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Sweet Success for Catherine Dilts


By: Darby Karchut

Congratulations to Catherine Dilts! Her short story, “HazMat Holiday,” will be featured in the January/February 2022 Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine. The magazine is one of the oldest and most influential magazines of short mystery and crime fiction in the world.


The story features Dilts’ recurring short story characters: Charles, a dignified gentleman who loves his career as a chemist, and Tony, a college student / laboratory intern. Charles insists on completing a vitally important lab test and report, causing him and Tony to be stranded at the factory during a blizzard. Employees quickly become dangerously competitive for the leftover holiday meal. Pick up a copy of the magazine at

Catherine Dilts


Catherine Dilts is the author of the Rock Shop Mystery series, while her short stories appear regularly in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. She writes for Annie’s Publishing, which include installments in the multi-author cozy mystery series Secrets of the Castleton Manor Library, a Mistletoe Mystery, and the upcoming Museum Mysteries. Working in the world of hazardous substances regulation, Catherine’s stories often have environmental or factory-based themes. Others reflect her love of the Colorado mountains. Visit the author at and follow her on Instagram.

Darby Karchut

Sweet Success is coordinated by Darby Karchut who is an award-winning author, dreamer, and compulsive dawn greeter. A proud native of New Mexico, she now lives in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, where she runs in blizzards and bikes in lightning storms.
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