Welcome to our monthly readings and dramatizations of stories by the world's leading writers of suspense, chosen from the magazine's archives and introduced by editor Janet Hutchings. The full range of the genre is represented in these riveting audio renditions, from the drawing-room mystery to urban noir — including police procedurals, private-eye tales, psychological suspense, and locked-room and impossible-crime stories.
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EPISODE 118: “Oystermen” by Michael Bracken
Author of well over 1,000 published short stories, Michael Bracken is possibly the most prolific short-story writer currently working in the mystery genre. He has won two Derringer Awards from the Short Mystery Fiction Society and is a recipient of the Edward D. Hoch Memorial Golden Derringer Award for lifetime achievement in short mystery fiction. “Oystermen,” which the author read for us at the Malice Domestic Convention in Maryland this past spring, is in the current issue of EQMM, July/August 2019.
EPISODE 117: “50” by Josh Pachter
Josh Pachter took second place in the EQMM Readers Award competition for 2018 with a story that commemorates his EQMM debut of fifty years earlier. Author of more than 100 published stories in the half century between his debut at the age of 17 and the publication of his 50th-anniversary tale, the author is equally well known to EQMM readers as a translator for our Passport to Crime department. Here he is reading his story “50” from the November/December 2018 issue of EQMM. If you have not already listened to it, you can find his first story, “E. Q. Griffen Earns His Name,” as episode 109 in this podcast series.
EPISODE 116: “Sofee” by David Dean
David Dean took third place in the EQMM Readers Award voting for 2018. The former chief of police has been writing fiction for nearly thirty years and recently sold his fiftieth short story to EQMM. He has been nominated for nearly every major award in the field and is a past winner of the EQMM Readers Award. Here is the scroll-winning story “Sofee” by David Dean, read by the author.
EPISODE 115: “Duty, Honor, Hammett” by Stacy Woodson
Stacy Woodson, the most recent winner of the EQMM Readers Award, made her fiction debut in EQMM’s Department of First Stories in the November/December 2018 issue. That debut story is only the second first story in the thirty-four years of Readers Award history to take first place. While in New York City for the awards ceremony last month, the Washington D.C. area author read her winning tale for this podcast.
EPISODE 114: “Bug Appétit” by Barb Goffman
One of the current nominees for the Malice Domestic Convention’s Agatha Awards (winners to be determined in May), our featured story this month is set at a most unusual Thanksgiving dinner. Author Barb Goffman’s many previous honors include the Agatha, Macavity, and Silver Falchion awards. Here she is reading “Bug Appétit,” her EQMM debut, from our November/December 2018 issue.
EPISODE 113: "English 398: Fiction Workshop” by Art Taylor
Currently nominated for both the MWA’s Edgar Allan Poe Award and the Malice Domestic Convention’s Agatha Award for best short story, our selection this month is by Art Taylor, who debuted in EQMM’s Department of First Stories in 1995 and has become a star in the field of the mystery and crime short story. Here he is reading “English 398: Fiction Workshop,” from the July/August 2018 EQMM. Both the author and EQMM wish to thank several staff members from the English Department at George Mason University, where Art Taylor teaches, for their assistance in this reading: Mary Baldwin (a linguist), Lisa DesRochers-Short (a poet), and Jay Patel (a fiction writer)—and the reader of the story’s final section, Madison Gaines, Class of 2021, who’s pursuing a dual concentration in fiction and poetry in Mason’s BFA Program in Creative Writing.
EPISODE 112: “The Cuban Prisoner” by John Lantigua
A tale from Edgar nominee John Lantigua’s popular Willie Cuesta private eye series is featured in this episode of our podcast series. Readers are sure to enjoy this intriguing case, set in Miami’s Little Havana. Here is “The Cuban Prisoner” by John Lantigua, originally published in the September/October 2018 issue of EQMM and read for us by professional actor and voiceover artist Carlos Alayeto.
EPISODE 111: “Still Life No. 41” by Teresa Solana
Teresa Solana received a nomination for the Edgar Allan Poe Award for her first contribution to EQMM, “Still Life No. 41.” The story was translated from Catalan by her husband, Peter Bush, and was featured in EQMM’s Passport to Crime department in March/April 2012. Reading that celebrated story for this podcast is EQMM’s associate editor, Jackie Sherbow. The tale is also included in a new digital anthology co-edited by Emily Hockaday and Jackie Sherbow, entitled Terror at the Crossroads: Tales of Horror, Delusion, and the Unknown.
EPISODE 110: “Edward at the Edge” by John Morgan Wilson
Edgar Allan Poe Award winner John Morgan Wilson has been contributing short stories to EQMM since 2003. Many listeners will know his long fiction, which includes the Benjamin Justice mystery series and several novels cowritten with band leader Peter Duchin. The California author’s short stories range from suspense to the classical whodunit. For this podcast he chose to read his twisty tale “Edward at the Edge,” from the January 2005 issue of EQMM.
Episodes 100 - 109
EPISODE 109: “E. Q. Griffen Earns His Name” by Josh Pachter
This month’s podcast takes us back to 1968 and the debut of one of EQMM’s youngest contributors ever, Josh Pachter. At the age of sixteen the budding author and Ellery Queen fan produced this story, which saw print in EQMM's December 1968 issue, in the Department of First Stories. This month marks the fiftieth anniversary of that issue going on sale. In the ensuing years Josh Pachter has produced dozens of other distinguished short stories and collaborative works, as well as crime-fiction translations. To celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of his EQMM debut, a new story featuring the central character of this tale, Ellery Queen Griffen, appears in our current issue, November/December 2018, and the author has recorded for our podcast this reading of “E.Q. Griffen Earns His Name.”
EPISODE 108: “Bias” by Chris Muessig
Our selection this month is by a writer who debuted in EQMM and has gone on to have work chosen for the yearly Best American Mystery Stories anthology and to appear again in EQMM and other publications, such as Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine. Here is Chris Muessig reading his story “Bias,” from the July 2009 issue of EQMM.
EPISODE 107: “How Does He Die This Time?” by Nancy Novick
EQMM’s famous Department of First Stories is the source for this month’s podcast. The debut story, which appears in EQMM’s current issue, takes us into the life of a new writer who enjoys success, but at a cost. Author Nancy Novick, a medical writer, editor, and writing instructor, came to EQMM’s offices to do this recording of her story “How Does He Die This Time?” from the September/October 2018 EQMM.
