"If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Murder"

Around 2014, EQMM editor Janet Hutchings invited Laurie and me to join her for breakfast with some of the magazine's other contributors during the annual Malice Domestic conference in Bethesda, MD. We did, and had a great time, and did the same thing again the following year. In 2016, I decided I ought to just go ahead and register for and attend the conference, and I've had fun participating in "Author Speed Dating" and various other Malicious events every spring since then.

In connection with the conference, Wildside Press publishes an annual themed anthology. The theme for the 2018 volume was Mystery Most Geographical, and, since I often use foreign settings for my fiction, I decided to write something specifically for the book.

The story that resulted was "If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Murder," which is set on a British tour bus parked outside a hotel in Brussels, Belgium, and finally offered me the opportunity to make a reference to one of my favorite authors, E.F. Benson. The story was in fact accepted for and included in Mystery Most Geographical (Wildside Press, 2018).

At the beginning of April 2019, the Short Mystery Fiction Society announced the 2018 finalists for its annual Derringer Awards, and I was delighted to see "If It's Tuesday" make the Final Five in the Best Short Story category. On April 7, SMFS member Gerald So posted an interview with me about the story on his blog.

You can order the trade paperback of Mystery Most Geographical here.

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