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Here, you will find highlights of each month's print issue – including excerpts from our award-winning short stories, our book-review column The Jury Box, and The Mystery Crossword.The place to be for a good mystery!
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EQMM March/April 2015

  In This Issue:

Let our new double issue pull you out of the winter doldrums with its varied mix of familiar and new faces. We welcome back Doug Allyn’s Detective Dylan LaCrosse on a cold case literally dredged to the surface anew (“The Fury”) and solve a problem for S.J. Rozan’s private detectives Lydia Chin and Bill Smith with the help of Lydia’s mother (“Chin Yong-Yun Meets a Ghost”). Julius Katz and Archie are back, too, this time with a job that proves terrifying and life-changing (“Julius Katz and the Case of Exploding Wine”). 

Get your heart rate up with two other stories in which lives are at stake—the action-packed “Expiry Date” by Mason Cross and a darkly humorous Peter Macklin tale by Loren D. Estleman, this month’s Black Mask entry “The Black Spot.” 

It’s all about neighborhoods, and the secrets they hold, in Lucy Ribchester’s tale of WWI Edinburgh (“Digging Up Trouble”) and Meg Opperman’s venture into modern-day Tanzania (“Twilight Ladies”). 

You’ll enter the world of myth with Marilyn Todd’s “Who Pays the Piper” and Paul Halter’s Passport to Crime puzzler, “The Wolf of Fenrir,” and delve into the classics when David H. Hendrickson invokes a Biblical saga (“Huram’s Temple”) and William Burton McCormick brings you to ancient Rome (“Pompo’s Disguise”).

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Don't miss Art Taylor's Agatha-nominated story, "The Odds Are Against Us" (11/14), available to read here.

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Check out this month's podcast:  “The Problem of Cell 16” by Edward D. Hoch


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Check 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 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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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.


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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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Excerpts
Chin Yong-Yun Meets a Ghost

Chin Yong-Yun Meets a Ghost
by S. J. Rozan
Art by Mark Evan Walker

It was the first time I ever got a phone call from the underworld.

I was chopping spring onions when the red kitchen phone rang. (I told my children to buy me a red phone so the calls would be lucky ones. However, it doesn’t always work.) Wiping my hands on my apron, I walked across the room. Instead of lifting the receiver I pressed the blue button, as my son showed me, so the caller... 

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Julius Katz and the Case of Exploding Wine

Julius Katz and the Case of Exploding Wine
by Dave Zeltserman

Art by Laurie Harden

At one thirty-three in the afternoon Julius had a highly rated Argentinian Malbec—said to have rich cherry and plum flavors with hints of cocoa and black pepper—decanting while he hand cut paper-thin slices of Prosciutto Toscano with the skill of a master charcutier. As he did this, I tried to use my time productively by identifying the mysterious fifth murder suspect, but found that I was too peeved to do so. 

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Next Month in EQMM:

Don’t miss our May 2015 issue, which features stories by Margaret Maron, Doug Allyn, Art Taylor, Kate Ellis and much more!



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