EPISODE 106: “The Gentleman From Paris” by John Dickson Carr
At the Malice Domestic convention in Bethesda, Maryland, this past spring, EQMM had the pleasure of recording Shelly Dickson Carr, author of the award-winning YA novel “Ripped,” reading a story by her grandfather, the great Golden Age mystery writer John Dickson Carr. The most celebrated master of the “locked room” mystery, John Dickson Carr contributed both fiction and book reviews to EQMM. His April 1950 story “The Gentleman From Paris" was one of the winners of EQMM’s Worldwide Short Story Contests.
EPISODE 105: “Come Back, Paddy Reilly” by Con Lehane
A tale from EQMM’s Black Mask department is featured in this month’s podcast. We caught up with Con Lehane, author of two popular mystery series, at this year’s Malice Domestic convention in Bethesda, Maryland, where he did this reading of his September/October 2017 EQMM story “Come Back, Paddy Reilly”—a classic noir tale of a flawed character caught in an unresolvable dilemma.
EPISODE 104: “Literally Dead” by Dale C. Andrews
This month we feature an Ellery Queen pastiche by Dale C. Andrews. The third entry in a series begun on the heels of the Ellery Queen Centenary Symposium at Columbia University in 2005, the story brings an elderly Ellery Queen, still at the height of his deductive powers, out of retirement. The first story in this series earned an EQMM Readers Award scroll and a nomination for the Barry Award. Here is Dale Andrews reading his story “Literally Dead,” from the December 2013 issue of EQMM.
EPISODE 103: "Dysperception" by Larry Light
Award-winning financial journalist Larry Light is also the author of three novels, two starring financial reporter Karen Glick. This year he made his EQMM debut with the story he reads for this episode in our podcast series, "Dysperception," from the January/February 2018 issue of EQMM.
EPISODE 102: “The Gilbert and Sullivan Clue” by Jon L. Breen
Last month a long-awaited anthology of Ellery Queen pastiches and parodies entitled The Misadventures of Ellery Queen was released by Wildside Press. Most of the stories it contains were first published in EQMM. To celebrate the book’s publication we decided to have one of the stories recorded for this podcast series. Here is Darcy Bearman, Dell Magazines’ manager for social media marketing, reading “The Gilbert and Sullivan Clue” by Jon L. Breen, first published in EQMM September/October 1999.
EPISODE 101: “Skinny’s Beach” by Rob Brunet
Canadian author Rob Brunet, a creative-writing instructor and cohost of Noir at the Bar Toronto, joins us in this episode in our podcast series. His evocative short stories, often set in the Kawarthas, have been appearing in EQMM since 2015. Here he is reading his story “Skinny’s Beach,” from the February 2016 issue of EQMM.
EPISODE 100: “For the Jingle” by Jack Fredrickson
Our selection this month is from the work of Jack Fredrickson, creator of the Dek Elstrom private eye series. The author made his fiction debut in EQMM’s Department of First Stories in 2002. We caught up with him at the Bouchercon World Mystery Convention in Toronto, Canada in 2017, where he read his story “For the Jingle,” from the May 2009 issue of EQMM, for this podcast.
Episodes 90 - 99
EPISODE 99: “White Tights and Mary Janes” by Edwin Hill
This month EQMM is making simultaneously available in print and audio podcast a Department of First Stories tale by Boston writer Edwin Hill. The author has also posted some reflections about his EQMM story, the upcoming publication of his first novel, and the editorial process on EQMM’s blog at www.somethingisgoingtohappen.net. A longtime editor, and the current vice president and editorial director for Bedford/St. Martin’s, his remarks should be of interest to many, especially writers. EQMM caught up to Edwin Hill at the Bouchercon World Mystery Convention in Toronto, Canada, in 2017, where he recorded this podcast for us. Here he is reading “White Tights and Mary Janes,” from the January/February 2018 issue of EQMM.
EPISODE 98: “A Letter to Santa” by Ragnar Jónasson
2017’s Bouchercon World Mystery Convention in Toronto, Canada had an international theme and drew writers from around the globe. One of those writers was Iceland’s Ragnar Jónasson, whose novels have made their way onto bestseller lists around the world in recent years. While at Bouchercon, EQMM had the pleasure of recording the author for our podcast series. Here he is reading his tale “A Letter to Santa,” originally published in the January 2015 issue of EQMM.
EPISODE 97: “Roller-Coaster Ride” by Christine Poulson
At the Bouchercon World Mystery Convention in Toronto, in mid October of this year, 1,700 authors and fans gathered from around the globe. U.K. writer Christine Poulson, author of the Cassandra James mysteries and the stand-alone thrillers Invisible and Cold, Cold Heart, attended and recorded her story “Roller-Coaster Ride,” from the December 2014 EQMM, for this podcast.
EPISODE 96: “The Wolf of Fenrir” by Paul Halter
Our selection this month is from EQMM’s Passport to Crime department, which features stories in translation from around the world. Paul Halter is a bestselling author in his native France, and more of his work is becoming available in English, chiefly through the publisher Locked Room International. “The Wolf of Fenrir,” which first appeared in English in EQMM’s March/April 2015 issue, was translated by John Pugmire, who shares a few thoughts about Halter’s work prior to EQMM associate editor Jackie Sherbow’s reading of the story.
EPISODE 95: “Just Below the Surface” by Robert Shepherd
One of EQMM’s most famous features is the Department of First Stories. Over the decades, many important authors in the field have debuted there. This month we present a story from that department. “Just Below the Surface” by Robert Shepherd appeared in the March/April 2017 EQMM. Here is the Michigan author reading his first published fiction.
EPISODE 94: “The Oxford Tarts” by G. M. Mallet
Agatha Award winner G.M. Malliet has penned two critically acclaimed series of traditional mystery novels. An American who currently lives in the Washington D. C. area, she traveled widely growing up, and almost always chooses British settings for her fiction. Here she is reading her story “The Oxford Tarts,” from the March/April 2017 EQMM.
EPISODE 93: “If Anything Happens to Me” by Helena Edwards
In EQMM’s June 2015 issue, Helena Edwards made her fiction debut with a story that had previously been short-listed for the Margery Allingham Short Story Competition, sponsored by Britain’s Crime Writers’ Association. Here she is reading that memorable first story, “If Anything Happens to Me.”
