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Criminal Brief blogs on short mystery fiction.Now closed although the pages are still up. I appeared on alternate Mondays
SleuthSayers blogs on mystery fiction by a lot of the old CB gang and lots of talented new writers. I have retired from the site but still appear as an occasional guest
Fancis's beloved Nan has died and he has fallen in love with exciting, but ultimately disastrous, results.
Romance takes him to post warTangier, then administed by foreign powers and a hotbed of spies, huslers and artists. Ideal territory for Francis until he is forceably enlisted by the local police to help catch a brutal killer.
Prisoner of the Riviera, the second volume of my mystery trilogy from mysteriouspress.com. featuring that campy bon vivant and artistic genius, Francis Bacon, has just won the Lambda award for best gay mystery of 2013. Thank you, Francis!
Booklist calls the novel from "a delectably clever tale."The war is over, but Francis, the gay and irrepressible hero of Fires of London, is unhappy with the privations and boredom of a post war world. His long time lover, Arnold, promised him Monte Carlo during the war, and that promise and the sale of an important painting convinces Francis that a trip to the Rivera with Arnold and Nan, his old, half-blind nanny, will be just the ticket.
But Francis’s pursuit of business and pleasure is interrupted when he is accused of murder. The painter winds up assisting, first, the French police and then some former members of the Underground, charming eccentrics with complicated histories and – just possibly– revenge on their minds.
After a blackout encounter in Hyde Park with a brutal older man, Francis, an irrepressibly gay, alcoholic, masochistic painter, begins to be haunted by a police inspector. Does the man Francis refers to as “my own personal copper” suspect the illicit roulette game that Francis is running with the help of his old nanny and his lover of the moment?
Maybe, butwhen Damien Hiller, a rent boy Francis knows, is brutally murdered, he learns that “his” Inspector Mordren is with the homicide division. When the painter later tumbles over the corpse of one of the all important RAF pilots near a favorite club, he winds up forced to become a police snitch to keep himself and his beloved old nanny from a gambling prosecution.
Francis’s work as an Air Raid Warden is a distraction from both his mini-casino and his legal troubles, but as the Blitz intensifies, he finds himself in a cat and mouse game across shattered London.
A collection of my published and unpublished short mysteries, the stories in "Blood in the Water" encompass a wide range of characters and situations. A lonely frontier wife seizes the chance to secure an infant, a woman on the run finds the perfect protective garment, an elderly stroke victim finds a way to save a neighbor, and an illegal immigrant and his girlfriend turn the tables on a modern day Bluebeard. Hear samples from the collection via the podcasts listed below.
Two good sources for mystery podcasts are The Podcast Page at Alfred Hitchcock's Mysery Magazine and The Ellery Queensite, where a professional podcast of my EQMM story,The Star of the Silver Screen.
My latest Madame Selina story, The Ghostly Fireman, is in the April issueof Alfred Hitchcock.
Spring issue of Ficta Fabula has my story, Hotel Nostalgia.
And the Photographer's Wife appears in the winter issue.
Love mysteries, but no time to read? Kwik Krimes, with 81very short stories from 81 authors incluing me, may be just the ticket. Available as download or print volume.
Ellery Queen's September issue includes "Connected" my story about a fellow who's a big social media fan and who likes to stay connected even whenits not wise at all.
My short story, "The City of Radiant Brides" appears in Ellery Queen's newest short story anthology, Crooked Road, volume 2, available on Amazon's Kindle.