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Murder, mayhem, and mystery appear to be occupational hazards in EQMM’s March/April 2017 issue. Doctors are enlisted in the body-counting in Andrew Klavan’s post-WWI psychological thriller “All Our Yesterdays” and in Robert Shepherd’s clever “Just Below the Surface” (Department of First Stories). Environmental scientists assist in “Oh, Give Me a Home” by Gerald Elias, and an academic tackles a poisoning in G.M. Malliet’s “The Oxford Tarts.” At another table, a romantic meal is disrupted by violence in “Le Bernadin,” Alaric Hunt’s hardboiled EQMM debut. 

Misbehavior has a rural setting in Carl Robinette’s “The Hard Rise,” in which a local war hero stumbles onto crime on his home turf, and in Tim L. Williams’s topical “Renters,” in which a family torn by poverty and looming eviction resorts to desperate means.

The creative arts have their own troubles, as a has-been writer unfolds in “Alive, Alive-Oh!” by O.A. Tynan and as some unusual works of art reveal in “Portrait of a Lady” by Beatrix Kramlovsky (Passport to Crime). An ex-convict/sculptor falls under suspicion in William Dylan Powell’s “The Model Citizen,” and P.I. Billy Raskolnikov and his monkey Ringo intervene. 

Crime’s in the job descriptions of both P.I. Julius Katz, who returns in Dave Zeltserman’s “Cramer in Trouble,” and ancient Irish advocate Sister Fidelma, who’s seen in her student days in “The Copyist” by Peter Tremayne. Student days also factor in “Together” by Charlie Hughes, a Department of First Stories tale of obsession. 

Characters in Judith Cutler’s “Ruthless” (the tale of a woman too often widowed), in Antony Mann’s “The Guy I Told Stuff To” (where loose talk has dire consequences) and in Bill Pronzini’s “The Stereotype” (featuring a teacher who has exhausted conventional tactics) explore less legitimate occupations. And the issue finishes with the short but powerful historical “The Rat” by Cath Staincliffe. Our job is to bring you excellent and varied mystery fiction, and you’ll find it here!

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The Crime Scene

On September 30, Columbia University hosted, to a full audience, a half-day EQMM symposium, sponsored by the university’s Butler Library. It was an afternoon of insightful discussion, poignant recollection, a colorful and thought-provoking art presentation, a gripping reading by author Joyce Carol Oates, and more. Video and audio of the symposium are being made available on YouTube and as part of our podcast series. The panels include Making Mystery Matter: EQMM and the Shaping of American Crime and Detective Fiction; A Brush With Death: Crime Fiction Cover Art and Illustration From the Pulps to the Present; and EQMM’s Editors at Work and feature scholars, writers, artists, and editors such as Sarah Weinman, Charles Ardai, Jonathan Santlofer, Tom Roberts, Joseph Goodrich, and Otto Penzler.

The EQMM 75th Anniversary Exhibition, on view at the symposium’s reception, will run until December 23 in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Butler Library, 6th Floor East. Included is some of founding editor Frederic Dannay’s correspondence with several of the most important writers of the twentieth century, as well as some of his edited manuscripts (from the Frederic Dannay papers, which are housed at the library) and original drawings for some of the magazine’s early covers. If you’re in New York, be sure to catch it before the end of the year.

As the year draws nearer to a close, we want to remind you not to miss our two remaining anniversary issues: November, which is on sale now and highlights the magazine’s influence on crime fiction scholarship, reviewing, and criticism, and December, which includes some final thoughts about EQMM’s role in today’s publishing world.

We offer our thanks to all of the knowledgeable, inspiring, and enthusiastic participants and readers who have helped us mark this special year. For further reflections on the symposium, a photo gallery of the events, and a story contest revolving around the celebration (for which we now have results), please visit our blog SOMETHING IS GOING TO HAPPEN.

For updated information on the special issues celebrating our 75th-anniversary year, please click here

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at Something Is Going To Happen, where Janet Hutchings and guests blog about suspense, short stories, and the mystery-fiction scene.

EQMM Podcasts
Audio readings and dramatizations by the world's leading suspense writers. Visit our Podcast page today!

Check out this month's podcasts: “The Old Man and the Seashore” by Marilyn Todd
Novelist and short-story writer Marilyn Todd has been contributing to EQMM since 2000, when she appeared in our May issue with the first short story in her series of mysteries set in Ancient Rome. She has since become one of EQMM’s most prolific and popular contributors, sending us stories from a variety of different time periods, including a few, like the one we feature this month, that are set near our own time. “The Old Man and the Seashore” by Marilyn Todd, from the January 2016 EQMM, is read for this podcast by Mandie Davis.

Blog Bytes
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 nomin
ated 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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All Our Yesterdays
by Andrew Klavan
Art by Laurie Harden

A screaming bright madness of noise and fire—then nothing.

Brooks wasn’t afraid after he went over the top. Before, yes. In the moments just before the assault began, the fear was almost unbearable. As he stood there with his boots sunk in the sucking puddle, rifle lifted, bayonet fixed, the rat-infested dung hole of a trench seemed to him transformed: It had become hearth and home and mother all rolled into one. . . .

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The Model Citizen
by William Dylan Powell

Art by Mark Evan Walker

Corpus Christi, Texas, 1984 

I pulled the trigger once. Then again. Then over and over, scrubbing with the terry cloth and spraying Mr. Clean on our giant San Pellegrino umbrella on the deck of David’s Fifth Margarita. Monkeys are all but useless when it comes to cleaning a yacht, so Ringo slept in a hanging fern that swayed from the mainsail as I made yet another pass at the fabric on the deck chairs, umbrellas, bench cushions, and bar seating. . . .

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by Arthur Vidro: The Ransom of EQMM #1

Electronic Submissions For Writers:
EQMM uses an online electronic submission system (http://eqmm.magazinesubmissions.com) that has been designed to streamline our process and improve communication with authors. We ask that all submissions be made through this system, rather than on paper. Please refer to our writers' guidelines for full details and instructions on manuscript formatting.

Articles & Photos Celebrating EQMM's 70th

Each month we will post a new puzzle for your solving entertainment. Just click here to download and print, but beware: the answer is on page 2. Enjoy!

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Look out for our May/June 2017 double issue for more exciting stories on sale April 25, 2017.

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