Friday, May 31, 2019

FRIDAY'S "FORGOTTEN" BOOKS AND MORE: the links to the reviews: 31 May 2019


This week's books and more, unfairly (or sometimes fairly) neglected, or simply those the reviewers below think you might find of some interest (or, infrequently, you should be warned away from); certainly, most weeks we have a few not at all forgotten titles...if I've missed your review or someone else's, please let me know in comments.

This week dedicated to the memories of Sandra Seamans, Dennis Etchison and Anthony Price.

Patti Abbott: The Devil's Own Ragdoll by Mitchell Bartoy; Sandra Seamans, RIP

Frank Babics: The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury

Brad Bigelow: My Heart for a Hostage by Robert Hillyer

Les Blatt: The Clocks by Agatha Christie

Joachim Boaz: The 1972 Annual World's Best SF edited by Donald A. Wollheim

Ben Boulden: Lynched by Ed Gorman

Brian Busby: The Phantom Freighter by "Franklin W. Dixon" (in this case Amy McFarlane)

Bob Byrne: The Khoraja stories by Robert E. Howard and others

Martin Edwards: Anthony Price, RIP

Peter Enfantino: Atlas (proto-Marvel) Horror Comics: May 1952

Will Errickson: Dennis Etchison, RIP; Carnosaur by Harry Adam Knight

José Ignacio Escribano: The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt

Curtis Evans: Melora by Mignon G. Eberhart; "How to Stop Hitler" by "Q. Patrick" (Hugh Wheeler and Richard Webb)

Olman Feelyus: Queenpin by Megan Abbott

Jeremy Finley: Peter's Pence by Jon Cleary

Paul Fraser: Astounding Science-Fiction, December 1943, edited by John W. Campbell, Jr.

John Grant: The Black Book of Secrets by F. E. Higgins; The Murder of Ann Avery by Henry Kuttner (presumably with input from Catherine L. Moore)

Aubrey Hamilton: Death and the Icebox by Linda Berry

James Wallace Harris: Phoenix among other books by Dorothy Mills

Rich Horton: The Girl's Guide to Hunting and Fishing by Melissa Bank; Needle, Iceworld and short stories by "Hal Clement" (Harry C. Stubbs); Mars Crossing and short fiction by Geoffrey Landis; A Posse of Princesses and Senrid by Sherwood Smith; Matthew Hughes stories; Nina Allan stories; Threshold Shift by Eric Brown; Alec Nevala-Lee stories

Jerry House: "The Bacteriological Detective" by Arthur B. Reeve, Cosmopolitan, February 1911, edited by C. P. Narcross; Captain Jet, May 1952, edited by Ruth Roche

Kate Jackson: ...And Presumed Dead by Lucille Fletcher; A High Mortality of Doves by Kate Ellis

Tracy K: Death Sends a Cable by Margaret Taylor Yates

Colman Keane: "The Ehrengraf Fandango" by Lawrence Block (LB Publications e-chapbook, 2014)

George Kelley: The Hugo Winners, Volumes 1 & 2, introduced by Isaac Asimov

Joe Kenney: Room at the Bottom by J. L. Potter; Mafia Women by "Joseph Cenni" (Miles Donis)

Rob Kitchin: A Decline in Prophets by Sulari Gentill

B. V. Lawson: The Yellow Turban by "Charlotte Jay" (Geraldine Halls)

Evan Lewis: Wild Times by Brian Garfield

Steve Lewis: "Half Past Fear" by John Jakes, Super Science Stories, August 1951, edited by Ejler Jakobsson; "Woman Missing" by Helen Neilsen, Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, May 1960, edited by William Manners; Star Trek: The City on the Edge of Forever: The Original Teleplay comics magazine, August 2014, script by Harlan Ellison as adapted by Scott and David Tipton, illustrated by J. K. Woodward; "Persons or Things Unknown" by "Carter Dickson" (John Dickson Carr), The Sketch, Christmas 1938, edited by Bruce Ingram

Todd Mason: The Year's Best Horror Stories: Series VII edited by Gerald W. Page

John O'Neill: Emergence by David R. PalmerIf This Goes On, anthologies edited by Charles Neutzel and by Cat Rambo

Matt Paust: Alligators at Night by Meg Pokrass

Tim Powers: "Who?" by Algis Budrys, Fantastic Universe, April 1955, edited by Leo Margulies

James Reasoner: Run the Wild River by D. L. Champion

Richard Robinson: The Rolling Stones by Robert A. Heinlein

Gerard Saylor: We Few: U.S. Special Forces in Vietnam by Nick Brokhausen; Storm of Steel by Ernst Jünger (translated by Michael Hoffman)

Jack Seabrook and Peter Enfantino: DC War Comics: January 1975

Victoria Silverwolf: Worlds of Tomorrow, October 1963, edited by Frederik Pohl

Kerrie Smith: Where the Dead Lay by David Levien

Kevin Tipple: The Splintered Paddle by Mark Troy

"TomCat": Moorden in Maastricht by "F. van Overvoorde" (F.A. Haak-Ochsendorf)

A. J. Wright: Through the First Gate and other work by John Craig Stewart

Lisa Yaszek: "Created He Them" by Alice Eleanor Jones, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, June 1955, edited by "Anthony Boucher" (William White)



FFB: THE YEAR'S BEST HORROR STORIES, SERIES VII edited by Gerald W. Page (DAW Books 1979): Dennis Etchison memory, among others

Dennis Etchison died this past week, after a long career (and, I'm sure, a too-brief life) of good to brilliant work as a writer and editor. 

