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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.
Diverse is the word for EQMM’s May/June 2017 issue, whose stories run the thematic and atmosphere gamut of the crime and mystery field. In historicals by Miriam Grace Monfredo and Marilyn Todd—masters of that subgenre—we visit nineteenth-century New York state (see “Child of the Cold Moon”) and the Old West (see “China Mary”), where wrongs await righting. Speaking of wrongs: Old misdeeds are reexamined with forensic and analytic slants in M.C. Lee’s tricky “Angel Face” from the Department of First Stories and in Robert L. Fish Award winning author Zoë Z. Dean’s gritty “Charcoal and Cherry.” In these pages you’ll find crimes committed by professionals—as in Robert S. Levinson’s mob tale “Rosalie Marx Is Missing”—and by amateurs, as in Martin Edwards’s “Lucky Liam.” An interesting relationship unfolds via e-mail in Marjorie Eccles’ “Find and Replace,” and another finds its haunting conclusion in Jonathan Moore’s “Your Name Will Be Written in Lights,” set in Hawaii. Police investigators of very different kinds explore crimes in Barcelona (the Passport to Crime Department’s “District V” by Teresa Solana) and the Jersey Shore (“Night Class” by David Dean). Also investigating, as usual by happenstance, is mystery writer-sleuth Antonia Darcy, in R.T. Raichev’s “The Strangler at the Harrogate Hydro.” Stunning short-shorts like Rob Brunet’s “The Last Thing You Smell” and Michele Ruby’s “Alphabetical Order” will leave you reeling, while a pair of Australian political fixers will transfix you with their efforts to quell murderous news in “Summer of the Seventeen Poll” by Aoife Clifford. There’s a hint of the uncanny in Terence Faherty’s Star Republic mystery “Infinite Uticas” as well as in John Lantigua’s “In the Time of the Voodoo,” featuring P.I. Willie Cuesta. And for those who like their mysteries dark and dangerous, there’s Doug Allyn’s Black Mask entry, “The Belgian.” The issue also contains the winners of the 2016 Readers Award—don’t miss it!