SMFS Members Published in Mystery Magazine: November 2023


SMFS list members are published in the Mystery
Magazine: November 2023 issue. The read is available at the publisher and at Amazon. The SMFS list members
that reported their presence in the issue are:



C.W. Blackwell with All Her Diamond Rings.


Richard Helms “Corpse Cake”.


Steve Liskow with “Cold Turkey.”


Edward Lodi with “Trouble at First Sight.”





At the cutting edge of crime fiction, Mystery Magazine
presents original short stories by the world’s best-known and emerging mystery


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


In our cover feature, “All Her Diamond Rings” by C.W.
Blackwell, an auto-mechanic and former car thief gets an opportunity from an
unlikely source.


“Corpse Cake” by Richard Helms: In 1843 London,
legendary—some say notorious—thief-taker Vicar Brekonridge encounters Athelney
Cribbins, a law clerk and surreptitious sin-eater, who has a curious story to
tell about a possible murder.


“How Do I Get To Mount Julep?” by Ken Derry: Fancy
Mike was murdered last week on my watch. I was tasked to find out what
happened. This was a job for a younger buck.


“The Pink Coat” by Siobhan Wright: Amelia, a
17-year-old, heads South for spring break on a Greyhound bus and is lured into
the world of crime in the Cleveland bus station.


“Trouble At First Sight” by Edward Lodi: A private
eye’s search for a young girl’s stolen dog leads him to a shack at the edge of
a swamp, where things are not as they appear, and where survival depends on
determining who is friend, and who is foe.


In the caper, “Zen Man’s Sandbag” by George Wilhite, a
Zen master who can move through solid substances cons bank robbers.


In “Cold Turkey” by Steve Liskow, Harley is doing
community service and trying to be a Good Boy. Then two bank robbers on the run
break in and take a classmate hostage. What’s a guy with a nose ring gonna do?


In “Wine Into Water,” A You-Solve-It By Laird Long, a
crate of wine allegedly ends up in the river. Can you decern what happened?


Custom Cover Art By Robin Grenville Evans


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