I thought I'd take a minute to recall not quite the first story I read by him, but the first brilliant one that came to mind (the first I read was the good but slightly less effective psychodrama "The Soft Wall" in First World Fantasy Awards, edited by Gahan Wilson, where it was included as an example of the kind of fiction Whispers magazine would feature--Stuart David Schiff, editor and publisher of the little magazine of horror and fantasy, won the Special Award for Non-Professional work, not quite true but certainly Schiff wasn't making his living from Whispers). "The Pitch" leads off the seventh and last volume of The Year's Best Horror Stories that Jerry Page would edit, before handing it off to Karl Edward Wagner for the rest of the run. Such a nest of memories and connections, given how important Page's and Wagner's volumes of the series were to me, and that Page would work at TV Guide's Atlanta bureau for some years before I would work the Radnor home office for more than 17 years, and Wagner would send me a very nice letter after reading my first published story.

"The Pitch", like "The Soft Wall", is actually not horror fiction so much as realistic, intense suspense fiction. Much of it describes the demonstration pitch made for a vegetable chopping device by the protagonist to a department store audience...and what that might lead lead to. It makes sure to be subtly unsettling from jump, deftly exploiting the contrast of the prosaic circumstances in which it is set with the not altogether wholesome drives of the accomplished pitchman and his sharp-edged product, and what, we eventually learn, set the events of the story in motion and what will happen after the story's end. Lean and understated and disturbing. 

Like a lot of Etchison's fiction, and much of the best of what he would present in his impressive series of anthologies...one of the most atypical, and wide-ranging, will be the subject of another FFB entry here soon. 

The rest of this volume (or, for that matter, the 1978 Whispers issue pictured above which first ran "The Pitch") is full of impressive work as well, which I shall re-read and review in greater detail later on:

Friday, May 24, 2019

FRIDAY'S "FORGOTTEN" BOOKS AND MORE: the links to the reviews: 24 May 2018






This week's books and more, unfairly (or sometimes fairly) neglected, or simply those the reviewers below think you might find of some interest (or, infrequently, you should be warned away from); certainly, most weeks we have a few not at all forgotten titles...if I've missed your review or someone else's, please let me know in comments.

Patricia Abbott: Let Him Go by Larry Watson

Mark Baker: Forget Me Knot by Mary Marks

Brad Bigelow: The Rabbit's Umbrella by George Plimpton

Les Blatt: Night of the Jabberwock by Fredric Brown

Joachim Boaz: A Man of Double Deed by Leonard Daventry; Cancerqueen by Tommaso Landolfi (translated by Raymond Rosenthal)

Ben Boulden: my favorite short crime fiction read in 2018

Joe Brosnan: The Eighth Circle by Stanley Ellin (Karyn Reeves on the Ellin)

Bob Byrne: 'Rogues in the House" by Robert E. Howard, Weird Tales, January 1934, edited by Farnsworth Wright

Martin Edwards: Night's Black Agent by John Bingham

Peter Enfantino and Jack Seabrook: Warren Comics, September/October 1966

Will Errickson: Dark Forces edited by Kirby McCauley

José Ignacio Escribano: Game of Mirrors by Andrea Camilleri (translated by Stephen Sartarelli) 

Curtis Evans: The Molly Maguires and The Valley of Fear by A. C. Doyle among other fiction; Murder for Pleasure by Howard Haycraft and Had I But Known plotting

Olman Feelyus: Maneater by Ted Willis 

Paul Fraser: Tor.com Short Fiction, January/February 2019, edited by Ellen Datlow, Lindsey Hall, Beth Meacham, Marco Palmieri and Ann VanderMeer

John Grant: Take Two at Bedtime (aka Deadly Duo) by Margery Allingham; The Haunted Hotel by Wilkie Collins; Follow Her Home by Steph Cha

Aubrey Hamilton: The Emperor's Snuffbox by John Dickson Carr

Rich Horton: Time Out of Joint by Philip K. Dick; Adam-Troy Castro short fiction; New Dreams This Morning edited by James Blish

Jerry House: Super-Mystery Comics #19, January 1944, produced by Lou Ferstadt et al.

Kate Jackson: Dead March in Three Keys by "Peter Curtis" (Norah Lofts); A Man Called Jones by Julian Symons; An Afternoon to Kill by Shelley Smith

Tracy K: On the Beach by Nevil Shute

Colman Keane: The Pregnant Widow by Martin Amis

George Kelley: Madball by Fredric Brown; The Nostalgic Imagination: History in English Criticism by Stephan Collins

Joe Kenney: The Red Horse Caper by L. V. Roper

Rob Kitchin: The Secret Listeners by Sinclair McKay; The Last Time We Spoke by Fiona Sussman

B. V. Lawson: The Best American Mystery Stories 1997, edited by Robert B. Parker and Otto Penzler

Evan Lewis: "Jon Jarl of the Space Patrol" prose vignettes (for periodical rates postage qualification) by Otto Binder (usually as by "Eando" Binder), Captain Marvel Adventures, 1946

