The stories we feature in our monthly issues span every imaginable subgenre, including cozy, police procedural, noir, whodunit, supernatural, hardboiled, humor, and historical mysteries. Evocative writing and a compelling story are the only certainty.
Get ready to be surprised, challenged, and entertained--whether you enjoy the style of the Golden Age of mystery (e.g., Agatha Christie, Arthur Conan Doyle), the glorious pulp digests of the early twentieth century (e.g., Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler), or contemporary masters of mystery.
In this issue: In our cover feature, "The Very First Detective: The Killing Stone" by Nik Morton, a series of controversial prehistoric paintings on stone tablets recently discovered in a secret cave complex in the Pyrenees reveals the workings of the very first detective.
In "The Inimitable Affair" by Michael Mallory, Sherlock Holmes works to prevent a scandal that could rock the very foundation of Victorian England by destroying the reputation of one of the era's most respected and beloved figures, who cannot defend himself.
"The Beekeeper's Dilemma" by Eric B. Ruark: faced with minding his own business or not, the old beekeeper proves that old habits die hard.
"A (Deliberately) Tangled Skein" by Bruce Harris, a non-fiction piece, explores the first Sherlock Holmes story "A Study in Scarlet," whereby Dr. Watson intentionally deceives the reader by altering the narratives of two key characters.
"The Secrets Of Skin" by Thomas K. Carpenter-the saga continues-in ancient Alexandria, Magistrate Ovid must solve an unusual crime.
"A Death In Tadcaster" by Tim McDaniel: what if a Miss Marple-type of detective is not as sweet and innocent as she seems?
The Beginning Of The Final Problem" by S. Subramanian, presents a locked-room mystery, with a brief pre-history of Holmes's arch-enemy, in which a young Bertrand Russell (imported from Cambridge to London for the purposes of the story) is featured in a cameo role.
With our You-Solve-It Mystery, "Treasure Cave" by Peter DiChellis, you can help the detectives solve a murder during a young girls' treasure hunt.