"A Murder Coming" includes some of Powells greatest, and award winning, stories, including those featured in Playboy and every major mystery magazine. Included are classic stories like "A Dirge for Clowntown" which won the Ellery Queen Readers' Award and "Bottom Walker", which won the Arthur Ellis Award. With an occasional dark sense of humour and developed irony Powell is a one-of-a-kind crime writer. Acclaimed crime writer Marvin Lachman referred to Powell as the S J Perelman of the mystery story -- outrageous, hilarious satires [with] surprise endings."
James Powell is one the most highly regarded writers of short crime fiction. He has been published in Ellery Queen, Alfred Hitchcocks Mystery Magazine and Playboy. He is a multi-Arthur Award nominee, winner of the Ellery Queen Readers Award and co-recipient of the CWCs Derrick Murdoch Award in 1992. In 2003, Powell received their Arthur Ellis Award for best short story of the year and that same year one of his stories was nominated for a Shamus award by the Private Eye Writers of America. Powell now lives in Pennsylvania.