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.
As promised last month, here is another dramatic adaptation of the Dr. Sam Hawthorne stories of Edward D. Hoch. Radio plays from this series, which was produced by Dave Amaral, have been featured as EQMM podcasts several times before, and additional episodes are scheduled for later this year. This episode is taken from Edward D. Hoch’s “The Problem of the Voting Booth,” which first appeared in the December 1977 issue of EQMM.
This month and next, plays from a series of radio adaptations of the Dr. Sam Hawthorne stories of Edward D. Hoch are being podcast here courtesy of Dave Amaral. “The Problem of the Country Inn” was first published in the September 1977 issue of EQMM. It is one of hundreds of “impossible crime” stories that MWA Grandmaster Edward D. Hoch contributed to the magazine. Dave Amaral’s dramatic recreations of the stories have appeared in several earlier EQMM podcasts.
Two-time Best Short Story Shamus Award winner Brendan DuBois debuted in EQMM’s Department of First Stories more than twenty years ago. Since then, he’s had sixteen novels and more than 100 short stories published. Here he is reading his story “Breaking the Box,” from the September/October 2013 issue of EQMM.