So I'm a college student. This means I don't have much money. And I'm not likely to part with the little money I do have.
But the $11 ($7 for the magazine, $4 for shipping) I spent on the spring issue of Needle was one of the better non-alcohol purchases I've made. Kieran Shea opens with his standard, amazing shit in The Shrewd Variant--with one of the best first lines I've seen in a while: "So, you're saying my daughter is a whore." He's followed by a whole bunch of other kick ass authors--Sandra Seamans, Christopher Grant, Paul D. Brazill to name just a few. Front to back it was a rock solid magazine, not a single story I didn't enjoy. This is something I can't say about EQMM and AHMM.
Now the summer issue is out with Sarah Weinman, Ray Banks, David Cranmer, plus a novella from Chris Holm and a whole lot more. If you haven't ordered it yet, you need to get on that.
I really like Needle's model--Steve Weddle describes it as a co-op. They're not out to make money, just to distribute excellent crime fiction. I hope they stick around for a long time.