There are some things you don’t dream about because you have your hands full taking your best shot at more reasonable dreams.

I have enjoyed and revered Otto Penzler’s The Best Mystery Stories of the Year series for some time. Many recent contributors are household names: Michael Connelly, Joyce Carol Oates, Harlan Coben, James Patterson, Stephen King. Others are masters of the short story revered by the mystery community for decades. A handful are emerging authors with just a few published titles.

It is with unbridled joy and great gratitude to all who helped make it possible that I announce my story, “Playing God,” originally printed in Deadly Nightshade: Best New England Crime Stories 2022, will be included in The Best Mystery Stories of the Year 2023, scheduled for publication this September.

The Author at Cape Cod Bay