Steve Lewis: Moonmilk and Murder by Aaron Marc Stein; "The Case of the Emerald Sky" by Eric Ambler, The Sketch, 10 July 1940; "The Shadow's Shadow" by Wyndham Martyn, Flynn's Weekly Detective, 14 May 1927; The Recycled Citizen by Charlotte MacLeod; "Ain't Nothin' But a Hound Dog" by B(renda) W. Clough, Twilight Zone Magazine, June 1988; Some Like It Cool by Robert Kyle

Todd Mason: The Ed Gorman/Martin H. Greenberg Best Crime Fiction of the Year Annuals

John F. Norris: Ominous Star by Rae Foley

Matt Paust: Baffled in Boston by Gary Provost

James Reasoner: "Terror Wears No Shoes" by "Keith Robeson" (Lester Dent), Doc Savage Science Detective, May-June 1948

Richard Robinson: The Minerva Club by Victor Canning

Gerard Saylor: Honky Tonk Samurai by Joe R. Lansdale; Doors Open by Ian Rankin 

Jack Seabrook: "Trifles", and "A Jury of Her Peers" (EveryWeek, 5 March 1917) by Susan Glaspell

Steven H Silver: Manly Wade Wellman; Universe 9, edited by Terry Carr

Victoria Silverwolf: Fantastic: Stories of Imagination, June 1964, edited by Cele Goldsmith Lalli

Kerrie Smith: All Our Secrets by Jennifer Lane

Kevin Tipple: Styx and Stone by James W. Ziskin

"TomCat": "The Bizarre Case Expert" by "William Arden" (Dennis Lynds), Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, June 1970, edited by Frederic Dannay/"EQ"

Mike Toomey: Give Me That Old Time Detection, Spring 2019

David Vineyard: The Radium Terrors by Albert Dorrington (The Pall Mall Magazine, January-June 1911)

Lisa Yaszek: "The New You" by Kit Reed, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, September 1962, edited by Avram Davidson

The best crime fiction of the year annuals of Ed Gorman and Martin H. Greenberg and company


In 1990, Mystery Scene founders Ed Gorman and Robert Randisi took on Martin H. Greenberg as a partner in the magazine, and in 1991, Randisi sold his stake in the magazine to Greenberg. In that year, Gorman and Greenberg began putting together a new Best of the Year annual, published by Carroll & Graf, which would run for seven volumes, till the 1998 offer, eventually with some credited co-editors. There was no 1999 volume (though in 1997, St. Martin's released an abridged mass-market paperback version of the 1996 C&G hardcover); in 2000, Gorman and Greenberg's annual took on a new format with a new publisher, as The World's Finest Crime and Mystery Stories , which would see five fatter annual volumes from the St. Martin's/Tor/Forge complex of imprints, and thus joined the established Gardner Dozois sf and Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling fantasy and horror annuals there. The Gorman/Greenberg series took on a similar attempt to the other annuals to be even more thoroughly a yearbook for the crime fiction field as well as a BOTY anthology, with hefty nonfictional summations as prefatory matter to the fiction. After the fifth volume in this sequence, the project returned to Carroll & Graf for two volumes (and two volumes of a companion anthology devoted to novellas), with a changed title format (featuring the title of one of the included stories), a format it would retain for the rest of the series' run. Apparently, though I'm still looking into it when not fighting the Blogspot typesetting. there was a phantom announcement of  a 20-story rather than 22-story version of The Deadly Bride volume, which was to appear from Da Capo Press, which would publish the 2007 edition and, subsequently, Pegasus Crime, Bleak House Books and finally Tyrus Books would get one each of the remainder...unfortunately, by the final volumes' appearance, the editors' health and other matters were affecting the production of the annual (perhaps their formatting software was as rebellious as Blogspot's, and jumping from division to division and then to another publisher almost certainly didn't help), with proofreading sliding downhill and a most remarkable clunker, the listing of Patti Abbott's short story in the contents and back-cover blurb for the penultimate volume, but omitting of the text of her story altogether in the book, in some sort of paperwork error. But the Gorman and Greenberg annuals provided a useful and often impressive alternative as successors and competitors to the Best Mystery and Suspense Stories of the Year (wrapping up its long run with the 1995 volume, extending back through the volumes of the Best Detective Stories of the Year), with long-term Best Mystery editor Edward Hoch contributing nonfiction as well as fiction to the Gorman/Greenberg volumes, and as successors the two-volume Jon L. Breen iBooks annual (2001-2002; Breen, too, would join the Gorman/Greenberg effort), Maxim Jakubowski's Best British Mysteries annual, and the survivor in the current field, Otto Penzler's Best American Mystery Storiesbeginning with its 1997 volume (which B. V. Lawson reviews this week).

