This month’s selection, from EQMM’s Passport to Crime department, is a story in translation. “Checkmate in Chimbote” by Belgium’s Bob Laerhoven, past winner of the Hercule Poirot Prize, is read by his translator, Josh Pachter. The story first appeared in English in EQMM’s June 2014 issue.
Marilyn Todd is known to historical mystery fans primarily for her series of novels and stories set in Ancient Rome, starring wine merchant Claudia Seferius, and for a second series set in Ancient Greece, starring High Priestess Iliona. But she often tackles more modern historical periods in her short stories. “The Wickedest Town in the West” (EQMM June 2013), which was one of the winners of the 2013 EQMM Readers Awards, is read here by actor Mandie Davis (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Join us this month for a story by Ellery Queen, founder of Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine and one of the best selling mystery writers of all time. "The Adventure of 'The Two-Headed Dog'" was collected in the 1934 volume The Adventures of Ellery Queen. The story is read by Mark Lagasse.
The series of Edward D. Hoch radio plays we’ve been running intermittently for several years (produced in the 1970s by Dave Amaral) continues this month with a story that not only features a locked room but an escape artist bound and chained at the center of it. Edward D. Hoch, who died in 2008, was the modern master of the locked-room, and, as is notable in this story, a writer able to recreate convincingly time periods other than our own.
This episode in a series of radio plays based on the stories of Edward D. Hoch (produced by Dave Amaral) will surprise listeners with some new twists on the locked-room escape story. One of the most famous examples of this type of mystery is Jacques Futrelle’s “The Problem of Cell 13,” and MWA Grand Master Hoch, who knew Futrelle’s work well, works references to that earlier tale into his puzzler starring Dr. Sam Hawthorne.
Terrie Farley Moran launched a new mystery series at novel length in 2014 with Berkley Prime Crime (see Well Read, Then Dead). Prior to that she had already established herself as a short-story writer, shortlisted twice for Best American Mystery Stories. Her first short story for EQMM was August 2012’s “Fontaine House.” Here she is with a reading of it recorded at the 2014 Bouchercon World Mystery Convention.
The holidays are here and we celebrate in this episode in our podcast series with a Christmas tale from Steve Hockensmith. EQMM readers know this Edgar, Anthony, and Shamus-nominated author not only for his Christmas stories but for the Sherlockian Westerns featuring cowboys Big Red and Old Red that have appeared in our pages—and also in a series of Hockensmith novels. “Special Delivery,” from EQMM’s January 2002 issue, is read here by professional voiceover artist Mike Wiltrout.
This month, in another episode in a series of radio plays produced by Dave Amaral, Dr. Sam Hawthorne solves the seemingly instantaneous disappearance of a boy from a school playground. Adapted from the short story “The Problem of the Little Red Schoolhouse,” by Edward D. Hoch, first published in EQMM in September 1976, the tale harkens back to the early days of the fictional Hawthorne’s career.
Featured this month is another in the series of plays produced by radioman Dave Amaral from the Dr. Sam Hawthorne stories of Edward D. Hoch. "The Problem of the Old Oak Tree," first published in the July, 1978 issue of EQMM, finds the country doctor pulled into a mystery surrounding the making of an early talking motion picture.
As promised earlier this year, we are featuring this month another play from the series of radio adaptations of the stories of Edward D. Hoch, produced by Dave Amaral. The story on which this episode is based was originally published under the title "The Problem of the County Fair," in the February 1978 issue of EQMM. Next month, we'll have another play in the series. Don't miss it!