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FICTION: Mother Dearest by Kitty Cermak

August 20, 2017
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It was the blood that woke Edie up that morning. The blood, and the agonising pain that she hadn’t missed in the last three months. It was her first period since the miscarriage, and being the first it was also the heaviest and most painful. She thought about waking Charlie up, but he was...

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FICTION: El Ladron (The Thief) by A. J. Sidransky

July 23, 2017
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I was deep in my dream so the phone ringing didn’t sound real. I moved closer to Eloisa, her skin warm against my body. She pressed against me, the feeling of her heat exciting me. The phone rang again. This time I knew it...

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FICTION: The Getaway Car by Jack Bates

June 28, 2017
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Billy McCutchinson let loose with a string of blue words that did not end with ‘In Jesus’ precious name, amen.’ He wore a pair of tattered gloves on bony hands he wrapped around the brittle handle of the shovel they lifted from some old...

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FICTION: Plebs by Nicholas Kish

June 9, 2017
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My cell vibrated its way across the dinner table. Came to rest against my pint glass.  Photo of my sister-in-law Deb showed on the display screen.  My wife Tanya...

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FICTION: Liar’s Poker by Craig Faustus Buck

May 15, 2017
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Lyla Dechanet offered to make a fresh pot of coffee. Assistant District Attorney Marie Deguerre declined and homicide Detective Rex Wilde said he’d be fine with leftover java from...

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Crimefest Awards Shortlist Announced

April 25, 2017
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THE 2016 CRIMEFEST AWARDS SHORTLISTS The winners will be announced at the CRIMEFEST Gala Awards Dinner on Saturday, 21 May. SHORTLIST DETAILS:   AUDIBLE SOUNDS OF CRIME AWARD The...

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FICTION: Feline Visitor by Aaron Fox-Lerner

April 12, 2017
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I’m not exaggerating when I say she worshiped the cat. Maybe it’s better to say she served it or waited upon it. She treated it like her (our) own...

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Paul Levine has Bum Luck

March 28, 2017
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  No, really. His new legal thriller, titled Bum Luck, hits store shelves today. Rush out and get some Bum Luck of your own. A little-known fact about Paul…...

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FICTION: The Orange Chaser by Bill Surdenik

March 20, 2017
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The first thing I should admit, I guess, is that I’m not smart. It’s always the first obvious thing people figure. Even knowing it’s true I still have this...

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Great Jones Street: The Netflix of Fiction

March 19, 2017
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There’s an app for short fiction, and it’s Great Jones Street. A little while ago I had a chance to ask the forces behind GJS some questions, and Kelly Abbott,...

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Review: Honky Tonk Samurai by Joe R. Lansdale

February 27, 2017
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This Hap and Leonard novel opens thusly: “I don’t think we ask for trouble, me and Leonard. It just finds us. It often starts casually, and then something comes...

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Karen Pullen’s Cold Heart

February 19, 2017
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Karen Pullen spends several days each week cooking breakfast and cleaning rooms for strangers! That’s because she owns a bed & breakfast! She took time out from her guests...

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FICTION: Employee Compensation by Andrew Riconda

February 16, 2017
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My boss, Chet Overhill, and I had hated each other for quite some time — this became abundantly clear during performance review earlier this year — so, he probably...

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FICTION: Neither Created nor Destroyed by Kevin Z. Garvey

January 31, 2017
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Kozak stares at his subject. “Look at me,” he says. “Look into my eyes.” His subject looks into his eyes. “Your eyes are heavy, yes?” “My eyes are heavy.”...

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Author in the Hot Seat: James Oswald

January 14, 2017
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If you don’t know who James Oswald is, where have you been? As well as writing a bestselling crime fiction series, James runs a 350 acre livestock farm, raising Highland...

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FICTION: Mrs. Hamilton by Frank Byrns

January 8, 2017
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“So let me just cut the bullshit and get right to the reason I called – how you set for work these days?” “You know me, Al – I’m...

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FICTION: Merry Xmas from Orchard Beach by Richie Narvaez

December 14, 2016
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One-handing her smartphone and one-handing the wheel of her SUV, Heather O’Grady simultaneously tapped Tito’s number and U-turned to park in front of his crappy house on Crosby Avenue....

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FICTION: Conversations with Mister Abaddon by Teel James Glenn

December 1, 2016
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Braxton chose a rainy moonless night to bury his wife near the lawn jockey statue. It had to be a moonless night because the statue beside the bench was...

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FICTION: Stalker by Elizabeth Zelvin

November 18, 2016
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The first I knew about it was when Harry Arkus stopped me in the hall. “Hey, Bess! Guess who has a crush on you? Alvin Oily.” “That’s disgusting.” “No,...

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