1992:
* Challenge the Widow-Maker by Clark Howard
* Stakeout by Bill Pronzini
* Malibu Dog by Faye Kellerman
* Decoy by Michael Gilbert
* White Alligator by Andrew Henry Vachss
* The Detective’s Wife by Edward D. Hoch
* The Fish-Sitter by Ruth Rendell
* Elvis Lives by Lynne Barrett
* Mother Tucker by James Kisner
* The Mandrake Forgeries by William Bankier
* The Nick of Time by Robert Barnard
* Hanged for a Sheep by Henry Slesar
* Incident On and Off a Mountain Road by Joe R. Lansdale
* Batman’s Helpers by Lawrence Block
* The Valuation by Peter Lovesey
* A Matter of Principal by Max Allan Collins
* Final Resting Place by Marcia Muller
* The Maltese Cat by Sara Paretsky
* Another Room by Joan Hess
* Button in the Bag by Charlotte MacLeod
* The Three Musketeers by Jeremiah Healy
* A Poison That Leaves No Trace by Sue Grafton
* Someone Else by John Lutz
* The Dead Past by Nancy Pickard
* A Time for Every Purpose by Kristine Kathryn Rusch 



1993:
* Introduction: The Mystery in 1992 by Jon L. Breen
* Someday I'll Plant More Walnut Trees by Lawrence Block
* The Winfield Trade by Jeremiah Healy
* Liar's Dice by Bill Pronzini
* Long Live the Queen by Ruth Rendell
* Lazy Susan by Nancy Pickard
* A Hotel in Bucharest by Robert Barnard
* The Crime of Miss Oyster Brown by Peter Lovesey
* Secrets by June Thomson
* Whatever Has To Be Done by Jan Grape
* Stop, Thief! by Barbara D'Amato
* While She Was Out by Edward Bryant
* True Faces by Pat Cadigan
* The Perplexing Puzzle of the Perfidious Pigeon Poisoner by Charlotte MacLeod
* Cat Got Your Tongue by Barbara Collins and Max Allan Collins
* The Last to Know by Joan Hess
* The Man Who Loved Noir by Loren D. Estleman
* Johnny Halloween by Norman Partridge
* The Maltese Double Cross by Carole Nelson Douglas
* Benny's Space by Marcia Muller
* Settled Score by Sara Paretsky
* The Theft of the Barking Dog by Edward D. Hoch
* A Predatory Woman by Sharyn McCrumb
* Wedding Bells by Michael Z. Lewin
* Proxime Accessit by Reginald Hill
* The Wind from Midnight by Ed Gorman


1994:
* Introduction: The Mystery in 1993 by Jon L. Breen
* Slasher by F. Paul Wilson
* Keller’s Therapy by Lawrence Block
* The Mouse in the Corner by Ruth Rendell
* That Bells May Ring and Whistles Safely Blow by Margaret Maron
* That Damn Cat by Barbara Collins
* Parris Green by Carole Nelson Douglas
* The Man in the Red-Flannel Suit by Jan Grape
* Checkout by Susan Dunlap
* Goodbye, Sue Ellen by Gillian Roberts
* The Ghost Show by Doug Allyn
* McIntyre’s Donald by Joseph Hansen
* Some Sunny Day by Julian Rathbone
* The Wall by Marcia Muller
* History Repeats Itself, and It Doesn’t Even Say Pardon by Mat Coward
* Strays by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
* The Lesson by Billie Sue Mosiman
* Spin-a-Rama by Jeremiah Healy
* The Mood Cuckoo by Jonathan Gash
* The Ugly Earthling Murder Case by George Alec Effinger
* Sweetheart of the Rodeo by Mark Timlin
* A Vacance en Campagne by Tim Heald
* It Takes One to Know One by Robert Bloch
* Shade Work by Bill Pronzini
* First Lead Gasser by Tony Hillerman
* Enduring as Dust by Bruce Holland Rogers



1995:
Introduction : the mystery in 1994 / Jon L. Breen -- The gentleman in the lake / Robert Barnard -- 
High heels in the headliner / Wendy Hornsby -- 
Coyote peyote / Carole Nelson Douglas -- 
The lost coast / Marcia Muller 
Sign of the times / Nancy Pickard -
Unkindest cut / Lary Segriff -- 
A deep hole / Ian Rankin -- 
And she laughed / Liz Holliday -- 
Last of kin / Jo Bannister -- 
One of those days, one of those nights / Ed Gorman -- Pork pie hat / Peter Straub -- 
Old rattler / Sharyn McCrumb -- 
Oil and water / J.A. Jance -- 
No simpel solution / Jan Grape -- 
Nooses give / Dana Stabenow -- 
His father's ghost / Max Allan Collins -- 
The man who hated television / Julian Symons -- With anchovies / John Lutz -- 
The ten lives of Talbert / Barbara Collins -- 
The necessary brother / Brendan DuBois -- 
The tennis court / Brenda Melton Burnham -- 
An eye for a tooth / Justin Scott -- 
The dancing bear / Doug Allyn -- 
Keller on horseback / Lawrence Block -- 
Out of the depths / Bill Pronzini.


