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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 June 2015 

In This Issue: 

A criminal act is never an isolated event: There are always consequences. Victims want vengeance; detectives want truth; citizens want justice.

In Marianne Wilski Strong’s “The Breaker,” an old coal processing plant is haunted—a consequence of the exploitative treatment of its workers, including children. In Brian Tobin’s “Entwined,” a moment’s distraction leads to the death of a professor, a man who touched many lives. A history of brutality entangles young lovers and parents alike in William Dylan Powell’s dark family drama “Sewing on Sunday.” And Elizabeth Zelvin’s nuanced “The Man in the Dick Tracy Hat,” set in the Cold War fifties, examines the results of a decision to become a traitor of sorts.

In other stories, Key West P.I. Megan Trevor boards a dowdy gambling cruise to find out where the money is leaking out in John C. Boland’s “Her Father’s Daughter.” Bob Tippee brings us a tale of the corporate snares that await the young and ambitious in “The PLT.” And for our Mystery Classic this month, Evan Lewis introduces us to a hardworking journalist from another era in Richard Sale’s “Flash!”

But in all these stories, the intended consequence is reading pleasure.

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If you missed John Shepphird's Anthony nominated story, "Of Dogs and Deceit" from the November 2014 issue, don't miss it here! 

Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine Presents: 13 Tales of New American Gothic. Get your copy today!

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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.

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. 

The digital version of Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine is now available from AmazonBarnes & Noble, Apple iPadMagzter, Google Play and Kobo.

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.

Her Father's Daughter

Her Father's Daughter
by John C. Boland
Art by Tim Foley

The gambling ship wasn’t much, and the clientele was downright drab. The man beside me stood under six feet tall with dense blond hair, sunburned ankles, and tourist clothes. I didn’t look much better: hair in a scrunchie, dark glasses, a sun-dulled sweaty expression that was wobbling into petulance. My Hog’s Breath T-shirt was sagging, and my khaki shorts were butt-sprung. We were two visitors from the Midwest with maybe a hundred dollars budgeted for the slots. If they ran the ship right, we would drop two-fifty or three hundred and one of us would go home with a few things to say to the other.

“That guy with the shoulder boards is Petty, the ship’s chief of security,” Mike Williams said softly. We were halfway up the boarding ramp. Ten steps ahead of us was a tall man in a white shirt with gold-trimmed epaulettes. His pinched face was smiling at everyone who came aboard as he looked them over.

I wore a look of indifference as we passed him, and I said to Williams, “Where’s the bar?”

“This way, sweetie.”

We went through the first doors into a darker, cooler world. I took off my sunglasses and hung them on my T-shirt. It was a dingy old ship. They had tried to dress up the low ceilings with mirrors and colored lights. 

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The Man in the Dick Tracy Hat

The Man in the Dick Tracy Hat
By Elizabeth Zelvin
Art by Linda Weatherly

“Your mommy is a Commie! Your mommy is a Commie!”

My little sister Alexa was crying as she stumbled up the block toward me, no more than a couple of houses ahead of the pack of jeering boys. One of them threw something, I couldn’t see what. It hit her in the back. She stopped short, cast a scared look behind her, and wiped her nose on the sleeve of the white blouse Mom had ironed so carefully for her that morning.

“Your mommy is a Commie!”

“Kill the Commies!”

“Go back where you came from!”

Like me, Alexa came from right here in Queens, but what did those jerks know? Their parents read Life magazine and saw Senator Joe McCarthy on the television and believed every word. Lumpenproletariat, my dad called them. Lumpen was a good word for them.

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Next Month in AHMM: 

Check Out Our Summer Double Issue with stories from David Edgerly Gates, Joseph D'Agnese, Robert S. Levinson 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.

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

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