Category Archives: Characters

“The Mystery Writer’s Hidden Weapon” (by John F. Dobbyn)

John F. Dobbyn began his fiction-writing career with stories in verse, published in EQMM. His first prose fiction, published in our Department of First Stories in 1994, introduced Michael Knight and Lex Devlin, now the stars of a series of … Continue reading

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“Through a Child’s Eyes, In a Child’s Voice” (by Batya Swift Yasgur)

Batya Swift Yasgur’s first fiction, “Me and Mr. Harry,” appeared in EQMM’s Department of First Stories in Mid-December 1994, and went on to win that year’s Robert L. Fish Memorial Award for best short story by a new American author. Like … Continue reading

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“About a BROI” (by Kevin Mims)

The fiftieth anniversary of the horrific Manson Family murders is this week, on Friday. In the annals of true crime, the case will always loom large. But as Kevin Mims brings out in this post, the murders also had a … Continue reading

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“The Unknowable and the Imagination” (by V.S. Kemanis)

V.S. Kemanis, author of the Dana Hargrove mystery novels, is also a short-story writer with work in EQMM and a number of literary magazines. Her latest story for EQMM, “Dzintra’s Tale,” in our current issue (July/August 2019), is generating a … Continue reading

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“It Was A Wandering Daughter Job: The Coens, Fargo, The Big Lebowski, and Dashiell Hammett” (by Adrian McKinty)

Winner of the 2017 Edgar Allan Poe Award for best paperback original for Rain Dogs, Northern Ireland’s Adrian McKinty has swept crime fiction’s top awards in other parts of the world as well. His honors include the Ned Kelly Award, … Continue reading

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“Every Picture Tells a Story” (by Marilyn Todd)

Marilyn Todd is best known for her mystery novels set in the worlds of Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome. Last month, Snap Shot, the first in her new series of Victorian mysteries, starring Julia McAllister, a murder suspect turned England’s … Continue reading

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“The Man With The Action-Packed Expense Account” (by Richard Helms)

Richard Helms is a retired forensic psychologist and college professor. A frequent contributor to Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, he has nineteen novels (the most recent March 2019’s Paid in Spades) and numerous short stories in print, and has received multiple … Continue reading

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“The True Story Behind The Writing of ‘The Duelist'” (by David Dean)

Over the nearly thirty years in which David Dean has been contributing stories to EQMM, he’s proved popular with the magazine’s readers. In 2007 he took first place for the EQMM Readers Award with “Ibrahim’s Eyes”; in 2012 he came … Continue reading

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“On Sara Gran’s Claire DeWitt and the Nature of Truth in Detective Fiction” (by Chad Baker)

In the days when EQMM had a Department of Second Stories, legal-aid attorney Chad Baker would have qualified. He makes his EQMM debut in our current issue, May/June 2019, with the story “The Smoking Bandit of Lakeside Terrace.” Previously, he … Continue reading

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“The Other Face” (by Pat Black)

Pat Black makes his EQMM debut in our current issue (May/June 2019) and we have more of his work coming up. His stories have also been published in a number of anthologies, including Northern Crime One. He was the runner-up … Continue reading

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