Author of nearly three dozen novels under her own name and various pseudonyms, T.J. MacGregor is a past Edgar Allan Poe Award winner for best paperback original. This is her third story for EQMM. Born and raised in Venezuela, she has long been a resident of south Florida; she uses her intimate knowledge of the ravages of hurricanes to good effect in this nail-biter of a tale.
Over the many years during which David Dean has been contributing to EQMM, his stories have proved popular with the magazine’s readers. In 2007 he took first place in the EQMM Readers Award with “Ibrahim’s Eyes,” and in 2012 he came in second for “Mariel.” This year he will receive a third-place scroll for 2018’s “Sofee.”
Mark Stevens is a former reporter and TV news producer who also spent many years in school public relations before starting his own communications firm. He’s the author of the Allison Coil mystery novels. The Aspen Times said of the fourth in the series, Lake of Fire, “Stevens crafts a tight thriller with a wonderful sense of the characters and atmosphere of the Colorado mountains.” This new story, set in Denver, is the author’s first for us.
Martin Edwards’s latest novel, Gallows Court, was published to rave reviews in late 2018. The Sunday Express said: “Martin Edwards is a fine writer of contemporary crime novels and a scholarly expert on the classic crime fiction of the 1920s and 1930s. For the first time he has written a novel set during that golden age . . . Far more unconventional and psychologically disturbing than most crime fiction of the period, this novel brings that low, dishonest decade to life with mesmerising skill.”
EQMM readers know Dave Zeltserman best for his award- winning Julius Katz series, and we have more of those stories coming up. But the author also writes horror, and gritty crime tales such as this one. His latest book, The Tenth Wish, is a mix of fantasy and adventure.
In her teens, J.L. Orchard won the Athanatos J.R.R. Tolkien Award (first place) for short fiction, in the youth category, and was published in the contest anthology. This new story is her first paid professional fiction publication. The Canadian native has placed a number of nonfiction pieces with equestrian trade magazines, and she also writes business copy.
Josh Pachter placed second for the 2018 Readers Award for a story featuring a character named in homage to Ellery Queen. But this new story is his first-ever straightforward pastiche. In the 1960s Ellery Queen wrote five stories about a group called The Puzzle Club, who met for dinner and to solve mysteries. Here is the first of five envisioned Pachter pastiches of those Puzzle Club stories.
Pat Black is a journalist working in Yorkshire, but his native city is Glasgow, and he tells us he will always belong to that place. His stories have been published in a number of anthologies, including Northern Crime One. He was the runner-up in the Bloody Scotland short-story contest, and one of the winners in the Daily Telegraph's ghost stories competition. His first crime novel, The Family, was released in May. This is his EQMM debut.
Bill Pronzini has been a regular contributor to EQMM for many years. His stories range from historicals to suspense, to (very occasionally) a series tale. At novel-length, he is best known for his Nameless Detective series. His work has earned nearly every award in the mystery field, including Grand Master of the MWA (and nominations for the very few he hasn’t won!).
While simultaneously pursuing an M.A. in writing and publishing Chad Baker works as a Legal Aid attorney in Chicago. He has written several plays that have been performed at theater companies around the country, and had a creative nonfiction piece published in the literary journal Lunch Ticket. This is his second paid fiction publication, the first having appeared recently in the literary journal From the Depths.
Carlos Orsi’s fiction first appeared in EQMM in our Passport to Crime department, in a translation from the Brazilian by Cliff Landers. Fluent in English, the author decided to write his future tales for EQMM in English. We published one of them—the impossible-crime story “The Glass Floor”—last year. Here is another example of that most challenging type of whodunit.
Janice Law is the author of more than a dozen novels, the first of which launched her Anna Peters series and received an Edgar nomination. More recently, she has been writing an award-winning series featuring real-life painter Francis Bacon. The latest of the six Francis Bacon mysteries is Mornings in London.
Jyotirmoyee Devi Sen was born in the kingdom of Jaipur in 1894. Her family had emigrated there from Bengal. She won the coveted Rabindra Puraskar Award for Bengali writing in 1973, and her work is part of the Women’s Studies curriculum at Jadavpur University, Kolkata. Since her death in 1988, her translated stories have seen print in the U.S. and overseas.
Art Taylor’s fiction-writing career began in EQMM in 1995. He has since become one of the most celebrated short-story writers in the genre. Currently, his July/August 2019 EQMM story “English 398: Fiction Workshop” is nominated for both the Edgar Allan Poe Award and the Malice Domestic Convention’s Agatha Award. He’s previously won the Anthony and multiple Agatha, Macavity, and Derringer awards.
A four-time finalist for the Derringer Award and a writer who made the SleuthSayers list for Best Short Stories of the Year in 2016 with his EQMM tale “Voices in the Cistern,” William Burton McCormick specializes in historical and thriller fiction set in Eastern Europe. This new “impossible crime” story belongs to his Santa Ezeriņa series, set in Latvia.
Anna Scotti’s work, which includes poetry as well as short fiction, has appeared in The New Yorker, The New Guard Literary Review, The Los Angeles Review, and many other publications. In January 2020, the Texas Review Press will bring out her YA novella Big and Bad. The prize-winning author teaches middle school English at a French International School.
Winner of the 2017 Edgar Allan Poe Award for best paperback original for Rain Dogs, Northern Ireland’s Adrian McKinty has swept crime fiction’s top awards in other parts of the world as well. His honors include the Ned Kelly Award, the Barry, Audie, and Anthony awards, and nominations for the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger and the Grand Prix de Littérature Policière.
A two-time Shamus Award winner for his short stories, Brendan DuBois got his start in EQMM’s Department of First Stories. He’s now the author of more than 120 stories and sixteen novels, in several related genres. His best-known mysteries are in the Lewis Cole series; the latest entry, Hard Aground, got a starred review in PW, which praised its “superior storytelling.”
Author of nearly a dozen celebrated novels and many short stories, Sheila Kohler saw the publication of her first book-length nonfiction in 2017, the memoir Once We Were Sisters (Penguin). People magazine (Best New Books) called the book “an intimate illumination of sisterhood and loss.”
Marilyn Todd is known for her historical thrillers set in Ancient Rome. Fans can look forward to an entirely new series of novels from the British writer, this time set in more recent history and featuring Britain’s first (fictional) crime photographer. Three titles are due out from Sapere Books, the first, Snap Shot, in May.