EPISODE 92: “The Truth of the Moment” by E. Gabriel Flores
Department of First Stories author E. Gabriel Flores reads her debut tale, “The Truth of the Moment,” for this episode in our podcast series. The story won the 2016 Robert L. Fish Memorial Award for best short story by a new American author. It was first published in the December 2016 issue of EQMM.
EPISODE 91: “Ghosts of Bunker Hill” by Paul D. Marks
This month we’re delighted to present a reading by author Paul D. Marks of the most recent winner of the EQMM Readers Award, his tale “Ghosts of Bunker Hill,” published in the December 2016 EQMM. A native of Los Angeles, Paul Marks evokes that city’s history hauntingly in this story, the first in a series featuring private eye Howard Hamm.
EPISODE 90: “The Client, the Cat, the Wife, and the Autopsy” by Peter Hochstein
This month’s episode is from the private-eye genre, the second in a series of stories featuring an offbeat former newspaper reporter turned P.I. The author, Peter Hochstein, is himself a former newspaper reporter who has had a number of novels published under various pseudonyms. Here is Peter Hochstein reading his darkly humorous tale “The Client, the Cat, the Wife, and the Autopsy,” from our January/February 2017 issue.
Episodes 80 - 89
EPISODE 89: “The Adventure of the Man Who Could Double the Size of Diamonds”
by Ellery Queen Our selection this month is a clever script from The Adventures of Ellery Queen radio series of the late 1930s and the 1940s. “The Adventure of the Man Who Could Double the Size of Diamonds” (which was reprinted in EQMM in May 1943 and August 2005) is read here by Mark Lagasse.
EPISODE 88: “The Old Man and the Seashore” by Marilyn Todd
Novelist and short-story writer Marilyn Todd has been contributing to EQMM since 2000, when she appeared in our May issue with the first short story in her series of mysteries set in Ancient Rome. She has since become one of EQMM’s most prolific and popular contributors, sending us stories from a variety of different time periods, including a few, like the one we feature this month, that are set near our own time. “The Old Man and the Seashore” by Marilyn Todd, from the January 2016 EQMM, is read for this podcast by Mandie Davis.
EPISODE 87: “Cleaning Up” by Steve Steinbock
Writer and reviewer Steve Steinbock is best known for his criticism in the mystery field; EQMM readers are sure to have read his numerous special-feature articles and interviews for us, as well as “The Jury Box” book-review column, where he has been at the helm since 2011. Steve is also an author of fiction, having debuted in our Department of First Stories in the March/April 2010 issue. The author reads that first story, “Cleaning Up,” in our first podcast of the new year.
EPISODE 86: “The Nine Mile Walk” by Harry Kemelman
Throughout 2016 Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine has been celebrating its 75th anniversary. This last recording for 2016 is particularly appropriate for an anniversary celebration. Harry Kemelman is one of a number of notable authors who got their start in the pages of EQMM. The creator of the bestselling Rabbi David Small series, his work first appeared in print in the April 1947 issue of EQMM. He had entered the magazine’s second annual worldwide short story contest, and was awarded, along with two other new writers, a special prize, along with publication of his story. Reading that first, award-winning Kemelman story, “The Nine Mile Walk,” for this podcast is EQMM’s book reviewer, Steve Steinbock.
EPISODE 85: “THE TEN-CENT MURDER” by Joseph Goodrich
Actor, short-story writer, poet, and Edgar Award winning playwright Joseph Goodrich helped EQMM celebrate its 75th anniversary with a story featuring EQMM founding editor Frederic Dannay and his friend and fellow writer Dashiell Hammett. Published in the August 2016 EQMM, “The Ten-Cent Murder” is read by the author for this podcast.
EPISODE 84: “Rizzo’s Good Cop” by Lou Manfredo
This month we feature one of the stories that won EQMM’s Readers Award for 2015, “Rizzo’s Good Cop.” Its author, Lou Manfredo, is known for the authenticity of his crime fiction. The story, from his series featuring Brooklyn cop Joe Rizzo, was first published in the December 2015 EQMM and is read for us by the author.
EPISODE 83: “The Lake Tenant” by Brendan DuBois
Novelist and short-story writer Brendan DuBois has been contributing to EQMM for twenty years. He is a master at evoking the undercurrents to small-town life, and in 2015 he came in second in EQMM's annual Readers Award competition for just such a story. Here he is reading “The Lake Tenant” (EQMM November 2015), his winning story.
EPISODE 82: “Chung Ling Soo's Greatest Trick” by Russell W. Johnson
A Department of First Stories tale is featured in this month’s episode in our podcast series. And it’s one that went on to win the Robert L. Fish Memorial Award for best short story by a new American author. Russell W. Johnson is a North Carolina lawyer who writes in his spare time; he has already shown a great mastery of plot and misdirection. On a recent trip to New York City, he made this recording.
EPISODE 81: “The Lighthouse” by Hilde Vandermeeren
In the March/April 2016 issue, EQMM’s Passport to Crime Department featured “The Lighthouse” by Belgian writer Hilde Vandermeeren. The winner of a number of awards for her fiction, including the Hercule Poirot Public Award, Hilde Vandermeeren was a practicing psychologist before turning full time to fiction writing, and that background shows in this tale of psychological suspense, which is read by the story’s translator, Josh Pachter.
EPISODE 80: “The Problem of the Whispering House” by Edward D. Hoch
EQMM has unearthed another episode in the series of Edward D. Hoch radio plays our listeners have enjoyed over the past several years. Based on the series character Dr. Sam Hawthorne, these dramatizations are the work of radioman Dave Amaral and were originally recorded in the 1970s. In this case, the New England country doctor must solve a murder in a house that appears to be haunted. “The Problem of the Whispering House” was first published in EQMM in April, 1979.
Episodes 70 - 79
EPISODE 79: “The Adventure of the Seven Black Cats” by Ellery Queen
This month we feature “The Adventure of the Seven Black Cats” by Ellery Queen, reprinted in EQMM’s January 2016 issue, and originally published in the 1934 short-story collection The Adventures of Ellery Queen. This ingenious whodunit by one of the bestselling mystery writers of all time is read for us by Mark Lagasse.
EPISODE 78: "Howling at the Moon" by Paul D. Mark
Screenwriter and novelist Paul D. Marks is also the author of more than thirty published short stories. His EQMM debut was the story "Howling at the Moon" (EQMM November 2014), a tale that went on to garner nominations for both the Macavity and Anthony awards for best short story. This recording of the California author reading his celebrated story was made at the Bouchercon World Mystery Convention in Raleigh, North Carolina in 2015.
