Category Archives: Fiction

“A Semiforgotten Masterpiece of Short Fiction” (by Kevin Mims)

With EQMM’s 80th anniversary issue (September/October 2021) on sale now, this post, which begins by marking another significant anniversary in crime fiction, seems apt. It also calls attention to an important collection of short fiction of which I’d been unaware. … Continue reading

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“Mystery/Suspense and the Beauty of Brevity” (by Trey Dowell)

Yesterday, EQMM’s 80th Anniversary Issue (September/October 2021) went on sale. In it you’ll find Trey Dowell’s flash-fiction thriller “The Problem With Fish Markets.” (And yes, it’s possible to write a genuine international-intrigue thriller in one thousand words—though I might not have … 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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“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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“You Can’t Make This Stuff Up” (by Mike MacInnes)

Mike MacInnes trained as a lawyer in Canada before deciding to go to work for a publishing company, and to pursue his interest in writing. He currently writes summaries of legal cases by day, and as he explains in this … Continue reading

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“Keep the Door Open, Check the Bathroom” (by Linda Stansberry)

Eureka, California resident Linda Stansberry is an award-winning journalist who has recently been devoting more of her time to fiction writing. Her EQMM debut, “The Hidden Places,” appears in our current issue (May/June 2021). She’s had one previous professional fiction … Continue reading

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The Puerto Rican Mystery: Steven Torres Interviews Cina Pelayo and Richie Narvaez

Once in a while we have the privilege of bringing readers an interview on this blog. In this one, Steven Torres talks to Cina Pelayo and Richie Narvaez. Currently a resident of Connecticut, Steven Torres is a Derringer Award winning … Continue reading

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“The Importance of Titles” (by Josh Pachter)

Josh Pachter is a frequent contributor to EQMM as both a writer and translator. In both of those capacities he’s found titles an inspiration, as he explains in this post. He’s also a prolific anthologist whose most recent books include … Continue reading

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“The Greatest Year in the History of Crime Fiction” (by Kevin Mims)

Short-story writer and popular-fiction fan Kevin Mims is back this week talking about seminal years in crime fiction and making a case for the greatest one of all. —Janet Hutchings What was the greatest year in the history of crime … Continue reading

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“Not From Around Here” (by Leslie Elman)

A current nominee for the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Short Story for her January/February 2020 EQMM story “The Summer Uncle Cat Came to Stay,” Leslie Elman had short stories published in just two other venues—Mystery Weekly and Vautrin Magazine—prior … Continue reading

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