Steve Hockensmith’s Holmes on the Range series began in our 2/2003 issue. Since then, Otto and Gustav Amlingmeyer have featured in six novels, the most recent The Double-A Western Detective Agency. PW’s starred review said of it: “Sherlockians will hope for a shorter hiatus between books in this superior series.”
Canadian author Karen Abrahamson has written a number of novels, most in the fantasy genre. Her short stories have appeared in both magazines and anthologies; one of them, “With One Shoe,” was a finalist for the Crime Writers of Canada’s Arthur Ellis Award. An inveterate traveler, she currently lives on the west coast of Canada—a setting she uses in this EQMM debut.
Doug Allyn’s work has been published internationally in five languages and he’s had options for film and TV taken on many of his novels and stories. The author of a dozen novels, his greatest honors in crime fiction have come from the more than a hundred short stories he’s written; they include two Edgar Allan Poe Awards and eleven EQMM Readers Awards.
B. A. Paul debuted in EQMM’s Department of First Stories in January/February 2020 with the story “The Dragonfly.” She had previously received honorable mention for a story submitted to the 2019 Writers of the Future Contest and placed a couple of other tales with small-press magazines.
Alex Grecian is the author of a half- dozen novels in the Scotland Yard Murder Squad series, which began with the nationally best-selling The Yard. Most recently he has written an e-book original Murder Squad novel entitled The Blue Girl. This new story is a stand-alone companion to that book; it features a character seen in The Yard, Constable Colin Pringle.
Iowa writer Karen Jobst is a poet whose work has appeared in various literary magazines. She turns to fiction with this evocative story of a crime and subsequent flight. In it, an impulse killing is committed with the aid of a very unusual accomplice!
A former professional football player and high-school football coach, Eli Cranor makes use of his sports background in this EQMM debut. The Arkansas writer’s stories have previously received awards from publications such as The Missouri Review and Greensboro Review. His novel Don’t Know Tough recently won the Peter Lovesey First Novel Contest and will be published by Soho Press.
Alice Hatcher’s novel The Wonder That Was Ours (Dzanc Books, 2018) was longlisted for the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Award and received awards from the Friends of American Writers and the Eric Hoffer Foundation. Her short fiction has appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, The Beloit Fiction Journal, The Masters Review, and elsewhere.
Olavo Bilac (1865–1918) was one of Brazil’s leading Parnassian poets (his work was required reading in Brazilian schools in the twentieth century). He was also a journalist and translator, and as this story evidences, he occasionally also wrote fiction. This one’s set in Belle Époque Rio de Janeiro.
Among the short stories that appeared under the Ellery Queen byline during the writing partnership of Frederic Dannay and Manfred B. Lee were five that featured a six-member club (all from different professions) known as the “Puzzle Club.” Over the past couple of years, Josh Pachter has continued this series in EQMM with five new stories. This is the last of them, and we say a fond farewell.
An author who began his career as a fiction writer in EQMM’s Department of First Stories, Jack Fredrickson is a three-time Shamus Award nominee. His 2019 novel The Black Cage, starring crime reporter Milo Rigg, is projected to become a series. PW described the book as “skillfully crafted and richly nuanced.”
Author of the highly acclaimed 2016 mystery The Big Rewind, Libby Cudmore is a freelance music writer and a teacher of creative writing. She began the series to which this new story belongs, featuring former musician turned P.I. Martin Wade, in EQMM in 2020 with the story “All Shook Down.” Readers will see more of the series in our pages later this year.
A writer from Mumbai, India, Raghu Roy makes his professional fiction debut here with an atmospheric whodunit centered on a battle of wits between the police inspector sent to rubber-stamp an apparent suicide and his prime suspect. We expect more from this talented author, who tells us he has nearly finished his second crime story.
Author of the 2016 novel Murder Is Uncooperative, Merrilee Robson is also a prolific short-story writer with seven stories published in anthologies in 2020, including Malice Domestic: Mystery Most Theatrical; Peace, Love, and Crime: Crime Fiction Inspired by the Songs of the ’60s; Cozy Villages of Death; and Crime Wave: A Canada West Anthology.
An MWA Grand Master and multiple Shamus Award winner, Bill Pronzini writes several popular and long-running series. His 2021 Carpenter and Quincannon historical P.I. novel The Paradise Affair garnered this praise from Booklist: “Suddenly we have a classic Golden Age mystery . . . It’s Marlowe alternating with Poirot, an unusual and welcome mix.”
Terence Faherty is best known for two mystery series, one starring failed seminarian turned detective Owen Keane, the other post–World War II private eye Scott Elliott. It’s been quite a while since there’s been a new case for Owen Keane at either novel or short-story length, but we have one coming up later this year! Meanwhile, here is the author’s annual Holmes parody.
Michael Z. Lewin is the author of two popular series of novels, those featuring P.I. Albert Samson and the police procedurals starring Lieutenant Leroy Powder. The latest Samson book, Alien Quartet, brings together four linked stories originally published in EQMM.
Ariel Dodson is a writer of fantasy, mystery, and horror fiction for adult and YA readers. Her first traditional publication was in our Department of First Stories in 2020. She’s written several novels available in e-book format on Amazon and Smashwords too, including Blood Moon, inspired by a 16th century werewolf legend.