I won the Agatha Award for my short story "A Year Without Santa Claus?" from the January/February 2015 issue of Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine!!!! I am utterly thrilled. You can read the story by clicking on the tab on the left with the story's name.
"Murder at Sleuthfest" was inspired by the theft of one of my rings at the 2004 Sleuthfest mystery conference. I vowed to turn the bad experience into a good one, and it resulted in my first published mystery work.
You can purchase signed copies of Chesapeake Crimes 2 from Mystery Loves Company.
You also can order Chesapeake Crimes 2 from the major online booksellers.
My newest short story -- and my first ever flash short story -- is now available in FLASH AND BANG, a new anthology from Untreed Reads Publishing. This is the first anthology of stories from members of the Short Mystery Fiction Society, each story involving a flash or a bang.
In my story, a teacher picks on the wrong girl. Read "The Wrong Girl" to find out what happens.
The book is available in trade paperback, large print, and e-book through online outlets, indie bookstores including Mystery Loves Company, and directly from the Untreed Reads bookstore by clicking here.
If you buy the trade paperback from the Untreed Reads store, you can get the e-book version free. Just follow the instructions on the site.
"Compulsive Bubba" appears in Chesapeake Crimes 3, the third installment in the award-winning Chesapeake Crimes series. Chesapeake Crimes 3 features 15 mystery short stories, all set in the Chesapeake Bay area. The book was published in April 2008 by Wildside Press. It was edited by award-winning authors Donna Andrews and Marcia Talley . The book features the following stories:
"Compulsive Bubba" tells the story of a woman who endures 30 years of abuse from her husband. But when he starts having an affair, she's not going to put up with that. If you've ever been in a relationship in which you should have been treated better (men from my past, you know who you are), this story is for you.
You can purchase signed copies of Chesapeake Crimes 3 from Mystery Loves Company, located in Oxford, Maryland. Don't worry if you don't live near beautiful Oxford. Kathy and Tom are good at shipping!
You also can order Chesapeake Crimes 3 from Amazon.com, Barnesandnoble.com and Booksamillion.com, among with other online booksellers.
"Murder at Sleuthfest" appears in Chesapeake Crimes 2, the second installment in the Chesapeake Crimes series. Four of the stories in this book were nominated for the 2005 Agatha Award, including "Murder at Sleuthfest." Chesapeake Crimes 2 was co-edited by Donna Andrews and Maria Lima. It was published by Tidewater Press. The book features stories by:
I'm thrilled to announce that my first collection of short stories, Don't Get Mad, Get Even, has been published by Wildside Press! In the book you'll find 15 of my stories, including all my award-nominated stories and five new ones:
"Have Gun - Won't Travel"
"Evil Little Girl"
"Suffer the Little Children"
Don't Get Mad, Get Even is available in trade paperback and as an e-book. The book's ISBN is 978-1-4344-4192-8.
You can purchase it directly from the publisher in paper or e-form here. It's available on Amazon in Kindle format and trade paperback. And it's available for Barnes and Noble's Nook. Want to support a great indie bookstore? You can buy copies from Mystery Loves Company in Oxford, Maryland.
"Bon Appetit" is a second story of mine that's been published in December 2012. The story appears in Nightfalls: Notes From the End of the World, which is a cross-genre anthology published by Dark Valentine Press. All the stories are set on the night before the world ends. In "Bon Appetit," a woman tries to make the best of her last night with her abusive husband. Of course, her idea of making the best of it doesn't match his. I'm honored that my publisher has nominated "Bon Appetit" for a Pushcart Prize.
I love to hear from readers. Email me at barb at barbgoffman.com. If you're looking for information about my crime-fiction editing services, please email me.
I blog every third Tuesday at the SleuthSayers blog: http://www.sleuthsayers.org/. There's new content every day, often focused on writing. Come on by!
And I'm involved in a brand new blog! Beginning Saturday, September 2nd, I'll be one of ten animal-loving mystery authors blogging weekly about books, writing, and especially our pets. Come check out Pens, Paws, and Claws! http://penspawsandclaws.com
My newest short story has been released! "Whose Wine Is It Anyway?" appears in the anthology 50 Shades of Cabernet, published by Koehler Books. It's available in e-book, trade paperback, and hardcover from all the usual sources.
