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Crime HQ
June 26 2015

Announcing The M.O.’s “Wishful Thinking” Story!

Thanks for checking out our shortlist of great short crime stories and voting! We're excited to announce the “Wishful Thinking” story we'll be publishing in its entirety is... “The...
Crime HQ
June 24 2015

Hurry! Voting for The M.O.’s “Wishful Thinking” Ends Tonight!

Time is almost up for our “Wishful Thinking” round of The M.O.! Voting closes tonight at midnight, and we'll be announcing the winner this Friday! So what are you waiting for? Head...
Crime HQ
June 22 2015

Announcing 2015’s Macavity Award Nominations!

  Awards season continues apace, with a new slate of nominees for the 2015 Macavity Awards from Mystery Readers International. “MRI is the largest mystery fan/reader organization...
Crime HQ
June 12 2015

Pick The M.O.’s Next Story: Your Wish is Our Command!

Our wishes have come true, because we have a new crop of shortlisted stories for The M.O.! Read these four sneak peeks on the theme of “Wishful Thinking,” then vote at the bottom for...
EdwardAGrainger
June 11 2015

Fresh Meat: Charlie Martz and Other Stories by Elmore Leonard

Charlie Martz and Other Stories by Elmore Leonard is a collection of short, previously unpublished stories of both the Western and crime varieties (available June 16, 2015). Charlie Martz and Other...
Crime HQ
June 9 2015

Announcing 2015’s Shamus Award Nominees!

The Private Eye Writers of America (PWA) have announced the nominees for 2015's Shamus awards, granted to works published during 2014. According to their guidelines: A Private Eye is defined...
Crime HQ
May 29 2015

“Wishful Thinking” Until Friday Night!

At 11:59p.m. The M.O. submissions close. If your “Wishful Thinking” is still castles in the air, but not on the page, simply writing about 70 words per hour will get you 1000-1500 words...
Crime HQ
May 15 2015

Check Out Agatha Raisin at Twenty-Six!

Just look at Agatha Raisin at twenty-six, already having come a long way from the Birmingham slum where she was born. M. C. Beaton's upcoming short story will find Agatha having dumped both...
Crime HQ
May 15 2015

“Wishful Thinking” Submissions Open for the Next 2 Weeks!

The M.O. submissions mailbox is now open for your “Wishful Thinking!” That's themostories - aT- gmail (plus dot and com). We're seeking short, original crime stories of 1000-1500...
Crime HQ
May 7 2015

Announcing 2015’s Anthony Award Nominees!

This week in awards season brings the Anthony Award nominations, to be conferred during Bouchercon, the world mystery convention, held in Raleigh, NC. (You can also check out our Lowdown Calendar for...
Crime HQ
May 4 2015

Congratulating 2015’s Agatha Award Winners!

Over the weekend at Malice Domestic, the following nominated works (and their authors) won the Agatha Award teapots! BEST CONTEMPORARY NOVEL: Truth Be Told by Hank Phillippi Ryan BEST HISTORICAL...
Crime HQ
May 1 2015

The M.O.: A New Theme is Announced!

Like a repeat offender, The M.O. is back! Write a crime story related to the theme of “Wishful Thinking” in one-thousand to fifteen-hundred words. The theme can be interpreted widely,...
Leslie Gilbert Elman
April 30 2015

2015’s Edgar Awards: Mystery’s Faithful Gather

Once a year, the mystery writing community reaches critical mass in a place filled with the greatest living purveyors of the genre. The moment occurs at the Edgar Allan Poe Awards Dinner hosted by the...
EdwardAGrainger
April 20 2015

The Gadgetless and Tired Assassin: James Bond’s Short Stories

Every so often the caretakers of the James Bond movie franchise talk about getting back to author Ian Fleming’s original creation, distancing themselves from the outlandish stunts, gadgets, and...
S.W. Lauden
April 17 2015

The M.O.’s Long Gone Selection: “Fix Me”

We're proud to present “Fix Me” by S.W. Lauden, the first crime fiction selection for The M.O.! This submission received the most votes from our fantastic shortlist, and while the...
Crime HQ
April 3 2015

Announcing The M.O.’s “Long Gone” Story!

