11 December 2011

Fresh Slices

One of the best blogs is Women of Mystery and my favorite word artist there is Terrie Moran, who may or may not be the great-great-great grandchild of Colonel Sebastian Moran. The WoM are smart, sassy, and damn fine writers. Many are members of the New York chapter of Sisters in Crime (SinC), which have a new book out with the creepy title Murder New York Style: Fresh Slices.

Read Terrie's article about the anthology and then read this book, cooked up by seasoned authors and peppered with excellent examples of the many ways to die in New York.

Terrie Farley Moran
by Terrie Farley Moran

Murder New York Style: Fresh Slices is the second anthology written by the New York / Tri-State chapter of Sisters in Crime. The heart of the twenty-two stories in Fresh Slices is the diversity of people and neighborhoods within the five boroughs of New York City—all very different, yet all very New York. Our goal was to introduce readers to places far off the tourist track. We are delighted that Derringer winner Anita Page kicks off the anthology in Gerritsen Beach, Brooklyn, where we see the effects of a decades old murder in “Tear Down.” The anthology’s final story pulls readers east through Queens and into the lives of day laborers struggling to get through a particularly gruesome job. Written by Edgar and Anthony nominee K.j.a. Wishnia, “North of Clinton” is sure to leave an impression. Kindle readers might like to know that “Tear Down” is the free “first chapter” in the Kindle bookstore copy of Fresh Slices. I’m sure it will leave you wanting more New York attitude. 

East-side, west-side— In Manhattan there once was a meat packing district on each side of town. “A Countdown to Death,” by Deirdre Verne is set in a gorgeous building in Tudor City which was built on  the east-side meat packing site, while in “Taking the Highline,” Fran Bannigan Cox brings us inside the pulse pounding clubs and the lush elevated park that have taken over the meat packing district on the west-side.
Fresh Slices

In “A Vampire in Brooklyn” Leigh Neely not only helps us imagine life with vampires working as officers in the NYPD, she also share secrets about the Brooklyn Bridge that few people know.

It’s 9/11. You are standing on a rise in MacNeil Park in the Borough of Queens with the locals gathered to pray as they watch events unfold across the East River in “The Sneaker Tree,” my contribution to the anthology.

For a splendid taste of the kinds of odd locations and diverse stories you can expect to find here, click over for a free read of Clare Toohey’s story, “A Morbid Case of Identity Theft.” Clare starts her story in The Morbid Anatomy Library, “a private research library and collection of curiosities” and ends it in the streets of Brooklyn beside the Gowanus Canal.

On behalf of the anthology authors and all of the members of the Sisters in Crime New York/Tri-State chapter, many thanks to Leigh Lundin and the other SleuthSayers for inviting us to introduce Fresh Slices to your many friends and readers.

Information about the stories, the authors, and book availability is available at Murder New York Style: Fresh Slices. Be sure to click on the “small bites” tab to read the first one hundred fifty words or so of each story. And on the home page, please don’t forget to scroll down to see THE THONG.

See you in New York!


  1. I loved Clare Toohey's story, A Morbid Case of Identity Theft, and can't wait to get the whole book.

  2. Welcome to SleuthSayers, Terrie. I too have a story in MNYS: FRESH SLICES, "Death Will Tank Your Fish," and speaking quite objectively, I think the whole collection is outstanding. :)

  3. Leigh, I'll add my thanks to Terrie's for the invitation, and for the kind words about WOM.

    A word about Gerritsen Beach.
    Visiting this tiny, seaside neighborhood is like stepping back in time. Worth a visit if you're ever in New York.

  4. I know several displaced New Yorkers who might like this. I'll have to send 'em a link.

  5. Debs, thanks for letting us know that you enjoyed Clare's story. It is a stand out on may levels including the location.

    Charles, displaced New Yorkers will love the Fresh Slices home page as there is a lot of New York there. and if they decide they'd like to read the book--so much the better.

  6. Thank you. I'm now off to read it.

  7. Leigh--as to the Colonel--I believe my ex-husband's Moran ancestors left Ireland for America before the Colonel was born, so best he could claim is distant cousins.

  8. Thanks very for the kind words, Debs and Terrie, because I consider myself in superior company.

    Thanks to SleuthSayers and Leigh for the opportunity to talk more about the collection of stories and locations and styles. Liz Z is of course being objective : ) and so am I (!) saying it's a fine sampling of moods, memories, and voices for any fan of Gotham.

    (Actually, I'm posting this from the intermission of my nieces' performance of Annie, and I've got that song in my head...nyc...)

  9. Terrie, I spent five years in Manhattan's Lower East side and met my wife, Robin, in SoHo. I look forward to reading "Fresh Slices" and revisiting the 'Big Apple'!

  10. Thanks, Terrie--interesting as always. I look forward to reading the anthology!

  11. I'm pleased to have you with us, Terrie and Clare. Elizabeth, I apologize I didn't realize you were in the book!

    I lived in NYC too, the Village originally then Staten Island. Attended NYU, worked Wall Street, etc.

    Wow, I just read Clare's story. I feel like I was dropping acid! What a trip!

  12. David, you will definitely see the New York that you remember in Fresh Slices.

    John, thank you. It is always nice to be here among old (and new) friends.

    Leigh, I agree. Clare is a splendid writer and a pleasure to edit. Thanks again for having us drop by.

  13. Just ordered Fresh Slices, thanks!

  14. Aw- thanks, Leigh. Being called psychotropic is rh nicest thing anyone's said about me : )

    Thanks, John, David, and Jeff for giving us all a spin! Very much appreciated!

  15. Thanks, Jeff, I hope you'll enjoy Fresh Slices. Please let me know what you think.


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