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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 August 2015

  In This Issue:

Usher in the fall with EQMM’s November 2015 issue. Stories run the gamut from the classical whodunit  to the private eye story to psychological suspense, and include police procedurals, noir, and stories with a twist in the tail.  Representing the traditional mystery are Terrie Farley Moran’s “A Killing at the Beausoleil” and Carolyn Hart’s puzzler with a twist, “What Goes Around.”  In the private-eye category there’s James Powell’s humorous and fanciful “Guy Talk,” and if you like psychological thrillers there’s Katia Lief’s wry but dark “The Orchid Grower.”

Mysterious characters come to town in John M. Floyd’s suspenseful “Dentonville” and Brendan DuBois’s rural small-town tale “The Lake Tenant,” and with them come remnants of violent pasts. The issue contains an example of noir crime fiction, “The Female of the Species” by Chris Muessig and Steve Seder (a sequel to the professional-wrestling mystery “Death Match”) and, also an installment in a series, the police procedural “Like Jack” by Edgar winner Peter Turnbull

Topping it off are our Department of First Stories and Passport to Crime entries, “Ninth Caller” by Philip Lowery—whose narrator is sure to draw you in to her dilemma—and “Black Widow” by Raphael Montes—which takes a surprising look at widowhood and murder. Also featured in this issue is Jon L. Breen’s annual short-story roundup for The Jury Box. Don’t miss it!

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AmazonBarnes & Noble, Apple iPadMagzter, Google Play and Kobo.EQMM Nominated Stories, READ them here.

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

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

Check out this month's podcast: “The Problem of the Haunted Bandstand” by Edward D. Hoch 

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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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!
What Goes Around

What Goes Around
by Carolyn Hart
Art by Laurie Harden

Janet Ford lifted the cocktail glass. “To the perp.” She stood by the low bricked wall that marked off the terrace from the dizzying edge of the cliff. Behind her the summer sun hung midway to the horizon, turning spume on high rolling breakers to silver. Her booming voice rose above the thunderous crash of waves on jagged black rocks a hundred feet below. Janet’s face hardened, lines drawing down the ends of her mouth as she looked at the others.

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The Lake Tenant

The Lake Tenant
by Brendan DuBois

Art by Jason C. Eckhardt

More than five years after the unexplained events occurred along the shores of Walker Pond in eastern New Hampshire, the exact facts of what happened and who was involved was still topic number one among gossipers at the volunteer fire department, the town hall, the Grange, and the Miss Walker Diner.

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Don’t miss our December issue, which features stories by Dave Zeltserman, Hilary Davidson, Bill Pronzini, Judith Cutler and much more!

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