I won the Macavity Award for best mystery short story of 2012 for my short story "The Lord Is My Shamus"! Thank you to Mystery Readers International and Mystery Readers Journal.
The story was published in the spring of 2012 by Wildside Press in the anthology Chesapeake Crimes: This Job Is Murder.It has recently been republished in my story collection, Don't Get Mad, Get Even.
A second new publication: On April 28th, Malice Domestic 11: Murder Most Conventional was published. All the stories in this book are set at conventions, including my story "The Best-Laid Plans." Here's the scoop on my story: When Malice International's guest of honor and lifetime achievement honoree hate each other, even the best-laid revenge plans can go maliciously wrong.
The book is available in trade paperback and e-book from the usual online sources, as well as from the publisher, Wildside Press. I'm pleased to have done the developmental and line editing on this book and to have worked with fellow editors Verena Rose and Rita Owen.
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?"
Just in time for the holidays, my story "A Year Without Santa Claus?"was published as the cover story (!) of Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine's January/February 2015 issue.
Earlier in November, I was interviewed by Stephen Campbell on the craft of writing short stories, as well as about my editing business. You can listen to the forty-minute interview at The Author Biz website.
My short story "The Lord Is My Shamus" was nominated for the 2012 Agatha Award for best short mystery story published in 2012! (Happy dance!) The story was published last spring by Wildside Press in the anthology Chesapeake Crimes: This Job Is Murder.
I'm up for the Agatha Award the weekend of April 29th for my short story "A Year Without Santa Claus?" from the January/February 2015 issue of Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine. More details about this are below. Fingers crossed!
My story "Stepmonster" appears in Chesapeake Crimes: Storm Warning, the just published seventh anthology in the Agatha, Anthony, Derringer, and Macavity award-winning series. In this story, as the storm of the century approaches, a heartbroken daughter gets the chance to avenge her father's death.
Kristopher Zgorski of BOLO Books reviewed "Stepmonster," saying, "Readers can always expect Goffman to take them on an unexpected journey with her short stories. This time out it’s a revenge plot involving the ever predictable dislike of step-parents. Always one to find a unique way into a story, Barb here taps into what she knows so well – that is, how writers can work out real life issues in their creative work. At only five pages, this is a tightly constructed story that is sure to be a fan favorite." See his entire review here: http://bolobooks.com/2016/04/storm-warning-the-bolo-books-review/
The book is available in trade paperback and e-book from the usual online sources, as well as from the publisher, Wildside Press. I'm pleased to have been a co-editor of this anthology, along with Donna Andrews and Marcia Talley. It has also received a great review from The Examiner.com and has been named a top-ten pick for book clubs from The Examiner.com. Read the reviews here: http://www.examiner.com/article/read-chesapeake-crimes-storm-warning and here: http://www.examiner.com/list/best-mystery-books-for-book-clubs-2016.
My book Don't Get Mad, Get Even won the Silver Falchion Award for best single-author mystery-short-story collection of 2013! Thanks to the voters at Killer Nashville for bestowing this honor on me!
My short story "The Lord Is My Shamus" appears in the new anthology Chesapeake Crimes: This Job Is Murder, published by Wildside Press. In this story the father of a Jewish family recently died, supposedly in an accident. But God knows otherwise. As the Day of Atonement draws nearer, God sends a detective back to Earth to help make things right. But the detective is Job, so of course, before the story is over, there is suffering. So much suffering.
Chesapeake Crimes: This Job Is Murder is available from the publisher, indie bookstores such as One More Page and Mystery Loves Company, and larger stores, including Barnes and Noble and Amazon. It's available in trade paperback and as an e-book.
"The Worst Noel" appears in The Gift of Murder, an anthology of winter-holiday-related crime stories published in October 2009 by Wolfmont Press. John Floyd is the editor. This story was nominated for a 2009 Agatha Award. All authors in the book have donated their stories. All publisher profits will be donated to Toys for Tots! Which makes this book a wonderful holiday gift, both for yourself and others. You get a great book and you help kids at the same time.
The book is available from Mystery Loves Company (the wonderful indie bookstore in Oxford, Maryland -- Please support the indies!), the major online bookstores, and directly from the publisher at: The Gift of Murder. And if you like to read e-books, you can download the book from The Digital Bookshop. Amazon also has it available on Kindle.