1996:
* Introduction by Jon L. Breen
* She Rote by John Harvey
* Valentine's Night by Nancy Pickard
* The Matchmaker by Sharyn McCrumb
* The Judge's Boy by Jean B. Cooper
* One Night At Dolores Park by Bill Pronzini
* When Your Breath Freezes by Kathleen Dougherty
* Principles of Accounts by Ian Rankin
* Mommy by Max Allan Collins
* Beasts in Buildings, Turning 'Round by J.N. Williamson
* The Best Sort of Husband by Susan B. Kelly
* An Act of Violence by William F. Nolan
* The End Of It All by Ed Gorman
* The Hudson Chain by Edward D. Hoch
* The Holes in the System by Marcia Muller
* Double Take by L.J. Washburn
* Grace Notes by Sara Paretsky
* Keepsakes by Peter Crowther
* Dirty Dancing by Carole Nelson Douglas
* Of Mice, Men and Two Women by Julian Rathbone
* The Silence of Sorrow by Richard T. Chizmar
* All That Glitters by Joan Hess
* The Pushover by Peter Lovesey
* Keller in Shining Armor by Lawrence Block
* Midnight Sun by Barbara Paul
* The Blackmailer by Anne Perry 


1997 abridged mass-market paperback edition of the 1996 hardcover:
She rote / John Harvey --
Valentine's night / Nancy Pickard --
The matchmaker / Sharyn McCrumb --
The judge's boy / Jean B. Cooper --
One night at Dolores Park / Bill Pronzini --
When your breath freezes / Kathleen Dougherty --
Principles of accounts / Ian Rankin --
Mommy / Max Allan Collins --
The end of it all / Ed Gorman --
The holes in the system / Marcia Muller
Grace notes / Sara Paretsky --
Dirty dancing / Carole Nelson Douglas --
All that glitters / Joan Hess --
The pushover / Peter Lovesey --
Keller in shining armor/ Lawrence Block --
The blackmailer / Anne Perry.



1997:
The dark snow / Brendan Du Bois
The escape / Anne Perry -- 
Clothes / Ruth Rendell -- 
The cracks in the sidewalk / Marcia Muller -- 
Dead drunk / Lia Matera -- 
Running from legs / Ed McBain -- 
The cassoulet / Walter Satterthwait -- 
Toad crossing / John Lutz and David August -- 
Wild horses / Sam Pizzo -- 
The last word -- Maude Miller
My murder / David Corn -- 
The narrow house / Edward D. Hoch -- 
Married to a murderer / Alan Russell -- 
The perfect murder club / Reginald Hill -- 
Kiss the sky / James Grady -- 
Intent to kill / Monica Quill -- 
The girl who talked to horses / Robert J. Randisi -- Stalking horse / Susan B. Kelly -- 
A good thing / Simon Brett -- 
Hoops / S.J. Rozan -- 
Real life / Sarah Shankman -- 
A rock and a hard place / Nancy Pickard -- 
The burglar and the whatsit / Donald E. Westlake -- Publicity stunts / Sara Paretsky -- 
The monster / Bill Pronzini.


1998:
Contents:
The kneeling soldier/Jeffrey Deaver -- 
Speak no evil/Nancy Pickard -
Solo/Marcia Muller -- 
Psychofemmes/Melissa Mia Hall -- 
Blood brothers/Richard T. Chizmar -- 
Ways to kill a cat/Simon Brett
The horseshoe nail/Bill Pronzini -- 
Bird of paradise/John Harvey 
A front row seat/Jan Grape -- 
A long and happy life/DeLoris Stanton Forbes -- Nightcrawlers/John Lutz -- 
Remembrance/Carolny G. Hart -- 
Tea for two/M.D. Lake -- 
On the psychiatrist's couch/Reginald Hill -- 
The Easter cat/Bill Crider -- 
Call me Walt/Jerry Sykes. 
Cold turkey/Carole Nelson Douglas -- 
Death cup/Joyce Carol Oates -- 
Love me for my yellow hair alone: 32 short films about Marilyn Monroe/Carolyn Wheat -- 
The clock that counts the dead/Edward Bryant -- Take it away/Donald E. Westlake. 
The man who beat the system/Stuart Kaminsky -- Keller on the spot/Lawrence Block -- 
The house on the edge/D.A. McGuire -- 
Crimson shadow/Walter Mosely.


2000:
The year in mystery and crime fiction : 1999 / Jon L. Breen --
A 1999 yearbook of mystery and crime / Edward D. Hoch --
Heroes / Anne Perry --
Rio Grande gothic / David Morrell --
The hanged man / Ian Rankin --
Spooked / Carolyn G. Hart --
Show me the bones / Carolyn Wheat --
A flash of chrysanthemum / J.A. Jance --
The man in the white hat / Loren D. Estleman --
'53 Buick / Gary Phillips --
Crack / James W. Hall --
Paleta man / Laurie R. King --
Snow / Stuart M. Kaminsky --
The canasta club / Eleanor Taylor Bland --
Unchained melody / Doug Allyn --
Something simple / Rob Kantner --
The circle of ink / Edward D. Hoch --
The death cat of Hester Street / Carol Gorman --
Dark times / Peter Crowther --
Those that trespass / Peter Tremayne --
Blitzed / Phil Lovesey --
For services rendered / Jeffery Deaver --
The tinder box / Minette Walters --
Symptoms of loss / Jerry Sykes --
Taking care of Frank / Antony Mann --
Styx and bones / Edward Bryant --
Not long now / Carol Anne Davis --
The shortest distance / Mat Coward --
I love everything about you / Marthayn Pelegrimas and Robert J. Randisi --
The case of the headless witness / Lloyd Biggle, Jr. --
The mummy case / Carole Nelson Douglas --
Recycle / Marcia Muller --
Now what? / Donald E. Westlake --
Barking at butterflies / Ed McBain --
The dark prince / Joyce Carol Oates --
Rappin' dog / Dick Lochte --
Dream lawyer / Lia Matera --
Flood / Bill Pronzini --
The ice shelf / Clark Howard --
In for a penny / Lawrence Block.



