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To Be Together Again - 5 minute Audio Clip

To Be Together Again

A mysterious young woman hitchhikes across the country, carrying an ominous suitcase… A Bella Vista Motel flash fiction story.
Written and narrated by Pamila Payne

Added by ms.pamila on July 28, 2015 at 7:30am — No Comments

Delays in response

It is nearly ten months since AHMM has had my latest offering (submitted online)--a short story. Ordinarily I hear back in, say, three or four months. (Two emails to editor asking for status, was assured, apologetically) that more time was needed. The Strand has had another mystery of mine for more than a year--and doesn't respond to my inquiries for information at all! But DID respond when I asked under separate cover: "Are you still an active mystery magazine?" Answer: "We are still in…

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Added by nick spencer on July 25, 2015 at 1:49pm — No Comments

Review: "Robert B. Parker’s Kickback: A Spenser Novel" by Ace Atkins

If you are a teen and run afoul of the law in Blackburn, Massachusetts, you are going to experience some bad times out on a rock out in the harbor. According to Sheila Gates, who comes to Spenser on the recommendation of Rita Fiore, her son Dillion Yates was put out there by a local judge. Making a fake twitter account for his vice principal and making some smart aleck tweets got him charged with terrorism, stalking, and making threats against an administrator.…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on July 24, 2015 at 3:17am — No Comments

Review: "No Dead Body in Sight: A Noah Milano Short Story" by Jochem Vandersteen

The elderly Ms. Albert is not being taken seriously by the police or anyone else because she claims to have found a dead body. She is sure the body was of a dead man, and that he had been shot in the stomach. Unfortunately, by the time she left the beach and returned with the police, the body was gone with no sign of anything. She wants Noah to find out what happened to the body.…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on July 24, 2015 at 2:30am — No Comments

Review: "The Devil’s Footprints: A Hunter Kincaid Short Story Billy Kring"

Border Patrol Agent Hunter Kincaid has never seen anything like the tracks she is seeing in the Big Bend area of Texas as this short story opens. The tracks are fist sized and don’t show any signs of toes, claws, or anything human or animal. Round and fist sized the tracks are uniformly spaced and show no signs of hesitation or adjusting to the terrain. Whatever it was came across the river and relentlessly marched through and just kept going.…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on July 24, 2015 at 2:20am — No Comments

Review: "Muddy Waters" by BJ Bourg

The body in the marsh has begun to decompose thanks to the August heat and nature taking its predictable course. The body also matches the description of a missing woman provided by a “Joey Coleman” who filed a report a few days ago. For Detective Rick Patterson and Detective Brandon Wolfe their job to figure out what happened to Mrs. Coleman has just begun.…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on July 24, 2015 at 2:07am — No Comments

My Favorite Things

Unlike many Saturday mornings, I didn't have a topic I'd been mulling over in my head this week. I went through my journal and all I had left were more nostalgia pieces, most of which will show up sometime, but I felt like I'd inflicted enough of my childhood on you. So, thanks to Molly Greene, author of the blog Molly Greene: Author and her post "101 Fabulous Blog…

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Added by Joe Stephens on July 23, 2015 at 12:37am — No Comments

Reading, Writing and Arithmetic (scratch the last part)



I’m not by nature a prolific reader. A prolific imaginer, yes, but reader? Hmm. I’m slow, I’m picky, and I tend to want to turn everything into my own tale.

I can’t remember a time when I haven’t preferred the sanctuary of my own private, sometimes weird library of mind-stories to the extensive…

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Added by Victoria Dougherty on July 22, 2015 at 7:00am — No Comments

New Boston/Cambridge PI Series

1st novel in a new Boston/Harvard Square PI series, available everywhere in Trade Paper and ebook.

Free reviewer copies available at--jedpower@verizon.net…

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Added by Jed Power on July 21, 2015 at 4:04am — No Comments

Review: "I Am A Roving Gambler: Two Stories Of The West" by Bill Crider

I Am A Roving Gambler: Two Stories Of The West by Bill Crider features two previously published in the late 90s western short stories. Each tale also features a hero that is, in fact, a roving gambler who will also solve a mystery. A hero that found the intoxicating allure of gambling despite the presence of a preacher father who did a fiery sermon in a booming voice as he rode the circuit in the old west.…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on July 20, 2015 at 2:30am — No Comments

Goodreads Giveaway for HARSH PREY!

