Saturday, March 01, 2014

NBS Special Report: 2014 SMFS Derringer Finalists

The Short Mystery Fiction Society has announced the finalists for its 2014 Derringer Awards as determined by SMFS member volunteer judges:

For Best Flash (Up to 1,000 words)
  • "Final Statement" by Robert Bailey (The Flash Fiction Offensive, July 18, 2013)
  • "Not My Day" by Stephen Buehler (Last Exit to Murder, Down & Out Books, June 2013)
  • "The Needle and the Spoon" by Allan Leverone (Shotgun Honey, November 15, 2013)
  • "Luck is What You Make" by Stephen D. Rogers (Crime Factory, May 2013)
  • "Terry Tenderloin and the Pig Thief" by John Weagly (Shotgun Honey, June 21, 2013)

For Best Short Story (1,001–4,000 words)
  • "Pretty Little Things" by Chris F. Holm (Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, July 2013)
  • "The Present" by Robert Lopresti (The Strand Magazine, February-May 2013)
  • "The Sweetheart Scamster" by Rosemary McCracken (Thirteen by the Mesdames of Mayhem, August 2013)
  • "The Little Outlaw" by Mike Miner (Plan B Magazine, August 9, 2013)
  • "The Cemetery Man" by Bill Pronzini (Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, July 2013)

For Best Long Story (4,001–8,000 words)
  • "Myrna!" by John Bubar (Best New England Crime Stories 2014: Stone Cold, Level Best Books, September 2013)
  • "Bloody Signorina" by Joseph D'Agnese (Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, September 2013)
  • "Give Me a Dollar" by Ray Daniel (Best New England Crime Stories 2014: Stone Cold, Level Best Books, September 2013)
  • "Dance Man" by Andrew Jetarski (Last Exit to Murder, Down & Out Books, June 2013)
  • "A Dangerous Life" by Adam Purple (Best New England Crime Stories 2014: Stone Cold, Level Best Books, September 2013)

For Best Novelette (8,001–20,000 words)
  • "The Serpent Beneath the Flower" by Jack Bates (Mind Wings Audio, April 2013)
  • "The Goddaughter's Revenge" by Melodie Campbell (Orca Rapid Reads, October 2013)
  • "For Love's Sake" by O'Neil De Noux (Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, July/August 2013)
  • "The Antiquary's Wife" by William Burton McCormick (Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, March 2013)
  • "Last Night in Cannes" by James L. Ross (Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, November 2013)

Finalists may obtain certificates of achievement by emailing SMFS Vice President Gerald So (G_SO at YAHOO dot COM).

SMFS members in good standing since December 31, 2013 vote to determine the winner in each category March 1–30, 2014. The winners will be announced Monday, March 31, 2014.

Monday, February 24, 2014

"Class Reunion" by Robb White

This week's story at BEAT to a PULP is told from the viewpoint of "Pig" Piglowski attending his twenty-year high school reunion in East Palestine, Ohio. White sets a dark tone from the second paragraph as Pig remembers his best friend from high school, Joey Soliday. The poorest of the poor in East Palestine, Joey's father was blinded in a glass factory explosion. His sister's life mysteriously went off the rails until she died of an apparent overdose.

"Class Reunion" stands out to me because Pig doesn't drive the action. He remembers unreliably or hears information secondhand months or years later. While it made me feel helpless, this conceit also kept me intrigued and in suspense.

Having first read Robb White's work years ago, submitted under the name Terry White to Thrilling Detective, I'm happy to be reunited.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

NBS Special Report: 2014 MWA Edgar Awards

Mystery Writers of America today announced the nominees for the 2014 Edgar Allan Poe Award nominees, honoring the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction and television, published or produced in 2013. Here are the nominees for Best Short Story:

  • "The Terminal" – Kwik Krimes by Reed Farrel Coleman (Amazon Publishing – Thomas & Mercer)
  • "So Long, Chief" – Strand Magazine by Max Allan Collins & Mickey Spillane (The Strand)
  • "The Caxton Lending Library & Book Depository” – Bibliomysteries by John Connolly (Mysterious)
  • "There are Roads in the Water" – Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine by Tina Corey (Dell Magazines)
  • "Where That Morning Sun Goes Down" – Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine by Tim L. Williams (Dell Magazines)


and the winner of the Robert L. Fish Memorial Award for Best First Short Story by an American Author:

  • "The Wentworth Letter" – Criminal Element's Malfeasance Occasional by Jeff Soloway (St. Martin's Press)


Congratulations and good luck to all. Awards will be presented to the winners at the 68th Edgar® Awards Banquet on May 1, 2014.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

NBS Special Report: 2013 PWA Shamus Awards

This past week, the Private Eye Writers of America released its list of finalists for the 2013 Shamus Awards. Below are the Best P.I. Short Story nominees:

"The Sequel" by Jeffrey Deaver in The Strand
"After Cana" by Terence Faherty in EQMM
"O'Nelligan and the Lost Fates" by Michael Nethercott in AHMM
"Illegitimati Non Carborundum" by Stephen D. Rogers in Crimespree
"Ghost Negligence" by John Shepphird in AHMM

Sunday, March 31, 2013

NBS Special Report: 2013 SMFS Derringer Winners

As announced March 31, 2013. Winners in bold

BEST FLASH STORY (Up to 1,000 words):

  • "An Old-Fashioned Villain" by Nick Andreychuk (Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine, May 2012)
  • "The Cable Job" by Randy DeWitt (Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, September 2012)
  • "Dead Man" by A.J. Hayes (Off The Record 2: At The Movies, September 2012)
  • "Daddy's Girl" by Nicola Kennington (The Flash Fiction Offensive, July 22, 2012)
  • "Twas the Knife Before Christmas" by Allan Leverone (Shotgun Honey, December 24, 2012)


BEST SHORT STORY (1,001 - 4,000 words):

  • "Getting Out of the Box" by Michael Bracken (Crime Square, Vantage Point, 2012)
  • "A Special Kind of Hell" by Hilary Davidson (BEAT to a PULP: Round Two, May 2012)
  • "Dead Weight" by Allan Leverone (Burning Bridges: A Renegade Fiction Anthology, April 2012)
  • "Nain Rouge" by Barbara Nadel (Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, August 2012)
  • "Baby Boy" by Todd Robinson (Protectors: Stories to Benefit PROTECT, September 2012)


BEST LONG STORY (4,001 - 8,000 words):

  • "The Pot Hunters" by David Hagerty (Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, June 2012)
  • "A Regular Story" by Peggy McFarland (Best New England Crime Stories 2013: Blood Moon, Level Best Books, November 2012)
  • "Peaches" by Todd Robinson (Grift #1, April 2012)
  • "When Duty Calls" by Art Taylor (Chesapeake Crimes: This Job Is Murder, 2012)
  • "Double Wedding" Mo Walsh (Best New England Crime Stories 2013: Blood Moon, Level Best Books, November 2012)

BEST NOVELETTE (8,001 - 20,000 words):

  • "Wood-Smoke Boys" by Doug Allyn (Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, March/April 2012)
  • "Iphigenia in Aulis" by Mike Carey (An Apple for the Creature, September 2012)
  • "Mariel" by David Dean (Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, December 2012)
  • "Pirate Dave and the Captain's Ghost" by Toni L.P. Kelner (An Apple for the Creature, September 2012)
  • "The Sunny South" by Chris Muessig (Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, March/April 2012)

EDWARD D. HOCH MEMORIAL GOLDEN DERRINGER FOR LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT

  • Loren D. Estleman

Saturday, March 02, 2013

NBS Special Report: 2013 Derringer Finalists

As determined by volunteer judges from the Short Mystery Fiction Society and announced by SMFS Awards Coordinator Anthony Rudzki:

BEST FLASH STORY (Up to 1,000 words):

  • "An Old-Fashioned Villain" by Nick Andreychuk (Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine, May 2012)
  • "The Cable Job" by Randy DeWitt (Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, September 2012)
  • "Dead Man" by A.J. Hayes (Off The Record 2: At The Movies, September 2012)
  • "Daddy's Girl" by Nicola Kennington (The Flash Fiction Offensive, July 22, 2012)
  • "Twas the Knife Before Christmas" by Allan Leverone (Shotgun Honey, December 24, 2012)


BEST SHORT STORY (1,001 - 4,000 words):

  • "Getting Out of the Box" by Michael Bracken (Crime Square, Vantage Point, 2012)
  • "A Special Kind of Hell" by Hilary Davidson (BEAT to a PULP: Round Two, May 2012)
  • "Dead Weight" by Allan Leverone (Burning Bridges: A Renegade Fiction Anthology, April 2012)
  • "Nain Rouge" by Barbara Nadel (Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, August 2012)
  • "Baby Boy" by Todd Robinson (Protectors: Stories to Benefit PROTECT, September 2012)


BEST LONG STORY (4,001 - 8,000 words):

  • "The Pot Hunters" by David Hagerty (Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, June 2012)
  • "A Regular Story" by Peggy McFarland (Best New England Crime Stories 2013: Blood Moon, Level Best Books, November 2012)
  • "Peaches" by Todd Robinson (Grift #1, April 2012)
  • "When Duty Calls" by Art Taylor (Chesapeake Crimes: This Job Is Murder, 2012)
  • "Double Wedding" Mo Walsh (Best New England Crime Stories 2013: Blood Moon, Level Best Books, November 2012)

BEST NOVELETTE (8,001 - 20,000 words):

  • "Wood-Smoke Boys" by Doug Allyn (Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, March/April 2012)
  • "Iphigenia in Aulis" by Mike Carey (An Apple for the Creature, September 2012)
  • "Mariel" by David Dean (Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, December 2012)
  • "Pirate Dave and the Captain's Ghost" by Toni L.P. Kelner (An Apple for the Creature, September 2012)
  • "The Sunny South" by Chris Muessig (Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, March/April 2012)

The 2013 Derringer winners will be determined by a March 1–30 poll of eligible SMFS members and will be announced March 31.

Monday, November 12, 2012

"Knife Fight" by Joel Goldman

Originally published in the Mystery Writers of America anthology The Prosecution Rests and now available for Amazon Kindle, "Knife Fight" is engagingly told by defendant Travis Runnels, a previously convicted drug dealer, now on trial for the fatal stabbing of Diego Hernandez.

The story unfolds as Travis meets with public defender Alex Stone and follows her performance in court. When the case turns against Travis, he accuses Alex of using what he's told her in confidence to pursue her own agenda.

Former trial lawyer Goldman so enjoyed writing Alex Stone, he expanded her into a novel series, the first of which, Stone Cold, is due out next month.