Barb Goffman
Mystery Writer

My published stories


"Murder at Sleuthfest" appeared in Chesapeake Crimes II (originally published by Quiet Storm Publishing in 2005, later republished by Tidewater Press). This story was nominated for the 2005 Agatha Award. ISBN 978-0-87033-582-2


  • "Murder at Sleuthfest" was republished in Don't Get Mad, Get Even  (published by Wildside Press in 2013).


"Compulsive Bubba" appeared in Chesapeake Crimes 3  (published by Wildside Press in 2008). ISBN 978-1-4344-0234-9


  • "Compulsive Bubba"  was republished in Don't Get Mad, Get Even (published by Wildside Press in 2013).


"The Worst Noel"
 appeared in The Gift of Murder (published by Wolfmont Press in 2009). This story was nominated for the 2009 Agatha Award. ISBN 978-1-60364-010-7


  • "The Worst Noel" was republished in The Mystery Megapack: 25 Modern and Classic Tales by Masters (published by Wildside Press in 2011).
  • "The Worst Noel"was republished in Don't Get Mad, Get Even (published by Wildside Press in 2013).


"Volunteer of the Year" appeared in Chesapeake Crimes: They Had It Comin' (published by Wildside Press in 2010). This story was nominated for the 2010 Agatha Award. ISBN 978-1434403995


  • A slightly different version of "Volunteer of the Year" appeared in Magnolia Blossoms and Afternoon Tales (published by Gulf Coast Writers Association in 2010).
  • The original version of "Volunteer of the Year" was republished in Don't Get Mad, Get Even (published by Wildside Press in 2013).


"The Contest" appeared in the 2010 Deadly Ink Short Story Collection (published by Deadly Ink Press in 2010). ISBN 978-0-9826537-4-6


  • "The Contest" was republished in Don't Get Mad, Get Even (published by Wildside Press in 2013).


"An Officer and a Gentleman's Agreement" 
appeared in Murder to Mil-Spec  (published by Wolfmont Press in 2010). ISBN 978-1-60364-028-2

  • "An Officer and a Gentleman's Agreement" was republished in Don't Get Mad, Get Even  (published by Wildside Press in 2013).


"Biscuits, Carats, and Gravy"
 appeared in The Killer Wore Cranberry  (published by Untreed Reads Publishing in 2010). ISBN 978-1-6118-7013-8 

  • The story can also be purchased individually. ISBN 978-1-6118-7014-5
  • "Biscuits, Carats, and Gravy" was republished in Don't Get Mad, Get Even (published by Wildside Press in 2013).


"Truth and Consequences"
appeared in Mystery Times Ten (published by Buddhapuss Ink in 2011). This story was nominated for the 2011 Agatha Award and the 2012 Anthony and Macavity awards. ISBN 978-0-9842035-3-6


  • "Truth and Consequences" was republished in Don't Get Mad, Get Even (published by Wildside Press in 2013).


"The Lord Is My Shamus" 
appeared in Chesapeake Crimes: This Job is Murder (published by Wildside Press in May 2012). This story won the 2013 Macavity Award. It also was nominated for the 2012 Agatha Award and the 2013 Anthony Award. ISBN 978-1-4344-4060-0


  • "The Lord Is My Shamus" was republished in Don't Get Mad, Get Even (published by Wildside Press in 2013).


"Murder a la Mode" 
appeared in The Killer Wore Cranberry: A Second Helping (published by Untreed Reads Publishing in October 2012). ISBN 978-1-6118-7482-2

"Bon Appetit" 
appeared in Nightfalls: Notes from the End of the World (published by Dark Valentine Press in December 2012). My publisher nominated this story for a Pushcart Prize. ISBN 978-0-9836841-9-0

  • "Bon Appetit" was republished in Don't Get Mad, Get Even (published by Wildside Press in 2013).


"Ulterior Motives" 
appeared in Ride 2 (published by Typeflow, Inc. in December 2012). ISBN 978-0-9835515-6-0

Don't Get Mad, Get Even 
short story collection (published by Wildside Press in April 2013). Two stories in this collection, "Evil Little Girl" and "Nightmare" were nominated for the 2013 Agatha Award. This book won the 2014 Silver Falchion Award for best single-author mystery-short-story collection of 2013. ISBN 978-1-4344-4192-8

This fifteen-story collection includes the following new stories:

"Nightmare" - This story was nominated for the 2013 Agatha Award.
"Have Gun - Won't Travel"
"Evil Little Girl" - This story was nominated for the 2013 Agatha Award.
"Christmas Surprise"
"Suffer the Little Children"

The collection also includes reprints of the following stories:

"Murder at Sleuthfest"
"Compulsive Bubba"
"The Worst Noel"
"Volunteer of the Year"
"The Contest"
"An Officer and a Gentleman's Agreement"
"Biscuits, Carats, and Gravy"
"Truth and Consequences"
"The Lord is My Shamus"
"Bon Appetit"

"Dead and Buried Treasure"
 appeared in All Hallows' Evil (published by Mystery and Horror, LLC in September 2013). ISBN 978-0-9890-0762-7

"Operation Knock Her Down a Peg" 
appeared in The Killer Wore Cranberry: Room For Thirds (published by Untreed Reads Publishing in October 2013). ISBN 978-1-6118-7624-6

"The Shadow Knows" 
appeared in Chesapeake Crimes: Homicidal Holidays (published by Wildside Press in October 2014). This story was nominated for the 2014 Agatha Award and the 2015 Anthony and Macavity awards. ISBN 978-1-4794-0309-7

"It's A Trap!" 
appeared in The Killer Wore Cranberry: A Fourth Meal of Mayhem (published by Untreed Reads Publishing in October 2014). ISBN 978-1-6118-7740-3

"A Year Without Santa Claus?"
 appeared in the January/February 2015 issue of Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine. This story won the 2015 Agatha Award and has been nominated for the 2016 Macavity Award.

"The Wrong Girl" 
appeared in Flash and Bang: A Short Mystery Fiction Society Anthology  (published by Untreed Reads Publishing in October 2015). This story was nominated for the 2016 Derringer Award in the flash category. ISBN 978-1-6118-7829-5

"Stepmonster" 
appeared in Chesapeake Crimes: Storm Warning (published by Wildside Press in April 2016). ISBN 978-1-4794-2051-3

"The Best-Laid Plans" 
appeared in Malice Domestic 11: Murder Most Conventional (published by Wildside Press in April 2016). This story was nominated for the 2016 Agatha Award. ISBN 978-1-4794-2036-0

"Whose Wine Is It Anyway?" 
appeared in 50 Shades of Cabernet (published by Koehler Books in March 2017). ISBN 978-1-6339-3357-6 (trade paperback) and 978-1-6339-3359-0 (hardcover)
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