Barb Goffman
Mystery Writer
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Who am I?

I'm a mystery short-story writer. I've been nominated for the Agatha Award seven times, the Anthony and Macavity awards twice each, and the Pushcart Prize once. I won the Macavity Award in 2013! And in 2014 my book Don't Get Mad, Get Even was awarded the Silver Falchion Award for best single-author mystery-short-story collection published in 2013!

I love to hear from readers. Email me at barb [[at]] barbgoffman [[dot]] com.

If you're looking for information about my crime-fiction editing services, please go to www.GoffmanEditing.com for more information.


October 2014


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.



"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).



August 2014

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!

January 2014


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.

October 2013

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.

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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.

September 2013

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.



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?




June 2013

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. You can read the story on the link to the left.

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.

May 2013

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.

April 2013

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:
  • "Nightmare"
  • "Have Gun - Won't Travel"
  • "Evil Little Girl"
  • "Christmas Surprise"
  • "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. 

January 2013


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. You can read the story on the link to the left.

Chesapeake Crimes

December 2012

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.

RIDE 2 cover


Ride 2 is out in e-book and trade paperback. (Click here to buy it on Kindle; click here to buy it on Nook.)


"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.



NIGHTFALLS is out on Kindle and in trade paperback. The publisher is donating all profits from this book to a charity that helps at-risk children.

October 2012


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.

Other news for October 2012:

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!

March 2012

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

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.

What was new in 2011?

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.)


What was new in 2010?

  • "Volunteer of the Year" has been re-released in a slightly different version in the anthology Magnolia Blossoms and Afternoon Tales, a collection of 20 stories and 5 poems, all involving southern characters and southern settings. The book is published by the Gulf Coast Writers Association. It's their third annual anthology. As a northern girl who thinks she was southern in a prior life, my inclusion in this book means so much to me.
  • My story "Biscuits, Carats and Gravy" is out! It's published in The Killer Wore Cranberry, an e-book anthology of funny mystery stories published by Untreed Reads. My story also is available for individual purchase. The premise: Dotty is hosting Thanksgiving, and everything's going great until Dotty learns her deceased mother's engagement ring will be given to an airhead who's about to join the family. Dotty comes up with a plan to save the ring involving some horrible gravy. And then the wheels come off the bus... You can buy the book, or my story individually, from all the online retailers, including the publisher directly. The book is downloadable to e-readers as well as as a PDF onto your computer from the publisher via this link.
NEW: I received a very nice review for "Biscuits, Carats, and Gravy" from author Victor J. Banis: "I just read Barb Goffman's short story by that name (Untreed Reads) and I have to say it's hilarious! Highly recommended to one and all (Oh, it case you don't get it, the theme is Thanksgiving)." Thank you, Victor!
  • My story "An Officer and a Gentleman's Agreement" appears in Murder to Mil-Spec (which stands for military specifications). This anthology of military-related stories is published by Wolfmont Press, which is donating all its profits from the book to Home for Our Troops, a charity that builds homes for veterans who were seriously wounded while serving our country. My story is about a veteran with a deadly secret who threatens a powerful general's career. Can the veteran regain his honor?
  • In June my story "The Contest" was published in the 2010 Deadly Ink Short Story Collection, published by Deadly Ink Press (which is donating all profits to the Christopher Reeve Foundation). The story's focus: In a bad economy, how far will you go to get a job?
  • In the spring my story "Volunteer of the Year" was published in Chesapeake Crimes: They Had It Comin', the fourth installment in the award-winning Chesapeake Crimes series. This story is about a woman being honored for her charitable works. Life should be great, yet on the biggest night of her life, she risks her soul to save her conscience. This anthology, published by Wildside Press, was edited by Donna Andrews, Marcia Talley, and me.


Stories published in 2009 and prior years

"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...."

Corey Wilde,
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.”

Margaret Fenton,
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:

   J.F. Benedetto
Stefanie Lazer
Stephen D. Rogers
Anita Page
Randy Rawls
Earl Staggs
Peg Herring
Deborah Elliott-Upton
Bill Crider
Carolyn J. Rose
Elizabeth Zelvin
Austin S. Camacho
Sandra Seamans
Steve Shrott
Gail Farrelly
Herschel Cozine
Kris Neri
Marian Allen




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"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:
  • Chimera, by Mary Ann Corrigan
  • Dangerous Crossing, by Carla Coupe (Carla's story was nominated for the 2008 Agatha Award)
  • It Tore the Laugh from My Throat, by Meriah Crawford
  • Compulsive Bubba, by Barb Goffman (yes, that's me)
  • Pretty Fraudulent, by Sasscer Hill
  • The Serpent’s Tooth, by Mary Ellen Hughes
  • Murder at Elk Neck, by K. B. Inglee
  • Troubled Waters, by Peggy Jaegly
  • Beede and the Barefoot Body, by Clyde Linsley
  • Backseat, by C. Ellett Logan
  • The Lockbox, by G. M. Malliet
  • Crossing the Bridge, by Carolyn Mulford
  • The Tide Also Rises, by Jayne Ormerod
  • Inked to Death, by Shelley Shearer
  • Two Sisters, by Marcia Talley
"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:
  • Goodie Cantwell
  • Nora Charles
  • Leone Ciporin
  • Carla Coupe (Carla's story was nominated for the 2005 Agatha Award)
  • Elizabeth Foxwell
  • Chris Freeburn
  • Barb Goffman (My story was nominated for the 2005 Agatha Award - yay!)
  • Peggy Hanson
  • G. M. Malliet
  • Sherriel Mattingly
  • Valerie O. Patterson
  • Judy Pomeranz
  • Harriette I. Sackler (Harriette's story was nominated for the 2005 Agatha Award)
  • Marcia Talley (Marcia's story won the 2005 Agatha Award)
  • Sandi Wilson
"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.



Email me at barb at barbgoffman dot com
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