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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 January/February 2015 

In This Issue: 

We think you’ll find plenty of characters for the naughty list in this year’s winter double issue! But you can celebrate the holidays with some of our “family” of series sleuths. Detective Lieutenant Cyrus Auburn solves a puzzling dinnertime murder in “The Banquet Left Her Cold” by John H. Dirckx; an old travel receipt leads private detective R. J. Carr to a sinister surprise in S. L. Franklin’s “Trip to Reno”; and Madame Selina and Nip Tompkins come to the aid their maid when the young lady’s brother falls in with the wrong crowd in “The Irish Boy” by Janice Law. 

Be careful with your holiday shopping, as something’s amiss in a bookshop in Jane K. Cleland’s “Booked for Death”—fortunately, antiques expert Josie Prescott is on the case. Mind your holiday travel, too, as trouble finds our protagonist on a secluded island in Brendan DuBois’s suspenseful “The Crossing.” Nor are things what they seem in Eve Fisher’s “The Headless Horseman,” where the skittish narrator has plenty to learn—as does the workaday banker in Doug Allyn’s “Message from the Morgue,” when he’s dropped into the culminating action of his mother’s final drama. 

Also in this issue we revisit the Nixon era with Larry Light in “18 ½ Minute Gap,” and explore the dangerous Golden Triangle in “Elder Brother” by R. T. Lawton. And Barb Goffman considers the terrible possibility of “A Year Without Santa Claus?” while Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s Spade and Paladin take on a holiday mystery with much at stake in “The Really Big Ka-Boom.” This issue is sure to get you through to the New Year at the edge of your seat.

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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! 

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

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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.

A Year With Santa Claus?

A Year Without Santa Claus?
by Barb Goffman
Art by Luke Alexander

“Stan, wake up.” I shook my husband’s shoulder. “Stan!”

He rolled over, squinted at the clock, and groaned. Stan had been blissfully asleep for several hours, while I had been sitting beside him in bed, catching up on e-mail, making lists, and sending detailed directions to a certain staff member who needed extra hand-holding. I wished I could sleep as soundly as Stan, but my mind was always running a marathon, thinking of things that needed doing. And now a disastrous e-mail had arrived.

“For God’s sake, Annabelle,” Stan said. “It’s three in the morning. What’s so all-fired important?”

“God had nothing to do with this. Someone killed the Easter Bunny!”

“Carl?” Stan sat up quickly, mouth hung open, pulling the comforter over his gray-haired chest as if he were a teenage girl seeking modesty.

“Oh, no. Not Carl, thank goodness. As far as I know, he’s still sleeping the winter away in Bermuda. Here.” I shoved my iPad into Stan’s hands. The tablet cast a pale blue glow on his face, making him appear pastier than usual. “Look at this e-mail from Santa.”

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Booked For Death

Booked For Death
By Jane K. Cleland
Art by Ally Hodges

“This is spectacular!” I exclaimed, wiggling the antique Parker fountain pen a bit to catch the light. The ornate gold filigree barrel and mother of pearl insets shimmered.

Mack Trimble, owner of Trimble’s Rare Books, clapped his hands, one clap, excited. “Hot diggity!” He turned to Taylor Matthews, his newest employee, a grad student at Hitchens University, and beamed. “Didn’t I tell you?”

Taylor swept her long straight blonde hair out of her eyes and grinned at me. “That’s what he said. If you’ve got an antique, and you think it might be special, call Josie Prescott. Prescott’s Antiques and Auctions is the best.”

“Thanks for the plug, Mack.” I turned back to the pen. “Is this from an estate sale?”

“How do you answer that, Taylor?” Mack asked, deep in training mode.

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Next Month in AHMM: 

Don't miss our January/February double issue of nightmares from B. K. Stevens, Donald Moffitt, Susan Oleksiw, Tony Richards and more!

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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