The Best American Mystery Stories 2018

Woohoo! I’m profoundly honored that my short story The Apex Predator, originally published in Switchblade Magazine, was included in The Best American Mystery Stories 2018.

Edited by publishing titan Otto Penzler, and guest edited by #1 New York Times best-selling author Louise Penny, this carefully curated annual brings readers some of the best mystery shorts published in a variety of publications throughout the year.

I’ve been a reader of this annual series for ages. So it was super-fun to be included this year, along with storytelling giants James Lee Burke, Michael Connelly, T.C. Boyle, Joyce Carol Oates and others. Pick up a copy and, while you’re at it, check out Switchblade for some down-and-dirty fun.

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Check Out My New Blog: The Lone Star Lineup

The Lone Star Lineup exposes criminally good mystery fiction, true crime, essays, film and journalism with known ties to Texas. Suspect works must either be set in Texas, involve parties from the Lone Star State or be created by Texas-based authors or creators. Whether you’re a Texan, or just enjoy reading about the worst of our great state (as told by some of its most creative minds), check back weekly for the most recent convictions. 

I Wish I Had a Million Dollars

We all know Aladdin's lamp is just a fairy tale. A myth. A memorable bit of One Thousand and One Nights meant to pass the time. But isn't there a part of us all, just the smallest part of even the most mature of minds, that believes in genies? Wants someone to grant us that instant wish that would change our life forever? Check out my latest Redfish Bay Mystery in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, where we're reminded that life still goes on--even after your wish is granted.