The book has gotten great reviews, including:
"This is the perfect book for that harried, too-busy holiday season, when there's little time to devote to a novel but enough time between bouts of shopping, baking, and wrapping to devote to short crime fiction. And Barb Goffman's 'The Worst Noel' may even give you some criminal ideas about how to doctor that holiday baking so that this will be the last Christmas you have to deal with that one obnoxious relative...."
The Drowning Machine book reviews
“From Earl Staggs’ heartwarming story of second chances to Barb Goffman’s tale of holiday revenge gone wrong, this book is one present to buy for yourself. You won’t be able to make yourself give it away.”
author of Little Lamb Lost
More reviews are available on the publisher’s website: The Gift of Murder.
The other authors in the book are:
My story "Truth and Consequences" from the anthology Mystery Times Ten was nominated for an Anthony Award, a Macavity Award, and an Agatha Award. I didn't win any of the awards, but it sure was amazing to be nominated!
My short story "The Shadow Knows" (published in Chesapeake Crimes: Homicidal Holidays) was named a finalist for the Anthony and Macavity awards for best mystery short story published in 2014!
Reviewer Mark Baker called the story "very funny," adding, "I had to laugh at just how things played out, and the ending was perfect."
My newest story, "Ulterior Motives," has been published in the cross-genre anthology Ride 2, edited by Keith Snyder. All the stories in this book involve bicycles/cycling. In "Ulterior Motives," a teenage girl finds herself in danger when she gets involved in a local civic campaign and learns that in politics, everyone has an ulterior motive. (My editor has alternately (and accurately) described this story this way: There's a mystery in this small town, and a secret, and a teenaged girl at the middle of it all who doesn't think the adults around her understand much. Which maybe they don't.)
Reviewer Aaron M. Wilson called "Ulterior Motives" "a fun read." You can read the review here. And you can learn more about the anthology and participating authors here.
My short story "The Lord Is My Shamus" has been nominated for a Macavity Award for best mystery short story of 2012!!! The story was published in the spring of 2012 by Wildside Press in the anthology Chesapeake Crimes: This Job Is Murder. It has recently been republished in my story collection, Don't Get Mad, Get Even.
I'm nominated along with some powerhouse authors. Congratulations to my fellow nominees, Jeffrey Deaver, Jim Fusilli, Karin Slaughter, B.K. Stevens, and Art Taylor.
My short story "The Shadow Knows" (published in Chesapeake Crimes: Homicidal Holidays) was named a finalist for the Agatha Award for best mystery short story published in 2014!
I've been named a finalist for the Macavity Award my short story "A Year Without Santa Claus?" from the January/February 2015 issue of Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine! Update September 2016: I didn't win. Oh well. :)
My caper story "Operation Knock Her Down a Peg" was published in The Killer Wore Cranberry: Room For Thirds. This e-book anthology is comprised of funny Thanksgiving crime stories. It's the third anthology in Untreed Read Publishing's The Killer Wore Cranberry series. I've had a story in each of the three books.
I'm pleased that reviewer Kevin Tipple called "Operation Knock Her Down a Peg" "darkly funny." Room For Thirds can be found at all the usual online sites. If you purchase directly from the publisher via this link you can receive the story in Kindle, Nook, or PDF formats.
My short story "Murder a la Mode" has been published in the anthology The Killer Wore Cranberry: A Second Helping. This e-anthology has been published by Untreed Reads. It has 17 humorous Thanksgiving stories. In "Murder a la Mode" a proper southern woman is forced to spend Thanksgiving at a nudist colony. Can murder be far behind?
The Open Book Society has named this book one of its favorite reads of 2012! It's available for sale in all the usual online places. You also can buy it directly from the publisher (including in a PDF mode in case you don't have an e-reader or an e-reader application for your computer or phone). Buy it from the publisher's website here.
I've been 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.
What's the story about? When Malice International's guest of honor and lifetime achievement honoree hate each other, even the best-laid revenge plans can go maliciously wrong. You can read the story by clicking on the tab named "The Best-Laid Plans."
My story "A Year Without Santa Claus?" has been named a finalist for the Agatha Award. This story was published in the January/February 2015 issue of Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine. You can read it by clicking on the "A Year Without Santa" tab to the left. It's also available in PDF format: http://www.malicedomestic.org/PDF/Goffman_Year.pdf. The winner will be announced during the Malice Domestic convention on April 30th.
Look for two new stories this month!
