Doug Allyn is one of the most celebrated crime-short-story writers of his generation—a two-time best-short-story Edgar winner and an eleven-time winner of the EQMM Readers Award. He is also an esteemed mystery novelist whose two most recent books are The Jukebox Kings (February 2017) and The Lawyer Lifeguard, cowritten with James Patterson (June 2017).
Paul Charles had a successful career in the music business before writing his first novel in 1996. The book featured Inspector Christy Kennedy, who starred in nine more novels, the latest 2008’s A Pleasure to Do Death With You. Kennedy’s run continues in short stories such as this locked-room tale. The author’s most recent novel is St. Ernan’s Blues.
Herbert De Paepe and Els Depuydt have cowritten several award-nominated novels—a rare enough thing. But what is really extraordinary about their literary collaboration is that they began it while married to each other and continue it now that they’re no longer married. At www.somethingisgoingtohappen.net in September, they’ll blog about their dynamic relationship.
Jeremy Herbert is an AV technician and a freelance writer who covers movies and theme parks for websites such as Bloody Disgusting and Crooked Marquee. He says that his lifelong interest in theme parks has brought him to many tourist-trap motels such as the one featured in this story. He is also a filmmaker and has won awards for his short horror films.
Richard Helms’s first story for us, 2010’s “The Gods for Vengeance Cry,” featured unlicensed P.I. Pat Gallegher. The tale was nominated for the Macavity and Derringer awards and won the International Thriller Award. Gallegher has also starred in four well-received novels, and will appear again soon in the novel Paid in Spades. Meanwhile, here he is in another thrilling short case.
Sharon Hunt’s first story for EQMM, “The Water Was Rising,” appeared in the August 2015 issue and went on to receive nominations for both the Thriller and Arthur Ellis awards. The Canadian author has had stories in a number of literary magazines, and in our sister publication, Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine.
John Lantigua is a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist who made his fiction debut in 1988 with the Edgar-nominated Heat Lightning. He is best known, as a fiction writer, for his Willie Cuesta private-eye series, to which this new story (as well as several earlier tales for EQMM) belongs. Recently, all four novels in the Cuesta series were reissued in e-editions.
Robert S. Levinson, longtime contributor to and friend of this magazine, passed away in March of this year. He was the author of 13 novels and dozens of short stories, and winner of a Derringer Award from the Short Mystery Fiction Society. He is currently nominated for the PWA’s Shamus Award for his 2017 EQMM story “Rosalie Marx Is Missing.” We have two more of his stories coming up in 2019.
G.M. Malliet is the Agatha Award-winning author of the St. Just and Max Tudor mystery novels. The seventh book in the latter series, In Prior’s Wood, was released earlier this year. She is also the author of the standalone novel Weycombe (2017) and a number of short stories. Fans should keep an eye out for the next Malliet story, out in EQMM later this year.
Amy Myers is the author of a half-dozen different mystery series. The earliest of them all, and one of the most popular, is that starring Victorian chef Auguste Didier. This new case is Auguste’s latest—but he’s no longer the author’s only fictional chef/sleuth! 1920s chef Nell Drury features in her next book, Death at the Wychbourne Follies, the second in a new series.
Nancy Novick describes herself as a Midwestern transplant. For close to two decades she has lived in the New York City area, where she has worked as a medical writer, editor, and instructor. She’s currently the editor of WestSideWords, a blog for and about readers and writers on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. How fitting it is that her first short story should be about a writer!
A novelist with two series in print, the Pinnacle Peak extreme-sports mysteries and the Finn Teller, corporate spy series, Twist Phelan is also an extraordinary short-story writer. Her last story for EQMM, 2013’s “Footprints in Water,” won three awards: the International Thriller Award, the Arthur Ellis, and the Colorado Authors’ League Award. We’re glad to have her back with a new Finn Teller story.
S.J. Rozan is the author of the eleven-book Bill Smith and Lydia Chin P.I. series, two standalone novels under her own name, and two thrillers cowritten with Carlos Dews under the pseudonym Sam Cabot. Her many awards and honors include a 2018 Edgar Allan Poe Award nomination for her story “Chin Yong-Yun Stays at Home” (AHMM, 2017). Here is a new case for Chin Yong-Yun, mother of Lydia Chin.
Scott Loring Sanders is the author of two novels, The Hanging Woods and Gray Baby, the short-story collection Shooting Creek and Other Stories, and the essay collection/ memoir Surviving Jersey: Danger & Insanity in the Garden State. The latter, published in 2017, was as a finalist in the Creative Nonfiction category for the CLMP Firecracker Award.
Jennifer Soosar’s first paid professional fiction publication was in EQMM’s Department of First Stories in May of 2016. Her first novel, the psychological thriller Parent Teacher Association, was released in June 2017. A Canadian writer with an excellent sense of place, she’s set this new story for EQMM at a popular Ontario vacation destination.
2018 is the centenary of Mickey Spillane, born Frank Morrison Spillane on March 9, 1918. Creator of the immortal P.I. Mike Hammer, Mickey Spillane was a huge international success, with more than 200 million books sold. Since Spillane’s death in 2006, award-winning writer Max Allan Collins has been completing a number of his unfinished works. Here, in honor of the Spillane centenary, is their latest “collaboration.”
A writer whom Kirkus Reviews has described as “never boring” and Mystery Scene as “wry and entertaining,” Marilyn Todd is one of our genre’s humorists, but she has also written a number of dark tales such as this one. In addition to the many stories she has contributed to this magazine and other publications, the British author has produced 16 historical novels.
Short stories linked to form a “novel in stories” are enjoying increased popularity, and Tom Tolnay’s new book, Profane Feasts, belongs to the category. “The myths of the extended Hestiakos clan are colorfully retold” in its 13 tales (some from EQMM), Iconoclast said. “Though they are Greek, this family could be many other ethnic families bound by love, hard work, and loyalty.”