Chaber, M.E., The Twisted Trap: Six Milo March Stories (collection; Milo March)
November 2020 Collections & Anthologies
Box, C.J., editor, The Best American Mystery Stories 2020 (anthology) | Buy this book| Buy the audio| Kindle it! It’s the end of the world as we know it, as series editor Otto Penzler (and perennial sidekick Michele Slung riding shotgun) does the BAMS boogie one last time. Next year, a new series editor steps in, and the series itself gets a (slightly) new title. But the song remains the same: to present the very best crime stories, no matter where they come from. And this year’s edition is no exception—it includes “twenty perfect pearls” from the likes of Sheila Kohler, David Dean, Jeffery Deaver, Robin Yocum, James Lee Burke, Pamela Blackwood, John Sandford and Rick Helms.
Murphy, Sandra, editor, Peace, Love & Crime (anthology) | Buy this book| Kindle it! C’mon people, let’s get together with this batch of crime fiction inspired by the songs of the sixties, from the likes of Michael Bracken, Jeanne DuBois, Terrie Farley Moran, Heidi Hunter, Paul D. Marks, Mary Keliikoa, Maxim Jakubowski, Josh Pachter, and more.
Standiford, Les, editor, Miami Noir: The Classics (Akashic noir) | Buy this book| Kindle it! Featuring classic crime from the likes of Marjory Stoneman Douglas, Elmore Leonard, Lester Dent, Zora Neale Hurston, Brett Halliday, Damon Runyon, Edna Buchanan, James Carlos Blake, Douglas Fairbairn, Charles Willeford, T.J. MacGregor, Lynne Barrett, Les Standiford, Preston L. Allen, John Dufresne, Vicki Hendricks, Christine Kling, Carolina Garcia-Aguilera, and David Beaty.
October 2020 Collections & Anthologies
Malmon, Kate, Revenge of the Widow Malmon (anthology) | Buy this book | Kindle it! Fuck MS! The widow Malmon seeks revenge. New stories for a good cause, featuring Jordan Harper, S.A. Cosby, J.J. Hensley, Joe Clifford, Sean Chercover, Aimee Hix and more!
Penzler, Otto, editor, The Big Book of Espionage (non-P.I.; anthology) | Buy this book| Kindle it! This year’s doorstep anthology from Penzler rounds up recently declassified tales of spies, moles, secret agents, double agents and triple-dog-dare agents, by Lee Child, Jospeh Finder, Ian Fleming, Sara Paretsky, Jeffrey Deaver and other assets.
September 2020 Collections & Anthologies
Brown, Fredric, The Complete Ed & Am Hunter Mysteries (Ed & Am Hunter) Prestigious two-volume set from Haffner Press, with an introduction by Jack Seabrook.
Child, Lee, editor, The Nicotine Chronicles (anthology) | Buy this book| Buy the audio| Kindle it! Heroin, cocaine, speed, marijuana–Akashic finally unleashes an antho about a real killer… featuring new stories by Lee Child, Joyce Carol Oates, Jonathan Ames, Eric Bogosian, Michael Imperioli, Bernice L. McFadden, Cara Black, Jerry Stah and more.
McAleer, Andrew, & Paul D. Marks, eds, Coast to Coast Noir: From Sea to Shining Sea (anthology) | Kindle it! Another solid collection, featuring stories from Colleen Collins, Brendan DuBois, Alison Gaylin, Andrew McAleer, Michael Mallory, Paul D. Marks, Dennis Palumbo, Stephen D. Rogers, John Shepphird, Beth Terrell and Dave Zeltserman.
Mosley, Walter, The Awkward Black Man (collection; non-P.I.) | Buy this book| Kindle it! A collection of his non-crime short fiction.
Bellem, Robert Leslie, & John Wooley, Homicide Highball: The Lost Dan Turner Movie Script (Dan Turner) | Buy this book | Kindle it! Includes Bellem’s original story, “Homicide Highball”, plus Wooley’s original script for the 1990 film.
Champion, D.L., Murder Costs Money: The Complete Black Mask Cases of Rex Sackler (Rex Sackler) | Buy this book Intro by Ed Hulse, illustrated by Peter Kuhlhoff, cover by Rafael DeSoto.
Lybeck, Ed, Dead Evidence: The Complete Black Mask Cases of Harrigan (Harrigan) | Buy this book Intro by Will Murray, illustrated by Arthur Rodman Bowker, cover by Jes Schlaikjer
Reeves, Robert, Dead and Done For: The Complete Black Mask Cases of Cellini Smith (Cellini Smith) | Buy this book Intro by Kenneth S. White, cover by Rafael DeSoto
Various, Pulp Adventures #36 (periodical)| Buy this book This issue includes a rare story by Erle Stanley Gardner, plus new and classic fiction from Michael A. Wexler, Robert J. Mendenhall, E. C. Tubb, Charles Boeckman, Earle Basinsky, Conrad Adamson; and Steven L. Rowe.
