Saturday, August 24, 2019

Back in Japan

Tokyo Sogen was so pleased with the response to their edition of SHANKS ON CRIME that they bought the rights to put out another collection of my stories.  THE RED ENVELOPE AND OTHER STORIES was released last week.  As best I can make out the Japanese title reads:  SOLVE MYSTERIES AT THE COFFEE SHOP ON HOLIDAYS.  Why not?

Besides the title story, the book contains: The Accessory, Brutal, The Center of the Universe, Crow's Lesson, The Roseville Way, Shooting at Firemen, Train Tracks, and Two Men One Gun,

Friday, August 23, 2019

More Misadventures!

Today was the cover reveal for THE MISADVENTURES OF NERO WOLFE, a book of parodies and pastiches about Rex Stout's great character, edited by Josh Pachter.  Actually publication date won't be until April.  I understand that my story, "The Damned Doorbell Rang," will be the closer.

I have been a fan of Stout since fifth grade so it is an honor to be in this book.

Friday, March 1, 2019

Mystery Scene on A Bad Day

Ben Boulden reviews short stories in his "Short and Sweet" column in Mystery Scene Magazine.  In issue #158 he discusses the Nov/Dec 2018 issue of Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine.It ends as follows:  "My favorite tale is 'A Bad Day for Algebra Tests" by Robert Lopresti, for more reasons than its terrific title. With an easy and readable narration, fast and sly humor, dumb criminals and dumber cops, this story is as smooth and enjoyable as spending a snowy afternoon lounging next to a roaring fire."

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Please Do Not Disturb

Shame on me for not mentioning this earlier.  This is my third appearance in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine in forty-plus years of trying.  "Please Do Not Disturb" is in the January/February 2019 issue.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Have Suitcase, WIll Travel

Today at Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine's blog I write about the trip that inspired my story in the January/2019 issue, "Please Do Not Disturb."

Friday, December 14, 2018

Filling in the Landscape

I have an essay up at Trace Evidence, the Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine blog, about setting.  When do you use a real place and when do you create your own?  The hook, of course, is my story "A Bad Day For Algebra Tests," in the November/December issue.

Friday, November 9, 2018

A Good Day For "A Bad Day For Algebra Tests"

I am pleased to report that "A Bad Day For Algebra Tests" is currently sparkling up the November/December issue of my favorite magazine.  This is my 30th appearance in AHMM, and the third Bad Day story.  Each of these involves bad intentions and confusion in mythical Brune County, and features the ever-bewildered Officer Kite.