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September/October 2017

Crime is a community affair in EQMM’s September/October 2017 issue, and members of the EQMM community won’t want to miss “Bunker Hill Blues,” the next installment in Paul D. Marks’s Readers Award winning series set in L.A., or “Phantomwise: 1972,” a haunting new tale by master Joyce Carol Oates.

On a changing NYC block, in “e-Golem,” S.J. Rozan’s rare-book dealer finds a strange solution for his failing business, and Con Lehane’s undercover cop has an unexpected run-in with a woman from his Irish Bronx youth in “Come Back Paddy Reilly.” Jack Fredrickson deals with an infamous neighborhood fixture in “Crazy Margaret,” and a criminal couple wreak havoc in Brooklyn in “How She Got Even” by Peter Hochstein, featuring P.I. Rich Hovanec.

It takes a village to help some of our characters: A police officer responds to an elderly woman’s call in Richard Helms’s “Missing Person,” an unsuspecting carjacker chooses a colorful target for conveyance in Michael Wiley’s “Making It,” and mothers make binding friendships while biding their time in a hospital’s infant special-care unit in Aoife Clifford’s “A Watched Pot.” Meanwhile, an unfaithful husband is roped into helping his neighbor in Philip Lowery’s suspenseful “Fishtown Lockup” and tragedy unfolds at a civic carnival in Iris Leister’s dark Passport to Crime tale “Matti.”

For murder on the traditional side, enter the beachfront hamlet of Christianna Brand’s “Bank Holiday Murder,” or pass through the gates of Amsterdam’s Begijnhof in “A Woman’s Place” by Josh Pachter and Rene Appél.

Perpetrators, authorities, and potential victims are all concerned about the trustworthiness of acquaintances and comrades in Robert Rivers’ noirish “Femme Fatale” (from the Department of First Stories), Marilyn Todd’s historical “Fool’s Gold,” and Peter Turnbull’s Yorkshire police procedural “Hidden Agenda”—and nonhumans are part of the band too, in Amy Myers’ pastoral “Parson Pennywick Talks to the Bees” and Laura Pigott’s first story “Therapy Dog.”

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A Woman's Place

by Josh Pachter and René Appel

It’s quiet beneath the trees, quiet as the grave. Ans Moen sits at her bedroom window and looks out at the deserted courtyard. Not a soul in sight. The tourists who infest this odd little patch of Amsterdam during the daylight hours are long gone. Many of the courtyard’s residents resent the tourists. “They stare at us like we’re animals in the zoo,” they say. READ MORE


Parson Pennywick Talks to the Bees 

by Amy Myers

The bees are murmuring, Parson,” Jacob Bush warned me soberly.

My misgivings were reinforced. Bees and their moods are much respected in Cuckoo Leas, as they are everywhere. We know little of what governs their lives, but they are creatures of peace and react fiercely when they sense all is not well with the household of which they consider themselves a part. READ MORE

Black Mask

Come Back Paddy Reilly

by Con Lehane

Paddy Reilly was undercover, working narcotics in the 20th Precinct, on the street as he had been when he first joined the force, setting up a score that would bring down a dealer named Larry Porter. Drugs were rampant again on the streets, and the task-force honchos thought Paddy would fit into the new drug scene, as he had in the old days. Little did they know. READ MORE

Department of First Stories

Therapy Dog

by Laura Pigott

Regan’s face contorted as she surveyed the dark smudges on the kitchen linoleum and dirty rags strewn about on the counter. She grabbed her seven-year-old daughter roughly by the arm. “See what you’ve done!”

Marian looked stricken. “I was just trying to help. You said the oven needed cleaning but you’re too tired.” 

Passport to Crime


by Iris Leister

It was the doorbell that woke me. Except I was really already awake from the crunching of the tires on the gravel and the sound of the engine. It was a BMW. Besides, I’d been waiting for them. Hoping they’d come.

Dad asked them inside. There were two of them, a man and a lady. Mom just stood there in her nightgown, her hair all messy and her eyes red and swollen. READ MORE


The Jury Box 

by Steve Steinbock

There’s been a veritable snowstorm of Scandinavian crime fiction here at The Jury Box. Nine recent imports from Scandinavia are discussed below, and more titles had to be set aside for later. I’ve also included several new items of Sherlockian interest. This brings to mind some of the curious connections between Sherlock Holmes and Scandinavia. READ MORE


Blog Bytes

by Bill Crider

I’ve mentioned the Short Mystery Fiction Society in this space before, but I’ve never mentioned the society’s blog (, which you can read even if you’re not a member of the group. If you’d like to join, there’s a link provided for that. The blog itself is devoted to member news, links to short stories to be read online, guest posts about short fiction, and reviews of short fiction. READ MORE

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