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Opening Lines: Dixie Quickies

Black Cat Mystery Magazine No. 1

“The twelve-room Dixie Motel, sandwiched between the Dew Drop Inn and the Rodeo Bar and Grill on the outskirts of Chicken Junction, Texas, did most of its business on Friday and Saturday nights, when inebriated couples were willing to spend as much for a one-hour room rental as they would spend for an entire night the rest of the week.”
“Dixie Quickies” by Michael Bracken Black Cat Mystery Magazine #1 Winter 2017/2018

Dan Andriacco’s Murder at Madame Tussaud’s

Black Cat Mystery Magazine No. 1

Excerpt from the review of Black Cat Mystery Magazine No. 1 from The Digest Enthusiast No. 7:

Dan Andriacco’s passion for Holmes and Watson is evident in “Murder at Madame Tussaud’s,” where Professor Carlo Stuarti employs his remarkable powers of observation to sleuth out everything Inspector Catchpool of the Yard overlooks or misinterprets. Stuarti, dubbed the “Count of Conjuring” by his PR man Jack Barker, is a prestidigitator by trade, but Barker does his best to immerse the magician in headline-grabbing crime solving for the halo effect on the Professor’s stage show

Meg Opperman’s Pie to Die For

Black Cat Mystery Magazine No. 1

Excerpt from the review of Black Cat Mystery Magazine No. 1 from The Digest Enthusiast No. 7:

Annie is not the happily married newlywed she appears to be in Meg Opperman’s “A Pie to Die For.” Just a few months into her marriage a phone call from Benedict triggers an itch.

“My breath caught. My insides tingled. I could feel the heat stealing its way up my neck toward my cheeks.”

Annie struggles for an excuse to sneak away the night before her mother-in-law is due for Thanks- giving dinner. It’s no surprise she prefers action over approval, but Annie is far from predictable. Op- perman’s stories have appeared in EQMM, Wildside’s Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine, Weird Tales, and anthologies. Her story “Twilight Ladies” won the Derringer Award for best short story in 2015.

Josh Pachter’s Eb and Flo

Black Cat Mystery Magazine No. 1

Excerpt from the review of Black Cat Mystery Magazine No. 1 from The Digest Enthusiast No. 7:

The sheriff of Lamar County tackles his first murder case since his election in 2012. Down-home but savvy, he nails the perp between visits to his uncle and aunt at the Choctaw Nursing Home in “Eb and Flo” by Josh Pachter. An affecting mash-up spun from elements of Pachter’s real-life past. Pachter is a frequent contributor to EQMM—his own stories and the translation of Dutch and Flemish work for EQMM’s Passport to Crime feature.

Art Taylor’s Fairy Tale

Black Cat Mystery Magazine No. 1

An excerpt from my review of Black Cat Mystery Magazine No. 1 from The Digest Enthusiast No. 7:

Neighborhoods age along with their denizens. As they change, not all their residents adapt, like William, in Art Taylor’s “Fairy Tale.” William don’t like the new flock of school kids hanging around all the time—their attitudes and their—his word—entitled behavior. He don’t like the word old neither. But his kids are grown and long gone, his wife’s passed on, and if you saw him, you’d be hard-pressed to avoid the “O” word. Taylor takes you inside the man’s head so you can feel his rising ire first hand. With nothing else to occupy his grey matter, William can’t help but pick at the things that irk him, staring out at the street in front of his house. Almost like he was looking for trouble.

Black Cat Mystery Magazine No. 4

Black Cat Mystery Magazine No. 4

Contents
John Gregory Betancourt and Carla Coupe: From the Cat’s Perch
Michael Bracken “Something Fishy”
Alan Orloff “Inseparable, Insufferable”
Julie Leo “Use of the Awkward Hand”
Janet Fox “The Timeline Murders” (verse)
Dayle A. Dermatis “Umberto Scolari and the Feast of Paradise”
Ramona DeFelice Long “Moe’s Seafood House”
Su Kopil “Mud Season”
Steve Liskow “Messin’ with the Kid”
Tais Teng “Assassin’s Scroll”
Cynthia Ward “Trouble in Mind”

Black Cat Mystery Magazine No. 4 January 2019
Publisher: Wildside Press LLC
Editors: John Gregory Betancourt and Carla Coupe
Production Team: Sam Cooper, Steve Coupe, Shawn Garrett, Karl Würf
Cover: Uncredited
6” x 9” 132 pages
POD $12.00 Kindle $3.99
Black Cat Mystery website

Alan Orloff’s Getting Away

Black Cat Mystery Magazine No. 1

An excerpt from my review of Black Cat Mystery Magazine No. 1 from The Digest Enthusiast No. 7:

Alan Orloff offers the opening gambit in this issue with “Getting Away.” Lloyd Birnbaum runs a one-man travel agency. Has for years. He does book travel for the sake of the rubes, but relocation, along with fresh identities for his criminal clientele is where his real fortunes lie. Orloff is the author of several novels—mysteries and thrillers. He garnered an Agatha nomination in 2010, and a Kindle Scout award for Running From the Past, in 2015.

Black Cat Mystery Magazine No. 1

Black Cat Mystery Magazine No. 1An excerpt from my review of BCMM No. 1 from The Digest Enthusiast No. 7:

Editors John Gregory Betancourt and Carla Coupe welcome their readers to the first edition
of BCMM from their “The Cat’s Perch” introduction. “We won’t shy away from intense, dark fiction that makes the hair on the back of your neck stand on end. Just as we won’t turn down the next amateur detective in the finest Agatha Christie tradition. Storytelling matters most.”

Black Cat Mystery Magazine’s debut includes an impressive list of contributors, many that will be familiar to readers of those bimonthly digests from Penny Publications.

Black Cat Mystery Magazine No. 3

Black Cat Mystery Magazine No. 3Contents
John Gregory Betancourt and Carla Coupe: From the Cat’s Perch
Michael Bracken “Suburbia”
Eve Fisher “The Sorority House”
J.M. Taylor “Tourist Season”
John M. Floyd “Diversions”
Charlie Drees “The List”
Peter W. J. Hayes “Something Certain”
Robb T. White “The Moment of Righting”
Ashley Lynch-Harris “Beyond a Reasonable Doubt”
Charlie Hughes “The Target”
Charles Roland “Whale Watch”
James Michael Ullman “Road Hog” (Classic Reprint from EQMM Nov. 1957)

Black Cat Mystery Magazine No. 3 Summer 2018
Publisher: Wildside Press LLC
Editors: John Gregory Betancourt and Carla Coupe
Cover: Malchev/Fotolia
6” x 9” 124 pages
POD $10.00 Kindle (coming soon)
Wildside Press website