Mystery Weekly Magazine: July 2019 opens with “Visitors” by Don McLellan. The Worthingtons are rich. They are also not nice people. The four of them consider their housekeeper, Annabelle, who has come from the islands to work as a domestic, as somebody that does not matter. That opinion is not shared by the strangers that have violently entered the house to rib the wealthy family.

Wyatt is in a world of trouble in “The Hail Mary Play” by Stacy Woodson. If he flunks out of Westfield Military Academy, he will have to go home and go back to bagging groceries. Worse than that, he will have to deal with his family and their crushed dreams and hopes. It is going to take something spectacular to save him now.


“The Shrewdness of Apes” by Chris Wheatley takes readers to a time long ago with primitive humans. There is a murder case to solve. Who did it and why are just a couple of things readers find out in this very enjoyable tale.


Neil has a plan and he knows he should ignore it. But if the deal goes right he and Ximena can make a new life for themselves in “Going South” by Jay O’Connell. Operational security is important and is just one of many factors to consider.


Life is hard for Xonactol Sanchez and is about to get way harder as she gets out of her minivan in the parking lot of the Dining Room of St. Benedict. The locals who call the soup kitchen, Benny’s, are already lining up to eat and she is short staffed. She does not need a murder and yet that is what has happened in “Willard” by Bill O’Connor.


Readers are taken from the heat of the desert in the preceding story to brutal winter weather in “Bad Moon Rising” by Shannon Hollinger. Young Officer Penelope Holden and numerous others are desperately trying to find Mrs. Doris Healey. She was the school librarian in Samuel, New Hampshire and is loved by one and all. That is except for her grandson, who was recently released from prison, and could be in the area and involved in his grandmother’s disappearance


One does have to make a living and a private investigator sometimes has to do “A Bit of Nasty Business.” Robert C. Madison takes readers to Yancy’s Tavern on a Monday midafternoon.  Things need to be handled before happy hour at 4.


“Shut and Open Case” by Laird Long provides “A You-Solve-It” story for this month. Somebody stole the stock of Mr. Flaherty, a traveling jewelry salesman, while he was in the shower. 50 grand worth of stuff is missing and Constables Jones and Hindo need all the facts to start the investigation.


The issue closes with the solution to “Last Rites” by Laird Long. This was the “A You-Solve-It” from last month. Mr. Driscol was murdered and detective Talbot was on the case.


As one expects each month, there is one again a nice mix of mystery type stories. This issue has a darker overall tone than many of the issues do as this one had noir style feel to the read. Mystery Weekly Magazine July 2019 is another in a long line of solidly good reads.


Mystery Weekly Magazine: July 2019

June 28, 2019


eBook (also available in print)

121 Pages




For quite some time now I have been gifted a subscription by the publisher with no expectation at all of a review. I read and review each issue as I can. To date, I have never submitted anything to this market and will not do so as long as I review the publication.



Kevin R. Tipple ©2019




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