Getting a short mystery story published…

takes time but it’s worth it.

I wrote “The Sandalwood Killer” in the midst of our move from Taos to Hobbs —August 2017. I remember writing the last five pages in my iPad because both computers (Gary’s and mine) were still in boxes.

In early 2018 I sent it to Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine because, honestly, I didn’t know of any other magazine that published short mystery fiction. It was a long shot, considering I was a relative newcomer to the genre with only one mystery novel published then, but what did I have to lose, verdad?

When they accepted it last year, I was soo happy! And now it is published, in the January/February 2020 issue. In print. Though I read mostly in Kindle now, there’s still something soul satisfying about seeing your work on paper. Or maybe I am old-fashioned like that.

In “The Sandalwood Killer” Padrino and Marlene Martínez work together in the case of a famous boxer who represented Cuba in the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games and was found dead in his house. The crime scene has something in common with another case they are investigating: a strong smell of sandalwood…

I loved the illustration. The statue depicted in the back is San Lazaro-Babalú Ayé.

And just for the fun of it, here is Ricky Ricardo singing “Babalú.”