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!
Author and professor Tim L. Williams writes primarily short stories, and his work has been consistently well received. He has been nominated twice for the Private Eye Writers of America's Shamus Award for stories from his P.I. Charlie Raines series, published in EQMM, and he won an international Thriller Award for the most recent of those tales, "Half-Lives" (2011). In 2013 he received a nomination for the Edgar Allan Poe Award for best short story, for "Where That Morning Sun Goes Down," from the August 2013 EQMM, the story he reads for this podcast.
Professor of Criminal Justice Frankie Y. Bailey has written five novels in the Lizzie Stuart crime-historian mystery series. The story she reads for this podcast, "In Her Fashion," belongs to that series. It was her first story for EQMM, and appeared in the July 2014 issue. The recording was done on-site at the Malice Domestic Convention in Bethesda, Maryland in May of 2014.
Award-winning mystery writer, critic, and editor Martin Edwards is the creator of two long-running series of crime novels, and also the author of several dozen short stories, many of which have appeared in EQMM. He read his story “No Flowers,” (from our May 2012 issue) for us at the Malice Domestic Convention in Bethesda, Maryland in May of 2014.