Thanks for a great election turnout! We're delighted to announce that the story we'll be publishing in its entirety is... “Fix Me” by S.W. Lauden All the stories were...
EdwardAGrainger
March 30 2015

Bushwhackers, Desperadoes, and a Damsel in Distress: “Lone Star Fury” by James Reasoner

I have been reading James Reasoner Westerns since long before I knew I was reading James Reasoner Westerns. A prolific and in-demand author since the 1970s, he has written under a number of pseudonyms...
Crime HQ
March 20 2015

You Pick the Story for The M.O.!

We're tickled crimson to announce the shortlisters from our “Long Gone” submitted stories! Read these four sneak peeks, then vote at the bottom for the one you'd most like to read...
Crime HQ
March 6 2015

Submissions for The M.O. Close at Midnight!

Okay, it'll technically be 11:59p.m. when The M.O. submissions close. But don't be caught out in the cold with your loot in your hand while the getaway car's halfway to Taos, if you...
Crime HQ
February 27 2015

One Week Until The M.O. Submissions are Long Gone!

The M.O.'s submissions mailbox closes next Friday, so sneak a peek at sample shortlisters in our new Rogues' Gallery! If you haven't submitted your 1000-1500 word story, there's still...
EdwardAGrainger
February 26 2015

Literary Mysteries: Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Light-House”

Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) remains a giant within the horror set with renowned classics such as The Raven, The Tell-Tale Heart, and The Pit and the Pendulum. He’s also acknowledged as the...
Crime HQ
February 20 2015

The M.O.: Submissions are Open for the Next Two Weeks!

The M.O. submissions mailbox is open! That's themostories - aT- gmail (plus dot and com). We're seeking short, original crime stories of 1000-1500 words around the loose theme of “Long...
Crime HQ
February 9 2015

The M.O.’s Short Fiction Submission Guidelines

  We’re thrilled to announce the return of The M.O. (previously published at more length as The Malfeasance Occasional) with a brand-new modus operandi to seek more great and even...
Crime HQ
February 2 2015

Announcing 2015’s Agatha Award Nominees

The groundhog and awards season are upon us! The Agatha Awards honor the “traditional mystery.” That is to say, books best typified by the works of Agatha Christie as well as others, loosely...
EdwardAGrainger
January 30 2015

Mark Twain on Celebrity Killers, the Sane ’Insane’, and Meddling Misguided Magistrates

Mark Twain (1835–1910) was never one to pull punches on politics, ethics, religion, slavery, or just about any cultural flashpoint, quite often leading public discourse on a number of weighty...
Crime HQ
January 26 2015

Lowdown Calendar: More of 2015’s Mystery Conventions

We've already highlighted 5 of the biggest mystery fan conventions of 2015, but lucky for us, there are tons more great conferences happening all over, including regional or specialty crime fiction...
Crime HQ
November 17 2014

2014’s Anthony, Macavity, and Shamus Awards!

Here are the winners' lists from three of the sets of awards announced at this weekend's Bouchercon!   Anthony Award Winners (voted on by Bouchercon attendees) Best...
Crime HQ
November 11 2014

The Malfeasance Occasional: Special $1.99 Discount!

In advance of this week's Bouchercon, if you haven't had a chance to read our very own Travis Richardson's “Incident on the 405”, you can read it in full here! Travis's...
VictoriaJanssen
September 28 2014

Fresh Meat: Two Hundred and Twenty-One Baker Streets edited by David Thomas Moore

Two Hundred and Twenty-One Baker Streets, edited by David Thomas Moore, is a Holmesian anthology of short stories that takes the famous sleuth through time and space (available October 7, 2014). This...
Crime HQ
September 9 2014

Now Win This!: Can’t Beat the Classics Sweepstakes

The classics are the classics! This bundle of seven criminal works, including an audiobook and a comic no less, has an impeccable pedigree! Click here to enter for a chance to win! This...