all things mystery, advocates for authors everywhere, and generous to us readers and fans because they’re such generous readers/fans/authors themselves.

If it wasn’t for dog shit, Dan Mallory would have nowhere to walk. “Dan Mallory, 2 Starkly Similar Novels and the Puzzle of Plagiarism” by Alexandra Alter (The New York Times).

William E. Butterworth III who wrote under the pseudonym W.E.B. Griffin has died. (The Rap Sheet)


Every month Colman Keane announces his pick of the month. This month it is Kimi Cunningham Grant’s “Fallen Mountains” (Amberjack Publishing, 2019). This month he also announced a runner-up, Elgin Bleecker’s “Lyme Depot” (Self-Published, 2019). I don’t think I’ve seen Keane do that before.


Short Story: “Coffin Dress Girl” by Heather Santo (Retreats From Oblivion)

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Wednesday’s Wrongdoings

Wednesday afternoon reads.

Jedidiah Ayres likes drugs. I mean he likes his books on drugs. He likes junkie fiction, “Friends Without Means” at hardboiled wonderland.

S.A. Cosby’s new gig writing at Do Some Damage begins with looking at why sometimes–sometimes–using clichés and tropes is a good thing.

Paula Munier, a literary agent, looks at “The Biggest Lie in Publishing: Bigger Books, Fewer Books” for Career Authors. She writes, “Everyone tries to figure out what ‘the formula’ is, but ultimately the formula fails.”

“American Spy” by Lauren Wilkinson (Random House, 2019) reviewed at NPR.

Max Booth III looks at come unconventional methods to get writing. (LitReactor)


Short Story: “Southside Valentine” by Richie Narvaez (Akashic)


“Atlanta Deathwatch” by Ralph Dennis (Brash Books 1974, 2019)

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Wednesday’s Wickedness

Wednesday morning reads.

In “The Profoundly Unsettling World of Agatha Christie”, Lucy Foley writes that Christie’s books are about “what it is that drives normal folk to murder”. (CrimeReads)

“How It Happened” by Jessica Bayliss (The Thrill Begins)

“Deep Dirty Truth” by Steph Broadribb (Orenda Books, 2018) reviewed at the Curious Ginger Cat.

Photographs: “Big Lonely City #34” (Fragments of Noir)

Short Story: “Revenge Can Be Sweet” by Paul Matts (Punk Noir Magazine)

“Evil Things” by Katja Ivar (Bitter Lemon Press, 2019)

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Tuesday’s Troubles

Your Tuesday afternoon links.

Lee Goldberg on Ralph Dennis’s Hardman series. Here’s a taste from the CrimeReads‘s article.

To my surprise, and delight, it was nothing like what I expected. Jim Hardman is in his 40s, a pudgy, balding ex-cop with a steady girlfriend…who does odd jobs with his drinking buddy Hump Evans, a black ex-NFL player who supports his playboy lifestyle by hiring himself out as muscle. They are functioning alcoholics, drinking booze morning, noon and night as if its mineral water, doing whatever they have to do, short of murder or bank robbery, to make a living in the seamy underworld of 1970s Atlanta, as equal partners and, although it remains unspoken, close friends.

Lauren Wilkinson, author of “American Spy”, is interviewed in Electric Literature.

J.D. Allen’s “Skin Game” (Midnight Ink, 2019) reviewed at Crimespree Magazine.

As the subheadline reads, “In [Joe] Scapellato’s new novel, a man is pulled into a noir detective mystery he doesn’t want to solve.” (Longreads)

Short Story: “A Man Who Prosperity Harmed” by S. Craig Renfroe Jr. (Tough)

“Scarstruck” by Violet LeVoit (King Shot Press, 2019)

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Tuesday’s Transgressions

Your Tuesday morning links.

The other day I questioned whether MysteryTribune’s list of cozy series would be good. Today I have my answer with “Top 42 Best Crime Drama Shows on Hulu: 2019 Edition“. With “The Practice” and “Bones” coming in at number 2 and 4, this should be enough. With “Homeland”, “Fargo” and “Sons of Anarchy” at 10, 21 and 23, this list is shite. The cozy list probably is too.

Ed Aymar interviews Nik Korpon, author of the forthcoming “Old Ghosts” (Down and Books, 2019) at Washington Independent Review of Books.

Christine Otten writes about her short story, “Soul Mates”, that appears in “Amsterdam Noir” (Akashic, 2019). (Art Taylor, Writer)

She Kills Lit reviews “The First Prehistoric Serial Killer and Other Stories” by Teresa Solana (Bitter Lemon Press, 2018)

Short Story: “Payday Friday” by Jeff Esterholm (Shotgun Honey)

“Main Bad Guy” by Nick Kolakowski (Shotgun Honey, 2019)