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EQMM May 2015

  In This Issue:

The May 2015 issue of EQMM is on the move—with plenty of potholes and bumps—starting off with a man found in a BMW, his murder to be investigated by Doug Allyn’s Detective Dylan Lacrosse, who’s busy with problems of his own (“Claire’s Mirror”). Art Taylor’s pair of sometime-outlaws Del and Louise are trying to take the high road . . . but they’ve hit a detour in Del’s older sister and her schemes (“Commission”). Even on foot, there’s trouble, especially for the marching protagonist in Antony Mann’s tale “The Greater Good.” 

A man follows the path home to look into the years-old death of his sister in Kate Ellis’s “The Hook,” and a young protagonist—also feeling tugs of nostalgia—learns from train whistles and tourist buggies as he weaves through the streets of New Orleans, trying to stay away from both domestic troubles and the violence plaguing his city, in “A Loneliness to the Thought” by Michael Caleb Tasker. In John Lantigua’s “The Gentleman from Shanghai,” P.I. Willie Cuesta dips his toes—and maybe more—into the waters off the Florida coast, in a case full of smugglers. 

Some are taking the college route: in John S. Barker’s “Cakes and Ale,” trouble arises in academia through poetry and illicit love affairs. Friends get tested, with murderous results, in “Friends Like You,” a Passport to Crime story by Pieter Aspe. And speaking of friends, Kristina Stanley’s Department of First Stories etnry—“When a Friendship Fails”—illustrates one that has perhaps gone sour. 

If we haven’t convinced you to come aboard yet, you certainly won’t want to miss a new story by MWA Grand Master Margaret Maron, the surprising “We on the Train!” This issue also announces the 2014 EQMM Readers Award winners. Catch it while you can!

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 The Crime Scene

Don't miss our nominated stories! Read them here!
Richard Helms nominated for "Busting Red Heads" (3-4/14)
Stephen Ross nominated for "Pussycat, Pussycat" (9-10/14)
Tim L. Williams nominated for "The Last Wrestling Bear in West Kentucky" (9-10/14)
Art Taylor's Agatha-nominated story, "The Odds Are Against Us" (11/14)

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Check out this month's Blog Bytes by Bill Crider

Bestselling author Lawrence Block is no stranger to the pages of AHMM and EQMM. His story “Looking for David” (EQMM, 2/98) was nominated for an Edgar award, and he took second place in the 1985 EQMM Readers Award poll for “Like a Bug on a Windshield.” His story “Keller in Dallas” (EQMM, 2/11), featuring series hit man John Keller, can be found in the e-anthology The Crooked Road: Ellery Queen Presents Stories of Grifters, Gangsters, Hit Men, and Other Career CrooksHere is Lawrence Block talking about New York City, Keller's home base, for the NPR series Crime in the City. 

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Articles & Photos Celebrating EQMM's 70th

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Claire's Mirror

Claire's Mirror
by Doug Allyn
Art by Ron Bucalo

There is a mirror beside Claire’s bed. It was there when I moved in. It offers a reflective view of all the marvelous amusements thereon.

Despite her age, or perhaps because of it, Claire is a voluptuary, a sensual and adventurous lover.

But there’s a problem with mirrors. . .

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The Greater Good

The Greater Good
by Antony Mann

Art by Allen Davis

I met Rich Semple at a Workers’ Day demonstration in Sydney. It was a beautiful autumn morning of bright skies and sunshine in the city centre. We happened to be marching near each other as we made our way through Hyde Park, though that was hardly a surprise. The demonstration was so small this year that everybody was marching near each other. Forty or fifty was a fair estimate, but who’s counting?

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Next Month in EQMM:

Check out our June 2015 issue featuring stories by Brendan DuBois, Scott Mackay, Sarah Weinman, Peter Turnbull and more!

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