"The Poet Who Locked Himself In"

by Anne van Doorn

"Anne van Doorn is the pseudonym of a Dutch mystery writer who debuted as M.P.O. Books in 2004, eventually releasing eight novels and a novelette through small Dutch publishers (Ellessy, De Leeskamer). As M.P.O. Books he was also a book reviewer for the Dutch Internet site Crimezone. In 2017 he started writing Golden Age-style mysteries like this one, as Anne van Doorn."

I found "Anne van Doorn" with the help of fellow translator John Pugmire and a Dutchman who blogs about crime fiction as "TomCat," and asked him if he had a story that might be right for EQMM's "Passport to Crime" department. He sent me "The Poet Who Locked Himself In," I liked it and got editor Janet Hutchings go-ahead to translate it, and it appeared in the September/October 2019 issue (which also contains my own Iceland story, "The Secret Lagoon," making this the first time I've had both a story of my own and a translation in the same issue since January 1985).

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