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There’s enough below the surface in EQMM’s July/August issue to keep you cool all summer. A new spy story by Jeffery Deaver, “Hard to Get,” takes readers to Eastern Europe where a new American agent encounters his attractive Russian counterpart. Later, crime has a literary link: Find what’s hidden in pages within our pages, as detective Kennedy in Paul Charles’s “Harry Potter and the Shadow of the Forger’s Throne” investigates the murder of a book collector, and Julius Katz that of a literary agent in Dave Zeltserman’s “Julius Katz and the Terminated Agent.” Then, a mystery author’s words may be mightier than the sword—or maybe not—in Graydon Miller’s “Poison Pen.” Ecclesiastical texts figure in Richard Stout’s Department of First Stories historical “Platina and the Green Children,” and Claudius Lyon invokes the Bible in “Peter and the Wolfe” by Loren D. Estleman.” Meanwhile, Dr. Twist in “The Yellow Book” by Paul Halter (Passport to Crime) unearths a text even more strange at the heart of a mystery seeming to involve the occult. And who is writing to whom in Louis Bayard’s suspenseful “Banana Triangle Six”? We’re on the road and in Hollywood past and present in the Department of First Stories’ “The Fast and the Furriest” by Pat H. Broeske, and continue the bumpy ride through the American desert, on the lam, in Susan Koefod’s “Tonic.” English farmland and family troubles feature in Judith Cutler’s “Learning to Drive,” and a picturesque French village in Christine Poulson’s “The Egyptian Cat.” Then, take a dive into the murky waters of Dennis McFadden’s “Galway Lake” and Marilyn Todd’s “Night Crossing.”
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.