Doug Allyn is one of the most celebrated contemporary short mystery fiction writers, and every regular EQMM reader is familiar with his work—you’ve voted to include it in the top three of the Readers Award thirty times! The Michigan author’s most recent novel is one coauthored with James Patterson (see The Lawyer Lifeguard, Bookshots, 2017).
Multiple Anthony Award winner Catriona McPherson’s first novel launched the Dandy Gilver series (to which this story belongs) and was short-listed for the 2005 Ellis Peters Historical Dagger. The latest “Dandy” novel is The Turning Tide. Other McPherson novels include the Last Ditch series and ten stand-alones.
Manchester, U.K.-based Cath Staincliffe is the author of the Sal Kilkenny private-eye stories and the Scott and Bailey novels, and is creator and scriptwriter of ITV’s Blue Murder. Her latest stand-alone novel is the thriller Fear of Falling, which Candis called “A roller-coaster of a modern tragedy.”
Since his January/February 2018 debut in our Department of First Stories, Edwin Hill has had three critically acclaimed crime novels published—Little Comfort, The Missing Ones, and Watch Her—earning several award nominations. Mystery Scene has named him one of “Six Crime Writers to Watch.”
Scotland native Pat Black made his EQMM debut in our May/June 2019 issue. He has published two thrillers at novel length: The Family (2019) and The Beach House (2020). The lifelong mystery fan said in a post for our blog site that he seeks refuge “in between the covers of a book.”
Australian writer Jehane Sharah has worked as a journalist, a public-affairs officer, a copywriter, a speechwriter, and, most recently—in a move to the United States—as a graduate teaching assistant at the University of Maryland. Her fiction debut was in November/December 2018 in EQMM’s Department of First Stories, with “The Screening.”
Maurissa Guibord returns to our pages for the first time since 2009 with this atmospheric tale. The author, who lives on the coast of Maine, writes fantasy novels for young adults (see Warped and Revel). She has been an Agatha Award finalist and her work appears in Best New England Crime Stories 2014 and 2017.
Liza Cody was credited with creating the first female private eye in British crime fiction when her Anna Lee series debuted in 1980. Now all of the Anna Lee novels are available again electronically and in paperback. The author’s most recently released new novel is Crocodiles and Good Intentions, which MWA Grand Master Peter Lovesey called “an amazing achievement.”
Josh Pachter, who debuted in EQMM more than fifty years ago, is the most recent recipient of the Edward D. Hoch Memorial Golden Derringer for Lifetime Achievement, an honor reflecting not only his own excellent stories, and anthologies he’s edited, but translations from several languages.
A number of John Lantigua’s Willie Cuesta stories have appeared in EQMM over the past five years, and more are to come next year. The Miami P.I. also stars in five novels, the most recent, Remember My Face, due for release by Arte Publico Press around the same time this issue goes on sale. John Lantigua’s fiction has received both Edgar and Shamus award nominations.
Christine Poulson’s most recent book is the third thriller in a series featuring scientific researcher Katie Flanagan, An Air That Kills. The Morning Star newspaper says: “Poulson is currently unrivaled as a writer of scientific mysteries.” The U.K. author’s most recent short story appears in the anthology The Book of Extraordinary Impossible Crimes and Puzzling Deaths, edited by Maxim Jakubowski.
The Antonia Darcy and Major Payne series, to which this story belongs, includes several previous stories for EQMM and nine novel-length cases. The author, R.T. Raichev, currently lives and teaches in Dubai, but he is originally from Bulgaria and lived in London for many years. He’s a dedicated fan and scholar of British mystery fiction.
Barry N. Malzberg is best known in the field of science fiction, where he has had at least three dozen novels and hundreds of short stories published, and has won the John W. Campbell Memorial Award. But he also frequently crosses over to crime fiction. Co-author Bill Pronzini is one of Mystery’s most celebrated writers and an MWA Grand Master.
Michael Z. Lewin’s latest book, Alien Quartet, is a collection of four long, linked stories originally published in EQMM. It features his series P.I. Albert Samson. The Samson series, his first and longest running, is one of several he’s known for. Another popular Lewin series stars LeRoy Powder, protagonist of this new story.
Almuth Heuner was born in the Ruhr area of Germany, where this story, the winner of the 2019 Freidrich-Glauser Preis (Germany’s equivalent of a U.S. Edgar Award), is set. She has been a translator of crime fiction since 1990, and her own first story was published in 1999. Since then, she has edited several crime anthologies featuring international authors.
Travis Kennedy’s current day job is Director of Public Affairs for Cumberland County in Southern Maine; his career in public service has also included work for the Maine state legislature and the U.S. Senate. His fiction writing has earned inclusion in Best American Mystery Stories 2018, and the 2017 and 2018 volumes of Best New England Crime Stories.
A reprint from the original Black Mask completes EQMM’s Black Mask department for 2020. Stewart Sterling debuted in Black Mask with the character Johnny Hi Gear, an undercover cop assigned to gambling rackets. Sterling also wrote for radio and TV and created pulp heroes such as The Spider. If you like this story, don’t miss the new collection Boomerang Dice: The Complete Black Mask Cases of Johnny Hi Gear.
LaToya Jovena lives in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. with her family. Her fiction has previously appeared in Litbreak magazine, but this is her first paid professional publication. She tells EQMM that her favorite characters to write about are glamorous, successful women, who aren’t always nice—which perfectly describes a character in this story.
Kim Harbridge’s writing has been awarded a Burnaby Writers’ Society Prize and a Chester Macnaghten Prize in creative writing. She has also had two flash-fiction stories published, one in AE Micro, another in Pulp Literature. A Canadian, she hails from Surrey, British Columbia. This is her first publication in a national magazine at professional rates.