Thursday, June 27, 2019

Review: Mystery Weekly Magazine: May 2019

The intense and chilling short story “The Box” by Paul D. Marks begins the Mystery Weekly Magazine: May 2019 issue and is referenced in the cover art. Brett is the focus of attention by Sergeant Lomax, Deputy District Attorney Alex Garza, and others who believe he murdered Julie Molina. He keeps telling them he didn’t do it and they keep saying he did while his entire life begins to fall apart.

“Sergeant Spinge and The Locked-Room Mystery” by Rob Nisbet is as advertised by the title with a touch of science fiction and humor thrown into the mix. Thanks to “Precog Flakes” which are a cereal with, all the usual stuff of no added salt and eighteen essential flakes, some stuff that helps the eater think better. After three robberies in as many days, the one man police force of the Witchmarsh Constabulary needs all the help he can get. Then the thief strikes again.

Jeffery Scott Sims’ “The Search For Doctor Vane” takes readers to an inhospitable and feared place known as Ironfang Island. The small group led by Professor Anton Vorchek is on a search for the good doctor because Vorchek claims that Doctor Wallis Vane had consulted him on a project that was looking into an aspect of local folklore and history. Vorchek says that Vane was vanished while on Ironfang Island and wants to find him and ascertain what happened. Locals know it is best to stay away from the place and yet a paying job is money so one local with a boat as agreed to act as a ferry and guide for Doctor Vane, his assistant, and two grad students.

Ervin Biggs can certainly dress well in “Evidence” by Dennis Palumbo. That is a good sign as the blackmailer knows that Erwin Briggs killed Larry Walker. One would think an attorney would have been better at concealing what he did. His mistake is going to mean Ervin Biggs is going to pay a lot of money to keep his secret.

“Gold, Jewels, Art, My Father” by David Rachels spins a tale where the Dad always tells the son, usually after a few drinks, a fantastical story about contents buried out in the background. He always warns the son not to ever go digging in the backyard. The son really should have listened.

Sergeant Hagen is working in the cybercrimes unit when he works to get the creeps that go after young girls.  In “Hi! I’m Heather” by Thomas Millstead, the cyber decoy is working very well. The latest suspect is becoming quite the problem very rapidly.

Jenna has a job to do in “Storey” by Eric Cline. She is to go purchase from private collectors any artwork by the legendary Storey. She is to do this on behalf of a certain buyer who wishes to remain anonymous for a good reason.

The case revolves around a stolen bottle of wine in “For The Love Of Wine” by Tatiana Claudy. Officer Vera Orloff and Officer Raymond Holland are supposed to investigate the theft of a bottle of very expensive rare wine from the wine collector, Gregory Rumden. They do so in this “You-Solve-It” mystery.”

As always, the issue concludes with the detailed solution to “You-Solve-It” from the preceding month. In this case, the answer to the April 2019 mystery, “Imperceptible” by Susan Sundwall.

From the very first issue, Mystery Weekly Magazine has featured mysteries covered the vast range of the mystery spectrum. Mysteries in this one may be cozy or hardboiled in style, may have a touch of adventure, a hint of the paranormal, a splash of futuristic science fiction, or something else that adds flavor and spice to the tale. This is not a narrowly focused niche magazine. Variety among several very good tales has always been the deal here and that continues with the Mystery Weekly Magazine: May 2019 issue. It is another good one. 

Mystery Weekly Magazine: May 2019
April 30, 2019
eBook (also available in print)
123 Pages

For quite some time now I have been gifted a subscription by the publisher with no expectation at all of a review. I now read and review each issue as I can. To date, I have never submitted anything to this market and will not do so as long as I review the publication.

Kevin R. Tipple ©2019

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