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“Life Doesn’t Always Work Out” (by Michael Z. Lewin)

Michael Z. Lewin is the winner of the 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Private Eye Writers of America, and he’s been writing private-eye novels and stories, as well as other types of crime fiction, since 1971. He’s known for … Continue reading

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“What is a Thriller?” (by Kevin Mims)

In today’s post, Kevin Mims, a frequent contributor to this site, takes a stab at defining one of the broadest of entertainment genres—the thriller. Each year, when EQMM makes its submissions for the best-short-story award given by the International Thriller … Continue reading

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“The ‘Art’ of Writing” (by Twist Phelan)

Twist Phelan is the author of the Finn Teller spy novels and the Pinnacle Peak mystery series (both for adults); her latest book, Snowed, is her first middle-grade mystery, due for release this fall. She’s also a short-story writer whose honors include … Continue reading

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“Easter Eggs for Everybody!” (by Leigh Perry)

An Agatha Award winner and a multiple nominee for many other awards in the mystery field under her real name (mentioned in this post!), Leigh Perry makes her pseudonymous EQMM debut with the story “The Skeleton Rides a Horse” in … Continue reading

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“When a Single Murder Seems Quaint” (by John Dziuban)

John Dziuban is a recipient of the Ginny Wray Prize in Fiction, awarded yearly for the best writing by a student at Purchase College in White Plains, New York. His nonfiction has appeared in several online publications. His first published … Continue reading

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Summer Reading (by Mark Harrison)

By this week or next, nearly all public schools will have reopened, bringing an end to summer vacation for kids and with it the end to summer reading—both assigned and voluntary. For fifteen years, writer Mark Harrison’s day job has … Continue reading

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When Strangers Meet (by Art Taylor)

Art Taylor made his fiction debut in EQMM’s Department of First Stories in 1995 and he’s gone on to become one of the most celebrated short-story writers in the crime/mystery field. He won the Edgar for his EQMM story “English 398: … Continue reading

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My Cup Runneth Over (by David Dean)

Most of the many stories author David Dean has contributed to EQMM over several decades have been contemporary. Many are cases for his series policeman Julian Hall, and readers can now find several of them in the collection Tomorrow’s Dead, just … Continue reading

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Hiding in Plain Sight (by Anne Swardson)

A former journalist for the Washington Post and Bloomberg, Anne Swardson has lived in Paris for twenty-six years. Her very first mystery story was selected for the Mystery Writers of America’s 2012 anthology, Vengeance, and she has followed up with stories for … Continue reading

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Suffer the Children (by Meenakshi Gigi Durham)

A professor and a former journalist, Meenakshi Gigi Durham made her debut as a fiction writer in EQMM’s Department of First Stories in December of 2004 with the story “The Drum.” Like many of her subsequent stories—including 2008’s “Storm Surge” … Continue reading

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