EQMMI got a pleasant surprise in the mail yesterday—a complimentary copy of Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine. Why? I wondered. Well, an enclosed note told me that I’d made it into the top-ten of the 2006 readers’ poll for my story, “Investment in Vevey”. (Okay, “top-ten” is a misnomer, since I tied with three others for 9th place, one of whom is Joyce Carol Oates, so I’m still pleased.) I didn’t even know they had a readers’ award, which kind of made it all the nicer.

Here are the top 3, and thus the actual winners:

1. “Swamped” by Leigh Lundin (August 2006)

2. “The Black Chapel” by Doug Allyn (Sep/Oct 2006)

3. “A Convergence of Clerics” by Edward D. Hoch (December 2006)

(Hoch also pulled off the feat of claiming 4th place too, with “The Theft of the Blue-Ribbon Pie”.)

Congrats to them all, and my fellow long-listers, especially fellow Edgar-nominee, Steve Hockensmith, whose “Wolves in Winter” pulled in at 6th place.

(Originally posted at the Contemporary Nomad)