SHORT STORIES

MISS DIRECTION

Sept/Oct 2023 in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine

To celebrate the nomination of “Miss Direction” for Mystery Writers of America 2024 Edgar Allan Poe Award, the fantastic team at Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine— “The World’s Leading Mystery Magazine”—graciously granted permission to share my short story with you.

Perry Winkle is many things: karaoke MC, nosy neighbor, non-binary, and amateur sleuth. When a dead body is found in the Yucca Palms community club room, Perry throws themself at the case. But unmasking the killer will require Perry to first uncover the true identity of the mysterious dead woman who went by the name Miss Direction.

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(The angels wanna wear my) red shoes

Who swipped Patty’s Louboutins?

Among 17 terrific short stories BRUTAL & STRANGE  

Anthology of 18 short stories from 18 different authors inspired by Elvis Costello songs and published by Down & Out Books. Edited by Jim Fusilli.

When drag queen of all queens Patty O’Doures’ prized Louboutins go missing, her suspicions are confirmed: one of the other girls has the audacity to think she can fill her shoes. The back-stage drama explodes when another queen is found dead and all French-tipped nails point at Patty.

Winner! 2022 Mystery Writers of America
Robert L Fish Award.

Rob Osler’s short story Analogue is the winner of the 2022 Robert L Fish Award.

ANALOGUE

Originally published in ELLERY QUEEN MYSTERY MAGAZINE, Jan/Feb, 2021.

Shortly after corporate turn-around specialist Ted is installed as the CEO of a struggling tech company, he starts receiving anonymous and untraceable emails from someone within the company. As the email piles up, Ted realizes he is dealing with someone far more dangerous than just another disgruntled employee.

First published in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, January/February 2021.

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