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Elizabeth Elwood’s EQMM story “Number 10 Marlborough Place” (11-12/2021) was the 2021 winner of the Crime Writers of Canada Award of Excellence in the best short story category. Born in the U.K., the author emigrated to Canada in 1957. She’s not only a  fiction writer but a playwright and cofounder of a company producing marionette musicals.

Some years ago, Lou Manfredo began a series of stories set on Long Island in the ’60s, featuring Gus Oliver, a constable for the hamlet of Central Islin. Last year he moved the series’ setting to the late ’70s and gave the starring role to Gus’s grandson Joe. Here’s the next entry in the generational police series.

Jacqueline Freimor’s first story for EQMM, “That Which Is True,” was selected for 2021’s Best Mystery Stories and nominated for the best-short-story Derringer Award. The author is also a musician and music teacher, and it’s from that background that the inspiration for this story derives.

Matt Coleman has worked as an educator for many years, while also writing both mysteries and comedy. His debut mystery novel, Juggling Kittens, launched his Ellis Mazer series and was optioned for film. This new story is the second in the Mazer series to appear in EQMM.

Former Marvel Comics publisher John Shen Yen Nee teams up with Edgar winner S.J. Rozan to launch this series featuring Chinese novelist Lao She and Judge Dee, both real historical figures. Lao She was actually in London in the 1920s. They meet Sherlock Holmes and Watson here.

Michael McGuire’s story “The Man Who Fell” won the 2021 Hemingway Shorts contest, and his story collection The Ice Forest was named a PW best book of the year. He’s a playwright too, with work produced by the New York Shakespeare Festival and elsewhere.

Sean McCluskey is a federal agent on a fugitive task force in New York and appeared briefly on a reality show about it, experiences that convinced him, he tells us, that he much prefers fictional to real crime!

Marion Pauw is a two-time winner of the Netherlands’ annual Golden Noose Award: for Daglicht in 2008, which sold more than 200,000 copies, was made into a Dutch film, and saw publication in English in 2017 as Girl in the Dark; and for Vogeleiland (Bird Island) in 2022.

When we last saw the Bowser Boys (the creation of the Hal Blythe and Charlie Sweet writing team) in “Draw Play” (EQMM, May 2003), they had been outschemed and were being led off to jail. Now they are back, with an even more outrageous scheme!

E.A. Aymar’s 2019 novel The Unrepentant was nominated for the Anthony Award for best paperback original, among other honors. His next book, the 2020 thriller They’re Gone, published as by E.A. Barres, was named one of the best books of 2020 by the South Florida Sun Sentinel. Coming up later this year is No Home for Killers (Thomas and Mercer). This is his EQMM debut.

When the ninth Carpenter and Quincannon historical mystery by Bill Pronzini, The Paradise Affair, was published in 2021, the New York Journal of Books raved: “It’s a full, multidimensional novel crafted with a light but deft hand, providing an entertaining and thoughtful read.” As our readers know, Bill Pronzini brings as much skill to his concise, clever short stories as he does to those multidimensional novels!

Bill Bassman is a software engineer and a former teacher. He tells us he’s a lifelong fan of crime fiction, but the closest he’s come to real detective work is a year as health inspector for the city of Philadelphia.

Series detective Cyrus Auburn and his team of police officers, the creations of medical doctor John H. Dirckx, return this issue in another gripping whodunit. The series first appeared in EQMM nearly twenty-two years ago.

Alexandra Renwick’s fiction has appeared under several variations of her given name: Zandra Renwick (as here), Alex C. Renwick, and Camille Alexa. She covers a range of genres in her work, and some of her stories have been adapted for stage. Her story collection Push of the Sky received a starred review in PW.

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. But he’s also been contributing a Sherlock Holmes parody to each of our annual Sherlock Holmes issues since 2013. 2019’s entry, “The Cardboard Box,” was nominated for a Macavity Award.

Twist Phelan’s 2021 EQMM short story “Used To Be” was a nominee for the Crime Writers of Canada Award of Excellence. She’s also a novelist with two series to her credit: the Finn Teller spy novels and the Pinnacle Peak mysteries. Her latest book, 2022’s Snowed, is her first middle-grade mystery.

Steve Hockensmith’s popular characters Big Red and Old Red Amlingmeyer first appeared in print in a story for EQMM’s annual Sherlock Holmes issue twenty years ago, in February 2003. Since then, they’ve starred in six novels and many more short stories, including 2021’s “Curious Incidents,” which received a nomination for the Macavity Award. Happy anniversary to the duo!

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