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May/June 2023

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!

Down the Fire Road
Doug Crandell

Judge Not
Twist Phelan

The Body in Cell Two
Kate Hohl

The Wendigo’s Spell
Paul Halter

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Power and control are at the heart of many crimes, and the July/August EQMM is full of characters trying to pull others’ strings. In the Passport to Crime Department, “Martin, the Novelist”. . .



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!

Partnerships are key in crime, and in our May/June issue. “The Third Lady” by Robert Edward Eckels welcomes back two con men who have gone straight, and in “Down the Fire Road” a deputy attempts to help his long-suffering sheriff while they deal with twin sisters. Charles Hewitt and his mother-in-law Magdalene solve a crime on vacation in G.M. Malliet’s “The Pact,” and in “A Cruise to Eternity” by John Lantigua, several former MPD partners reunite on an action-packed ride. A P.I. partnership works like clockwork in “What’s the Holdup?” by Sandra Murphy.

Get the latest news, enjoy stories only available here, check out Editor Janet Hutchings’ blog, enjoy engaging podcasts, view the photo gallery of EQMM personalities. Check it out.

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Down the Fire Road
by Doug Crandell

Deputy Jeff Spickle wasn’t taken seriously. Sheriff Dresser was to blame for Spickle’s reputation, because the sheriff was compromised. His love of drink left Spickle in the no-man’s-land of informally being in charge, which meant undeserved blame. Deputy Spickle had reached what he believed was his breaking point and was ready to do something about it.

In high school, Jeff needed protecting, but Samuel Dresser needed someone to sober him up before football games. It seemed like a neatly arranged exchange, at least back then, twenty years ago.  READ MORE


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Judge Not
by Twist Phelan

Albert Kastner has been a judge for twenty-five years and a new husband for ten months, and he is tired.

Lately, he’s been dragging himself to the courthouse, where the telephone has become his enemy. Nearly every morning when he arrives in chambers, his secretary hands him a message slip. A little urgent note from Tetyana, usually in the form of a Ukrainian proverb. A hungry wolf is stronger than a satisfied dog. Sometimes she sends more than one. Luck is against the man who depends on it.

Then there is when he gets home. Tetyana has plans for him; over dinner is when she lays them out. Promotion to a better court . . . run for local office . . . join a downtown law firm . . . While the strategies and directions are endless, they unfortunately fall short of distracting him from the food. READ MORE

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