Author Archives: colborne55

About colborne55

I'm a author of mysteries, a book reviewer for Suspense Magazine, and as the Omnivorous Cinephile, I review movies.

A Different Voice

Today I learned that Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine has purchased a short story I submitted to them in October. That’s a pretty quick turn-around time actually, considering the volume of submissions they receive. I signed the contract and sent it … Continue reading

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Rip It Good

Recently I learned the lesson that most authors have to learn. You may understand it intellectually, but this is one of those lessons that you physically have to learn, since it will cause pain and self-doubt in the short term. … Continue reading

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Best American Mystery Stories 2014

Today when I arrived home, I found in the mail my author’s copy of The Best American Mystery Stories of 2o14. The anthology was edited by Otto Penzler and guest editor Laura Lippman. My short story “The Covering Storm” (which … Continue reading

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Stepping In Half-way Down the Block

Recently I read a mystery translated from Swedish, by an author who’s become a bestseller here in the US. It was the fourth book in a series that featured the same main character, but I found it to be a … Continue reading

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Guest Blogger

I was the guest writer today on the Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine blog, “Something Is Going to Happen.” I decided to write about a police technique I encountered through the Citizen’s Police Academy at the Police Training Institute at the … Continue reading

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Homophones – the Land Minds of Writers

(and yes, that won was on purpose, as was that one.) It’s rare that you can scroll through a day’s worth of Facebook posts or memes without seeing a homophone – a word that’s pronounced the same way though it’s … Continue reading

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One of Twenty

Last Wednesday morning, I checked my emails and found one from Janet Hutchings, the editor of Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine with the subject line “Congratulations.” The last time I received an email from her with that introduction was when I … Continue reading

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After the Golden Years

At my movie review blog, I’ve been combining my love of movies and mysteries by doing lists of the 10 best mystery movies for each of the past 5 decades, after the golden age of the 1930s through the 1950s. … Continue reading

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Want To Hear A Story?

The website Crime City Central has posted a new podcast of one of my stories. The editor had contacted me after seeing my recent short story in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine to see if I’d have a story available that … Continue reading

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Broadchurch – An Appreciation

Recently BBC America aired the 8-part mystery Broadchurch, originally presented in England by ITV, an independent competitor of the BBC. Rather than wait a week between episodes I DVRed the series so I could watch it back to back. It … Continue reading

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