Block, Lawrence, editor, The Darkling Halls of Ivy (anthology) | Buy this book| Kindle it!
A semester’s worth of academia-themed murder & mayhem, by Ian Rankin, Joe Lansdale, Reed Farrel Coleman, Gar Anthony Haywood, Tod Goldberg, David Morrell and others.
Various, Shotgun Honey Presents Volume 4: Recoil (periodical) | Buy this book | Kindle it! Twenty-three tales of crime that will hit so hard that the recoil will be felt long after the stories are done, with stories by Rusty Barnes, Jen Conley, Barbara DeMarco-Barrett , Nick Kolakowski , David Nemeth, Johnny Shaw, Kieran Shea and more.
April 2020 Collections & Anthologies
Ballinger, Bill, The Tooth and the Nail/The Wife of the Red-Haired Man (non-P.I.; noir twofer) | Buy this book| Kindle it!
Corris, Peter, See You at the Toxteth (collection) | Buy this book | Kindle it! Now in print! A round-up of some of the best stories featuring Sydney P.I. Cliff Hardy, plus a selection of Corris’ non-fiction columns on the world of crime and crime writing, along with his “ABC of Crime Writing.”
Hodder, Mark, editor, Sexton Blake and the Great War (Sexton Blake; collection) | Buy this book Includes The Case Of The Naval Manoeuvres, On War Service and Private Tinker.
Muller, Marcia, & Bill Pronzini, eds., Deadly Anniversaries (MWA Anthology) | Buy this book | Buy the audio| Kindle it! To mark their 75th anniversary, the MWA unleashes 19 tales of anniversaries gone bad, edited by one of the great married couples of crime fiction.
Pachter, Josh, editor, The Misadventures of Nero Wolfe: Parodies & Pastiches Featuring the Great Detective of West 35th Street (anthology) | Buy this book | Kindle it!
Pachter, Josh, editor, The Beat of Black Wings: Crime Fiction Inspired by the Songs of Joni Mitchell (anthology) | Kindle it! Includes stories by Art Taylor, Michael Bracken, Marilyn Todd, Greg Herren and a slew of others. A better investment than a little money riding on the Maple Leafs.
The Great Radio Private Eyes (OTR collection) | Buy the audio Almost ten hours of detective show’s from radio’s Golden Age, including epiosodes of Bulldog Drummond, Candy Matson, The Falcon, Pat Novak, Michael Shayne, Richard Diamond, Philo Vance, Christopher London, Mr. Keen, Philip Marlowe, Let George Do It, Rex Saunders, Barrie Craig, Danger With Grainger, Sherlock Holmes, Casebook Of Gregory Hood, Boston Blackie, Jeff Regan, Investigator, Sam Spade and Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar.
March 2020 Collections & Anthologies
Brown, Fredric, Market for Murder (collection) Third big volume from Haffner Press, collecting all Fredric Brown‘s mystery and crime short stories and novellas.
Brackman, Lisa, & Matt Coyle, editors, Crossing Borders (anthology) | Buy this book | Kindle it! The San Diego Chapter of Sisters in Crime present stories that cross the line.
Edwards, Martin, editor, The Measure of Malice: Scientific Detection Stories (collection) | Buy this book | Kindle it! A sterling collection of classic detective stories by the likes of R. Austin Freeman, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Edmund Crispin, Dorothy L. Sayers and others, featuring some of the “masters of scientific deduction.”
Various, Hoosier Noir: One (magazine) | Buy this book | Kindle it! A new mag from Indiana, featuring writers from that state. This first issue includes Les Edgerton, Don Stoll, Preston Lang, and many more, as well as Michael Mullen photography, an Author Spotlight on Alec Cizak, and an exclusive interview with Rex Weiner.
Westlake, Donald, Double Feature (non-P.I., Hard Case Crime) (r) | Buy this book | Kindle it! Reprints A Travesty and Ordo.
Pulp Adventures #34: City of the Dead Paperback (periodical) | Buy this book Another shot of new and classic pulp, with stories by William M. Hope, William Decatur, Robert Leslie Bellem (Dan Turner!), Logan Robichaud, Adam Beau McFarlane, Patti Boeckman, Sharla Wilkin, Charles Burgess and Ron Reikki.