2oo1:
Spinning / Kristine Kathryn Rusch --
The summer people / Brendan DuBois --
Afraid of the dark / Nancy Pickard --
For all the saints / Gillian Linscott --
Let's get lost / Lawrence Block --
Under suspicion / Clark Howard --
Childhood / S.J. Rozan --
Art & craft / Donald E. Westlake --
The allotment / Peter Crowther --
Twelve of the little buggers / Mat Coward --
Missing in action / Peter Robinson --
The Haggard Society / Edward D. Hoch --
Scorpion's kiss / Stuart M. Kaminsky --
Noble causes / Bob Mendes --
The sleeping detective / Gary Phillips --
A night in the Manchester store / Stanley Cohen --
What Mr. McGregor saw / Dorothy Cannell --
Delta double-deal / Noreen Ayres --
Three nil / Mat Coward --
The man in the civil suit / Jan Burke --
Black and white memories / Robert J. Randisi --
Nothing to lose / Robert Barnard --
Widower's walk / Joseph Hansen --
Character flaw / Christine Matthews --
Golden Gate Bridge--A view from below / Jürgen Ehlers --
Boo / Richard Laymon --
Veterans / John Lutz --
The abbey ghosts / Jan Burke --
The country of the blind / Doug Allyn --
Happiness / Joyce Carol Oates --
The confession / Ian Rankin --
The perfectionist / Peter Lovesey --
A wall too high / Edward D. Hoch --
The silence / Kristine Kathryn Rusch --
The big bite / Bill Pronzini --
The gathering of the klan / Les Roberts --
When the black shadows die / Clark Howard --
Rebirth (Cain and Abel) / Miguel Agustí --
Helena and the babies / Denise Mina --
Old soldiers / Brendan DuBois --
The victim / Ed McBain --
The poet of pulp / Pete Hamill.

2002:
The world's finest mystery and crime stories : third annual collection The year in mystery and crime fiction: 2001 / Jon L. Breen A 2001 yearbook of crime and mystery / Edward D. Hoch World mystery report: Great Britain / Maxim Jakubowski World mystery report: Australia / David Honeybone World mystery report: Canada / Edo van Belkom World mystery report: Germany / Thomas Woertche Year 2001 in mystery fandom / George A. Easter Double-crossing Delancey / S.J. Rozan -- Activity in the flood plain / Ed McBain -- The only good judge / Carolyn Wheat -- Speaking of greed / Lawrence Block -- The California contact / Clark Howard -- Tell me you forgive me? / Joyce Carol Oates -- Beautiful / Jeffery Deaver -- Unreasonable doubt / Max Allan Collins -- Lucky devil / Nancy Pickard -- The star thief / Brendan DuBois -- Chip / Bill Pronzini -- Come again? / Donald E. Westlake -- Dark mirror / Lauren Henderson -- The adventure of the Cheshire cheese / Jon L. Breen Dry whiskey / David B. Silva -- Countdown / Wolfgang Burger -- Old dog, new tricks / Robert Barnard -- The wink / Ruth Rendell -- Fire works / Paul Lascaux -- Juggernaut / Nancy Springer -- Star struck / Peter Lovesey -- Known unto God / Jac. Toes -- The eye of the beholder / Lillian Stewart Carl -- Blind alley / Mary Jane Maffini -- Canon / John Vermeulen -- A well-respected man / Margaret Coel -- The girl who killed Santa Claus / Val McDermid -- The Trebuchet murder / Susanna Gregory -- Turnaround / Carolyn Hart -- Out like a lion / Bill Crider -- The perfect man / Kristine Kathryn Rusch -- Conscience / Stephan Rykena -- Living next door to malice / Billie Rubin -- The good old German way / Tatjana Kruse -- The case of the bloodless sock / Anne Perry -- Blood, snow, and classic cars / Joseph Hansen -- The impostor / Marcia Muller -- The problem of the yellow wallpaper / Edward D. Hoch -- In the city of angels / Dick Lochte -- Honorable mentions / Angela Zeman.
2003:
The year in mystery and crime fiction, 2002 / Jon L. Breen
A 2002 yearbook of crime and mystery / Edward D. Hoch
World mystery report, Great Britain / Maxim Jakubowski
World mystery report, Canada / Edo Van Belkom
World mystery report, Germany / Thomas Wörtche
To live and die in Midland, Texas / Clark Howard
Rules of the game / Kate Wilhelm --
The wagon mound / Val McDermid --
Ghost writer / Janice Law --
My cousin Rachel's Uncle Murray / Susan Isaacs 
Top of the world / Bill Crider --
Ere I killed thee / Anne Perry --
The Panama hen / Gesine Schultz --
Gracious silence / Gillian Linscott --
Cold-blooded / Stephan Rykena --
Lead ... follow / Jac. Toes --
Two sisters / Frauke Schuster --
Barefoot / Chris Rippen --
Those are pearls that were his eyes / Carole Nelson Douglas
A mimicry of mockingbirds / Lillian Stewart Carl
The twin / Brad Reynolds --
The vampire theme / Edward D. Hoch --
The devil that walks at noonday / Ralph McInerny
The murder ballads / Doug Allyn --
The vale of the white horse / Sharyn McCrumb --
A girl named Charlie / Stanley Cohen --
The adventure of the mooning sentry / Jon L. Breen
Second story sunlight / John Lutz --
A moment of wrong thinking / Lawrence Block --
Too many cooks / Marcia Talley --
The path to the shroud / Robert Barnard
Closer to the flame / Jerry Sykes --
Chalele / John Vermeulen --
Wrong place, wrong time / Bill Pronzini
Fleeting fashion / Bob Mendes --
Flying fast / Piet Teigeler --
The best time for planting / Ina Coelen --
The money to feed them / Martin Spiegelberg --
Mexican Gatsby / Raymond Steiber --
Three killings and a favor / Joan Waites
War can be murder / Mike Doogan --
The adventure of the agitated actress / Daniel Stashower --
Two in the same boat / Anke Gebert --
Aftermath / Jeremiah Healy --
Whispers of the dead / Peter Tremayne --
An empire's reach / Brendan DuBois --
Surveillance / Jeffery Deaver -
The 2002 Edgar Allan Poe mystery fiction short-list.

