Doug Allyn’s extensive list of honors includes two Edgars, the Robert L. Fish Award, the Macavity Award, multiple Derringers, and ten EQMM Readers Awards (plus nominations for many other awards). He’s authored more than a half dozen well-received novels, but like the great crime writer Stanley Ellin, it’s primarily his short stories for which he is revered.
A writer who grew up in Mumbai, India and currently lives in Virginia, Smita Harish Jain has had many crime stories published, including one in last year’s MWA anthology When a Stranger Comes to Town and another in the new Malice Domestic anthology Mystery Most Diabolical. Her first story for us, “The Fraud of Dionysus,” appeared in 2021 and placed in the top ten for the EQMM Readers Award.
Andrew Bourelle’s second solo novel, 48 Hours to Kill (2021) was published to rave reviews from PW (which said: “Propulsive . . . Bourelle is a writer to watch”) to Kirkus. He’s also coauthored two novels with James Patterson: Texas Ranger (2018) and Texas Outlaw (2020). His short stories, published in a variety of journals and anthologies, were twice selected for The Best American Mystery Stories.
In 2016, Michael Bracken received the Edward D. Hoch Memorial Golden Derringer Award for lifetime achievement from the Short Mystery Fiction Society—a fitting honor for one of the most prolific, consistently good writers of the mystery short story. He’s nominated, as we go to press, for the best-short-story Edgar for “Blindsided” (AHMM), which he cowrote with James A. Hearn.
Translator Clifford E. Landers describes his latest translation for us this way: “. . . a century-old story by Machado de Assis, universally held to be Brazil’s greatest writer. ‘Pedro Antão’s Glasses’ combines an atmospheric mystery, a narrator of the Sherlock Holmes school of deduction, and a delicious Machadian irony. To the best of my knowledge, the story has never before been published in English.”
Born in Germany to Holocaust survivors, Sylvia Maultash Warsh came to Canada as a child. She’s the author of the Dr. Rebecca Temple novels, one of which won an Edgar Allan Poe Award. The other two were nominated, respectively, for an Arthur Ellis and a ReLit Award. Her many short stories have been short-listed for both Arthur Ellis and Derringer awards.
Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, Sheila Kohler currently lives in New York and teaches at Princeton University. She’s the author of eleven novels and three short-story collections and, among many other honors, she’s won two O. Henry Awards, an Open Fiction Award, and a Willa Cather Prize. Her most recent novel is 2020’s Open Secrets.
Twist Phelan is best known to many readers as the author of two series of novels: the Pinnacle Peak mysteries and the Finn Teller spy thrillers. But she’s one of the most celebrated of current crime short-story writers too. The majority of her stories have either been nominated for or won awards, including two International Thriller Awards and an Arthur Ellis Award for her EQMM stories.
Two-time EQMM Readers Award winner David Dean has four short- story collections coming out in quick succession over the next months. The first of them, Tomorrow’s Dead, may be on sale before this issue mails to subscribers. Next up is a collection of pure suspense tales, then the author’s horror and supernatural stories, and, closing out the series, a volume of his stories of feral children.
Booklist calls Adrienne Celt’s new novel, End of the World House, “an enjoyably mind-bending trip through an all-too-realistic depiction of the breakdown of society.” One of her two previous novels, The Daughters, won the 2015 PEN Southwest Book Award for Fiction and was named a Best Book of the Year by NPR.
Peter Turnbull returns to EQMM this issue with an entry in a series launched at novel length twenty-three years ago; it’s been appearing in our pages at short-story length for about as long. One of the best police procedural series of our era, it stars D.C.I. Hennessey and includes the author’s 2012 Edgar-winning story “The Man Who Took His Hat Off to the Driver of the Train.”
Jeremiah K. Balko is a California native who graduated from the University of California San Diego with degrees in philosophy and classical studies. He tells EQMM that since he works in a “nine-to-five world of marginal creativity” he finds a healthful avocation in writing. In this fanciful tale about a writer with a day job, the humdrum is left far behind.
Minnesotan Tyler Fiecke, a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu, tells us that he’s worked in the culinary scene around the Twin Cities for over ten years as a chef and restaurant manager, and the characters in his stories often derive from people he’s met in that career. He enjoys exploring character through people’s eating preferences. He’s now completed a first novel, set in Minnesota’s culinary underground.
Daniel Bartlett’s stories have appeared in Iron Horse Literary Review, Chiron Review, and Crab Creek Review, among other literary journals. He holds a Ph.D. in literature and currently teaches at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. His literary agent is currently representing a mystery novel for him that will launch a series. Book editors, take note!
Libby Cudmore is a freelance music writer, a teacher of creative writing, and an associate editor at the literary noir and crime-fiction magazine Rock and a Hard Place. She debuted as a novelist in 2016 with the acclaimed The Big Rewind. Recently she’s been writing a series of stories for EQMM starring P.I. Martin Wade. This is the fourth in the series; we’ll have another for you soon.
Sharyn Kolberg is the coauthor or ghost writer of many popular nonfiction books (including SuperHealth and The Ultimate Tea Diet). Recently, she’s started writing fiction and has placed stories in Mystery Weekly Magazine, Literal Latte, Mensa Bulletin Fiction Issue, and Akashic Books’ Mondays Are Murder.
Anne van Doorn is a pseudonym adopted in 2017 by a Dutch mystery writer who debuted a decade earlier as “M.P.O. Books.” His previous work consists of police procedurals; as Anne van Doorn he focuses on classic detective fiction His main characters, P.I.s Robbie Corbijn and Lowina de Jong, appeared in a 2019 EQMM story translated by Josh Pachter. The author is his own translator here.
The award-winning author of one adult novel and three young-adult novels, Karen Harrington has moved into the short-story arena in recent years with publications in Shotgun Honey, Mystery Tribune, Kings River Life, and other venues. Her first story for EQMM, 2021’s “Boo Radley College Prep,” placed first for the EQMM Readers Award!
Joseph Goodrich is one of the most versatile writers in the mystery field. He’s an Edgar Allan Poe Award winning playwright (whose plays have been produced in New York, Los Angeles, and many other cities), a published poet, an opera librettist, a comic-book writer, and, not least, a short-story writer. This tale reflects his love and knowledge of the classical mystery.