"The Shadow Knows" appears in Chesapeake Crimes: Homicidal Holidays, which was published on October 7th by Wildside Press. In this caper story, grumpy Gus from northern Vermont is sick of long winters, and he blames the town's groundhog, Moe. So Gus decides to do something about it. But getting rid of a groundhog isn't as simple as it may sound.
This book is available in trade paperback and e-format. You can find it in the usual online places such as Amazon, as well as from the publisher. Reviewer Mark Baker said of my story: "Barb Goffman starts things out with the very funny Groundhog Day story. I had to laugh at just how things played out, and the ending was perfect." See Baker's review of the whole book here.
My story "The Wrong Girl" has been named a finalist for the Derringer Award! This story was published in Flash and Bang: A Short Mystery Fiction Society Anthology. You can read more about it below. (Scroll down to September 2015.)
The Derringer awards are given out in four categories by the Short Mystery Fiction Society. "The Wrong Girl" is a finalist in the flash category (stories of 1,000 words or fewer). Winners will be announced on March 31st.
My short story "The Lord Is My Shamus" has been nominated for an Anthony Award for best mystery short story of 2012!!!
I have tough competition for the Anthony (Dana Cameron, Sheila Connolly, Todd Robinson, and Karin Slaughter). The awards will be given out at the Bouchercon mystery convention in New York in September. Fingers crossed.
My newest short story, "Dead and Buried Treasure," has been released in the Halloween crime anthology All Hallows' Evil, published by Mystery and Horror, LLC. It's available on Kindle and in trade paperback. In this story, a bullied reader finally finds love. But is it happily ever after or the beginning of a nightmare?
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 nineteen times: ten 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.)
I was nominated twice for the Agatha Award for best mystery short story published in 2013! (Alas I didn't win.) My nominated stories, "Evil Little Girl" and "Nightmare," were published in my collection, Don't Get Mad, Get Even. This book also includes "The Lord Is My Shamus," for which I won the 2013 Macavity Award for best mystery short story published in 2012, as well as my four other award-nominated stories from prior years.
"It's A Trap!" appears in The Killer Wore Cranberry: A Fourth Meal of Mayhem, which was published on October 15th by Untreed Reads Publishing. This is the fourth anthology of funny Thanksgiving crime stories put out by Untreed Reads, and I'm proud to have had a story in each book. In this tale, two estranged sisters try to make peace on Thanksgiving. As you might expect, things don't quite go as planned.
The book is available from the publisher in e-format and trade paperback here. You also can find it at the usual online sources. If you buy the trade paperback directly from the publisher, you can get a free copy of the e-book version (just add it to your cart--instructions are on the site).
The blog Pens, Paws, and Claws begins! We'll have new content every Saturday about writing, books, and our favorite furry friends. http://penspawsandclaws.com
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?
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.
My short story "Truth and Consequences" appeared in Mystery Times Ten, a young-adult mystery anthology released in July by Buddhapuss Ink. It's available in trade paperback and on Kindle. This story marks my first foray into the YA world. In this story, 14-year-old Cara can't wait ten more days to learn what her Christmas presents will be. So she begins snooping around her house, uncovers a mystery involving her family, and ultimately turns her entire family's lives upside down.
My short story "Volunteer of the Year" was nominated for the 2010 Agatha Award in the short story category. It was a stellar group of nominees and a true honor simply to be nominated. The story was first published in the spring of 2010 by Wildside Press in the anthology Chesapeake Crimes: They Had It Comin'. The story has since been republished in a slightly different version in the anthology Magnolia Blossoms and Afternoon Tales.
My story "The Worst Noel" (originally published in Wolfmont Press' The Gift of Murder anthology) was republished in a new anthology from Wildside Press: The Mystery Megapack: 25 Modern and Classic Tales by Masters.
The Mystery Megapack (epub/Kindle)
Here's the publisher's description:
Hours of great reading await, with mystery and crime tales from some of the 20th most renowned authors, including Johnston McCulley (creator of Zorro), Sax Rohmer (creator of Fu Manchu), G.K. Chesterton (famous for Father Brown) — and a handpicked selection of modern stories by contemporary masters, including Nora Charles, Marcia Talley, Elaine Viets, and many more! (The many more include Art Taylor, Carla Coupe, Toni L.P. Kelner, and C. Ellett Logan.)