The above illustration, "Blowing Bubbles," has been adapted for use here by generous permission from the artist, Cyril Rolando.

February 14, 2010

Short stops #5

I never heard of googlewhacking before Katherine Tomlinson wrapped a story of random chance around it in Dangerous Chartreuse. This story is #282 at Powder Burn Flash.

Over at A Twist of Noir, Jimmy Callaway's Night Train to Mundo Fine begs the question, if you could go back in time would you go for a lap dance? You might, if you knew what the future held.

Sometimes no revenge is the best revenge, as Sandra Seamans' gardener finds in Glory in the Flower. And of all places to find a short work of crime fiction: not in a webzine dedicated to such stories, but in the Texas Gardener's Seeds, a weekly newsletter for, you guessed it, gardeners. But that makes sense in a way, because gardeners are notoriously good at killing (weeds, moles, aphids, etc.) and they have all manner of weapons, from blunt instruments to poisons, tucked away in those potting sheds.

Craig McDonald is best known for his Hector Lassiter series, blending history and literature into his own unique brand of crime fiction. But in Devil's in the Details, McDonald delivers hardcore gore and a twist you won't see coming in this story that predates the publication of his novels. You can read or listen to the podcast (Episode 43) at


  1. I will check the other links during the week but I just checked out Sandra's FLOWER. Another winner from this fine writer.

  2. Love, Jimmy? Who said anything about love? Although I am fond of the way your twisty little mind works.