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EQMM February 2016

  In This Issue:

As editor Janet Hutchings discusses in this issue’s From the Editor’s Desk—and as any longtime EQMM reader can attest—Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories have always been an important influence on EQMM and its editors, and of course on many of its authors and readers as well. This issue is EQMM’s annual celebration of Sherlockiana, as well as the second issue in the magazine’s 75th-anniversary year. From our archives we bring you a unique and wonderfully witty take on the Holmes homage, “The Adventure of the Single Footprint” by Robert Arthur, which originally appeared in EQMM’s July 1948 issue. You’ll return to Baker Street with pastiche and parody respectively in Keith Hann’s military-history infused case “The Last Man” (from the Department of First Stories), and in Terence Faherty’s, “The Blue Carbuncle,” another in that author’s humorous series taken from “the first drafts” of Dr. Watson’s manuscripts. 

Echoes of Sherlock Holmes appear in “Murder on the Brighton Run” by Amy Myers, set in the Victorian period and featuring sleuth-chef Auguste Didier, and in R.T. Raichev’s whodunit “Monsters Are Among Us,” in which mystery writer Antonia Darcy and her husband investigate a murder that occurs during an opulent and eccentric party. We visit London of another era in Barbara Nadel’s “French Model Upstairs”: A young woman explores her own background in seedy 1960s Soho—and what she finds will startle you, as it certainly does her. 

The issue also contains some outstanding examples of the pure suspense tale. Romantic and spousal tensions are pulled to the breaking point in Bill Pronzini’s haunting “Old Sins,” Richard Macker’s wry “A Particularly Unpleasant Incident” (from the Passport to Crime department), and Josh Pachter’s contemporary short-short “Selfie.” And dark waves lap the shore in both Marilyn Todd’s historical “Beach Men” and Rob Brunet’s atmospheric “Skinny’s Beach,” set in rural Ontario. . . . 

To complete our yearly celebration of Holmes’s birthday (copies of the issue will be distributed at the annual Baker Street Irregulars banquet on January 15) we’ve got Steve Steinbock’s annual round-up of Sherlockian titles for The Jury Box. Don’t miss it!

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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 podcast: "The Erstwhile Groom" by Laura Benedict and “The Problem of the Christmas Steeple” by Edward D. Hoch


Blog BytesCheck out this month's Blog Bytes by Bill Crider


INTERVIEW SERIES:
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. 

SPECIAL FEATURE STORY
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.


ANNIVERSARY FEATURES: 
Articles & Photos Celebrating EQMM's 70th


Back by Popular Demand - Our Mystery Crossword Puzzle!

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!



Excerpts
The Blue Carbuncle

The Blue Carbuncle
by Terence Faherty
Art by Jason C. Eckhardt

Late on the day after Christmas, I narrowly escaped a concerted assault upon my home by a gang of cutthroats (change to “Mary’s sewing circle”) and hurried to Baker Street, hoping to interest my old friend Sherlock Holmes in an evening of snooker. I found him stretched out upon the sofa, snoring away beneath a coverlet of newspapers. Beside him was a wooden chair from which hung a felt hat of the type first made by and named for the Bowler hat firm. Read more

Murder on the Brighton Run

Murder on the Brighton Run
by Amy Myers

Art by Allen Davis

Auguste Didier was cold, he was wet, and he was miserable. The correct place for a master chef on a November Saturday morning was adding the finishing touches to an exquisite luncheon and not struggling through thick mud in the Surrey countryside to push a contraption that frightened horses and called itself a motor carriage.

Read more


INTERVIEW SERIES:
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. 

SPECIAL FEATURE STORY
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.


ANNIVERSARY FEATURES: 
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!

INTERVIEW SERIES:
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. 

SPECIAL FEATURE STORY
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.


ANNIVERSARY FEATURES: 
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!


Next Month in EQMM:

Continuing with our 75th Anniversary, our March/April DOUBLE issue features mysteries from William Faulkner, Joyce Carol Oates, Tim L. Williams, Doug Allyn, Robert Wilson, Hilde Vandermeeren and many more!



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