Episode 77: "The Erstwhile Groom" by Laura Benedict
A gifted writer who got her start in EQMM's Department of First Stories in 2001, Laura Benedict read her story "The Erstwhile Groom" (EQMM September/October 2007) for our podcast series while attending the Bouchercon World Mystery Convention in Raleigh, North Carolina in September of 2015. She is the author of several highly acclaimed novels of dark suspense, including 2015's Charlotte's Story, and she has a new story coming up in EQMM's July 2016 issue.
Episode 76: “The Problem of the Christmas Steeple” by Edward D. Hoch
The series of Edward D. Hoch radio plays that EQMM has been running intermittently over the past several years concludes with this episode. Based on Hoch stories that originally appeared in EQMM, starring series character Dr. Sam Hawthorne, the plays were produced and recorded by radioman Dave Amaral in the 1970s. In this case, adapted from the January 1977 EQMM story “The Problem of the Church Steeple,” Dr. Sam must find the explanation for a murder in a church steeple on Christmas Day.
Episode 75: “Stinking Plaster” by Bavo Dhooge
A story from EQMM’s Passport to Crime series is featured this month. Belgium’s Bavo Dhooge is a winner of the Dutch Crime Writer’s Association’s Shadow Prize, the Flemish Crime Writer’s Association’s Diamond Bullet Award, and the Hercule Poirot Award. His story “Stinking Plaster” appeared in the September/October 2011 issue of EQMM. It is read for this podcast by Josh Pachter, who translated the story into English for its publication in EQMM.
EPISODE 74: “The Problem of the Haunted Bandstand” by Edward D. Hoch
Our series of Ed Hoch radio plays, produced by Dave Amaral in the 1970s and made available to the public for the first time as EQMM podcasts, is nearing an end. This penultimate episode (in our ordering of the plays) centers around a July Fourth celebration and contains typically brilliant puzzle construction by the most important classical mystery short-story writer of the nineteen sixties through most of the first decade of the twenty-first century. “The Problem of the Haunted Bandstand” first appeared in the January, 1976 issue of EQMM.
EPISODE 73: "The Last Wrestling Bear in West Kentucky" by Tim L. Williams
Tim L. Williams returns to our podcast series this month with a reading of his 2014 International Thriller Award winning story “The Last Wrestling Bear in West Kentucky,” which first appeared in EQMM’s September/October 2014 issue and has since been reprinted in a collection of his stories entitled Skull Fragments. His previous podcast for this series is episode 60’s “Where That Morning Sun Goes Down.”
EPISODE 72: "The Night of Power" by Josh Pachter
Join us this month for a story set in 1980s Bahrain. Part of a series begun in EQMM in 1984, "The Night of Power" (EQMM September 1986) has recently been republished in the collection The Tree of Life (Wildside Press). It is read for us here by the author, Josh Pachter, a frequent contributor of fiction and translations to our magazine.
EPISODE 71: “Getaway Girl” by Zoë Z. Dean
Lauren James’s first work of fiction, "Getaway Girl," appeared in EQMM’s November 2014 issue under the pseudonym Zoë Z. Dean and went on to win the Robert L. Fish Award for best short story by a new American author. Here she is reading her award-winning debut story.
EPISODE 70: “Checkmate in Chimbote” by Bob Van Laerhoven
This month’s selection, from EQMM’s Passport to Crime department, is a story in translation. “Checkmate in Chimbote” by Belgium’s Bob Laerhoven, past winner of the Hercule Poirot Prize, is read by his translator, Josh Pachter. The story first appeared in English in EQMM’s June 2014 issue.
Episodes 60 - 69
EPISODE 69: “The Wickedest Town in the West” by Marilyn Todd
Marilyn Todd is known to historical mystery fans primarily for her series of novels and stories set in Ancient Rome, starring wine merchant Claudia Seferius, and for a second series set in Ancient Greece, starring High Priestess Iliona. But she often tackles more modern historical periods in her short stories. “The Wickedest Town in the West” (EQMM June 2013), which was one of the winners of the 2013 EQMM Readers Awards, is read here by actor Mandie Davis.
EPISODE 68: "The Adventure of 'The Two-Headed Dog'" by Ellery Queen
Join us this month for a story by Ellery Queen, founder of Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine and one of the best selling mystery writers of all time. "The Adventure of 'The Two-Headed Dog'" was collected in the 1934 volume The Adventures of Ellery Queen. The story is read by Mark Lagasse.
EPISODE 67: “The Problem of the Lobster Shack” by Edward D. Hoch
The series of Edward D. Hoch radio plays we’ve been running intermittently for several years (produced in the 1970s by Dave Amaral) continues this month with a story that not only features a locked room but an escape artist bound and chained at the center of it. Edward D. Hoch, who died in 2008, was the modern master of the locked-room, and, as is notable in this story, a writer able to recreate convincingly time periods other than our own.
EPISODE 66: “The Problem of Cell 16” by Edward D. Hoch
This episode in a series of radio plays based on the stories of Edward D. Hoch (produced by Dave Amaral) will surprise listeners with some new twists on the locked-room escape story. One of the most famous examples of this type of mystery is Jacques Futrelle’s “The Problem of Cell 13,” and MWA Grand Master Hoch, who knew Futrelle’s work well, works references to that earlier tale into his puzzler starring Dr. Sam Hawthorne.
EPISODE 65: “Fontaine House” by Terrie Farley Moran
Terrie Farley Moran launched a new mystery series at novel length in 2014 with Berkley Prime Crime (see Well Read, Then Dead). Prior to that she had already established herself as a short-story writer, shortlisted twice for Best American Mystery Stories. Her first short story for EQMM was August 2012’s “Fontaine House.” Here she is with a reading of it recorded at the 2014 Bouchercon World Mystery Convention.
EPISODE 64: “Special Delivery” by Steve Hockensmith
The holidays are here and we celebrate in this episode in our podcast series with a Christmas tale from Steve Hockensmith. EQMM readers know this Edgar, Anthony, and Shamus-nominated author not only for his Christmas stories but for the Sherlockian Westerns featuring cowboys Big Red and Old Red that have appeared in our pages—and also in a series of Hockensmith novels. “Special Delivery,” from EQMM’s January 2002 issue, is read here by professional voiceover artist Mike Wiltrout.
