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September/October 2022

Welcome to EQMM! Featuring the world’s most celebrated crime writers alongside brilliant new voices. Cutting-edge content includes suspense thrillers, whodunits, and noir, reviews, and an editor’s blog. Join us … if you dare!

EXCERPTS:
The Wraith of Bunker Hill
Paul D. Marks

The Edinburgh Vampire
Jane Jakeman

 

DEPARTMENT OF FIRST STORIES:
Down the Mine
John Dziuban

PASSPORT TO CRIME:
Police Technique
Pierre Véry

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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.

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EQMM’s September/October issue ushers in autumn with specters of all kinds. In “No Peace for the Wicked” by Martin Edwards, a dead woman hovers around those left behind to discover her killer. We welcome a lively skeleton to our pages with the EQMM debut of Leigh Perry’s series character Sid in “The Skeleton Rides a Horse,” set amongst fans of a TV Western. Ghosts appear within another fan community (those obsessed with the Black Dahlia), in Paul D. Marks’s “The Wraith of Bunker Hill.” John Dziuban’s “Down the Mine” (Department of First Stories) involves a haunting—or is it an hallucination?

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AN INSIDE LOOK

The Wraith of Bunker Hill 
by Paul D. Marks

I was in some kind of purgatory, trying to find my way in this in-between state that I’d found myself in. I still wandered the City of Angels in a state of confusion. I wandered, but I wasn’t alone. I could feel John Fante’s Bandini and Raymond Chandler’s Philip Marlowe at my side. Sometimes I thought I could feel Fante and Chandler there too. You might say they aren’t real, but they’re real to me. I know they’re there. And I didn’t wander all the time. Mostly I kept an eye on my best friend, Howard Hamm, watching over his shoulder. READ MORE


The Edinburgh Vampire

by Jane Jakeman

Edinburgh, 191
It was a pleasant little private park, attractive to the owners of the fine houses backing onto it. Or rather, it would have been pleasant, were it not for the ominous long shape stretched out behind a clump of rhododendrons.

“I jus’ found her, right here,” gasped Angus McQuarry, the park keeper. He was still shocked, as well he might have been, for the thin young girl lying before the police officers was extraordinarily pale, as white as an alabaster monument. The face, the breasts, the thighs seemed quite unearthly, outlined against sable-black in the early-morning-light. READ MORE

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