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“The Legacy of Editor Queen” (by Laird Blackwell)

A professor emeritus at Sierra Nevada College, where he taught for over thirty years, and currently a teacher of  literature at Tahoe Expedition Academy, Laird Blackwell is an expert on detective fiction. His 2018 book The Metaphysical Mysteries of G.K. … Continue reading

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“Murder Becomes Her: 10 Captivating Female Killers in Fiction” (by Sophia Huneycutt)

A San Francisco-area resident who works as a freelance copywriter, Sophia Huneycutt makes her fiction debut with the very contemporary and timely story “A Perfect Life,” in our current issue, March/April 2019. There’s been a lot written in recent years … Continue reading

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“The Unlikely Ladies of Nineteenth Century Crime Fiction” (by Nancy Novick)

Nancy Novick—a freelance journalist who writes about health, medicine, and the arts—made her fiction debut in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine in the September/October 2018 issue, with “How Does He Die This Time?” The story went on to win the 2019 … Continue reading

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“Three Unique Variations on the Crime Novel” (by Michael Cowgill)

Michael Cowgill makes his professional fiction debut in the Department of First Stories of the current issue of Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine (March/April 2019), with the story “Call Me Chuckles.” His short fiction had previously appeared in two small literary … Continue reading

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“Chekhov for the Gun-Shy” (by Reed Johnson)

Reed Johnson’s fiction and nonfiction have appeared in many publications, including The Gettysburg Review, Meridian, New England Review, Narrative, and The New Yorker online. His first story for EQMM was November/December 2018’s “Open House,” which has been chosen for inclusion in Best American … Continue reading

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A NEW TREND IN MYSTERY FICTION?

One of the most common questions posed to editors is “What trends do you see in your submissions?” Over the years, I’ve noticed a few: the rise of contemporary noir, a fall in first private-eye submissions and then whodunits,  the … Continue reading

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“Finding Freedom, Finding Truth: The Impact of Jarvis Jay Masters” (by Batya Swift Yasgur MA, LSW)

Last month, Batya Swift Yasgur also blogged for this site, and I recommend that anyone who missed it take a look at that earlier post: It has some commonalities with this new piece. The author began her fiction-writing career in … Continue reading

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“The Case of the Belligerent Bookseller” (by Kevin Mims)

An inveterate reader of old paperback fiction in several genres, Kevin Mims is a regular visitor to used bookstores. An innocent enough avocation, one would think, but it turns out that currents of suspected mischief and deception run through even … Continue reading

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“America’s Most Overlooked Crime Novelist” (by Kevin Mims)

Short-story writer Kevin Mims received an International Thriller Award nomination for his 7/13 EQMM story“The Gallows-Bird,”and he has contributed fiction to many other publications, including AHMM. He is perhaps better known, however, for his essays and articles, which have appeared … Continue reading

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“Learning From the Dream Team” (by Cecilia Fulton)

A former prosecutor, Cecilia Fulton grew up in California but now lives on the East Coast with her family. She debuts as a professionally published fiction writer in our current issue (January/February) with the story “Father of the Corpse.” The … Continue reading

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