Guest Post: Discussion on writing a short-story by B.R. Stateham

Turner and Frank face off with the crazies, the cunning and the brilliant, as they try to get away with murder- Murder Is Our Business by @brstateham

Quote from ‘A Barking Dog.’

“Earlier there was something about the kid which bothered me. Well, maybe it was more about something the kid said which bothered me. Just a kid really. Maybe fourteen, fifteen years old. A geeky little kid plagued with adolescent acne and a love for video games. Rail thin with big brown eyes and wire rim glasses. A dime a dozen. You find’em in every apartment building on this side of town. At least one.

But the one thing Frank and I knew from experience. A kid like this knew a hell of a lot more than what he usually revealed. Not because he was up to some nefarious shenanigans. Usually they keep quiet and stay out of everyone’s way because, frankly, he was a geeky teenager with a case of acne with a connoisseur’s intimate knowledge of the city’s many pizza parlors. 

Who the hell wants to be made into a laughing stock by some toothy looking geeky kid?”

Discussion on writing a short-story

I like writing mysteries. But more than that, I like writing mysteries filled with interesting characters and puzzling cases. So the procedure, for me, is simple; 

Begin with a murder in the most unusual situation and/or set of circumstances–and then introduce the main character or characters who are–hopefully–going to solve the case. After the initial set-up is done, its both the author and reader trying to figure out who did it together. In the beginning, I have no clue who or how the crime was done. As I am writing, I am playing off the odd clues I throw into the pile of clues found in the story, but more importantly–it is the wit and thoughts each of my two homicide detectives throw at each other which furthers the story along.

I know–it may very well be the worst way to write a short-story. Or a novel, for that matter. But that’s the way I do it. So sit back and enjoy. I think you’ll like the ride.

Wow, this was fun, in a cynical macabre dark kind of way. Hahn and Morales, homicide detectives, couldn’t be more different in looks or temperament, but they click when investigating murder. There is a rumor that there are full-length novels starring these two, and I would love to check them out. There is something about the interplay between the two that is strangely addictive.

We make a good team as homicide detectives. I look like a half
remembered handsome stiff only a movie buff would remember. He
looks like a biological nightmare no one wants to remember.

My name is Turner Hahn. His is Frank Morales. And for the last ten
years we’ve worked the homicide desk out of the South Side

This book is full of bite-size easy reads that don’t skimp on action or grit.  From the very first sentence, I was pulled into the world and enjoyed the ride. It is exactly the kind of detective fiction I love to read and exactly the kind of detective fiction that just isn’t written much anymore.  It has everything an avid suspense reader could want, gripping storylines, tough and uncompromising characters, and satisfying solutions. I am not a big fun of short stories and these prove my main whinge about the format in that there just needs to be a couple of hundred pages more to each of these stories. Still, a great jumping-off point to get to know these guys and their world.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I received an advance review copy for free through Silver Dagger Book Tours, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

For more mystery from B.R. Stateham check out Guest Post: A Wonderful World of Words by B.R. Stateham

Murder Is Our Business
Turner Hahn and Frank Morales Case Files Book 1
by B.R. Stateham
Genre: Hard-Boiled Noir Crime Mystery, Short Stories

Ten stories from the Case Files of homicide detectives Turner Hahn and Frank Morales, these are tales of murder, deception, greed and mayhem only this duo can solve.
Murder is the operative word in this collection: from hardened criminals to deceitful damsels, to the cold minds of serial killers. Come along for the ride as Turner and Frank face off with the crazies, the cunning and the brilliant, as they try to get away with murder.
For Turner and Frank, the city pays them to do a job. But that’s okay… they’re good at what they do.

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Guns, Gams, Ghosts and Gangsters
Turner Hahn and Frank Morales Case Files Book 2

These ten short stories feature some of the homicide cases investigated by the South Side Precinct’s best homicide detectives Turner Hahn and Frank Morales.In this riveting collection, you’ll find cases of murder, revenge, greed, and insanity, with a hint of the supernatural thrown in as a bonus.

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B.R. Stateham is a fourteen-year-old boy trapped in a seventy-one-year-old body. But his enthusiasm and boyish delight in anything mysterious and/or unknown continue.
Writing novels, especially detectives, is just the avenue of escape which keeps the author’s mind sharp and inquisitive. He’s published a ton of short stories in online magazines like Crooked, Darkest Before the Dawn, Abandoned Towers, Pulp Metal Magazine, Suspense Magazine, Spinetingler Magazine, Near to The Knuckle, A Twist of Noir, Angie’s Diary, Power Burn Flash, and Eastern Standard Crime. He writes both detective/mysteries, as well as science-fiction and fantasy.


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