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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 Sept/Oct 2015

  In This Issue:

EQMM’s fall 2015 double issue shines with award winners and nominees, and stories that span the genre. The world of show business isn’t just glitz and glamour in current Shamus and Thriller Award nominee Richard Helms’s witty “Shooting Stars,” which sees the return of Detective Amboy Boatright and psychic Bowie Crapster, or in 2014 Readers Award winner Doug Allyn’s powerful “The Comeback.” Trouble travels through time in other stories: to the 1960s in David Dean’s nostalgic “Happy Valley,” to the era of ancient Greek myths in Marilyn Todd’s clever “Petrified,” and into the future in Elle Wild’s surprising “Playing Dead,” from the Department of First Stories. 

The home front isn’t safe either, as you’ll see in “Wedding Day” by Bill Pronzini, “Why Alice Jumped” by Dandi Daley Mackall, “The Chair” by Nancy Pickard, and “The Greenhouse Effect” by current Thriller Award nominee Tim L. Williams. Puzzles are there for the figuring in both an American national park (in “Where the Buffalo Roam” by Gerald Elias) and in the fictional San Sebastiano (in “The Poet’s Stew Pot” by James Powell, the 2015 recipient of the Edward D. Hoch Memorial Golden Derringer for Lifetime Achievement). Characters lust over the shining title objects in “Sugar Vat” by Elaine Menge and “Jaguar, 385 hp, Blood Red” by Tom Tolnay, with unexpected results. 

Loren D. Estleman and Robert S. Levinson employ unusual narrative voices in “You Owe Me” and “Here’s What Happened,” respectively. And two tales of cross-border smuggling really kick up the issue’s suspense: Passport to Crime author Michael Berg’s “The Last Run” has the contraband delivered by hearse, while Harley Mazuk’s sprawling Black Mask P.I. tale involves air and train journeys that will have you on the edge of your seat.  

Last but not least, you won’t want to miss this month’s Jury Box review column, which takes a look at mystery’s Golden Age, and highlights some new books that follow in its traditions.

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 The Crime Scene

EQMM Nominated Stories, READ them here.
International Thiller Award
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)

Anthony Award

Art Taylor nominated for, "The Odds Are Against Us" (11/14)
Paul D. Marks nominated for "Howling at the Moon" (11/14)

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Check out this month's podcast: "The Night of Power" by Josh Pachter “Getaway Girl”

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 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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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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The Comeback

The Comeback
by Doug Allyn
Art by Jason C. Eckhardt

“You can map out a fight plan or a life plan, but when the action starts, it may not go the way you planned. . . . That’s where your roadwork shows. If you cheated on that in the dark of the morning, well, you’re going to get found out now. Under the bright lights.”

—Former Heavyweight Champion Joe Frazier 

“Open your eyes. Look at me.”

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The Chair

The Chair
by Nancy Pickard

Art by Laurie Harden

“You’re going to need a chair,” the doctor told Mel Santos after the operation on Mel’s left shoulder. He had slipped going down cement steps and fallen hard. Now he was hung together inside with delicate webbing that must not be disturbed while his torn tissues healed. Propped up and drugged up, Mel listened in a dopey haze as the orthopedic surgeon issued postoperative orders to him and his wife Jane.

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Check out our November 2015 issue featuring mind-bending tales by Carolyn Hart, James Powell, Brendan DuBois and more!

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