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Welcome to Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine! Each month our magazine is packed with original mystery short stories varying from short-shorts to novellas. You will find every type of mystery fiction from classic whodunits to hardboiled tales to suspense, and everything in between! Each issue is packed with the best mystery has to offer. Plus you'll enjoy author interviews, writing contests, and our "Mystery Classic" — an outstanding tale from the genre's past. For a taste of what's inside AHMM, one of the world's leading mystery magazines, check out the story excerpts, book reviews, and mystery puzzle right here on this site, or listen to a podcast of a few of our stories. Don't miss out — Subscribe today!
AHMM December 2014 

In This Issue: 

Mystery stories are often driven by people in dire straits—such as an accountant standing on a skyscraper ledge, waving a pistol. That’s the crisis facing Loren D. Estleman’s resourceful Four Horsemen police squad in “Tin Cop.” Meanwhile, broken ex-Wall Streeter Pit Geller finds himself holed up in Las Vegas with a family torn apart by a dead guy in John Gregory Betancourt’s “Pit and the Princess.” Jay Carey imagines policing a future Sarasota, Florida ravaged by global warming, destructive storms, and crumbling infrastructure in “We Are Not Insured Against Murder.” A literary publisher finds himself at the end of a rope—specifically, a noose—in John C. Boland’s “The Man Who Stole Trocchi.” A curious “curator” roaming Europe is unaware of the wolves at his heels in Stephen Ross’s “Gallery of the Dead.” And B. K. Stevens closes out her long-running series featuring Lieutenant Walt Johnson and Sergeant Gordon Bolt this month in “True Enough: Bolt’s Last Case.” To mark this transition, watch AHMM’s blog, Trace-Evidence.net, for the author’s reflections on her decision to say goodbye to one series and start another.

Plus we bring you a bit of espionage when radio producer Margo Banning visits a munitions factory in “Margo and the Locked Room” by Terence Faherty. John H. Dirckx, well known to AHMM readers for his Cyrus Auburn procedurals, translates and introduces this month’s Mystery Classic, “Justice by the Book” by Pedro de Alarcón. Finally, Robert C. Hahn introduces us to a new crop of bibliomysteries in his Booked & Printed column.

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The Crime Scene

If you missed B. K. Stevens' Macavity- and Agatha-nominated story "Thea's First Husband" in the June 2012 issue, don't miss it here! 


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at Trace Evidence, where Linda Landrigan and guests blog about mysteries, short stories, and the craft of writing. 


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We are now hosting the very best of crime fiction podcasts! Visit our Podcast page to hear great mystery stories from our pages, complete with exclusive author interviews and fun tidbits.


INTERVIEW SERIES:
Bestselling author Lawrence Block is no stranger to the pages of AHMM and EQMM. His story “Looking for David” (EQMM, 2/98) was nominated for an Edgar award, and he took second place in the 1985 EQMM Readers Award poll for “Like a Bug on a Windshield.” His story “Keller in Dallas” (EQMM, 2/11), featuring series hit man John Keller, can be found in the e-anthology The Crooked Road: Ellery Queen Presents Stories of Grifters, Gangsters, Hit Men, and Other Career CrooksHere is Lawrence Block talking about New York City, Keller's home base, for the NPR series Crime in the City.

The first book in former MWA-NY President Chris Grabenstein's John Ceepak series won the Anthony Award for Best First Mystery. The series now contains eight books, the most recent of which is Free Fall. He's also published a Ceepak short story, "Ring Toss," which appeared in the June 2010 issue of AHMM. Last year he talked with NPR about the series' setting, a New Jersey shore town called Sea Haven. 


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BLACK ORCHID NOVELLA AWARD
AHMM and The Wolfe Pack, the official Nero Wolfe appreciation society, team up each year to sponsor an annual writing contest that seeks to honor an unpublished work of fiction written in the tradition of the Nero Wolfe mystery stories by Rex Stout. Rex Stout was a master of the novella form and published dozens of novellas featuring the corpulent and irascible detective Nero Wolfe and his sidekick Archie Goodwin. Today, the novella is uncommon, though AHMM has a long tradition of publishing novellas. More information on the contest, including submission guidelines, can be found here.

 
  
Excerpts
Tin Cop

Tin Cop
by Loren D. Estleman
Art by Tim Foley

“Well, hello, there, Officer O’Shea. Long time no see.”

McReary looked around, but whoever Burke had addressed was nowhere in sight. “Mac” was slimy with sweat, his shirtsleeves rolled, and his hands black as a stove. As the junior member of the Detroit Racket Squad, he’d been tagged with cleaning the basement storage room at 1300, Detroit Police Headquarters, along with the big detective, who was being punished for failure to feed the coffee kitty: “We’re supposed to pay for that ersatz swill?” had been his defense. “I thought somebody followed the mounted division around with a shovel.”

“You’ll wish you had one soon enough,” Lieutenant Zagreb had said. “The last annual spring cleaning was in 1939.” It was 1944.

The handsome Italianate architecture ended at ground level. Beneath was a concrete enclosure as big as an underground parking garage, with a steel post every few yards, sweaty concrete walls, and piles of broken and discarded police equipment in the storage room. Not so long ago it had been a dungeon, where Burke said reluctant suspects were hooked up to old-fashioned crank telephones. 

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True Enough: Bolt’s Last Case

True Enough: Bolt's Last Case
By B.K. Stevens
Art by Linda Weatherly

Dear Mother,

I feel funny about writing to you—considering what happened Friday, I mean, and how things have changed. But you once told me, I think when I was twelve, it’s never wrong for a son to confide in his mother. Besides, I know I acted weird Friday, and I know you could tell. I didn’t explain, because I didn’t want to spoil things, even though I realized by not explaining I was probably making you worry, so maybe I was spoiling things anyway, but I thought—well, stuff like that’s always tough for me to figure out. Anyhow, last night I talked to Ellen, and she said I should write so you won’t think I might be having reservations that, believe me, I do not have. She also said I should start at the beginning. Here goes.

First, I want to say again how sorry I am Bolt and I left the rehearsal dinner early. I know you understand about cops and homicides: When I get a call saying a woman on Harrison Avenue came home at 8:47 and found her husband dead on the floor, I can’t exactly linger. And I know you’ll say it wasn’t a rehearsal dinner, just Thursday supper, because at your age a rehearsal dinner would seem silly, especially since it’s the second time around for both of you. But Ellen made such a great roast, and the pastor was there, and we had to skip your three-berry pie. I did try to talk Bolt into staying.

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Next Month in AHMM: 

COMING IN JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2015: Message from the Morgue by Doug AllynBooked for Death by Jane K. ClelandThe Crossing by Brendan DuBoisThe Irish Boy by Janice Law and other exciting stories!



In Every Issue

A Mysterious Photograph contest — Submit your 250-word story inspired by an imagination-stirring photograph. The winning story is published in a future issue.

An intriguing, and challenging, mystery-themed puzzle.

Booked and Printed — Book reviews of interest to mystery readers.



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