Michael Sears is the author of four thrillers in the series to which this story belongs, the latest 2016’s Saving Jason. “If someone had told me one of my favorite new series would be about a disgraced Wall Street trader turned financial wrongdoings investigator,” the Cleveland Plain Dealer’s reviewer said, “I would not have put money on it. But Sears’ Jason Stafford series is so compelling you’ll be turning pages even if all you balance is your checkbook.”
MWA Grand Master Bill Pronzini has won, or been nominated for, virtually every award in the mystery genre. His latest book, Give-a-Damn Jones (Forge, 2018) is from a field related to the mystery, the Western. Set in 1890s San Francisco, the Carpenter and Quincannon series also contains elements of both mystery and Western. Here’s the latest case.
Mystery short story writer Barb Goffman has won the Agatha, Macavity, and Silver Falchion awards for her fiction (and received 22 best-story nominations!). Her work has appeared in a wide variety of anthologies, as well as in our sister publication, Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, and the new Black Cat Mystery Magazine. This is her EQMM debut!
Dennis McFadden’s work has appeared in a number of literary magazines, including The Missouri Review, New England Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Crazyhorse, and PRISM International. His crime stories have earned a place in three volumes of Best American Mystery Stories, and his 2016 story collection, Jimtown Road, won the 2016 Press 53 Award for Short Fiction.
O. A. Tynan debuted in EQMM’s Department of First Stories in 2013. A longtime resident of Italy, she is a professional translator from Italian to English. As she explained on somethingisgoingtohappen.net (EQMM’s blog) in 2017, despite her immersion in another culture, she continues to find her native Ireland, in the period of her childhood, the most fertile soil for her fiction.
A doctor who has been widely published in the medical field, John H. Dirckx has been writing mystery short stories for EQMM and AHMM for many years. The tales are mostly whodunits, but with realistically rendered (sometimes “mean street”) settings and sharp observations of society. His series detective is Lt. Cyrus Auburn, who narrowly escaped death in his last case for us!
2018 MWA Grand Master Peter Lovesey is the author of more than three dozen highly acclaimed novels, including the long-running D.I. Peter Diamond series. The Richmond Times Dispatch said of Beau Death, the latest Diamond novel: “It’s hard to imagine a more pleasurable way to read away the hours of a quiet, wintry night.”
Reed Johnson has a Ph.D. in Slavic Languages and Literature and teaches expository writing at Harvard University. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Virginia Quarterly Review, Meridian, New England Review, Narrative, and The New Yorker online. His noir mystery novel in progress, set in St. Petersburg, Russia, came second for the 2015 James Jones First Novel Fellowship.
Fifty years ago this month, Josh Pachter appeared in EQMM’s Department of First Stories, while still a teenager! In the intervening years he’s authored more than sixty stories, many of them collaborations with other authors—making him one of the most successful literary collaborators in our genre. He’s also one of mystery’s foremost translators. To express our congratulations, we’ve posted his 1968 first story on elleryqueenmysterymagazine.com!
France’s Jean-Claude Mourlevat is the award-winning author of over fifteen novels for children and young adults. Silhouette, his first collection of adult short stories (including this one), was published in 2013. Translator Samuel Ashworth is an assistant fiction editor at Barrelhouse whose own fiction has been published in a number of literary magazines.
Stacy Woodson is a U.S. Army veteran, and she’s made use of her firsthand knowledge of the military in this debut story. In 2017, she won the Daphne du Maurier Award for best romantic suspense, in the single-title, unpublished category, and one of her (unpublished) stories was a 2016 Killer Nashville Claymore finalist. She contributes nonfiction to Publishers Weekly and DIY MFA.
Although he is the author of three novels, David Dean has primarily specialized in the short story over his nearly thirty years as a published writer. Since getting his start in EQMM’s Department of First Stories in 1990, he has produced some four dozen stories for this magazine and others for anthologies, winning an EQMM Readers Award and receiving nominations for virtually every other award in the genre.
Susan Dunlap is the author of four popular mystery series. Her latest book, 2016’s Out of Nowhere (Severn House), belongs to the stuntwoman Darcy Lott series. “Darcy remains an unusual and appealing character who uses both Zen discipline and daredevil instincts to solve crimes,” said Booklist of this entry in the series. We have another Dunlap story coming up soon!
A former journalist and a writer/ producer for network TV, Craig Faustus Buck currently writes screenplays, short stories, and novels. His short fiction has brought him a Macavity Award and nominations for the Anthony and Derringer awards. He’s currently nominated for the Macavity for best short story! His first novel, Go Down Hard, was a finalist for the Claymore Award.
Booklist said of Marilyn Todd that she “paints antiquity with a particularly suspenseful brush and skillfully tangled plots.” Her novels are all set in ancient times, thirteen in ancient Rome, three in ancient Greece. At short-story length, the British author more often revisits the recent past, as in this tale of the mid twentieth century. Her flair for setting the historical scene shines here too!
Australian writer Jehane Sharah currently lives in Washington, D.C., but this evocative story (her first professional fiction sale) is set “down under,” a few hours from her native Canberra. She is currently completing a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at the University of Maryland, where she also teaches English 101.
Dave Zeltserman writes everything from classical whodunits (as in the Julius Katz series) to gritty crime fiction (as in his novel Small Crimes, now a Netflix movie) to horror. His latest novel, Husk (Severn House, 2018), belongs loosely to the horror genre. Author Paul Tremblay has called it “a compelling, quirky, twisty, smart, page-turner mix of horror, satire, and even a little romance . . .”
Anna Scotti is a writer and teacher whose work has appeared in many literary magazines, including The New Yorker, The New Guard Literary Review, and The Los Angeles Review. She has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize twice, and received the AROHO prize for short fiction, as well as several poetry prizes. She teaches middle-school English at a French International School.