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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 March 2016 

In This Issue: 

Many of our stories this month pick up on the theme of entrapment in its various forms.

David Tallerman’s “Step Light,” our cover story, features a trap so subtle that its victim barely recognizes his predicament. On the other hand, street-wise tough Skig Skorzeny may be old and infirm, but he can spot a trap when he sees one in Jas. R. Petrin’s “The Devil You Know.” Madame Selina uses her gift as a medium to snare the imaginations of her clients in “The Spiritualist” by Janice Law. And theft and homicide cases converge at a spa detox center for the wealthy in John H. Dirckx’s “Trap and Release.”

Meanwhile, David Edgerley Gates offers a perplexing procedural as Montana Deputy Hector Moody returns in “Crow Moon” to solve a case involving a drunken Vietnam Vet with a broken neck. A copy editor in Julie Tollefson’s “Abundance of Patience” revisits her career and the newspaper industry in light of massive layoffs. And finally, John Gregory Betancourt brings a “new” Mystery Classic to our attention: James Holding’s “The Norwegian Apple Mystery” featuring sleuth Leroy King.

There’s no escaping the great fiction in our March issue: Once you start reading, you’ll be hooked.

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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
The Devil You Know

The Devil You Know
by Jas. R. Petrin
Art by Joel Spector

Skig Skorzeny sat at the small round table in the Halifax hotel room, brawny elbows jutting over his bulging gut, and studied the small policewoman across from him. She wasn’t the only cop in the room. There were three others. Detective John Huff, an aging plug who had been dogging Skig since before the flood, squatting on the bed, his bulk drawing the bed covers into a sagging V. And the two Skig had labeled Dumb and Dumber. Dumb slumped against the wall with his hands deep in the pockets of his coat; Dumber skulked near the exit, glowering, as if he could barely keep himself from jumping into Skig’s face. Dumber was small and feisty, and Skig had already decided he would run the guy bodily through the flat-screen TV if he tried anything.

Detective Sergeant Joyce Merry was in charge, all one hundred and ten pounds of her. Classy. Efficient. Pretty when she dropped the scowl. Skig gave her full marks for patience; she looked ready to hold him here for a week, if that’s what it took.

“So what’s your answer, Leo?”

Skig moved his shoulders.

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The Spiritualist

The Spiritualist
By Janice Law
Art by Ally Hodges

The séance for Morgan Hillard did not go well. He arrived unexpectedly, and when Madame Selina tried to put him off, he pulled out a big handkerchief and wiped his eyes and got red in the face. The upshot was that she agreed to contact his late mother.

Madame did her best: a half trance to call for Aurelius, that’s Marcus Aurelius, late Emperor of the Romans and her contact in the afterlife, then a full trance followed by collapse. No dice. Aurelius was off galavanting in the Elysian Fields and refused to appear. Client departed, and Madame retired to her room with a headache and some herbal tea well laced with whiskey.

The next morning, as usual after a failed séance, we were all under a cloud, including me, Nip Tompkins, formerly of the Orphan Home and now Madame’s assistant. Even Malloy, the parrot, was suspiciously silent. The two tortoiseshell cats took shelter under chairs. Hilda, the cook, and Maddie, the chambermaid, busied themselves in the kitchen, where I sat with my arithmetic book, Madame Selina having decided that I am to be educated. We were all waiting for the storm that usually followed a disappointment with Aurelius, and no doubt we’d have gotten it, if one of her oldest clients had not appeared.
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Next Month in AHMM: 

Coming in April 2016 more criminal diversions from Charles John Harper, Jay Carey, Jim Fusilli, David Edgerley Gates and more!



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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.

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