2004:
The year in mystery and crime fiction, 2003 / Jon L. Breen
A 2003 yearbook of crime and mystery / Edward D. Hoch --
World mystery report, Great Britain / Maxim Jakubowski -
World mystery report, Canada / Edo van Belkom --
World mystery report, Germany / Thomas Wörtche
The year 2003 in mystery fandom / George A. Easter
Cowboy Grace / Kristine Kathryn Rusch -
Palace in the pines / Doug Allyn --
Offenders / Mat Coward --
Bet on Red / Jeff Abbott --
Doctor's orders / Judith Cutler --
Esther Gordon Framlingham / Antony Mann --
Nighthawks / John Lutz --
Starting over / Carol Anne Davis -- 
Dreams of Jeannie / Catherine Dain -- 
The face of Ali Baba / Edward D. Hoch -- 
Take my word for it and you don't have to answer / Robert S. Levinson 
The maids / G. Miki Hayden -- 
Black Heart and Cabin Girl / Shelley Costa -- 
Dollface / Marion Arnott 
Doppelganger / Rhys Bowen --
No man's land / Elizabeth Foxwell --
Safety first / Marcia Talley -- 
Red meat / Elaine Viets -- 
Sex and bingo / Elaine Viets -- 
Aces & eights / David Edgerly Gates --
Proportionate response / Jeremiah Healy -- 
The hunter / Joyce Carol Oates -- 
The Cherub affair / Peter Robinson -- 
The corpse that lost its head / John Vermeulen - 
The best / Chris Rippen -- The rival / Helga Anderle -
African Christmas / Frauke Schuster -- 
The gallows necklace / Sharyn McCrumb 
One shot difference / Brendan DuBois -- 
Woke up this morning / Liza Cody -- 
The leper colony / Clark Howard -- 
Honorable mentions -- 
About the editors

Sixth: 2005
2005:
The year in mystery and crime fiction: 2004 / Jon L. Breen --
A 2004 yearbook of crime and mystery / Edward D. Hoch --
The mystery in Great Britain --
Maxim Jakubowski --
The newest four-letter word in mystery / Sarah Weinman --
The adventure of the missing detective / Gary Lovisi 
The Westphalian ring / Jeffery Deaver --
The hit / Robert S. Levinson --
The last case of Hilly Palmer / Duane Swierczynski --
Everybody's girl / Robert Barnard --
Imitate the sun / Luke Sholer --
Father Diodorus / Charlie Stella --
A nightcap of hemlock / Francis M. Nevins --
The best in online mystery fiction in 2004 / Sarah Weinman --
Just pretend / Martyn Waites --
Geoffrey says / Aliya Whiteley --
God's dice / David White --
The consolation blond / Val McDermid --
The shoeshine man's regrets / Laura Lippman --
For benefit of Mr. Means / Christine Matthews --
East side, west side / Max Allan Collins and Matthew V. Clemens --
The promotion / Larry D. Sewazy --
Me and Mitch / Bill Pronzini and Barry N. Malzberg -
The necromancer's apprentice / Lillian Stewart Carl 
The banshee / Joyce Carol Oates --
Sounds of silence / Dennis Richard Murphy.

The novellas volume from 2004 publications:

2005:
The gin mill / Doug Allyn --
Wreck rights / Dana Stabenow --
Deep lock / Clark Howard Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine [v124 #6, #760, December 2004] ed. Janet Hutchings 
Scrogged : a cyber-Christmas carol / Carole Nelson Douglas
The widow of Slane / Terence Faherty --
Tricks / Steve Hockensmith
A tale of one city / Anne Perry.

