...and some other places to find my work

Not Really An Anthology:

"Little Red Returns" appears in the chapter on "The Contemporary Tale" in Susan Tiberghien's One Year to a Writing Life,Twelve Lessons to Deepen Every Writer's Art and Craft, a book on the craft and practice of writing.  

Sweet Jesus:

A poem, a song

"Going Steady With Jesus" appears as a poem in Denise Duhamel & Nick Carbo's wonderful anthology Sweet Jesus.  I originally wrote it as the lyrics to a reggae song.  Rumor has it there's a video of me singing this at one of the book launch events.



Kristin Kovacic and I edited this collection of poetry, fiction, and memoir about the experience of becoming a parent.




Anthologies: The latest

"Blues for Veneece," appeared in Delta Blues from Tyrus Books in May 2010.

A new story, "Walk-In," will be in Blue Christmas, in Nov. 2011.

"Blue Vandas" is included in A Hell of a Woman, An Anthology of Female Noir, edited by Megan Abbott, published by Busted Flush Press.  Reviewed in: Crime Scene Scotland  "The problem with many anthologies is that certain stories feel like they’re coasting. Usually, these stories come from the biggest names in the anthology. But here, everyone’s on form from the names you know down to the names you don’t. They’re all on board and running with the idea of femininity as a concept, an actuality, a myth… something to embrace and something to be terrified of."

"The Noir Boudoir" was published in Miami Noir, from Akashic Books.  With lots of local authors represented, we had an ongoing discussion of noir and of Miami (or, really, South Florida) as a setting, an atmosphere, a place that prompts people to do strange things.  Reviews: Category305 "Miami Not So Noir"     


"Gift Wrap" was published in A Dixie Christmas: Holiday Stories from the South's Best Writers, edited by Charline McCord and Judy tucker, Algonquin Books. With an introduction by Fred Chappell.

"Gift Wrap" also appeared in Irrepressible Appetites, ed. by Tracey Broussard, Rock Press  The story is accompanied by my great-grandmother's recipe for Lebkuchen.




"Beauty" in Mondo Barbie,edited by Lucinda Ebersole and Richard Peabody, St. Martin's Press Read about it.  The book has pink psprt and is shaped like a Barbie box.  I first met Denise Duhamel, now my friend and colleague, when we did a reading for Mondo Barbie at the Miami Book Fair.


"Hush Money" appeared in Marilyn Shades of Blonde, edited by Carole Nelson Douglas, which was published by Forge in 1997. 

"Elvis Lives," my most-anthologized story, originally appeared in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine and then won the Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America.  It was translated into Korean for an anthology I never received, and I have found it translated into French in Mystere, Mystere par Jacques Baudau, pub'd by Denoel, 1994.—for which I never gave permission!  "Elvis Lives," translated into Japanese, will appear in a collection of Edgar winning stories to be published by Hayakawa Publishing, Tokyo, Japan, in Fall 2009.   "Elvis Lives" also appeared in:

  • Simply the Best Mysteries, ed. by Janet Hutchings, Carroll & Graf (1998)
  • Murder to Music ed by Cynthia Manson & Kathleen Halligan, Caroll & Graf (1997) From Kirkus Reviews
    As even the perfect Wagnerite knows, it's not easy to tell a compelling story while providing great music, and atmosphere prevails over mystery-mongering in most of these 15 stories (194793) chosen by Manson and Halligan (Murder Intercontinental, 1996). Six involve the opera, but except for James Yaffe's sprightly armchair matriarch (``Mom Sings an Aria''), the stories are more successful when they get down and dirty (Doug Allyn's ``The Sultans of Soul'' and John Lutz's ``The Right to Sing the Blues'') or hit the road (Lynne Barrett's droll trio of Elvis impersonators).
  • The King is Dead, Tales of Elvis Postmortem, ed. by Paul Sammon, Delta
  • The Year's 25 Finest Crime and Mystery Stories, 1992, intro. by Jon L. Breen, Carrol & Graf
  • The Year's Best Mystery and Suspense Stories 1991, ed. by Edward Hoch  From Publishers Weekly: Among the 13 skillfully written tales collected by seasoned mystery editor and author Hoch ( The Shattered Raven ) are all five 1991 Edgar nominees. The winner, Lynne Barrett, scored with "Elvis Lives," in which a reluctant and increasingly alcoholic impersonator of the King stumbles on a foolproof method of dissolving his contract. Series favorites include Ruth Rendell's Chief Inspector Reg Wexford, here puzzled by the behavior of a teenage girl who refuses to live with her mother and the mother's boyfriend ("An Unwanted Woman); and Kinsey Millhone, investigating the relationship between two women and $600,000 in "A Poison That Leaves No Trace" by Sue Grafton. Stanley Cohen's "Hello! My Name Is Irving Wasserman" intertwines comedy and tragedy when a couple discovers that the perfect rug they've rescued from a dumpster encloses a corpse. Julian Symons, Bill Pronzini and Donald Westlake also contributed to this 16th volume.  Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. From Kirkus Reviews  
  • Long-time anthologist Hoch this time includes all five Edgar- nominated stories in his ``Best'' compilation, and Lynne Barrett's ``Elvis Lives,'' the ultimate Edgar winner--a dark, garish look at the Presley-impersonator industry--is reason enough to own the book. Clever but more predictable are Lawrence Block's twist on the sentimental assassin; Sue Grafton's mother-daughter love-hate case for Kinsey Millhone; Ed Gorman's frame-up of a family fiend; and Clark Howard's drowning by surfboard confrontation. Also on hand: a funny, I'm-not-a-crook Dortmunder tale from Westlake; an emotional haunting from Joyce Harrington; a child-in-need from Ruth Rendell; and a ruthless pair of discontented wives from Julian Symons. More prosaic are Pronzini's ``Nameless'' street stakeout; Stanley Cohen's what'll-we-do-with-the-body caper; and Hoch's own overlooked clue to an unhappy marriage. Includes awards' lists; necrology; short-story bibliography. -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. 


"Inventory," a story from my first book, The Land of Go, was included in two anthologies used in teaching literature to college freshmen: The Lexington Introduction to Literature, Waller, McCormick, Fowler, eds, D.C. Heath, 1987,  and in Literature: Reading and Responding to Fiction, Poetry, Drama and the Essay, Joel Wingard, Ed., HarperCollins, 1996.