March 2018

My story "Till Murder Do Us Part"was published in the anthology  Chesapeake Crimes: Fur, Feathers, and Felonies  (Wildside Press). This book has thirteen stories involving critters and criminals from members of the Chesapeake Chapter of Sisters in Crime. In this book you'll find crime stories involving dogs, cats, and cows (my story has the cows!), dogs, birds, and bunnies, fish, ferrets, and even a lobster. Oh, and dogs. Lots and lots of dogs.

In "Till Murder Do Us Part," when Bob Novinger started renting out his barn for weddings, he never thought he’d end up dead at the end of one. Now Sheriff Lilly Wescott has to figure out whodunit while dealing with nosy neighbors, grieving family, and the worst heat wave since the state began keeping records—which affects this case in unexpected ways.

Long And Short Reviews called Chesapeake Crimes: Fur, Feathers, and Felonies "so fun" and said, "This is the perfect book to sit on your bedside table, or read on a short commute, or for a lunch break[.]" You can read the full review here.

January 2018

My story "Whose Wine Is It Anyway?" was named a finalist for the Agatha Award! This story appears in the anthology 50 Shades of Cabernet  (Koehler Books).  I'm pleased to be nominated among fellow finalists Gretchen Archer, Debra Goldstein, Gigi Pandian, and Art Taylor.

The winner will be announced during the Malice Domestic mystery convention in April. You can read the story by clicking here or on the "Whose Wine Is It Anyway?" tab. Interested in attending Malice Domestic? You can register by clicking here.

October 2017

My short story "Evil Little Girl" was republished in Killing It Softly 2, a horror anthology with only female authors. You can buy this anthology here. It's published by Digital Horror Fiction.

Here's part of a lovely review of the book on Amazon: "It is my understanding that this anthology wanted to prove that women can write horror. Well shoot, I already knew that, but let me tell you, this second installment in the series (and please, please, please let there be a third!) proves women can write horror and in many cases give you better chills than a man."


September 2017

I have a new short story, "Crazy Cat Lady," in the premier issue of Black Cat Mystery Magazine! This is a psychological suspense story involving a woman who comes home to a house that seems perfectly in order, yet she's certain someone has broken in. Has there been an intruder? Or is something far more menacing at work? 

Kristopher Zgorski of BOLO Books said of "Crazy Cat Lady": Barb Goffman takes what sounds like a cozy title and goes to a very dark place indeed. [...] This one is not for the faint of heart." Read the entire review of this issue here.

You can read my story by clicking here or on the "Crazy Cat Lady" tab. You can buy this issue individually in paper or e-form from Amazon or directly from the publisher by clicking here. ​You also can subscribe to the magazine. 

March 2017

My short story "Whose Wine Is It Anyway?" appears in the new anthology 50 Shades of Cabernet, published by Koehler Books. It's available in e-book, trade paperback, and hardcover from all the usual sources.

What's this story about? A neglectful boss. A replacement who's a hussy. And a single day left to teach some lessons. Will Myra prevail on her final day as a law firm secretary? Or will her plans leave her a legal loser? Find out in "Whose Wine Is It Anyway?"

I was thrilled to see one review on Amazon call my story "hilarious."

January 2017

I was named a finalist for the Agatha Award for my short story "The Best-Laid Plans," which was published in the anthology Malice Domestic 11: Murder Most Conventional  (Wildside Press). Alas, I did not win, but I was honored to be nominated along with Gretchen Archer, Edith Maxwell, B.K. Stevens, and Art Taylor. (Art won for his story "Parallel Play" from the anthology Chesapeake Crimes: Storm Warning. I can't be unhappy about that. It's a great story, and I was one of the editors of that book. So, yay, Art!)

2016 and earlier

For information about my short stories published before 2017, please click on the My Published Stories tab, where you can find a chronological list of my stories and information about which ones won or were nominated for awards.

Who am I?

I'm a mystery short-story writer. I've won the Agatha, Macavity, and Silver Falchion awards for my stories. And I've been a finalist for national crime-writing awards twenty times: eleven times for the Agatha, four times for the Macavity Award, three times for the Anthony Award, and once each for the Derringer and Silver Falchion awards. (The Silver Falchion was for my book Don't Get Mad, Get Even, which won best single-author mystery-short-story collection published in 2013.)

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Barb Goffman
Mystery Writer