Stranger Than Fiction

Monthly true-crime columns by Dean Jobb

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The realms of crime fiction and true crime have many intersections. Fiction writers often draw on real investigative techniques, police procedures, and even notorious crime cases in fashioning their stories, and, conversely, fictional sleuths and their methods have occasionally influenced the practices of actual police forces. In this way, the interests of readers of crime fiction and true crime naturally dovetail, yet until 2018 the latter field had never been represented in EQMM. In January of 2018, we launched a new department to remedy that omission. Entitled Stranger Than Fiction, and written by award-winning Canadian author and journalist Dean Jobb, the column was offered free, exclusively here on our website, exploring true crime through reviews of true-crime books and original articles on real-world crimes and criminals. The feature proved so popular online that it was incorporated into the magazine itself (both print and digital editions) as of May/June 2020. In each bimonthly issue of the magazine, readers will now find an original true crime article by Dean Jobb, with supplemental material, including documents and photos, right here on our website, under the Stranger Than Fiction banner. On alternate months (when there is no new issue of the magazine releasing), you’ll still find web-exclusive true crime book reviews by Dean Jobb right here.

A true-crime specialist with more than a half-dozen titles in print, Dean Jobb is the author of one the most notable true-crime works in recent years, Empire of Deception. The story of a master swindler in 1920s Chicago, the book won both the Crime Writers of Canada and Chicago Writers Association awards, and earned rave reviews. The New York Times Book Review called it “intoxicating and impressively researched.” Readers will also want to look for the upcoming Jobb title The Case of the Murderous Dr. Cream (Algonquin Books and HarperCollins Canada, 2021). In addition to pursuing his literary and journalistic careers, Dean Jobb teaches in the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction program at the University of King’s College in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

We hope you’ll continue to enjoy this newest of EQMM’s departments, which has joined the Jury Box and Blog Bytes in EQMM’s long tradition of cutting-edge reviewing and scholarship.

— Janet Hutchings





January 2022
Arthur Conan Doyle and Murder in England’s “Smiling and Beautiful Countryside”

February 2022
Murder Most Irish

March 2022
A Taste for Poison: The Curious Case of Dr. Lamson

April 2022
Spy Versus Spy

May 2022
The "Bogus Priest" and the Murdered President

June 2022
Frontier Justice


July 2022
Murder in the Air? The Mysterious Death of Stunt Pilot B.H. DeLay


January 2021
“He Takes My Mind from Better Things”: Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Reluctant Author

February 2021
Larger Than Life

March 2021
A Death in Provence

April 2021
Con Games

May 2021
Murder on Twenty-Third Street

June 2021
Fact Meets Fiction


July 2021

August 2021
Deck-chair Detectives

September 2021
The Ponzi of Paris: The Jazz-Age Scams Marthe Hanau

October 2021
Stop the Presses!

November 2021
Fact Meets Fiction in Poe's 'The Black Cat'

December 2021
Ghosts of True Crime Past


January 2020
Finding Sherlock, Part 1:
"The Endless Significance of the Trifles"

February 2020
Finding Sherlock, Part 2:
A New Idea of the Detective

March 2020
Home of the Whoppers

April 2020
Canadian Noir

May 2020
The Two Will Wests

June 2020
Cops & Robbers

July 2020
The Sinking of the I'm Alone

August 2020
"Summery" Offenses

September 2020
Arthur Conan Doyle and the Mutineers

October 2020
Women & Crime

November 2020
Daring, Devious and Deadly

December 2020
Hindsight is 20/20


January 2019
Revisiting Classic True Crime

February 2019
Mob Scenes

March 2019
French Connections

April 2019
Mysteries at the Museum

May 2019
In Case You Missed It

June 2019
Victorian Sensations

July 2019
Political Crimes

August 2019
Summer Reads

September 2019
Poison Pens

October 2019
A Crime Story to Good to be True

November 2019
Jazz-Age Crime

December 2019
The Best True Crime of 2019


January 2018
Four Books, Four Countries, One Crime

February 2018
We Hear of Sherlock Everywhere

March 2018
Murder and Mayhem in the Windy City

April 2018
The Writer as Sleuth

May 2018
The Origins of the CSI Effect

June 2018
The Con is On

July 2018
The Craft of True Crime: When Old News is Good News

August 2018
Catch a True-Crime Wave This Summer

September 2018
Old School Murder and Mayhem

October 2018
Crime and Place

November 2018
Rich and Infamous

December 2018
The Class of 2018




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