In keeping with recent tradition, the first issue of the new year contains our holiday offerings. (The previous issue mails too early for such celebrations!) But we’ve placed the seasonal stories up front, for those who want to read them before December’s out. Steve Hockensmith, creator of the Amlingmeyer Brothers series, to which this Christmas tale belongs, is the author of the NY Times bestseller Dawn of the Dreadfuls, and of the Tarot Mystery series (with Lisa Falco).
Author of the Dark Iceland and Hidden Iceland mystery series, Ragnar Jónasson is internationally renowned, with over half a million books sold. His latest novel, The Darkness (March 2018), was named a Sunday Times crime novel of the month. Short stories by the Icelandic author, lawyer, and Agatha Christie translator have appeared in EQMM twice before.
Hollis Seamon is the author of the highly praised young-adult novel Somebody Up There Hates You, the mystery novel Flesh, which Library Journal cited for its “powerful prose, great story, and sympathetic heroine,” and two story collections: Body Work and Corporeality. She is also a college professor, and she creates a hilarious portrait of staff grievances in this offbeat Christmas story.
A native of Bamberg, Germany, Thomas Kastura has worked as a writer for Bavarian Broadcasting since 1996. He’s authored many short stories, children’s books, and crime novels, including The Fourth Murderer, which topped the KrimiWelt bestseller list in 2007. He won the 2017 Friedrich Glauser prize in short crime fiction for this story.
Michael Bracken is the author of more than 1,200 published short stories, two of which have won Derringer awards. He’s also a recipient of the Edward D. Hoch Memorial Golden Derringer for Lifetime Achievement, which he received in 2016. Although his writing spans several fields, he has been prolific in the mystery genre, with work in AHMM, EQMM, Mike Shayne, and many other magazines. Here’s one we think you won’t soon forget.
A former homicide detective and private eye, O’Neil De Noux has a lot of experience to draw upon for his crime fiction. He’s the author of more than two dozen novels and many short stories. Much of his fiction is set in his native New Orleans, where he often recreates historical periods as well as contemporary scenes. He’s won both Derringer and Shamus awards.
A former prosecutor, Cecilia Fulton grew up in California but now lives on the East Coast with her family. She tells us she has always been an avid reader of crime novels, and in her own fiction tries to portray morally ambiguous characters using unusual weapons, exploiting social status, and defying typical profiles of criminals. That’s a good description of her debut story, which is set during a storm at a winter wedding.
A.J. Wright is the winner of the 2010 Dundee International Fiction Prize and the author of a highly acclaimed Victorian mystery series set in Lancashire, England. The first book in the series, Striking Murder, was short-listed for the 2016 CWA Endeavour Historical Dagger Award. Two more novels in the series have been released, Elementary Murder (2017) and Sitting Murder (2018).
Keith Hann is a scholar of military and diplomatic history. His interest in writing fiction was sparked by admiration for the stories of Sherlock Holmes, so it’s unsurprising that he’s turned his hand to Holmes pastiches. His 2016 EQMM debut was such a tale. This issue, helping us celebrate Holmes’s birthday (see p. 58), the Canadian author has provided us with another colorful pastiche.
Batya Swift Yasgur’s first fiction appeared in EQMM’s Department of First Stories in 1994. We published several more of her stories soon thereafter, then did not hear from her for many years. She tells us that in the interim she’s written several books in the health field and frequently also writes articles and other materials for healthcare professionals. The New York author was once a social worker, which may lie behind her perceptive portrayals of children.
A writer the San Francisco Examiner calls “England’s preeminent author of the comic mystery story,” Simon Brett was awarded an OBE in 2016 for “services to literature.” He’s also a CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger Award winner for Lifetime Achievement. His latest novel is A Deadly Habit, from the Charles Paris series.
Author of over 150 short stories, Brendan DuBois got his start in EQMM’s Department of First Stories. His many awards for short fiction include three Shamus Awards and 2017’s EQMM Readers Award, for the story “Flowing Waters,” which also won the best novelette Derringer. The New Hampshire author’s latest novel is Hard Ground, in his Lewis Cole series.
Mat Coward’s last two stories for us, 2016’s “On Borrowed Time,” and 2017’s “What Could Possibly Go Boing?” have both been nominated for major awards, the former for the Edgar and Macavity Awards, the latter for the International Thriller Award. When he’s not working on crime fiction or TV scripts, the U.K. author writes a gardening column. His latest book, Eat Your Front Garden (Unbound), is about gardening.
Doug Crandell is the author of the 2007 Barnes & Noble Discover pick, The Flawless Skin of Ugly People, as well as three other novels and two memoirs. He’s received a number of endowments for his fiction, including one from the Sherwood Anderson Foundation. He’s also a recent winner of Glimmer Train’s Family Matters short-story contest. This is his EQMM debut.
For forty-one years, while also writing short stories and two novels, Robert Lopresti was a government information librarian. His latest nonfiction book is the result of research that position enabled him to do. Entitled When Women Didn’t Count, it recently won the Margaret T. Lane/Virginia F. Saunders Memorial Award. His fiction has brought him three Derringer awards and a Black Orchid Novella Award.
Lia Matera is the author of twelve celebrated novels: Two were nominated for the Edgar Allan Poe Award, three for the Anthony Award, and two for the Macavity. All are available in new e-editions. The former lawyer and teacher’s short fiction includes the Shamus Award–winning “Dead Drunk,” which can be accessed as a free podcast from CrimeCityCentral.com and iTunes.
John M. Floyd belongs to that rare breed of author, the career short story writer. He’s the most recent recipient of the Short Mystery Fiction Society’s Edward D. Hoch Memorial Golden Derringer for Lifetime Achievement, and like Ed Hoch has produced hundreds of highly regarded stories.
Terence Faherty is primarily known for two series of mystery novels, one featuring former seminarian Owen Keane, the other WWII vet and private-security op Scott Elliott. The latest Scott Elliott novel, Play a Cold Hand (2017), received a nomination for the PWA Shamus Award. The author’s last story for EQMM, “Infinite Uticas,” was nominated for a Macavity.
David Dean’s short stories, most of which were originally published in EQMM (where he began his writing career), have earned nominations for the Edgar, Barry, Shamus, and three Derringers, and he is a past winner of EQMM’s Readers Award. The former chief of police writes contemporary tales most often, but occasionally shows his skill with an historical setting. Here he also takes on the challenge of an unusual viewpoint character.
G.M. Malliet’s latest novel, In Prior’s Wood, belongs to her Max Tudor series, starring a former MI5 agent turned vicar in an English village. The American author’s first three books also employed British settings—but with Detective Chief Inspector St. Just as sleuth. Both series have received critical and award recognition, including a Malice Domestic Agatha Award.