Seventh: 
2006:
The mystery in 2005 and 2006 / Jon L. Breen --
A 2005 yearbook of crime and mystery / Edward D. Hoch --
Online mystery fiction in 2005 and 2006 / Sarah Weinman --
The catch / James W. Hall --
There is no crime on Easter Island / Nancy Pickard --
Born bad / Jeffery Deaver --
The deadly bride / Sharan Newman --
Highest, best use / J.A. Jance --
Interlude at Duane's / F. Paul Wilson --
The adeland sanction / David Morrell --
Lightning rider /Rick Mofina --
Driven to distraction / Marcia Talley --
Little sins / Mike MacLean --
Dust up / Wendy Hornsby --
Why'd you bring me here? / Stanley Cohen --
Chapter 82: Myrna Lloyd is missing / Robert S. Levinson --
Down and out in Brentwood / Neal Marks --
Cain was innocent / Simon Brett --
A temporary crown / Sue Pike --
Sanctuary! / Peter Tremayne --
A matter of honor / Jeremiah Healy --
Low drama / Kim Harrington --
Jury duty / Kristine Kathryn Rusch --
The last interview / Craig McDonald --
Lost causes / Anne Perry.

The novellas volume from 2005/2006 publications: 2007

Honor code / Joyce Carol Oates --
Junior partner in crime / Carole Nelson Douglas --
Grieving Las Vegas / Jeremiah Healy --
Resurrection man / Sharyn McCrumb --
Temptation of King David / Brendan DuBois --
Gustav Amlingmeyer, Holmes of the range / Steve Hockensmith --
Wolf Woman Bay / Doug Allyn --
Merely hate / Ed McBain --
Diamond dog / Dick Lochte --
Arizona heat / Clark Howard 
Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine [v128 #2, #780, August 2006] ed. Janet Hutchings

Eighth: 2008
The mystery in 2007 / Jon L. Breen --
Obituaries in 2007 / Edward D. Hoch --
Mulholland dive / Michael Connelly --
Everybody loves somebody / Sandra Scoppettone --
Making amends / Jeffery Deaver --
A vision in white / Lawrence Block --
Pony girl / Laura Lippman --
Prayers for the dying / Jeremiah Healy --
Devil dog / Dick Lochte --
A prisoner of memory / Robert S. Levinson --
A saving grace / Patricia Abbott --
Cadaver dog / Bryon Quertermous --
Anniversary / Hilary Davidson --
Something out of the ordinary / Kerry Ashwin --
Dead as a dog / Doug Allyn --
Dies irae / Dorothy Salisbury Davis --
Blues in the Kabul night / Clark Howard --
The profane angel / Loren D. Estleman --
Bereavement / Tom Piccirilli --
Country manners / Brendan DuBois --
And then she was gone / Christine Matthews --
The guardians / Jim Fusilli --
I killed / Nancy Pickard --
Substitutions / Kristine Kathryn Rusch --
Pickpocket / Marcia Muller --
The winning ticket / Bill Pronzini --
Valentine, July heat wave / Joyce Carol Oates --
Online mystery fiction in 2007 / Sarah Weinman.


Ninth: 2009
The year in mystery: 2008 / Jon L. Breen --
Father's day / Michael Connelly --
Walking the dog / Peter Robinson --
Lucky / Charlaine Harris --
A sleep not unlike death / Sean Chercover
Joyce Carol Oates, 
Laura Lippman, 
Tom Piccirilli, 
John Harvey, 
Skinhead Central/T. Jefferson Parker, 
Patricia Abbott [story on Table of Contents, but missing from book], 
Megan Abbott, 
Kristine Kathryn Rusch, 
Robert S. Levinson, 
Doug Allyn, 
Noreen Ayres, 
Charles Ardai, 
Martin Edwards, 
Bill Pronzini, 
Steve Hockensmith, 
Dominique Mainard, 
Brett Battles, 
David Edgerly Gates, 
Nancy Pickard, 
Scott Phillips, 
Bill Crider, 
Gary Phillips, 
Norman Partridge, 
Martin Limon, 
Jeremiah Healy

Tenth: 2010

The mystery in 2009 / Jon L. Breen --
Animal rescue / Dennis LeHane --
Family Affair : a Smokey Dalton story / Kris Nelscott 
Survival instincts / Sandra Seamans --
Julius Katz / Dave Zeltserman --
Seeing the moon / S.J. Rozan --
Dark chocolate / Nancy Pickard --
Telegraphing / Marcia Muller --
The Valhalla verdict / Doug Allyn --
Pure pulp / Bill Crider --
Blood sacrifices and the catatonic kid / Tom Picirrilli
Patterns / Richard Lupoff --
The tell-tale purr / Mary Higgins Clark --
The big switch : a Mike Hammer story / Mickey Spillane and Max Allan Collins --
Crazy Larry smells bacon / Greg Bardsley --
Femme Sole / Dana Cameron --
The dark island / Brendan Dubois --
The Caretaker / Terence Faherty --
The case of the Colonel Crockett's violin / Gillian Linscott --
The case of Colonel Warburton's madness / Lyndsay Faye --
Time will tell / Twist Phelan --
By hook or by crook / Charlie Dress --
The final nail : A Val O'Farrell story / Bob Randisi --
Amapola / Luis Alberto Urrea --
Cougar / Laura Lippman --
Digby, attorney at law / Jim Fusilli --
The way they limp / Clark Howard --
O'Nelligan's glory / Michael Nethercott --
Between sins / Robert Levinson.


More to come here. And, with luck, with proper typefaces et al.

And this is the apparent phantom version of The Deadly Bride: