Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine - March/April 2017
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Murder, mayhem, and mystery appear to be occupational hazards in EQMM’s March/April 2017 issue. Doctors are enlisted in the body-counting in Andrew Klavan’s post-WWI psychological thriller “All Our Yesterdays” and in Robert Shepherd’s clever “Just Below the Surface” (Department of First Stories). Environmental scientists assist in “Oh, Give Me a Home” by Gerald Elias, and an academic tackles a poisoning in G.M. Malliet’s “The Oxford Tarts.” At another table, a romantic meal is disrupted by violence in “Le Bernadin,” Alaric Hunt’s hardboiled EQMM debut. Misbehavior has a rural setting in Carl Robinette’s “The Hard Rise,” in which a local war hero stumbles onto crime on his home turf, and in Tim L. Williams’s topical “Renters,” in which a family torn by poverty and looming eviction resorts to desperate means. The creative arts have their own troubles, as a has-been writer unfolds in “Alive, Alive-Oh!” by O.A. Tynan and as some unusual works of art reveal in “Portrait of a Lady” by Beatrix Kramlovsky (Passport to Crime). An ex-convict/sculptor falls under suspicion in William Dylan Powell’s “The Model Citizen,” and P.I. Billy Raskolnikov and his monkey Ringo intervene. Crime’s in the job descriptions of both P.I. Julius Katz, who returns in Dave Zeltserman’s “Cramer in Trouble,” and ancient Irish advocate Sister Fidelma, who’s seen in her student days in “The Copyist” by Peter Tremayne. Student days also factor in “Together” by Charlie Hughes, a Department of First Stories tale of obsession. Characters in Judith Cutler’s “Ruthless” (the tale of a woman too often widowed), in Antony Mann’s “The Guy I Told Stuff To” (where loose talk has dire consequences) and in Bill Pronzini’s “The Stereotype” (featuring a teacher who has exhausted conventional tactics) explore less legitimate occupations. And the issue finishes with the short but powerful historical “The Rat” by Cath Staincliffe. Our job is to bring you excellent and varied mystery fiction, and you’ll find it here!
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