“The Boy Detective” Earns a Derringer Nomination

I’m so thrilled that the Short Mystery Fiction Society has chosen “The Boy Detective & The Summer of ’74” as a finalist for this year’s Derringer Award for Best Novelette—and such a great list of writers and friends up and down the slate in all four categories!


  • Outsourcing by James Blakey
  • Over Before It Started by Robert Mangeot
  • Memories of Fire by Joshua Pastor
  • War Words by Travis Richardson
  • Quitman County Ambush by Bobby Mathews


  • That Which Is True by Jacqueline Freimor
  • River by Stacy Woodson
  • The Crossing by Kim Keeline
  • The Great Bedbug Incident and the Invitation of Doom by Eleanor Cawood Jones
  • The Homicidal Understudy by Elizabeth Elwood


  • Chasing Diamonds by Joseph S. Walker
  • Lord, Spare the Bottom Feeders by Robert Mangeot
  • Mary Poppins Didn’t Have Tattoos by Stacy Woodson
  • Etta at the End of the World by Joseph S. Walker
  • Hotelin’ by Sarah M. Chen


  • A Murder at Morehead Mews by GM Malliet
  • The Wretched Strangers by Matthew Wilson
  • The Question of the Befuddled Judge by Jeff Cohen
  • The Boy Detective & The Summer of ’74 by Art Taylor
  • Suicide Blonde by Brian Thornton