Doug Allyn’s latest novel is one coauthored with James Patterson in 2017, The Lawyer Lifeguard. The Michigan author’s first love in the literary field, however, is the short story, and with two short-story Edgars, multiple short-story Macavity and Derringer awards, the Robert L. Fish Award, and eleven EQMM Readers Awards all to his credit, he’s one of the all-time short-story greats.
Martin Edwards is the most recent winner of the British Crime Writers’ Association’s Diamond Dagger for Lifetime Achievement. Not only is he a celebrated fiction writer, he’s one of the most notable modern scholars of crime fiction. His latest novel is the Golden Age thriller Mortmain Hall; his latest work as editor in our field is Howdunit, essays collected for the ninetieth anniversary of the Detection Club.
This is Zoë Z. Dean’s fourth story for EQMM. Her three previous sales to our magazine were “Getaway Girl,” which won the Robert L. Fish Memorial Award for best short story by a new American author and was selected for Best American Mystery Stories; “Charcoal and Cherry,” which won the International Thriller Award for best short story; and “Honey, Hold Me” (2017).
For more than thirty years, David Dean, who debuted in EQMM’s Department of First Stories in 1990, has remained popular with our readers, frequently receiving Readers Award scrolls from our audience and twice placing first for the award: in 2007 for “Ibrahim’s Eyes” and in 2019 for “The Duelist.” This new story’s a departure for him—a genre- crossing tale of adventure and murder.
Linda Stansberry is a journalist who tells EQMM that she only recently began writing fiction again after a long hiatus. She’s had a professional fiction publication prior to this one, in the Saturday Evening Post. Her other previous publications, for which she’s won several awards, have been nonfiction and include coverage of crime, healthcare, and community issues for the North Coast Journal.
Steven Torres is the author of the Precinct Puerto Rico novels from Minotaur. It’s a series that Booklist has praised as excellent and Kirkus Reviews described as a “colorful series . . . [with] rich characters.” He’s also written a number of short stories, several of them published in AHMM. This is his EQMM debut, and it’s a tale of a type we too rarely see these days: a locked-room mystery.
In honor of our 80th year (2021), we’d like to dedicate this issue to our fans. Arthur Vidro is notable amongst them, as this reminiscence shows. He’s also a published mystery writer whose last fiction for EQMM was “The Mistake on the Cover of EQMM #1.”
A former journalist, Libby Cudmore debuted as a novelist in 2016 with the highly praised The Big Rewind. Since then, she’s been at work on another novel and has produced a number of short stories featuring series P.I. Martin Wade. Wade appeared in her first story for EQMM, “All Shook Down” (September/October 2020). He also stars in this tale, and we have more of his cases coming up.
With his coauthor Els Depuydt (as “De Paepe and Depuydt”), Herbert De Paepe has written several suspense novels and been nominated for two top crime-fiction awards. The duo have collaborated on short stories too, including two previously translated for EQMM. This time, De Paepe goes solo in a tale about a real Civil Defense bunker in Ghent, Belgium.
Marilyn Todd made her mark in the field of historical crime fiction with series set in both Ancient Rome and Ancient Greece. Her latest series stars Victorian crime-scene photographer Julia McAllister. The first book in that series, Snap Shot, was called “delectably enjoyable” (Daily Mail). The second, Cast Iron, is now out.
Doug Crandell is the author of four novels, the first a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick. He’s an accomplished short-story writer too, winning the 2017 Family Matters Award at Glimmer Train magazine, where he’s a frequent contributor. He’s had several earlier stories in EQMM.
Hal Charles is, your current editor recently learned, a byline suggested to the writing team of Charlie Sweet and Hal Blythe by EQMM itself, way back in 1980. In the years since, they’ve become one of the most prolific and (at least at short-story length) significant partnerships in the field. They’ve written 11 novels and over 200 short stories together!
Alex Knight is a pseudonym of Glasgow native Gavin Bell. He’s authored seven mystery novels with Orion in the U.K. and Pegasus in the U.S., under both pen names and his given name, and he’s been long-listed for the McIlvanney Prize and the Theakstons Crime Novel of the Year Award. His latest novel is entitled Hunted.
The first novel of screenwriter Tim Baker, Fever City, was published in 2016 to glowing reviews in the New York Times and the Washington Post and was nominated for a Shamus Award and two CWA Dagger Awards. His second novel, City Without Stars, was named by the Sunday Telegraph one of the fifteen best books of 2018. The Australian-born author has contributed one previous story to EQMM.
Canadian Mike MacInnes trained as a lawyer before deciding to go to work for a publishing company and pursue his interest in writing. While an undergraduate at the University of Toronto he won an award for creative writing, but this is his first paid publication. It features a type of P.I. we don’t see very often in crime fiction: one specializing in insurance cases—those that may involve crime!
Anna Scotti recently received the first ever Lightscatter Prize for her collection of poetry, Bewildered by All This Broken Sky. Her poetry has been appearing in The New Yorker since 2016, as well as in other magazines. She’s written many stories for EQMM, most, like this one, starring a character whose life is turned upside down by WITSEC. 2020 saw the publication of her YA novel Big and Bad.
John Lantigua’s fifth and latest Willie Cuesta novel, Remember My Face, published in 2020, got a rave review from Publisher’s Weekly, which said: “The rich and varied characters in this intriguingly twisty tale spring organically from the sandy soil of South Florida. This intelligent, timely novel is sure to win . . . new fans.”
Roger Vaccaro is a professor of English at St. Johns River State College in St. Augustine, Florida. His teaching includes courses on Shakespeare, nineteenth-century American literature, and classic Hollywood movies. Recently he’s turned more of his attention to fiction writing. He’s currently at work on his first novel.
Melissa Yi is a Canadian ER doctor who writes medical thrillers starring doctor-sleuth Hope Sze. One of the books in the series, Stockholm Syndrome, was named one of the best crime novels of its season by CBC Radio’s The Next Chapter. The author has received Arthur Ellis and Derringer nominations for her short fiction. This story stars a young, pre-medical-school Hope Sze.