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March/April 2024

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Sheila Kohler

The Barguzin Sable
Sam Wiebe

Peter Lance Graves

A Second Opinion
Fernando Santos de Oliveira

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The May/June 2024 issue of EQMM shows off the creative drive of characters in many artistic realms—and reminds us that this type of passion can lead to crime.



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!

The March/April 2024 issue of EQMM brings to the forefront crimes both big (as in Twist Phelan’s “Aim,” featuring international spy Finn Teller) and small (as in Tom Tolnay’s “Poverty,” which chronicles a family’s sometimes not-quite-legal deeds). In other families, parents’ roles are examined—for better or for worse: see “Turnabout” by Sheila Kohler, “The Good Father” by Hilary Davidson, and “Lady Nitro” by Marilyn Todd, a historical set in a rapidly industrializing Pennsylvania. We also see the closeness and potential peril involved in untraditional and chosen families in “Fish Around and Find Out” by Karen Harrington, “Apple Juice” by Nils Gilbertson (from the Black Mask department), and “The Video Girl” by M.J. Soni.

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by Sheila Kohler

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At the end of the summer, for the first time in years, Jane called me. We had been best friends at boarding school in Johannesburg, where we had met at five years old. Jane was a Rhodesian and that first night at school when she arrived, after traveling by train for two days and a night and stumbling at midnight half dead into the dark of the dormitory, I had heard her sobbing in the bed beside me. In order to get some sleep I told her to get into mine, which she did and fell asleep eventually with her little arms around my neck.

I had had letters from her recently, but never before had she called me long-distance from Italy, from their place near Rome. I imagined her standing in a long loggia in the moonlight, with a fountain playing in the courtyard and the smell of jasmine. She had described the ancient villa to me in detail in her letters, an extraordinary place, she said, surrounded by vineyards, near the sea. READ MORE


The Barguzin Sable
by Sam Wiebe

Art from 123RF

“You know I don’t ask you for much, David,” my adoptive mother said. Never a good sign when she started calling in markers. “The Kozaks up the street need a hand with some detective work.”

She said this as if it were any other household chore, like steadying a ladder while her neighbors cleaned out their gutters. The car’s making that noise again. And by the way, could you be a dear and locate a missing person or two?

Wakeland and Chen Investigations had all the work a two-person agency could want. My first day off after a ten-day stretch, and I wasn’t inclined to give it up. I’d just uncapped a bottle of Buffalo Trace and was flipping through my Apple TV. READ MORE

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