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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)

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Monday’s Mayhem

Your afternoon links.

If Michael Chabon’s new book, “Bookends: Collected Intros and Outros” (Harper, 2019), generates money to help pay for new and fringe writers, I’m all for it. But if it is a loss leader–which I imagine it is–then stop, dear lord, please stop. (Los Angeles Times)

Nick Kolakowski and I disagree about Meg Gardiner’s “Unsub” (Dutton, 2018). He says it “executed on the necessary tropes rather well” and me, well, let’s just say I’m happy I didn’t buy the book. Anyhow, I’ve digressed and you should read Kolakowski’s piece in MysteryTribune, “The Silence of the Lame: Real Serial Killers Are Dumber Than Their Fictional Equivalents“.

Eric Beetner’s “All The Way Down” (Down & Out Books, 2019) gets reviewed at Malcolm Avenue Review.

The Digital Reader asks if this is the beginning of the end for Patreon.

Short Story: “The Forgotten Man” by Jason Beech (Spelk)

“Trap” by Lilja Sigurðardóttir, translated by Quentin Bates (Orenda Books, 2018)

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Monday’s Misdemeanors

Your Monday morning links.

Stark House, which specializes in the reprinting of mysteries and other genres, plans on having a busy spring. (Mystery*File)

Elgin Bleeker, author of “Lyme Depot”, interviewed at Col’s Criminal Library.

“My Sister, the Serial Killer” by Oyinkan Braithwaite (Doubleday, 2018) reviewed at Shelf Love.

“Dirty Little Secrets” by Jo Spain (Quercus Books, 2019) reviewed at Hooked From Page One.

“Nighttown” by Timothy Hallinan (Soho Crime, 2018) reviewed at Sons of Spade.

“All My Goodbyes” by Mariana Dimópulos, translated by Alice Whitmore (Giramondo/Southern Latitudes, 2017)

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Sunday’s Scandals

Your Sunday afternoon links.

Two posts about reading, one looking to the 1800s and the other to the 1990s. The former is “On ‘Reading and the Making of Time in the Eighteenth Century” by Gill Partington (Los Angeles Review of Books) and the latter, “Reading in the Age of Constant Distraction” By Mairead Small Staid (The Paris Review).

Nick Kolakowski, author of “Main Bad Guy” (Down & Out Books, 2019), writes about gentrification and crime fiction in Criminal Element.

Colman Keane calls Elgin Bleecker’s “The Lyme Depot” (Self-Published, 2019) “a right cracker” at Col’s Criminal Library.

I know nothing about cozies, so I do hope MysteryTribute got this right in “45 Best Cozy Mystery Novels: Essential 2019 Guide To First Book Of A Series”.

Strangers in a Strange Land: Immigrant Stories” edited by Chris Rhatigan and Katherine Tomlinson (Down & Out Books, 2019)

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Sunday’s Sins

I’ve been trying to think of a way to provide interesting and high quality links on a daily basis because the weekly one wasn’t working. Compiling the links for the Incident Report took about eightish hours on a Saturday or Sunday with a few hours during the week prior.* The newsletter and the the hourly links on Death Steals Everything But Our Stories took about 14 hours a week.

My hope is that providing the reader with a curated list of links on a daily basis might prove a better fit for me regarding time and won’t clog up your Twitter or Facebook feed. I’m quite sure that J. Kingston Pierce of The Rap Sheet with his “Bullet Points” articles and Kevin Tipple at Kevin’s Corner with his non-stop linking to interesting finds can attest the the time sink.


Violet LeVoit’s “Scarstruck” (King Shot Press, 2019) is out soon and she’s interviewed by Renee Asher Pickup at Do Some Damage.

“Doppelgänger” by Daša Drndić, translated by Celia Hawkesworth and S. D. Curtis (Istros Books), is reviewed at neverimitate.

Patricia Highsmith’s “Plotting and Writing Suspense Fiction” (Sphere 2016, 1966) reviewed at Graham Wynd’s site.

Chantelle Aimée Osman is interviewed at BOLO Books. Osman is the editor at Agora Books, an imprint of Polis Books.

Angel Luis Colón’s “Hell Chose Me” (2019) is out on Down & Out Books.


* Never fear, the Incident Report will continue every Monday. It’s my hope that this change will make it better.