Showing posts with label Lopresti. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Lopresti. Show all posts

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Burg's Hobby Case, by Matthew Wilson

"Burg's Hobby Case," by Matthew Wilson, in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, January/ February 2018.

This is a first story?  Wow.  In  my experience first mystery stories tend to be short and rooted in the author's immediate experience (and nothing wrong with that).  This one is a novella, or pretty close to it, and set forty years ago in a foreign country.  Although, to be fair, Wilson spent six years in the city where it is set.

So, we are in Bad Kissingen, a German spa city near an American military base.  It is the late 1970s, and Hans Burg has just been assigned an important murder case, a young woman shot to death.  That's surprising because he is  a drinker and a screw-up.

More surprisingly, he seems to have no interest in solving this big opportunity.  Instead he is pursuing his "hobby case," a search for certain Nazi memorabilia, banned in West Germany.  Obviously Burg is up to something, but you will have to follow his steps to find out.  Along the way I learned about some nuggets of post-war history that were new to me.

A very satisfying and believable tale.  YOu can read the first few pages for free here.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Little Big News: Shanks Goes Rogue

"Shanks Goes Rogue" appears in the May issue of Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, on sale next week.  it is his ninth appearance there, and my 26th.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Little Big News: My 25th encounter with Alfred Hitchcock

The July/August issue of Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine is on newsstands now (and available for purchase on the web).  It starts with "Shooting at Firemen," my 25th appearance in that distinguished journal.  You can read the backstory here.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Little Big News: Today in MYSTERY HISTORY


I started a new blog this week, reporting every day on some event in the history of mystery fiction.  Read it here or read about it at SleuthSayers.  Hope to see you there, everyday.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Little Big News: Two Men, One Gun

I have a story in the October issue of AHMM.  You can read all about how I came to write it at SleuthSayers.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

LIttle Big News: The Red Envelope

Hard to believe there is any medium I haven't already reported this, but my "The Red Envelope," winner of the Black Orchid Novella Award, is in the current, July/August issue of Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine.  I also talked about writing it at Trace Evidence and found something different to say about the process at SleuthSayers.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Little Big News: Brutal


My story "Brutal" is in the Current (September) issue of Hitchcock's.  You can read about it at SleuthSayers.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Little Big News: Hitchcock and I, together again


Feast your eyes on the above.  This is the second time I have been on the cover of a magazine, both times on Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine.  I am happy to report that my brother SleuthSayers bloggers, John Floyd and R.T. Lawton are also in the issue.  Maybe later this year the SleuthSayers can take over a full magazine!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

LIttle Big News: HItchock and I

I have a story in the current (May) issue of Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine. "Why" is my seventeenth appearance there, and next month marks thirty years since my first. Time flies.

I wrote a piece about why and how I wrote "Why" and you can find it at Criminal Brief.