EPISODE 63: “The Problem of the Little Red Schoolhouse” by Edward D. Hoch
This month, in another episode in a series of radio plays produced by Dave Amaral, Dr. Sam Hawthorne solves the seemingly instantaneous disappearance of a boy from a school playground. Adapted from the short story “The Problem of the Little Red Schoolhouse,” by Edward D. Hoch, first published in EQMM in September 1976, the tale harkens back to the early days of the fictional Hawthorne’s career.
EPISODE 62: "The Problem of the Old Oak Tree" by Edward D. Hoch"
Featured this month is another in the series of plays produced by radioman Dave Amaral from the Dr. Sam Hawthorne stories of Edward D. Hoch. "The Problem of the Old Oak Tree," first published in the July, 1978 issue of EQMM, finds the country doctor pulled into a mystery surrounding the making of an early talking motion picture.
EPISODE 61: "The Problem of the Time Capsule" by Edward D. Hoch
As promised earlier this year, we are featuring this month another play from the series of radio adaptations of the stories of Edward D. Hoch, produced by Dave Amaral. The story on which this episode is based was originally published under the title "The Problem of the County Fair," in the February 1978 issue of EQMM. Next month, we'll have another play in the series. Don't miss it!
EPISODE 60: "Where That Morning Sun Goes Down" by Tim L. Williams
Author and professor Tim L. Williams writes primarily short stories, and his work has been consistently well received. He has been nominated twice for the Private Eye Writers of America's Shamus Award for stories from his P.I. Charlie Raines series, published in EQMM, and he won an international Thriller Award for the most recent of those tales, "Half-Lives" (2011). In 2013 he received a nomination for the Edgar Allan Poe Award for best short story, for "Where That Morning Sun Goes Down," from the August 2013 EQMM, the story he reads for this podcast.
Episodes 50 - 59
EPISODE 59: "In Her Fashion" by Frankie Y. Bailey
Professor of Criminal Justice Frankie Y. Bailey has written five novels in the Lizzie Stuart crime-historian mystery series. The story she reads for this podcast, "In Her Fashion," belongs to that series. It was her first story for EQMM, and appeared in the July 2014 issue. The recording was done on-site at the Malice Domestic Convention in Bethesda, Maryland in May of 2014.
EPISODE 58: “No Flowers” by Martin Edwards
Award-winning mystery writer, critic, and editor Martin Edwards is the creator of two long-running series of crime novels, and also the author of several dozen short stories, many of which have appeared in EQMM. He read his story “No Flowers,” (from our May 2012 issue) for us at the Malice Domestic Convention in Bethesda, Maryland in May of 2014.
EPISODE 57: "The Problem of the Voting Booth” by Edward D. Hoch
As promised last month, here is another dramatic adaptation of the Dr. Sam Hawthorne stories of Edward D. Hoch. Radio plays from this series, which was produced by Dave Amaral, have been featured as EQMM podcasts several times before, and additional episodes are scheduled for later this year. This episode is taken from Edward D. Hoch’s “The Problem of the Voting Booth,” which first appeared in the December 1977 issue of EQMM.
EPISODE 56: “The Problem of the Country Inn” by Edward D. Hoch
This month and next, plays from a series of radio adaptations of the Dr. Sam Hawthorne stories of Edward D. Hoch are being podcast here courtesy of Dave Amaral. “The Problem of the Country Inn” was first published in the September 1977 issue of EQMM. It is one of hundreds of “impossible crime” stories that MWA Grandmaster Edward D. Hoch contributed to the magazine. Dave Amaral’s dramatic recreations of the stories have appeared in several earlier EQMM podcasts.
EPISODE 55: “Breaking the Box” by Brendan DuBois
Two-time Best Short Story Shamus Award winner Brendan DuBois debuted in EQMM’s Department of First Stories more than twenty-years ago. Since then, he’s had sixteen novels and more than 100 short stories published. Here he is reading his story “Breaking the Box,” from the September/October 2013 issue of EQMM.
EPISODE 54: “The Closet” by Jenny Milchman
Jenny Milchman’s first novel, 2013’s “Cover of Snow,” was published to rave reviews, but it was not her first published fiction. Her work had previously appeared in EQMM’s Department of First Stories. Here she is reading her debut story, “The Closet,” from our November 2012 issue.
EPISODE 53: "Heat of the Moment" by James Lincoln Warren
Here with an evocative reading of his June 2007 EQMM story "Heat of the Moment" is short story writer James Lincoln Warren. The tale is the first of the author's Los Angeles based private eye stories, but before he made this venture into the hardboiled arena, James Lincoln Warren was already well known to readers of the Dell Fiction magazines for his short historical fiction.
EPISODE 52: “Murder at an Ad Agency” by Meredith Anthony
A darkly humorous tale from the world of advertising is featured this month, in a dramatic reading by the author. Meredith Anthony is a playwright, novelist, humorist, and short story writer whose stories have appeared several times in EQMM. “Murder at an Ad Agency” is from EQMM’s March/April 2013 issue.
EPISODE 51: “Remote Control” by Mick Herron
Days before the posting of this podcast Mick Herron won the British Crime Writers’ Association’s Goldsboro Gold Dagger for his novel Dead Lions. The Gold Dagger is the highest award for an individual work in British crime fiction, and the ceremonies were televised a few days later on itv3. EQMM caught up with the author in September at the Bouchercon World Mystery Convention in Albany, New York, where we made this recording of his September/October 2007 EQMM story “Remote Control.” The recording conditions were not ideal, but the author’s reading of his story was. We hope you’ll enjoy it despite some unavoidable background noise.
EPISODE 50: “The Problem of the Old Gristmill” by Edward D. Hoch
This month we feature another of radioman Dave Amaral’s adaptations of Edward D. Hoch’s Dr. Sam Hawthorne stories, a direct follow-up to last month’s “The Problem of the Covered Bridge.” Regular readers of EQMM will recognize another name here: The magazine’s long-time book reviewer and fiction contributor Jon L. Breen takes the part of one of the central characters in “The Problem of the Old Gristmill,” which had its first publication in EQMM in the March 1975 issue.
Episodes 40 - 49
EPISODE 49: “The Problem of the Covered Bridge” by Edward D. Hoch
This dramatization of one of the best Dr. Sam Hawthorne stories by Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Edward D. Hoch has been provided to our podcast series courtesy of former radioman and producer Dave Amaral. The story first appeared in the December 1974 issue of EQMM. Another in this series of plays will be featured next month. Don’t miss it!
