Please consider my story “Shamu, World’s Greatest Detective” for a Macavity for Best Short Story. The story appeared in Killin’ Time in San Diego: Bouchercon Anthology 2023 (Down & Out Books), edited by Holly West.

In my story, “Shamu: World’s Greatest Detective,” the killer whale has been outfitted with a device that lets AI translate and transcribe her thoughts. With the aid of land-based assistant, Angie Gomez, Shamu investigates crimes professionally in order to save up enough money to buy her freedom from SeaWorld. In this story, a San Diego Padre has been murdered, and it’s up to the world’s greatest detective to uncover the culprit.

The story was highlighted in Robert Lopresti’s blog series, The Best Mystery Story I Read This Week, over at Little Big Crime:

You can read my Shamu story here:


You can purchase the anthology here: