Read “Parallel Play” for Free

Agatha Award balloting has begun, with less than 10 days now to read everything that you may have missed last year, and social media buzz around the Agathas is already reminding me just how many great books and stories were published in 2016! Especially in the short story category, there’s a wealth of great fiction, not just in magazines like EQMM and AHMM but also in a seemingly record number of high-profile anthologies published in the mystery field.

I’m grateful to have a couple of stories eligible for consideration, including “Parallel Play” from Chesapeake Crimes: Storm Warning and “The Great Detective Reflects” from Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine. The full text of the first story is below in PDF format for anyone who wants to read—a dark tale, drawing from the domestic suspense tradition, but hope you might enjoy!

And in the meantime, congratulations to all the writers who published new works in 2016—and best wishes to us all! And see you at Malice!