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EQMM's 2020 Reader's Poll!
Yes, another year, another Reader's Poll from the fine folks at Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine. Long story short, or short story even shorter, the dedicated readers of the world's foremost mystery magazine take to the polls every year and vote for their favorite stories. This year, Mike's Midport mystery story "A Drive-by on Chalmers Road?" tied for 10th place along with such writers as Hal Charles, Shelly Dickinson Carr, Liza Cody and Michael Lewin. Barb Goffman took first place, John M. Floyd came in second, and Gregory Fallis came in third. Also, as stated on the homepage, one of Mike's favorite writers and influences, Joyce Carol Oates, made the list in ninth place.
Considering "A Drive-by on Chalmers Road?" was the first story Mike sent to Ellery Queen, and one of the first stories in his on-going Midport Mysteries series, he is over the moon about placing on the reader's poll and is absolutely thankful for all who voted for him.
Currently, Mike is hard at work at completing a new batch of Midport stories. Hopefully, these new yarns will soon find their way into the pages of Ellery Queen. Check back here for new developments!
"The Sky Beyond the Branches"
This'll be a brief entry, mostly because the story itself is brief as brief can be. "The Sky Beyond the Branches" is a quick, get in, get out, leave you gripping your bedsheets in the middle of the night kind of story. As far as a murder mystery goes, it's less mystery and more murder. Flash fiction's a tricky thing. Too much, and it's overkill. Too little, and you leave people wondering what the hell they just read. Just the right amount, however, is like a perfect kiss from a perfect person... Or a perfect right hook from Mike Tyson. Either way, enjoy it here!
"Why Do They Have to Make It Easy?"
As stated on the homepage, a new story from the Mind of McHone (catchy wording, ain't it?) has been unleashed upon the world. "Why Do They Have to Make It Easy?" sees it debut in the pages of the January 2021 issue of Mystery Weekly.
This story marks a bit of a departure for Mike in terms of tone. This isn't the dialogue-heavy, joke-filled banter that he's used to writing, folks. This sum' bitch is dark. So, if you like revenge, jilted lovers, jealousy, and more plot twists than a cemetery in a cyclone (and, screw you, that's a brilliant simile), this one's for you. And, by they way, "Why Do They Have to Make It Easy?" is the third time Mike's appeared in Mystery Weekly. So head on over to their website or stop by Amazon, pick up a print copy or a digital one, and show some love!
Hugh Holton 2020!
You heard it here first! (Or maybe you didn't.) Mike was named as the winner of the 2020 Hugh Holton award for his as-yet-to-be-published novel, You Make Yourself Another, the first in the Midport Mysteries Series. The announcement was made on December 9, 2020.
The award is bestowed by the Mystery Writers of America Midwest Chapter to recognize promising writers with an unpublished novel and is named in honor of the Chicago-based mystery writer and police officer Hugh Holton who passed away in 2001. His novels Presumed Dead, Windy City, and Chicago Blues were lauded by critics for their grit and realism.
Mike's work was chosen by Andrew Shaffer (author of the New York Times best-selling parody series, The Obama-Biden Mysteries) as this year's winner. Previous winners include Mia P. Manansala, Julie Tollefson, and Jessica Laine.
Of the award, Mike says, "It's an honor to receive it, and an even bigger honor to have been judged by Andrew Shaffer, one of the funniest writers out there. I'd like to thank Kristen Lepionka and all at MWA Midwest for giving me the chance to submit my book!"
You Make Yourself Another features Mike's recurring protagonist Detective Molly Fetterly, the lead character in the short stories "A Drive-by on Chalmers Road?," (which appeared in the Jan./Feb 2020 issue of Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine) "More Than Enough," (appearing in issue #13 of Mystery Tribune) and numerous other stories.