News & Events

Anthony Nomination for “The Last Blue Glass”!
Bouchercon 2017—Passport to Murder
Toronto, Ontario, October 12—15

I’m delighted to announce that “The Last Blue Glass” has been nominated for an Anthony Award in the Best Novella category. The Anthony awards are presented at the Bouchercon World Mystery Convention. “The Last Blue Glass,” which was also nominated for Agatha and Derringer awards, appeared in the April, 2016 Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. I love editor Linda Landrigan’s description: “A young wife finds her life’s disappointments measured in broken glass.” “The Last Blue Glass” is a whodunit, though not in the usual sense. Nobody’s committed an overt murder, but Cathy believes one of the four people gathered at her dinner table is responsible for her husband’s death. And she wants justice. You can read the story at

I hope to see you at Bouchercon! When I know more about the schedule and panel assignments, I’ll share the information here.

New Stories Coming in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine and Black Cat Mystery Magazine

My newest Leah Abrams story, “Death under Construction,” will appear in the November/ December issue of Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine. This time, temporary secretary Leah takes a job at Matching Mansions, a construction company specializing in building luxury doghouses. When the manager dies of seemingly natural causes, Leah and Lieutenant Brock wonder if there might be a shocking explanation behind her fatal heart attack.

AHMM has also accepted “One-Day Pass,” a humorous whodunit about what happens when the ghost of a murdered private detective comes back to ask his former partner to help him solve a crime. This is my first attempt at a story with a paranormal element—I had a lot of fun writing it. I don’t yet know when the story will appear, but I’ll pass the word on when I find out.

I’ll also have a story in the second issue of Black Cat Mystery Magazine, a brand-new publication from Wildside Press. According to Wildside’s announcement, “BCMM will focus on contemporary and traditional mysteries, as well as thrillers and suspense stories.” In my story, “Things Past,” a mother is devastated when her college-student son is killed in an apparent carjacking. Six years later, when she finally forces herself to go through his room, she finds things that don’t fit that explanation and wonders if someone her son knew could be responsible for his death. Shaking off her numbing grief, she decides to investigate and ends up in a dangerous situation. I think the second issue of BCMM will appear in October, 2017.

Virginia Writers Club Annual Symposium:
Navigating Your Writing Life
Charlottesville, Virginia Saturday, August 5

At this year’s Virginia Writers Club symposium, I’ll be on a 9:00 a.m. panel called “Writing and Marketing Short Fiction.” I hope the panel will give attendees some valuable insights into the particular challenges and pleasures involved in writng a short story, while also providing a useful, practical overview of the process of nudging a story from initial idea to publication. Later in the day, I’ll be available for chatting and signing books.

Once again this year, I’ll be heading to Suffolk, Virginia for the annual Mystery Authors Festival. The festival will be held on Saturday, August 12, and will feature signings, workshops, and panel discussions. I’m especially excited because Art Taylor and I will present a workshop called “Short, Sharp, Suspenseful: The Mystery Short Story.”  Art and I are good friends, and we both love reading and writing mystery short stories. I know we’ll enjoy sharing our enthusiasm with the people who participate in the workshop.

I’ve had a wonderful time at the festival for the last two years. It’s smaller than most mystery conventions, and I’ve relished the opportunities to have real conversations with readers and other writers. If you’ll be anywhere near Suffolk this summer, I hope you decide to join us!

I’m interviewed in the June issue of The Digest Enthusiast, a fascinating publication that celebrates genre magazines. The interview (it’s a long one) focuses on my stories for Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, especially the series featuring Lieutenant Walt Johnson and Sergeant Gordon Bolt. This issue also includes an interview with science fiction writer Edd Vick, with Vick’s advice on finding markets for short speculative fiction; a review of the first issues of the classic crime digest Manhunt; and more articles, reviews, and original stories. If you’d like more information, you can find it here.