Called “Agatha Christie for people who inhale” by The Times (London), Paul Charles has had several earlier stories in EQMM featuring Detective Inspector Christy Kennedy, who stars in eleven novels as well—the latest of which is Departing Shadows (2019). He has also worked in the music industry in various capacities including lyricist and manager.
Preston Lang is a New York City author and teacher. His short fiction, published in a number of different venues, includes “Vacation Selfies,” which was selected by Jonathan Lethem to appear in Best American Mystery Stories 2019. His most recent novels are Sunk Costs and Price Hike (2018 and 2019). Shotgun Honey has recently rereleased his first novel, The Carrier.
The recipient of many honors, including the Cartier Diamond Dagger, the Grand Prix de Littérature Policière, and Grand Master awards from the Mystery Writers of America and the Swedish Academy of Detection, British author Peter Lovesey was the Guest of Honor for Lifetime Achievement at 2019’s Bouchercon World Mystery Convention in Dallas, Texas.
John Lantigua is a Pulitzer and Goldsmith Prize winner for his journalistic work, and for his fiction he has garnered the International Latino Book Award as well as Edgar and Shamus nominations. Many of his stories and novels feature Cuban-American, Miami-based P.I. Willie Cuesta, who appears here in a new outing. The most recent Cuesta novel is Player’s Vendetta.
Under her own name and the pseudonym Harriet Hudson, Amy Myers has written over fifty novels, including the Tom Wasp, Marsh and Daughter, Nell Drury, Jack Colby, Parson Pennywick, and Victorian chef Auguste Didier series (this new story an entry in the latter). The author tells EQMM that historicals have a special place in her heart, “because history itself is a mystery.”
A recipient of the Grand Prix de Littérature Policière and the PWA’s Shamus Award, Bill Pronzini is also an MWA Grand Master and a six-time Edgar Award nominee. He writes the Nameless Detective and Carpenter and Quincannon series as well as standalone fiction in the mystery, Western, and science-fiction genres. He’s a longtime regular contributor to EQMM.
John F. Dobbyn made his EQMM debut with a story in verse in 1979 (and he is still producing verse-tales). The Strand said of Neon Dragon, the first novel in his Devlin and Knight legal series, “Dobbyn has proven that the spirit of Perry Mason is alive and well and has developed a deeper conscience.” High Stakes is the series’ most recent entry.
Rebecca Cantrell decided that she would be a writer at age seven and is now a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author who has won the Macavity and International Thriller awards for best e-book original. She writes in the mystery, thriller, historical, and horror genres. The latest of her sixteen novels, F Is for Fred, coauthored with Sean Black, was published in 2019.
Hal Charles is the byline of coauthors Hal Blythe and Charlie Sweet. Their short fiction last appeared in EQMM in 2004 but they also cowrite with three others a novel series as Quinn MacHollister (see Hunting Asian Carp, 2019). This story features Kelly Stonebreaker of the Kentucky State Police, a new Hal Charles character.
True Grift (Brash Books), Jack Bunker’s debut novel, received two starred reviews in Publishers Weekly, one for the print edition (“ . . . a fun, fast read, kind of like Elmore Leonard meets Donald Westlake”), the other for the audiobook. The Virginia trial lawyer and his family split their time between their Northern Virginia home and the family farm in the Bluegrass Valley.
Before turning to fiction writing, Susan Salzer was a journalist and editor. In 2009, she won the best short story Spur Award from Western Writers of America, and in 2012, her EQMM story “The Saint of Pox Island” became the first story in our pages to be a Spur Award finalist! The historical novels that compose her Frontier trilogy are now available in audiobook format.
EQMM readers will be familiar with Boston writer Dave Zeltserman’s Julius Katz and Archie whodunits as well as his darker thrillers; this story belongs to a category in between. The acclaimed author also publishes under the name Jacob Stone. His novel Small Crimes was a 2017 Netflix original movie, and another of his novels is currently in production for film.
Macavity and seven-time Agatha Award nominee Edith Maxwell is the author of many stories and several series of novels, both contemporary and historical. She tells us: “I hold a doctorate in linguistics and am intimately acquainted with more than one hyperpolyglot, although I myself am merely a better-than-average language learner.” Stay tuned: This story is slated for our podcast series.
Joyce Carol Oates is one of America’s most revered and critically acclaimed authors. Her fifty-eight novels and numerous short stories have brought accolades that include the National Book Award, two O. Henry Awards, and the National Humanities Medal. Her most recent collection of crime fiction is Night-Gaunts and Other Tales of Suspense.
Hanns-Peter Karr and Walter Wehner won Germany’s 2018 Glauser Award for Best Short Story for the tale you’ve just read. Both grew up in the Ruhr Valley and have been regular cowriters since 1986.
U.K.-based author Ariel Dodson has written several e-book novels in the fantasy field, for adults and children, including Blood Moon and the Southmore fantasy series (see The Shadow Heart, 2017). Although her short fiction has appeared in Dark Lane Anthology, this is her first paid professional fiction publication.