EPISODE 48: "Won't You Come Out Tonight?" by Josh Pachter
Fiction writer, translator, and professor Josh Pachter reads his twisty, suspenseful thriller "Won't You Come Out Tonight?" from the March 2004 issue of EQMM.The author was one of the youngest writers ever to sell a story to EQMM!
EPISODE 47: “Whiz Bang” by Mike Cooper
In celebration of America’s Independence Day, we present a story set at that holiday on the waterfront in Boston. Its author, Shamus Award winner Mike Cooper, best known for his financial thrillers, has tackled one of the most difficult classical forms in this story: the “locked-room” whodunit. Here he is reading “Whiz Bang,” from the September/October 2011 EQMM.
EPISODE 46: “The Harmless Pursuits of Archibald Stamp" by Ann Cleeves
The first winner of the Crime Writers Association’s Duncan Lawrie Dagger Award, Ann Cleeves, joins us this month for a reading of her February 1995 EQMM story “The Harmless Pursuits of Archibald Stamp.” Many crime-fiction fans will know her work not only through her celebrated novels but through the two televisions series based on them: Shetland (from the BBC) and Vera (from ITV).
EPISODE 45: “Two Dwarves and Eight Chained Ourang-Outangs” by Eric Cline
May second is this year’s date for the Mystery Writers of America’s annual Edgar Allan Poe Awards banquet. This month’s podcast is a tip of the hat to Poe, and to the MWA. In “Two Dwarves and Eight Chained Ourang-Outangs” author Eric Cline has reworked a classic Poe story from the point of view of one of its central characters. The tale appeared in EQMM’s June 2011 issue, in the Department of First Stories. Since that fine debut, Eric Cline has sold several more of his imaginative tales. He reads his story for this episode in our podcast series with dramatic flair.
EPISODE 44: "Golden Chance" by S. J. Rozan
Winner of nearly all of mystery fiction's major awards—including two Edgars from the Mystery Writers of America—S. J. Rozan is as accomplished in the realm of short fiction as she is as a novelist. Her reading for this episode in our series is a subtle tale of political intrigue in a beautifully rendered exotic setting. It's from the December 2012 issue of EQMM.
EPISODE 43: “Some People Deserve to Die” by Dave Zeltserman
Winner of a Shamus Award from the Private Eye Writers of America, and the winner of the 2010 EQMM Readers Award, Dave Zeltserman writes mysteries of both the humorous and noir type. His reading for this episode in our podcast series is of one of his darker tales, from our August 2011 issue.
EPISODE 42: “Hedge Hog” by Hilary Davidson
Anthony Award winner Hilary Davidson appeared on the mystery scene in 2007 and since then she’s made quite a mark. Her fourth novel is currently going into production, and she has had more than a dozen short stories published, including the tale she reads for us here, “Hedge Hog,” from the September/October 2011 issue of EQMM. After the reading, Hilary joins editor Janet Hutchings for an interview about her work.
EPISODE 41:"Brea’s Tale" by Karen Pullen
Winner of a Best Long Story Derringer Award from the Short Mystery Fiction Society, this month’s featured story, "Brea's Tale," first appeared in EQMM’s Department of First Stories in January 2012. Reading it for us is the author, Karen Pullen.
EPISODE 40: "A Good Man of Business" by David Ingram---SPECIAL HOLIDAY PODCAST!
2012’s Robert L. Fish Award winner for best story by a new author is featured this month, as read by its author, David Ingram, who also composed and performed the music for the podcast. "A Good Man of Business" (EQMM January 2011) makes use of the author’s background in theater—another of his many talents!
Episodes 30 - 39
EPISODE 39: “The Brick Thing” by Jack Fredrickson
Shamus Award-nominated crime writer Jack Fredrickson had his fiction debut in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine’s Department of First Stories. He joins us this month for a reading of that first short story, “The Brick Thing” (EQMM September/October 2002). It’s the story of a long-ago crime with present reverberations.
EPISODE 38: “Normal” by Donna Andrews
It’s October and with Halloween on the horizon we decided to feature a tale with vampires, trolls, and other spooky creatures. Award-winning novelist and short story writer Donna Andrews reads her story “Normal” (from the May 2011 EQMM), in which her not-quite-“normal” private eye and a support cast that includes a wizard solve a classical whodunit.
EPISODE 37: “Safe and Loft” by John Lutz
Edgar and Shamus award winner John Lutz reads his caper story “Safe and Loft” for us this month (EQMM March/April 2008). In a career that has brought him two lifetime achievement awards, the St. Louis author has produced novels and short stories in all of mystery’s subgenres, from tough hardboiled pieces to lighthearted stories like this one.
EPISODE 36: "The Fruit Cellar" by Joyce Carol Oates
A haunting suspense story by National Humanities Medal winner Joyce Carol Oates is our featured selection this month. In addition to being one of the nation's most celebrated literary writers, Joyce Carol Oates is a distinguished member of the community of crime-fiction writers. "The Fruit Cellar" first appeared in EQMM's March/April 2004 issue. It is read here by Dorothy Cummings.
EPISODE 35: "Work Experience" by Simon Brett
Malice Domestic Lifetime Achievement Award winner Simon Brett has a theatrical background that makes his readings especially absorbing. The former TV and radio producer has been the reader for all of the audio editions of his many popular mystery novels. He joins our podcast series with a reading of his humorous September/October 2011 EQMM story "Work Experience."
EPISODE 34: "There's a Killer Loose!" by Mickey Spillane and Max Allan Collins
Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Mickey Spillane left a number of unfinished manuscripts when he died in 2006. Max Allan Collins, who wrote an Edgar-nominated critical study of Spillane and is also a versatile and celebrated mystery writer, has been completing the Spillane novels and stories. He is also the reader on this collaboration with Mickey Spillane, a story that was first published in the August 2008 issue of EQMM.
EPISODE 33: "Floored" by Twist Phelan
International Thriller Award winner Twist Phelan joins us this month with a story that draws on one of the successful careers she pursued before becoming a novelist and short story writer. The former lawyer and commodities trader revisits the trading floor in this reading of her story "Floored," from the June 2008 EQMM.
