Liza Cody has the distinction of having introduced the female P.I. to British crime fiction. That character, Anna Lee, formed the basis for a TV series broadcast in both the U.K. and the U.S. and starred in six novels, all now reissued in e-format. The author has won a Silver Dagger from the CWA, an Anthony Award from Bouchercon, and multiple Edgar nominations.
In our March/April 2013 issue, Chris Muessig, who got his start as a writer in EQMM’s Department of First Stories, and his friend Steve Seder, who once aspired to be a pro wrestler, began what they envisioned as a trilogy of stories about pro wrestling post World War II. This final entry in that trilogy follows “Death Match” (2013) and “The Female of the Species” (2015).
Susan Perry Benson debuted in EQMM’s Department of First Stories in July 2013 with the story “Tradition.” A native Houstonian and a frequent contributor to Texas Magazine and the Houston Chronicle, she now lives in North Carolina. This is her third story for EQMM, following 2014’s “Summer Solstice,” and it makes good use of its Carolina coastal setting.
In April 2017, Peter Turnbull’s novel Cold Case, featuring a Scotland Yard Cold Case team, was published to strong reviews, with Booklist calling it “a very likable police procedural boasting . . . intricate plotting and an appealingly quirky protagonist.” The author is an Edgar winner for his EQMM story “The Man Who Took His Hat Off to the Driver of the Train.”
Agatha Award winning American author G.M. Malliet has produced two critically acclaimed mystery series: In 2008, her DCI St. Just series began with Death of a Cozy Writer. In 2011 she introduced Max Tudor, former MI5 agent turned vicar, in Wicked Autumn. In 2017, Weycombe, her first nonseries, dark- suspense novel appeared. Like her other books, it’s set in the U.K.
A winner of EQMM’s Readers Award, and a nominee for the Edgar Allan Poe Award, David Dean has been contributing first-rate stories to this magazine for nearly twenty-eight years. His wide range includes stories with child protagonists, such as this. It’s a difficult type of story to write, especially when the child is, as the author describes it, “near feral, in a suburban wasteland.”
A writer who has lived in seven foreign countries, including Latvia, where his novel Lenin’s Harem is set, and a Hawthornden Castle Fellowship winner, William Burton McCormick has contributed stories to many publications, including Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine and The Saturday Evening Post. This is his third story for EQMM.
Called “a clear and forceful writer” by the New York Times Book Review, John Lantigua created his best-known detective hero, Willie Cuesta, nearly twenty years ago. Willie is still going strong, still a P.I. working the streets of Miami, in this new case. The third Cuesta novel, The Lady From Buenos Aires, won the International Latino Book Award for Best Mystery.
A Grand Master of the MWA and a winner of the best-novel Edgar, Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity awards, among many other honors, Margaret Maron began her career as a short-story writer—and that’s the form to which she has returned now that her final novel, Take Out (June 2017), has been published. The book world’s loss is our gain!
Samantha Allen has worked many jobs, from advertising copywriter to college writing instructor to bookseller. She is currently employed at a public library, her spare time devoted to writing her first novel. Although she is new to fiction publication, her nonfiction recently appeared in Electric Literature. Her debut story is set in Texas, where she grew up.
Christine Poulson is the author of the Cassandra James mystery novels and the suspense novels Invisible, Deep Water, and, most recently, Cold, Cold Heart, published in the U.S. in January 2018 by Lion Fiction. Her past work for our magazine has earned a Derringer nomination and inclusion in The Mammoth Book of Best British Crime.
Brendan DuBois debuted in EQMM’s Department of First Stories more than thirty years ago, and he has since contributed dozens of stories to our magazine, a number of them award winners or nominees. In 2017 he won the PWA’s Shamus Award for “A Battlefield Reunion” (AHMM, June 2016). His latest novel, Storm Cell (2017), belongs to his Lewis Cole series.
It will soon be fifty years since Josh Pachter debuted in EQMM’s Department of First Stories. He was then a teenager, the second-youngest person ever to contribute fiction to EQMM. In the years since, he’s produced many more short stories and has been a regular translator for us, from several languages. A fan of the novels and stories of Ellery Queen, he has coedited (with Dale Andrews) a new anthology of Ellery Queen pastiches entitled The Misadventures of Ellery Queen.
Claudia Seferius, indomitable wine merchant of Ancient Rome, is back in a new case this issue. The sleuth has appeared in thirteen novels and many short stories by British author Marilyn Todd. Some of her cases are collected in Swords, Sandals and Sirens (Crippen & Landru, 2015). The latest Todd story collection is Dead and Breakfast (Untreed Reads, 2017).
Thomas Przybilka began his career in the mystery genre as a bookseller, then established BoKAS, the Archive of Secondary Literature on Crime and Mystery Fiction. He is a leading scholar of crime fiction and also occasionally writes short stories, including an earlier collaboration for EQMM. Gitta List is an editor and journalist who met Thomas Przybilka while working on her master’s thesis at BoKAS.
In 2017, Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s novel The Protectors appeared under her pseudonym Kris Nelscott. The book took root from characters who appeared in short stories, including the EQMM tale “Blaming the Arsonist.” That story, along with two others, is contained in a limited edition of the book. For more Rusch stories, visit kriswrites.com where she posts a free tale every Monday.
An award-winning playwright and novelist, and the creator of the TV series Blue Murder, Cath Staincliffe is also distinguished in the short-story field, having won the U.K.’s coveted CWA Short Story Dagger. Her most recent book, The Girl in the Green Dress (Constable, 2017), revolves around a teenager beaten to death in an apparent hate crime.
In December of 2017, the seventeenth novel in Peter Lovesey’s Detective Superintendent Peter Diamond series, Beau Death (Soho Press), was published to rave reviews (including starred reviews from Kirkus and Library Journal). Publisher’s Weekly said: “The plot is one of Lovesey’s cleverest, and the book is full of his trademark wry humor.”