Steve Hockensmith is the creator of the clever, humorous Amlingmeyer Brothers series, which had its start in EQMM. His sixth and latest Amlingmeyer Brothers novel, The Double-A Western Detective Agency, received a starred review from PW. This moving new story is in a darker vein than much of his other work.
E. Gabriel Flores has had two earlier stories in EQMM, including her December 2016 Department of First Stories tale “The Truth of the Moment,” which won the Robert L. Fish Memorial Award for best short story by a new American author. A former inner-city social worker, the author is currently a geography professor who finds time to produce some very original fiction.
A.J. Wright won the prestigious Dundee International Fiction Prize in 2010 for his Victorian murder-mystery novel Act of Murder. In 2016 his novel Striking Murder, first in a new series of Victorian mysteries, was short-listed for the 2016 CWA Historical Crime Novel of the Year. The latest book in that series, Hanging Murder, appeared in 2019.
John Lantigua is a winner of the Pulitzer and Goldsmith Prizes and multiple John F. Kennedy Journalism Awards for his journalistic work. He is also the author of seven novels, including the Willie Cuesta P.I. series, to which this new story belongs. His fiction has been critically acclaimed by the New York Times, the Washington Post, and other publications.
A fan of the locked-room mystery who credits John Dickson Carr as a central influence on his work, Tom Mead has had stories in a wide variety of venues, including International Short Story Magazine, Lighthouse, Flame Tree Press, and our sister publication, Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine. The U.K.-based author makes his EQMM debut with a classic impossible-crime tale.
Sheila Kohler’s short fiction has previously been included in the O. Henry Prize Stories and Best American Short Stories. This year, with the selection of her story “Miss Martin” for Best American Mystery Stories 2020, she receives one of our genre’s honors. The author is also a celebrated novelist, whose latest book, Open Secrets, will be out in July.
In 1995, Jacqueline Freimor won first place in the Mystery Writers of America’s Fiftieth Anniversary Short Story Contest, in the new writers category. In the intervening twenty-five years she’s continued to write short fiction, selling stories to our sister magazine, AHMM, and other venues. She’s received two honorable mentions in the yearly Best American Mystery Stories anthologies for her work.
As this issue goes to press, Brendan DuBois, who debuted more than thirty years ago in our Department of First Stories, is nominated for the Short Mystery Fiction Society’s Derringer for best novelette, for his July/August 2019 EQMM story “Her Sister’s Secrets.” He is also a three-time winner of the PWA’s Shamus Award, all for best short story. His stories in print number over 170.
A former journalist, editor, and teacher, Claire Ortalda has won various prizes and awards for her fiction, including the Georgia State University Fiction Prize. Her short story “Oglethorpe’s Camera” was included in the 2019 MWA anthology Odd Partners, edited by Anne Perry. The Psychopath Companion, her first novel, was short-listed for the Del Sol First Novel Prize.
Kevin Egan’s short fiction has appeared regularly in AHMM and other periodicals and anthologies. He’s also a novelist, with eight well-received books in print. In its starred review of the most recent novel, A Shattered Circle, PW said: “Egan populates this standalone, his best to date, with characters readers will empathize with and cleverly resolves each of the multiple story lines.”
Author of nearly fifty novels and many short stories, Peter Turnbull is a modern master of the police procedural. Of his several series, the one that has appeared most often in our pages features D.C.I. George Hennessey. This new story belongs to it, as does the author’s 2012 Edgar Allan Poe Award-winning EQMM tale “The Man Who Took His Hat Off to the Driver of the Train.”
Stacy Woodson made her debut as a fiction writer in the November/ December 2018 EQMM. First stories rarely win the EQMM Readers Award, but that stellar debut, “Duty, Honor, Hammett,” did! Since then, the army veteran has sold a number of other stories, including second and third tales to EQMM. This one introduces a truly memorable character.
S.A. Cosby’s short fiction has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, with his 2019 story “The Grass Beneath My Feet” winning the Anthony Award for best short story. The Virginia author’s first novel, My Darkest Prayer, out in 2019, earned this praise from Mystery Tribune: “Cosby knows how to turn a phrase. His similes are as masterful as they are entertaining.”
G.M. Malliet is the Agatha Award-winning author of the St. Just and Max Tudor mysteries, the standalone novel Weycombe, and many short stories (several for EQMM). An American currently living in the U.S., all of her novel-length fiction is set in the U.K., mostly in country villages. Her story “Whiteout” came in third for the 2019 EQMM Readers Award.
Joseph Goodrich is an Edgar-winning playwright, a fiction writer, an actor, and a mystery scholar. His play Calamity Town was based on the Ellery Queen novel of that title.
Born and raised in the U.K. and currently a resident of Leeds, England, David Bridge spent the best part of a decade in South America before returning home and turning his hand to crime fiction. He makes his professional fiction debut here with an unconventional twist on one of the most celebrated settings for crime fiction—the English country house.
A Maine native, Iris Hockaday has an Associate of Arts degree in graphic arts and a B.A. in psychology. She has written short fiction and poetry, but this is her first paid professional fiction publication. The author and her husband currently reside in upstate New York, where she is a member of the Hudson Valley Writers Guild.
Winner of the 2019 EQMM Readers Award for his story “The Duelist,” David Dean has been contributing atmospheric, evocative stories to EQMM for thirty years. There are some series tales among the New Jersey author’s EQMM stories, and this issue’s contribution belongs to a noir series he’s been writing about a group of gangsters called the Keighry Head Irish.
Italian crime-fiction and comic-book author Barbara Baraldi has had stories and novels translated into English, Dutch, and German. She’s a winner of Italy’s Gran Giallo città di Cattolica for short crime fiction and the Nebbia Gialla for novel-length fiction. She’s been a creative consultant for the Disney company and is an author of the Dylan Dog comic-book series.