Category Archives: Characters

“Where the Wild Men Are” (by Steve Hockensmith)

One of our genre’s best humorists, but an author who is also capable of writing quite dark stories, Steve Hockensmith has been appearing in EQMM since 2001. His first series of novels, the Amlingmeyer Brothers Mysteries, had its genesis in … Continue reading

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“EXIT WITH THE BODY”

In the September 1966 issue of EQMM, editor Frederic Dannay responded enthusiastically to a reader’s assertion that William Shakespeare, in his plays, anticipated the modern detective story. He included the letter in the magazine—along with his own notes—and reprinted 101 … Continue reading

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“Classic Murder Mystery Gets a Comic-Book Reboot” (by Maaja Wentz)

EQMM’s Department of First Stories has given a start to hundreds of authors, but in recent years, with developments in technology, what it means to give an author a start has changed. Some authors nowadays are able to get their … Continue reading

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“Balancing with Your Eyes Closed” (by Susan Dunlap)

Susan Dunlap got her start in EQMM’s Department of First Stories in 1978. Her body of work in the mystery field since that auspicious debut includes twenty-five novels in four popular series, featuring, respectively, Berkeley Police Officer Jill Smith, PG&E … Continue reading

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“The Misadventures of Ellery Queen” (by Josh Pachter and Dale C. Andrews)

In the mid twentieth century, critic and writer Anthony Boucher said (in the New York Times): “Ellery Queen is the American detective story.” But despite the enormous popularity of the Ellery Queen novels, stories, radio plays, TV shows, and movies during the … Continue reading

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“Ides of March: Relevant, Whether You Like it or Not” (by Steven Saylor)

Steven Saylor’s Gordianus the Finder series first saw print with the story “A Will Is a Way,” published in EQMM twenty-six years ago, in March 1992. A spellbinding historical set in Ancient Rome, that first Gordianus tale went on to … Continue reading

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“Weight of the Words” (by Samantha Allen)

Samantha Allen’s first published fiction, the story “Some Kind of Lonely,” appears in the current issue of EQMM, March/April 2018. The author has worked as an advertising copywriter, a college writing instructor, and a bookseller. She is currently employed at … Continue reading

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“From Noir to Golden Age” (by Carlos Orsi)

Carlos Orsi is a Brazilian writer and journalist with three novels and five short-story collections published in Portuguese. His work first appeared in EQMM in the July 2014 issue, translated for our Passport to Crime department by Cliff Landers. Since … Continue reading

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“3 Reasons a Good Mystery Is as Good as High-Lit” by Lawrence Light

The author of a series of crime novels featuring financial reporter Karen Glick, Larry Light is himself a writer and editor for CBS MoneyWatch. His award-winning journalism career includes work for the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Business Week, and other … Continue reading

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Edwin Hill on Writing

Edwin Hill makes his fiction debut in the Department of First Stories of EQMM’s current issue (January/February 2018). The tale, entitled “White Tights and Mary Janes,” was inspired, in part, by a short stint he did at a for-profit college. … Continue reading

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