Anthologies

edited by Verena Rose,
Rita Owen, and
Shawn Reilly Simmons
Wildside Press, LLC
978-1479453610

Murder Most Theatrical

Ellen Hart Presents Malice Domestic 15

The Malice Domestic anthology series returns with a new take on mysteries in the Agatha Christie tradition—original tales with a theatrical bent!

Included are short stories by Anne Louise Bannon, Phillip DePoy, Margaret Dumas, Maureen Jennings, Merrilee Robson, Lee Sauer, C.M. Surrisi, James Lincoln Warren, and 26 more mystery writers.

My contribution is “You Know How Actresses Are.” When aging actress Cordelia Huntington suffers a nervous breakdown on stage in a 1953 production of Arsenic and Old Lace and retreats to a convalescent boarding house for gentle women, an amateur sleuth saves her from a dramatic and deadly fate. 

edited by Barbara Merritt Deese,
Pat Dennis, Michael Allan Mallory,
and Timya Owen
Twin Cities Chapter
Sisters in Crime, LLC
978-0999437124

Minnesota Not So Nice

When ”Minnesota Nice” flies out the window, Bad Behavior takes center stage. The Twin Cities Chapter of Sisters in Crime explores what defines the legendary ”Minnesota Nice” and why Bad Behavior sometimes has its own rewards in their latest mystery anthology. Eighteen tales of Bad Behavior from some of Minnesota’s best crime fiction authors.

My contribution is “The Bequest.” It is an adult mystery story that foreshadows my middle grade novel Vampires on the Run. In it, two writers from New York receive a bequest from a farmer in Minnesota that eerily and irrevocably changes the course of their careers.

C.M. Surrisi

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