First published in Handheld Crime, Issue 36, July 2, 2003.
The sheriff was guarding the most likely suspect, while Mick and Casey were supposed to keep the wounded victim safe. Then the man is strangled, and Mick and Casey are sure to be blamed if Mick can't figure out how the killer did it.
First published in Futures Mysterious Anthology Magazine in issue #34, April/May/June 2004.
Mick wakes up smiling, half-naked, with a vague memory of a pair of pretty ladies getting the better of him, but he can't remember exactly how.... He'd better figure it out fast, before Casey shoots him.
a Happy Diner Mystery
First published in Futures Mysterious Anthology Magazine in issue #30, April/May/June 2003. Nominated for "best short short" in the Short Mystery Fiction Society Derringer awards.
Over a BLT and a pastrami on rye, two detectives sort through a poisoning case. But it takes a little help from the food geek in the corner to see what's wrong with the menu.
First published in Futures Mysterious Anthology Magazine March/April 2004.
A killer's plans can work in more than one way.
A Western Crime Story
First published in Futures Mysterious Anthology Magazine, March-April 2007. Nominated for "best short story" in the Short Mystery Fiction Society Derringer awards.
In this western, young Lila promised her mother that she wouldn't let their vicious Pa make a killer out of her brother. She means to keep that promise.