Thank you Bill Crider and Mystery Scene Magazine

Where’s the champagne? Am thrilled by a nice mention in Mystery Scene magazine about my short story, “When I’m Famous.” In his column, “Short & Sweet,” Bill Crider writes: “Dara Carr makes a notable debut with her first short story…” and “‘When I’m Famous’ is Dara Carr’s first story, but the voice of the narrator here is so distinctive and assured that it sells the story from the first paragraph.”

YAY! The column mentioning my story begins, “Now and then I read an article about the importance of ‘voice’ in fiction. If you want to get a master class in practical examples of how voice can make a story work, just pick up in the June 2014 issue of Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine (EQMM).”

Super cool to be mentioned in an impressive round-up that includes Dave Zeltserman, Bill Pronzini, Liza Cody, Marilyn Todd, Robert Lopresti, Roger Jones, and Amy Myers.

Congratulations ABNA semi-finalists!

Today Amazon announced the five semi-finalists for mystery/thrillers. Alas, my book was not among them. One thing is for certain: it has been an exciting and fun ride. I’m happy to have made it into the quarters, which works out to be about the top 5% of entries.

Favorite cherry-picked excerpts from the Publishers Weekly review of The Overthrow:

“This thriller starts off as a taut tale of two female Oregon detectives hired to remove a troubled teen girl from a religious cult’s forested compound, but it takes a Hitchcockian twist when the liberation of Sierra Langford results in a shooting and increasingly deadly pursuit by sinister unnamed forces.”

And another:

“The torture, fighting, and shoot-em-up sequences are entertaining…”

I’ll take that as a compliment. In any event, it sounds like I wore out the reader by the end, at least in the reviewer’s opinion. Thank you to the awesome reviewer, who wrote such a badass summary. Great feedback. Great contest. Onward and upward….