“AIX TO GRIND”
Gentlemen-ish art thieves bent on a caper in Provence recruit a museum insider a little too natural at crime. The story behind the story.
Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, Sept. ’14.
“BOOK OF HOURS”
COMING TO AHMM! A gentleman-ish thief has already stolen that damned medieval book of hours once. Now he and the goon partner forced upon him better steal the Marchesa’s treasured manuscript back into her cold, cold hands. Tonight.
“THE CARCASSONNE DREAM”
“CRACK-UP AT WAYCROSS”
Fifty tons of pecans ripe for truck-jacking. Record prices per pound. One big dreamer. How hard could a heist be? The story behind the story.
Murder Under the Oaks (’15), the Anthony-winning anthology from Down & Out Books and editor Art Taylor.
“THE CUMBERLAND PACKAGE”
DERRINGER FINALIST! Vernon Stagg, attorney-somewhat-at-law, finally sells his Cadillac estate plan. Instead of a gravy train, he gets a ride with gold-diggers, two-fisted cowboys, and bison cheese. Oh, and murder.
Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, May ’16. Available as back issue or forever on the Nook, Magzter, iPad, and Amazon.
“DARK DAYS FOR THE PROFESSOR”
An overdue attempt to save the family soft drink business sets a bumbling executive and his investment banker off on a bourbon-soaked quest for redemption. The story behind the story. Not So Fast: An Anthology of Southern Fiction and Humor, Sept. ’13. Available at Amazon (print or Kindle).
“DEATH OR TAXES”
“FIRST OF A FINE SPECTACLE”
A librettist desperate to redeem his epic flop resists a surprise ghostwriting offer — from Catherine the Great. The story behind the story. Pure Slush #7, Catherine refracted, June ’13. Available in print or e-book.
“THE FOOD ACQUISITION BREAKDOWN”
An obsessive industrial engineer confronts her nightmare scenario: a surprise change to her grocery shopping protocol years in the making. OneTitle Magazine #1, Feb. ’12 (defunct, sadly)
“HAPPINESS IS A CHOICE”
International Happiness Month somehow inspires Talie’s miserable co-workers to drop their complaining for smiley faces and emoticons. Talie is weighing measures all her own. Mysterical-E, Spring ’16
A stressed out archaeologist’s wife has caught the fever for Spain’s annual mass tomato fight. The annual juice cleanse has kept her marriage fresh, except this year her husband won’t stumble into the target. The story behind the story. Lowestoft Chronicle #31, Sept. ’17.
Paris. An unsuspecting man. An exquisite bateau mouche tour that he never knew he needed. “High farce,” says the Lancashire Evening Post. The story behind the story. Lowestoft Chronicle #11, Sept. ’12 and in Intrepid Travelers, June ’13. Available at B&N, Amazon and from the good people at Lowestoft.
“LET IT BURN”
ON NEWSSTANDS NOW! Chicken Wing Doultrie’s scorching hot chicken keeps Lester more or less on the path of righteousness. Problem is, Wing parked his food truck on the wrong corner. Lester must abandon his cayenne penance — or embrace a deeper burn. The story behind the story.
Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, July/August ’17.
“QUEEN AND COUNTRY”
COMING TO MYSTERY WEEKLY! An ultra-valuable tropical spider has popped up in the French badlands, where no tropical spider should ever survive. Legend-in-his-own-mind arachnologist Nick Torthwaite is on the hunt amid Cold War intrigue. He’s out of his element, too.
AWARD WINNER! An actor-turned-tour guide stumbles into his big chance to catch the eye of a school teacher heading up a field trip. That is, if the eccentric Civil War reenactor on horseback will surrender the spotlight. Chattanooga Writers Guild, 1st Place 2013 Short Fiction Contest
“SPARKS TO THE BEAR’S HIDE”
A young woman orphaned in 1956 Hungary has a fleeting chance at justice when tasked to help a secret police defector. The story behind the story.
MWA Presents Ice Cold: Tales of Intrigue from the Cold War, edited by Jeffery Deaver and Raymond Benson (Apr. ’14). Available in print or audio at B&N, iTunes, Amazon and most places book people buy books.
Reader’s Digest, Best Short Stories To Read Right Now (Apr. ’14). Monsters and Critics weighs in here. And The Gazette here.
“TWO BAD HAMILTONS AND A HIRSUTE JACKSON”
When a little funny money hits Louisville, industrial engineer Vi Celucci sets out to protect her neighborhood–and correct the Feds’ sub-optimal investigation. As for Vi’s performance at amateur sleuth, well, it’s a process. The story behind the story. With B.K. Stevens on the opening.
“THE TRANSCENDENCE OF PI”
AWARD WINNER! A legendary mathematician suffers a break in his orderly universe after his student–and occasional lover–outshines him on International Pi Day. The story behind the story. On The Premises #19, 1st Place March 2013.
“UPRISINGS AT CAP D’ANTIBES”
A tennis mom must turn instigator when her phenom daughter catches the eye of a surprisingly radical coach. The story behind the story. Lowestoft Chronicle #17, Mar. ’14 and in their Other Places, July ’15. Available at B&N, Amazon and from the good people at Lowestoft.
“WHAT SETTLES AFTER THE STARS”
A sparkling wine critic faces truth or haunted consequences when he pushes his acerbic reviews past the bubbling point. The story behind the story. Lowestoft Chronicle #24, Dec. ’15 and in their Grand Departures, Nov. ’16. Available from B&N, Amazon, and from the good people at Lowestoft.