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EQMM December 2015

  In This Issue:

It’s the last issue of 2015, and of EQMM’s 74th year—join us as we prepare to enter the final quarter of our first century with a volume fittingly layered with all different sorts of crime stories. Kicking it all off is an entry in the Readers Award winning series starring P.I. Julius Katz, “Julius Katz and the Giftwrapped Murder” by Dave Zeltserman. Another popular returning character, this time in a tricky police procedural, is Brooklyn cop Joe Rizzo (see “Rizzo’s Good Cop” by Lou Manfredo). 

In the historical category, we have Judith Cutler’s dark tale “Mr. Gladstone’s Floorboard,” and if you like domestic suspense, there are several riveting pieces you won’t want to miss: “The Siege” by Hilary Davidson, in which a second wife goes head to head with her clever stepson; “Snap” by Bill Pronzini, in which weather creates shut-ins at a winter retreat, with explosive consequences; Penny Hancock’s wry “I’ll Be There For You,” in which a mother and daughter conspire to solve the problem of a stalker; Susan Koefod’s “Open-Ended,” in which a recent widow sets off on a cross-country train voyage; and Ed Wyrick’s “One, Two, Skip a Few,” whose child narrator doesn’t know what to believe about her family—and neither will you! 

In the Ellery Queen tradition, we have some classical puzzle mysteries as well; the Passport to Crime Department has a stunner of an “impossible crime” tale (see “The Spider” by Kōga Saburō), and an amateur detective/reporter solves a whodunit set on Martha’s Vineyard in R.J. Koreto’s nuanced Department of First Stories debut “The Missing Motive.” 

The December issue also contains our 2015 index and Readers Award ballot—don’t miss your chance to cast a vote and help determine what we include in future issues!

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Check out this month's podcast:  “Stinking Plaster” by Bavo Dhooge

Blog BytesCheck 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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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!
Julius Katz and the Giftwrapped Murder

Julius Katz and the Giftwrapped Murder
by Dave Zeltserman
Art by Jason Eckhardt

“What do you know,” I said as I checked the outdoor webcam to see who had rung the bell. “You’ve got none other than Thomas Lind standing outside your front door.”

If it had been anyone else arriving unannounced at Julius’s Beacon Hill townhouse at nine-thirty in the morning making a nuisance of himself, it’s doubtful Julius would’ve let him interfere with his morning newspaper...

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Mr. Gladstone's Floorboard

Mr. Gladstone's Floorboard
by Judith Cutler

Art by Allen Davis

Farmer Speen banged the front door fit to raise the dead, or at least rouse her mother. Bea had just that minute settled her, so she shuffled downstairs as quickly as she dared, dodging the holes in the drugget lest she trip yet again. She opened the door with her finger to her lips. Farmer Speen, head and shoulders covered with sacking criss-crossed by fierce little rivulets, filled the frame, blocking what little light the day offered but not shutting out the driving rain.

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