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The world's leading Mystery magazine
November/December 2022

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Book Lovers
Hollis Seamon

Lizzie Noel 
Charlotte Hinger

The Artisan-Cheese Incident 
Michael B. Hock

The Card on the Ceiling 
Awasaka Tsumao

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As is traditional in our January/February issue, we celebrate Sherlock Holmes’s birthday and the Baker Street Irregulars’ annual celebration of it. Among the games afoot are “The Killing of Henry Davenport”. . .



370 nominations from the breadth of the mystery genre

113 award-winning stories

Edgar, Agatha, Barry, Derringer, Arthur Ellis, Robert L. Fish, Macavity, Shamus, Thriller, Anthony, and more.


Welcome to Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine. My editorship of EQMM began in the summer of 1991 following a call from then editor Eleanor Sullivan, who was helping in the search for her successor. I was mystery-fiction editor at Walker & Company at the time, and had charge of a series of anthologies of EQMM stories. The connection would provide an entrée to a whole new world of publishing.

Launched in 1941, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine set the standard for the modern crime and mystery short story. EQMM offers outstanding literary quality, an expansive reach across the whole range of mystery and crime fiction, and a global orientation in its story selection.

Meet Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine’s authors! In addition to discovering an impressive Who’s Who of internationally renowned writers, you’ll learn about authors in the current issue, read what they have to say at the EQMM blog, and more. Visit often—there’s always something new!

In EQMM’s November/December issue, Christmas lunches at a rest-stop diner come with a side of suspicion in Charlotte Hinger’s “Lizzie Noel” and a theologian is mysteriously dead before holiday sales can earn out in Simon Brett’s “Marginalia.” A teenager’s observations at a small-town library come to a head over winter break in “Book Lovers” by Hollis Seamon, and neighbors are invested in each other’s lives in the lead-up to the holidays in “Street Versus the Stalker” by Pam Barnsley.

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Book Lovers
by Hollis Seamon

Listen, if you think I wanted to be there in that dusty old library full of dusty old books and dusty old people and dusty old spiders, well, you’re as crazy as a bedbug. I mean, really? I’m fifteen years old and it’s the middle of the twentieth century, when tyranny and cruel and unusual punishment are supposed to be outlawed, right? 1962, to be exact. The librarian, AnnaLee, who I have to admit is young and pretty and wears perfect makeup and is not dusty at all, says being exact is what library life is all about. I don’t know about that but I do know that I was there, in the dusty old blah blah, every weekend—all weekend!—because it was, get this, court ordered. Community service, the judge said. Yep, I had to work every single weekend for three months in the Van Luykensburg village library. How unfair is that? READ MORE


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Lizzie Noel
by Charlotte Hinger

The glittery little floozy burst through the door of the Overhours Cafe like she was fleeing the gates of hell. Or her pimp, more likely.

Teresa Wainright had every reason to recognize her kind immediately. But she didn’t want trouble. No telling who might come looking for this one.

She gave a final polish to a stainless-steel napkin holder and scornfully studied the little whore as she swiveled onto the nearest stool. A small woman. Eyes ringed with straying mascara. She wore hot pants and scuffy mid-thigh leather boots and a stained lacy see-through blouse that needed a few extra buttons. Brittle white-blond hair piled on top of her head. Chipped dried-blood-black nails. READ MORE


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