Author Archives: somethingisgoingtohappen

“The Last Great Crime Novel of 1975?: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood by Quentin Tarantino” (by Kevin Mims)

In a follow-on to his March 10 post for this site entitled “The Greatest Year in the History of Crime Fiction” (1975),  essayist and short story writer Kevin Mims reviews one of 2021’s new books as if it were a … Continue reading

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“How to Create a Successful Villain” (by Sheila Kohler)

An award-winning author of novels and short stories, with two O.Henry Awards to her credit, Sheila Kohler writes crime fiction as well as literary fiction. Her most recent novel is the thriller Open Secrets, published by Penguin in 2020. Publishers Weekly said … Continue reading

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“This Location Screams for a Murder” (by Elvie Simons)

A Canadian currently residing in the Pacific Northwest, Elvie Simons has had stories in a variety of publications, including The Dark City Mystery Magazine, The Prairie Journal, and Island Writer Magazine. She debuts with EQMM in our current issue (July/August … Continue reading

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Make the Familiar Familiar (by Smita Harish Jain)

A writer who grew up in Mumbai, India and currently lives in suburban Virginia, Smita Harish Jain has had a number of crime short stories published, including one in the recent MWA anthology, When a Stranger Comes to Town. Her … Continue reading

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Locked Room vs. Closed Circle Mysteries – What’s the difference between these traditional mystery sub-genres? (by Gigi Pandian)

EQMM’s July/August issue, on sale now, is dedicated to the traditional mystery. Leading it off, with “The Locked Room Library,”  is Gigi Pandian, the author of ten traditional mystery novels (the Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt mysteries and Accidental Alchemist mysteries) and more than a … Continue reading

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“July Fifth in Worcester, Mass.” (by Michael Grimala)

Michael Grimala moved to Nevada in 2012 to take a job as a reporter for the Las Vegas Sun, but he’s a native of Massachusetts, where he set his debut short story, “A Trunk Full of Illegal Fireworks.” As you … Continue reading

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“Who’s Ready for Another Roaring Twenties?” (by Tehra Peace)

Portland, Oregon author Tehra Peace is a marketing copywriter by day. To say that she is a fan of mystery fiction would be to understate her interest; her passion for our genre is evident in the webzine she cofounded, Mystery … Continue reading

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A Move and a Mystery

Of the many changes COVID-19 has wrought in our lives, one of the most wide ranging has been the change from a physical to a virtual workplace. A year after the pandemic began, a majority of Americans were still working … Continue reading

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“If It Weren’t for Ellery Queen” (by Hal Charles)

Hal Blythe and Charlie Sweet have been writing together for more than forty-five years. Together, as Hal Charles, they are the authors of more than 200 short stories, one of which is “Nothing Good Happens After Midnight,” in our current … Continue reading

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“The Secret of Las Vegas” (by Melissa Yi)

Melissa Yi is a Canadian ER doctor who writes medical thriller novels starring doctor-sleuth Hope Sze. One of the books in the series, Stockholm Syndrome, was named one of the best crime novels of its season by CBC Radio’s The … Continue reading

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