Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine - September/October 2014

Publisher: Penny Publications, LLC
Category: Fiction
Language: English
Frequency : Bi-Monthly

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Leading off the pages of this year’s special fall double issue is a new story by Charlaine Harris in which we meet again high-school principal Anne DeWitt, whose presence in her school is more than she lets on—and this time, a student detects her superheroesque role (“Sarah Smiles”). In honor of the season, some spooky stories spice this issue’s mix, including an ethereal tale by Nicola Hodges set in an old house isolated by a storm (“The Much-Frequented House”) and a chilling new case for Terence Faherty’s Owen Keane (“Ghost Town”), in each of which the protagonist is left with a question about the barrier between life and death. A clever puzzle mystery by J.M. Ramage (“The Spectre of Olsanke Hrbitovy”) takes us to the eponymous Prague cemetery where a logical explanation is sought for nightly apparitions. Ghosts appear with persistence in search of their killers in Val McDermid’s “I Remember Yesterday” and in search of entertainment in Teresa Solana’s lighthearted “The Importance of Family Bonds.” In other stories, monsters of a more concrete nature lurk in the guise of supposed friends or allies. In “The Hobby Cop” by Doug Allyn (featuring series Detective Dylan LaCrosse) a University police force seems to have been infiltrated by a killer; in “Pussycat, Pussycat” by Stephen Ross two unlikely companions may be on opposite sides of the Cold War; and in “The E-mail Always Pings Twice” by Greg Herren, an unwanted bit of mail raises the worst kind of suspicions about a loved one. Elsewhere, young characters have their first face-offs with the dark side of humanity (see “The Trash-Can Gang” by Tom Tolnay and “The Hard Type” by Carl Robinette). Violence and betrayal also infiltrate the most benign of suburban surroundings in Susan Perry Benson’s “Summer Solstice,” which takes us into the world of quilting, and in Brendan DuBois’s “The Very Best Neighbor.”

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.

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