EPISODE 32: "Ghosts" by John Harvey, "Awake" by David Dean, and "Suitcase in Slow Time" by Dave Raines
Three short shorts comprise this month's podcast. First up, one of the U.K.'s most accomplished authors, poet and crime writer John Harvey, who reads his story "Ghosts," from the September/October 2009 EQMM. Next, current Edgar Allan Poe Award Best Short Story nominee David Dean reads his story "Awake," from our July 2009 issue. And finally, we present a story by multi-genre author Dave Raines. His "Suitcase in Slow Time," from the June 2009 EQMM, is read by Mark Lagasse.
EPISODE 31: "A Drowning at Snow's Cut" by Art Taylor
Fiction writer, book reviewer, and college professor Art Taylor reads his story "A Drowning at Snow's Cut" (EQMM, May 2011), which is currently nominated for the Short Mystery Fiction Society's Long Short Story Derringer Award. The author is a former Derringer Award winner in the novelette category, and a frequent contributor to EQMM.
EPISODE 30: "The Girl in the Golden Gown" by Robert S. Levinson
This month's selection is a story by Derringer Award-winning author Robert S. Levinson, "The Girl in the Golden Gown" (EQMM March/April 2010), read by Dell Magazines editor Mark Lagasse. A private-eye tale told in an inimitable voice, it was a nominee for the Private Eye Writers of America's Shamus Award.
Episodes 20 - 29
EPISODE 29: “No Mystery” by Terence Faherty
Shamus Award winner Terence Faherty is featured this month reading "No Mystery" (from the March/April 2011 EQMM), a story in his Star Republic series, which follows the sometimes-offbeat investigations of a nameless newspaper reporter. The author is best known for his award-winning Owen Keane and Scott Elliott mystery series.
EPISODE 28: “Stone Cold Christmas” by Doug Allyn
This month, to celebrate the holiday season, EQMM presents a third podcast reading by multiple Edgar Allan Poe Award winner Doug Allyn. This time out, the author/musician brings us one of his Christmas stories, “Stone Cold Christmas” (EQMM January 2007), complete with his own musical arrangement and performance of a classic holiday song.
EPISODE 27: “Ibrahim's Eyes” by David Dean
The story that won the EQMM Readers Award in 2007, “Ibrahim’s Eyes” by David Dean (from the June 2007 EQMM), is featured this month in a reading by another EQMM Readers Award winner, Doug Allyn. David Dean, whose work was recently nominated for a Barry Award, has been a regular contributor to EQMM since 1989.
EPISODE 26: “Comeback” by Ed Gorman
The Private Eye Writers of America’s new lifetime achievement award winner, Ed Gorman, is our featured author this month. His dark suspense story “Comeback,” read by Mark Lagasse, appeared in EQMM’s March/April 2009 issue. Like much of the Iowa author’s work, the tale revolves around its characters and missed opportunities. . .
EPISODE 25: “The Green Cross” by Elizabeth Zelvin
Elizabeth Zelvin, a New York poet and psychotherapist turned mystery writer, reads her Agatha Award nominated story “The Green Cross” for this month’s podca st. This engrossing first entry in a hist orical series, which appeared in the Augu st 2010 EQMM, is set on board ship during the first voyage of Columbus.
EPISODE 24: "Fun and Games at the Carousel Mall" by Tom Tolnay
Award-winning short story writer Tom Tolnay reads his story "Fun and Games at the Carousel Mall" (from the September/October 2002 EQMM) for us this month. Like many of the stories this versatile author writes, it pushes the boundaries of our genre.
EPISODE 23: "Disarming" by Dana Cameron
Award-winning short story writer and novelist Dana Cameron reads the second installment in her multi-award-nominated series featuring sixteenth century tavern owner Anna Hoyt. The story, full of accurate period detail and informed by the keen historical sensibility that is the Massachusetts author's hallmark, is from the June 2011 EQMM.
EPISODE 22: "So Much in Common" by Mary Jane Maffini
An award-winning author of both novels and short stories, Mary Jane Maffini joins with author James Lincoln Warren in this reading of her story "So Much in Common," from the September/October 2010 issue of EQMM. The story is the most recent winner of the Agatha Award for Best Short Story.
EPISODE 21: "The Chatelaine Bag" by Marcia Muller and Bill Pronzini
This month two celebrated crime writers, Marcia Muller and Bill Pronzini, join forces for a podcast reading of a story they wrote collaboratively. It's from a series set in 1890s San Francisco, starring former Secret Service agent John Quincannon and former Pinkerton agent Sabina Carpenter. There's a little bit of a love interest between the fictional couple, which works well in a series written by a husband and wife who are at the top of their profession, just as Quincannon and Carpenter are in theirs! The story is from the June 2011 issue of EQMM.
EPISODE 20: "Famous Last Words" by Doug Allyn
Multiple EQMM Readers Award winner Doug Allyn is also a talented professional musician. For this podcast of his story "Famous Last Words," from the November 2009 EQMM, he's composed and performed a song and instrumental music. Reading the story is author, critic, and EQMM reviewer Steve Steinbock.
Episodes 10 - 19
EPISODE 19: "The Case of the Headless Man" by Bill Crider
Award-winning mystery and Western fiction writer Bill Crider, a native Texan who wrote a PhD dissertation on the hardboiled detective novel, is known to many in the mystery field for his reviews, columns, and critical work. But he's also one of our genre's best storytellers. Here he is reading his story "The Case of the Headless Man," from the March 1998 EQMM.
Episode 18: "The Petty-Cash Killing" by Parnell Hall
Whether the Malice Domestic Convention's 2010 Guest of Honor Parnell Hall is writing in the private eye or the cozy genre, his stories and novels are always well plotted, and humorous elements abound. The author is also a musician and former actor, skills that put him in the perfect position to produce popular YouTube videos such as Signing in the Waldenbooks. He joins us this month with a reading of his November 1999 EQMM story "The Petty-Cash Killing."
Episode 17: "Cupid's Arrow" by Marilyn Todd
British writer Marilyn Todd is one of a small group of historical writers currently mining the world of Ancient Rome for intrigue and suspense. In this month's selection, "Cupid's Arrow", from the September 2003 issue of EQMM, her series protagonist Claudia Seferius investigates a murder on her very doorstep. The dramatized reading features the author as Claudia, and an entrancing cast of supporting characters.
Episode 16: "Fruitcake" by Steve Hockensmith
Edgar, Anthony, Shamus and Dilys Award finalist Steve Hockensmith joins us for a second podcast this month, this time reading one of his delightful Christmas tales, "Fruitcake," from the January 2003 EQMM. Booklist has praised this author for his "delicate balance of mystery and humor." If you're in need of some laughter to break the frenzy of holiday shopping, don't miss this one!
