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Monthly readings and dramatizations by the world’s leading writers of suspense, chosen from the magazine’s short story archives. The full range of the genre is represented, from whodunits to urban noir.

Monthly readings and dramatizations by the world’s leading writers of suspense, chosen from the magazine’s short story archives. The full range of the genre is represented, from whodunits to urban noir.
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Monthly readings and dramatizations by the world’s leading writers of suspense, chosen from the magazine’s short story archives. The full range of the genre is represented, from whodunits to urban noir.




EPISODE 120: “Race to Judgment” by Craig Faustus Buck

In this episode of our podcast series we provide listeners with the opportunity to hear a story that is currently nominated for a major award in the mystery field. The Macavity Awards, sponsored by Mystery Readers International, will be presented at the Bouchercon World Mystery Convention in Dallas, Texas (which runs from October 31 to November 3). In the short-story category, screenwriter, novelist, and short-story writer Craig Faustus Buck is nominated for “Race to Judgment,” first...


EPISODE 119: “The Long-Term Tenant” by Tara Laskowski

An short-story writer whose many honors include the 2019 Agatha Award for best short story, Tara Laskowski will debut as a novelist next month with a thriller that has received a starred review from Publishers Weekly. For this installment in our podcast series she reads her story from the Black Mask Department of EQMM’s July/August 2019 issue, “The Long-Term Tenant." http://taralaskowski.com https://www.purple-planet.com


EPISODE 118: “Oystermen” by Michael Bracken

Author of well over 1,000 published short stories, Michael Bracken is possibly the most prolific short-story writer currently working in the mystery genre. He has won two Derringer Awards from the Short Mystery Fiction Society and is a recipient of the Edward D. Hoch Memorial Golden Derringer Award for lifetime achievement in short mystery fiction. “Oystermen,” which the author read for us at the Malice Domestic Convention in Maryland this past spring, is in the current issue of EQMM,...


EPISODE 117: “50” by Josh Pachter

Josh Pachter took second place in the EQMM Readers Award competition for 2018 with a story that commemorates his EQMM debut of fifty years earlier. Author of more than 100 published stories in the half century between his debut at the age of 17 and the publication of his 50th-anniversary tale, the author is equally well known to EQMM readers as a translator for our Passport to Crime department. Here he is reading his story “50” from the November/December 2018 issue of EQMM. If you have not...


EPISODE 116: “Sofee” by David Dean

David Dean took third place in the EQMM Readers Award voting for 2018. The former chief of police has been writing fiction for nearly thirty years and recently sold his fiftieth short story to EQMM. He has been nominated for nearly every major award in the field and is a past winner of the EQMM Readers Award. Here is the scroll-winning story “Sofee” by David Dean, read by the author.


EPISODE 115: “Duty, Honor, Hammett” by Stacy Woodson

Stacy Woodson, the most recent winner of the EQMM Readers Award, made her fiction debut in EQMM’s Department of First Stories in the November/December 2018 issue. That debut story is only the second first story in the thirty-four years of Readers Award history to take first place. While in New York City for the awards ceremony last month, the Washington D.C. area author read her winning tale for this podcast. http://stacywoodson.com https://www.purple-planet.com


EPISODE 114: “Bug Appétit” by Barb Goffman

One of the current nominees for the Malice Domestic Convention’s Agatha Awards (winners to be determined in May), our featured story this month is set at a most unusual Thanksgiving dinner. Author Barb Goffman’s many previous honors include the Agatha, Macavity, and Silver Falchion awards. Here she is reading “Bug Appétit,” her EQMM debut, from our November/December 2018 issue. http://www.barbgoffman.com


EPISODE 113: "English 398: Fiction Workshop” by Art Taylor

Currently nominated for both the MWA’s Edgar Allan Poe Award and the Malice Domestic Convention’s Agatha Award for best short story, our selection this month is by Art Taylor, who debuted in EQMM’s Department of First Stories in 1995 and has become a star in the field of the mystery and crime short story. Here he is reading “English 398: Fiction Workshop,” from the July/August 2018 EQMM. Both the author and EQMM wish to thank several staff members from the English Department at George Mason...


EPISODE 112: “The Cuban Prisoner” by John Lantigua

A tale from Edgar nominee John Lantigua’s popular Willie Cuesta private eye series is featured in this episode of our podcast series. Readers are sure to enjoy this intriguing case, set in Miami’s Little Havana. Here is “The Cuban Prisoner” by John Lantigua, originally published in the September/October 2018 issue of EQMM and read for us by professional actor and voiceover artist Carlos Alayeto. http://johnlantigua.com


EPISODE 111: “Still Life No. 41” by Teresa Solana

Teresa Solana received a nomination for the Edgar Allan Poe Award for her first contribution to EQMM, “Still Life No. 41.” The story was translated from Catalan by her husband, Peter Bush, and was featured in EQMM’s Passport to Crime department in March/April 2012. Reading that celebrated story for this podcast is EQMM’s associate editor, Jackie Sherbow. The tale is also included in a new digital anthology co-edited by Emily Hockaday and Jackie Sherbow, entitled Terror at the Crossroads:...


