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Published since 1941, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine is America's oldest and most celebrated crime-fiction publication. "The best mystery magazine in the world, bar none," states Stephen King. Featured in its pages are short stories by the world’s leading writers of suspense. The full range of the genre is covered, from the cozy to the hardboiled, the historical to the contemporary—including police procedurals, P.I. stories, psychological suspense, locked-room and impossible-crime tales, classical whodunits, and urban noir. Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine is home to many bestselling authors, including Joyce Carol Oates, Chuck Hogan, Jan Burke, Lawrence Block, and Marcia Muller. Starting with its January/February 2017 issue, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine updated its annual subscription format to feature a total of 6 issues per year, all of them 192-page double issues. The new format allows for expanded articles and more special features, as well as greater editorial flexibility overall, and comes with no increase in the annual subscription price! Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine features 6 double issues each year.
In this issue we celebrate both the season and Sherlock Holmes. Against a snowy scene, carolers are a concern in Vicki Weisfeld’s whodunit “A Slaying Song Tonight,” while in Barbara Nadel’s “The Twelve Days of Dunwich” a well-known carol frames the plot. You’ll watch where you do your holiday shopping after reading the clever “Slay Belles” by Marilyn Todd and the sinister “After Closing Time” by Nova Lee Maier (Passport to Crime). And a holiday issue wouldn’t be complete without a wry piece from James Powell (“Ask the Field Mice”). We visit Baker Street with Terence Faherty—with another parody from the manuscripts of Dr. Watson (“The Engineer’s Thumb”)—and Jonathan Turner, who brings a American duo familiar to our pages, the Amlingmeyer brothers, in touch with the Great Detective himself in a tricky Department of First Stories entry (“The Adventure of the Disguised Passenger”). Amy Myers continues the trip to Victorian London with her tale “Tom Wasp and the Disappearing Philosopher,” a new case for her chimney-sweep sleuth. Echoes of Sherlockian crime-solving sound when an eccentric man approaches a P.I. with a strange dilemma in “The Client, the Cat, the Wife, and the Autopsy” by Peter Hochstein. An animal also figures into Brendan DuBois’s “Flowing Waters,” a poignant story about a veteran. A stockingful of weapons features in this month’s stories. See what’s uncovered in a journalist’s purse in “Agony” by Jane Jakeman; see whose is brandished first in the insightful “Glock” by Bill Pippin; and discover which prevails, flames or fists, in Kris Nelscott’s powerful “Blaming the Arsonist.” On top of the more traditional implements of mayhem, a computer wreaks havoc in “Night Terrors” by Owen Leddy, and the trappings of professional photography in “Exposure” by A.J. Wright. This issue also showcases “The Children of Espíritu Santo” by David Dean (Black Mask) and “The Game” by M. Soni (another Department of First Stories entry).