Episode 15: "Rogue's Gallery" by Robert Barnard
A winner of the Crime Writers' Association of Great Britain's Lifetime Achievement Award, Robert Barnard has been, for decades, one of the leading lights in British crime fiction, and an author with a large following in the U.S. and around the globe as well. For this episode in our podcast series he reads the poignant "Rogues' Gallery," from the March 2003 EQMM.
Episode 14: "Ms. Grimshank Regrets" by Nancy Pickard
With her latest novel, The Scent of Rain and Lightning, a New York Times bestseller and a "Barnes & Noble Recommends" main selection, Nancy Pickard is at the top of her profession. Her first published work appeared in EQMM's Department of First Stories and she continues to produce many excellent short stories each year. Here she is reading "Ms. Grimshank Regrets," from our May, 2008 issue. After the reading, Nancy joins EQMM editor Janet Hutchings and authors Margaret Maron and Carolyn Hart for an interview conducted at the Malice Domestic Convention in 2010. (This interview also appears at the end of Episodes 12 and 13 in our podcast series.)
Episode 13: Virgo in Sapphires" by Margaret Maron
Margaret Maron is widely celebrated for her novels, but she began her career with short stories and continues to produce some of the best short work in the field. After the Edgar Allan Poe Award winning author's reading of her story "Virgo in Sapphires," from the December 2001 EQMM, she joins EQMM editor Janet Hutchings and authors Nancy Pickard and Carolyn Hart for an interview conducted at the Malice Domestic Convention in Arlington, Virginia. (This interview also appears at the end of Episode 12 in our podcast series.)
Episode 12: "Spooked" by Carolyn Hart
The author of nearly 4 dozen novels, bestselling author Carolyn Hart seldom writes short stories, but when she does, they're not to be missed. This month's selection, "Spooked," from EQMM's March 1999 issue, is set on the home front, in Oklahoma, during World War II. Often hailed as America's Agatha Christie, Carolyn Hart creates a memorable picture of childhood and war in this tale, which became the basis for a book entitled Letter From Home. Following the author's reading of the story is an interview conducted by EQMM editor Janet Hutchings at the Malice Domestic Convention in Arlington, Virginia, with Carolyn Hart, Nancy Pickard, and Margaret Maron.
Episode 11: "Star of the Silver Screen" by Janice Law
Edgar Allan Poe Award nominee Janice Law takes the classic woman-in-jeopardy story in an entirely unexpected direction in this month's selection, "Star of the Silver Screen," from EQMM's December, 1996 issue. The tale is evocatively read by Dorothy Cummings.
Episode 10: "The Pirate's Debt" by Toni L.P. Kelner
An historical mystery filled with high-seas adventure, by award-winning author and editor Toni L.P. Kelner, is featured in this month's podcast, as read by Charlaine Harris. "The Pirate's Debt," which appeared in EQMM's August 2009 issue, received a nomination from the Short Mystery Fiction Society for best novelette of 2009. Following the reading, Toni and Charlaine join editor Janet Hutchings for an interview recorded at the Bouchercon World Mystery Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana. (This interview also appears at the end of episode 9 in our podcast series.)
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Episode 9: "Dead Giveaway" by Charlaine Harris
A story by bestselling writer Charlaine Harris, author of the novels on which the HBO TV series True Blood is based, is read, for this episode in our podcast series, by writer Toni L.P. Kelner. "Dead Giveaway" first appeared in EQMM's December 2001 issue and can also be found in print on our website. Following the reading, Charlaine and Toni join editor Janet Hutchings for an interview recorded at the Bouchercon World Mystery Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Episode 8: "Horn Man" by Clark Howard
Winner of the 1981 Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Short Story, "Horn Man" features unforgettable characters and the vivid setting of the New Orleans music scene. The legendary Clark Howard's many fans, who have made him a multiple winner of EQMM's yearly Readers Award, won't want to miss this dramatic reading of the tale by another well-known EQMM contributor, Doug Allyn. "Horn Man" was first published in the 6/2/80 issue of EQMM.
Episode 7: "Say That Again," by Peter Lovesey, "The Old Story" by Liza Cody, and "Wheeze" by Michael Z. Lewin
Three stories that take their lead from a single newspaper article provide an entertaining look at how a common creative impetus can take the imaginations of different writers in wonderfully different directions. Includes a short interview with the authors, all leading writers of suspense, recorded at the 2009 Bouchercon World Mystery Convention.
Episode 6: "The Problem of the Locked Caboose" by Edward D. Hoch
The solving of so-called "impossible crimes" is the hallmark of Edward D. Hoch's series character Dr. Sam Hawthorne. In this episode, the New England country doctor is on board a night train when a body is discovered in its locked caboose. Dramatized from the story "The Problem of the Locked Caboose" by Edward D. Hoch, published in EQMM in May, 1976.
Episode 5: "Dear Doctor Watson" by Steve Hockensmith
A pair of Old West cowboys try to prove they're worthy of joining a detective agency by retrieving an incriminating letter, in "Dear Doctor Watson" by Steve Hockensmith (from the February 2007 issue of EQMM). But things are not all they appear to be in Missoula, Montana, circa 1890. . .
Episode 4: "A Lump of Sugar" by Ellery Queen
Ellery Queen returns in a case involving a cryptic dying message. Adapted by Ed Bogas, of Bogas Productions, from the story "A Lump of Sugar," published in EQMM in February, 1953. (The story later appeared under the titles "Murder in the Park" and "The Mystery of the 3 Dawn Riders.")
Episode 3: "The Talking Dead" by Melodie Johnson Howe
A TV writer goes missing, leaving her show's star without a script and opening up a perfect scenario for murder. In this fourth installment in her series of Diana Poole mysteries (published in EQMM in June 2003), former Hollywood actress Melodie Johnson Howe takes a penetrating look at the off-stage life of a TV idol.
Episode 2: "Groundwork" by Neil Schofield
A nosy neighbor alerts police to suspicious digging in the garden next-door—and she isn't the only one to get an unexpected comeuppance. Dramatized from the story "Groundwork," by Neil Shofield, published in EQMM in November 2001.
Episode 1: "The Myna Birds" by Ellery Queen
Ellery Queen receives a phone call from a murder victim in this clever play involving a witness of another species. Taken from the story entitled "Cut, Cut, Cut!" when it was published in EQMM in September 1956.