SMFS Members Published in Mystery Magazine: July 2023


SMFS list members are published in the Mystery
Magazine: July 2023
issue. The read is available in print and digital
formats from Amazon.
The SMFS list members that reported their presence in the issue are:


John M. Floyd with “Quick Stop.” This is the
“You-Solve-It” this month. Solution in the August issue.


Steve Liskow with “Standing in the Strike


Josh Pachter with “I Don’t Like Mondays.”


Brian Silverman with “”The Pizza Job: To Go.”


Amazon Description: 

At the cutting edge of crime fiction, Mystery Magazine
presents original short stories by the world’s best-known and emerging mystery
writers. The stories we feature in our monthly issues span every imaginable
subgenre, including cozy, police procedural, noir, whodunit, supernatural,
hardboiled, humor, and historical mysteries. Evocative writing and a compelling
story are the only certainty.

Get ready to be surprised, challenged, and
entertained–whether you enjoy the style of the Golden Age of mystery (e.g.,
Agatha Christie, Arthur Conan Doyle), the glorious pulp digests of the early
twentieth century (e.g., Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler), or contemporary
masters of mystery.

In this issue

Our cover feature is “A Bad Bet At Château Bleue” by
Liv Strom: On her honeymoon, her husband keeps delaying their departure for
business while asking her to trust him. But as the days pass, the second Madame
Toussaint wonders how well she knows her husband.

“Standing In The Strike Zone” by Steve Liskow:
Charlie’s team loses the softball championship game thanks to constant bad
calls by the umpire. When that umpire is beaten to death with Charlie’s
baseball bat, Charlie realizes he’ll have to clear his name without the help of
the cops.

“The General’s Daughter” by Martin Rosenstock: A young
woman in a Gulf country stops an assassination of a foreign leader. By doing so
she saves her family’s honor and safeguards her own prospects.

“The Pizza Job: To Go” by Brian Silverman: In a city
where it’s tough even for the rats, one pulls off such a notable heist, the
architect of the robbery becomes a dubious celebrity.

“Three Dark Riders” by Stan Dryer: Outlaw Blackheart
Bart’s three sons arrive in Dustville intent on killing the sheriff they accuse
of killing their father. They kidnap the local schoolmarm to force the sheriff
into a shootout with each of them. Love and justice triumph.

“I Don’t Like Mondays” by Josh Pachter: In the
haunting echoes of the Boomtown Rats’ song, “I Don’t Like Mondays,” a
troubled soul weaves a philosophy that sets the stage for a tragic act of
violence within the walls of Grover Cleveland Elementary.

“Fake As Its Namesake” by Dan Crosby: Mystery novelist
Lily Fontaine’s most avid fan suspects that the author did not write her latest
novel. Her conclusion—Ms. Fontaine must have been murdered by her husband who
is now impersonating his late wife in print.

“No Good Deed” by Cathi Stoler: When her best friend
from childhood, Chloe Ambrose Odeon, is murdered, P.I. Helen McCorkendale
promises Chloe’s daughter she’ll find the killer.

“Quick Stop,” A You-Solve-It by
John M. Floyd: One roadside minimart, two ardent sleuths, three dodgy
characters. Help solve Mr. Hopper’s robbery.


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