I'm running a new giveaway on Goodreads, but this time it's for my debut novel, Harsh Prey. I hope by getting the first book in the series into people's hands, I'll get them hooked on the whole series. If…

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Added by Joe Stephens on July 16, 2015 at 12:48am — No Comments

Review: "The Precipice: A Novel" by Paul Doiron

The area known as the “Hundred Mile Wilderness” is some of the most remote land, not just in Maine, but along the entire Appalachian Trail system. Two young women, recent graduates from Pentecost University, who were hiking the entire trail have failed to check in with their families as expected. Hikers that have been hiking the entire system in a trek up from Georgia and were experienced by this point on the trail as well as known to check in on a regular basis. It is September and it has…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on July 13, 2015 at 2:58am — No Comments

Review: "Shadow In The Pines" by PJ Nunn

Dani Jones left a broken marriage and more behind when she moved to Tyler, Texas. Her new home is a two story log cabin nestled in the woods of East Texas. Not only is she many miles away from the Austin neighborhood and her jerk of a husband, she is finally pursing her dreams starting with grad school at the University of Texas at Tyler.…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on July 12, 2015 at 2:49am — No Comments

Review: "Gator Kill: A Truman Smith Mystery" by Bill Crider

After the events in Dead on the Island private investigator Truman Smith has not been doing much of any investigating. Instead, he has been primarily house painting over on Galveston Island. He is aware that hiding away on the island painting a house here and there does little more than earn him some bucks and passes the time. So, when Fred Benton called and asked him to come about a dead alligator Truman was interested inspite of himself.…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on July 6, 2015 at 7:05am — No Comments

To Lie or Not To Lie

liedetector Years ago I had an interview with a police department for a forensic position.  I had already been fingerprinted, interviewed by the supervisor, had an in-depth background meeting with the background investigators trying to catch me in a lie from my thirty plus page application of my background, and the investigator even visited my home.  I still wasn’t done with the interview process yet! …

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Added by Jennifer Chase on July 4, 2015 at 3:24am — No Comments

The New Face of Crime

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“Keep your face always toward the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you.”   ~ Walt Whitman

The ability of law enforcement to maintain order has always depended on its capacity to outmatch the technological advancements of society’s underbelly. From the early days of systematic photography,…

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Added by Jennifer Chase on July 4, 2015 at 3:22am — No Comments

BritCrime Festival Giveaway

To celebrate the launch of BritCrime’s first free online crime fiction festival, 11-13 July, I have teamed up with BritCrime authors to give away one fabulous prize.

Visit my blog, Fictionophile to enter.

You could win a gift bundle of ten print books, including new…

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Added by Lynne LeGrow on July 3, 2015 at 6:21am — No Comments

Review of CHARLIE MARTZ by Elmore Leonard.

Early unpublished stories by crime fiction icon. At Murder Beach Mystery Reviews. http://billsmedia.blogspot.com

Added by William Wilde on July 3, 2015 at 4:12am — No Comments

Review: "The Guns Of Vedauwoo (Cash Laramie and Gideon Miles Series Book Six)" by Wayne D. Dundee

Having delivered prisoner Luther Hyatt back to Cheyenne, U. S. Deputy Marshal Cash Laramie is looking forward to some time off. After putting up with the foul piece of human garbage known as Luther Hyatt for three very long days on the trail, Cash has plans for a bath, food and booze, and quite possibly some time with Lenora Wilkes. Unfortunately, Chief Marshal Devon Penn has other plans for Cash.…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on June 28, 2015 at 12:00am — No Comments

Review: "See Also Murder: A Marjorie Trumaine Mystery" by Larry D. Sweazy

Living on a farm in Stark County, North Dakota in July of 1964 is hard, but it isn’t winter and that helps a little bit. Things are harder for Marjorie Trumaine than most because she is trying to manage it all pretty much by herself. It has been that way since her husband, Hank, had his hunting accident that left him blind and paralyzed. He spends his days, except for a rare trip away from home, lying in their bed unable to care for himself or the farm they both love.…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on June 27, 2015 at 11:34pm — No Comments

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