Sometimes, crime occurs with the sound of a drip of poison, or the whispering whistle of a knife moving through the air. And, sometimes, it happens with a “flash and bang.” Flash and Bang is the title of a new anthology of short crime fiction from The Short Mystery Fiction Society, founded in 1996 by Murderous Intent Mystery Magazine editor Margo Power. Members went on to found Mysterical-e online magazine as well as to win many awards in the genre. Starting off the rhyming flash piece,"The Perfect Crime," by Herschel Corzine and wending its way through 18 other stories, Flash and Bang has a little something for everyone. I'm proud to say that my own Scott Drayco short, "Silent Measures," is among the stories chosen for this anthology. (Publisher Untreed Reads has also previously published another Scott Drayco story, "Ill-Gotten Games.")
And speaking of Scott Drayco, the crime consultant is back in novel-length form with the release today of Dies Irae, the third installment in the series. The debut book, Played to Death, was a Shamus Award finalist and named Best Mystery in the 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. The short blurb: A mysterious and deadly music puzzle forces Drayco to work with his estranged FBI partner to catch a madman ... before the partner's daughter becomes the next victim. It's a fitting Halloween mystery read, and I hope you'll consider picking up the ebook or trade paperback (hardcover coming soon!).