EPISODE 110: “Edward at the Edge” by John Morgan Wilson

Edgar Allan Poe Award winner John Morgan Wilson has been contributing short stories to EQMM since 2003. Many listeners will know his long fiction, which includes the Benjamin Justice mystery series and several novels cowritten with band leader Peter Duchin. The California author’s short stories range from suspense to the classical whodunit. For this podcast he chose to read his twisty tale “Edward at the Edge,” from the January 2005 issue of EQMM.


EPISODE 109: “E.Q. Griffen Earns His Name” by Josh Pachter

This month’s podcast takes us back to 1968 and the debut of one of EQMM’s youngest contributors ever, Josh Pachter. At the age of sixteen the budding author and Ellery Queen fan produced this story, which saw print in EQMM's December 1968 issue, in the Department of First Stories. This month marks the fiftieth anniversary of that issue going on sale. In the ensuing years Josh Pachter has produced dozens of other distinguished short stories and collaborative works, as well as crime-fiction...


EPISODE 108: “Bias” by Chris Muessig

Our selection this month is by a writer who debuted in EQMM and has gone on to have work chosen for the yearly Best American Mystery Stories anthology and to appear again in EQMM and other publications, such as Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine. Here is Chris Muessig reading his story “Bias,” from the July 2009 issue of EQMM. Dramatic Interlude by Alexander Nakarada | https://www.serpentsoundstudios.com Music promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.com Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY...


EPISODE 107: “How Does He Die This Time?” by Nancy Novick

EQMM’s famous Department of First Stories is the source for this month’s podcast. The debut story, which appears in EQMM’s current issue, takes us into the life of a new writer who enjoys success, but at a cost. Author Nancy Novick, a medical writer, editor, and writing instructor, came to EQMM’s offices to do this recording of her story “How Does He Die This Time?” from the September/October 2018 EQMM. https://nancynovick.com Impatience by Punch Deck | https://soundcloud.com/punch-deck...


EPISODE 106: “The Gentleman From Paris” by John Dickson Carr

At the Malice Domestic convention in Bethesda, Maryland, this past spring, EQMM had the pleasure of recording Shelly Dickson Carr, author of the award-winning YA novel “Ripped,” reading a story by her grandfather, the great Golden Age mystery writer John Dickson Carr. The most celebrated master of the “locked room” mystery, John Dickson Carr contributed both fiction and book reviews to EQMM. His April 1950 story “The Gentleman From Paris" was one of the winners of EQMM’s Worldwide Short...


EPISODE 105: “Come Back, Paddy Reilly” by Con Lehane

A tale from EQMM’s Black Mask department is featured in this month’s podcast. We caught up with Con Lehane, author of two popular mystery series, at this year’s Malice Domestic convention in Bethesda, Maryland, where he did this reading of his September/October 2017 EQMM story “Come Back, Paddy Reilly”—a classic noir tale of a flawed character caught in an unresolvable dilemma. http://conlehane.com


EPISODE 104: “Literally Dead” by Dale C. Andrews

This month we feature an Ellery Queen pastiche by Dale C. Andrews. The third entry in a series begun on the heels of the Ellery Queen Centenary Symposium at Columbia University in 2005, the story brings an elderly Ellery Queen, still at the height of his deductive powers, out of retirement. The first story in this series earned an EQMM Readers Award scroll and a nomination for the Barry Award. Here is Dale Andrews reading his story “Literally Dead,” from the December 2013 issue of EQMM....


EPISODE 103: "Dysperception" by Larry Light

Award-winning financial journalist Larry Light is also the author of three novels, two starring financial reporter Karen Glick. This year he made his EQMM debut with the story he reads for this episode in our podcast series, "Dysperception," from the January/February 2018 issue of EQMM. http://www.lawrencelight.com


EPISODE 102: “The Gilbert and Sullivan Clue” by Jon L. Breen

Last month a long-awaited anthology of Ellery Queen pastiches and parodies entitled The Misadventures of Ellery Queen was released by Wildside Press. Most of the stories it contains were first published in EQMM. To celebrate the book’s publication we decided to have one of the stories recorded for this podcast series. Here is Darcy Bearman, Dell Magazines’ manager for social-media marketing, reading “The Gilbert and Sullivan Clue” by Jon L. Breen, first published in EQMM September/October...


EPISODE 101: “Skinny’s Beach” by Rob Brunet

Canadian author Rob Brunet, a creative-writing instructor and cohost of Noir at the Bar Toronto, joins us in this episode in our podcast series. His evocative short stories, often set in the Kawarthas, have been appearing in EQMM since 2015. Here he is reading his story “Skinny’s Beach,” from the February 2016 issue of EQMM. http://www.robbrunet.com