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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 September 2015 

In This Issue: 

This month’s stories show that love can bring out the best, and worst, in people. On the eve of her best friend’s nuptials, Vegas fashion stylist Stacey Deshay finds that death is in the wedding party in Shauna Washington’s “La Rouge Jolie.” A careless amorous encounter has some unexpected consequences for a municipal contractor in René Appel’s “Joyride.” And in Garnett Elliott’s “The Hounds of Babylon,” a fifties Hollywood movie production is providing the tabloids with far too much fodder.

Meanwhile, New Orleans homicide detective John Raven Beau investigates a murder amid the chaos left behind by Hurricane Katrina in O’Neil De Noux’s “Just a Old Lady.” Lady gambler Pandora Parson, bare-knuckle boxer Corey Callaghan, and his trainer Patrick Sullivan encounter a tragedy in the Montana Territory in Gilbert M. Stack’s “Pandora’s Clue.” And Jan Burke introduces this month’s Mystery Classic, “And Already Lost . . .” by Charlotte Armstrong.

Cue the torch song: You’re going to fall in love with these stories!                        

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The Crime Scene

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


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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
Joyride

Joyride
by René Appel
Art by Ally Hodges

Hans glances quickly to his right. Angela sits slumped beside him. She hasn’t buckled her seat belt. It’s pointless to insist. What difference does it make? She’d say something like that. You planning to have an accident? She does things her own way, he’s known that for some time. “An independent woman,” they said. Some contracted that to “bitch.” Whatever they called her, they all agreed that, since her election as mayor, things had gone lots better than under Verhoek, that stuffy old Christian Democratic Party hack who’d occupied the mayoral throne for the previous several decades. He was lily-white and pure, Verhoek, but also bland and boring. Angela’s party was the Liberal Democrats, and her gender caused many to mistrust her. They said she was all show and no substance—and she certainly did put on a good show. But within six months of her election she’d made herself so popular that even the CDP’s chairman seemed eager to get in her good graces, instead of playing his usual opposition-party games.

And now, just like that, she’s sitting in his car. She kicks off her stylish heels and raises her feet to the dash, showing off her long, shapely legs to their best advantage. It’s hard for Hans to resist running his palm along the sprinkling of freckles that make her tanned flesh even more attractive.

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The Hounds of Babylon

The Hounds of Babylon
By Garnett Elliott
Art byHank Blaustein

They waited in the narrow alley between Studio D and the prop house. Lonnie Salz wore a sombrero slouched low over his forehead. His partner, Cy Collins, had gone for a more traditional look with a red checkered shirt, bandanna, and chaps. When people walked by, Lonnie swore in a low voice and complained about the union pay scale, just like every extra he’d ever met in his long years with Allied Studios.

Cy mopped sweat from his face. “A trio’s coming our way. Lady and two grips.”

“Don’t stare so much this time.”

“Gotcha, chief.”

“Don’t call me ‘chief.’”

“Gotcha.”

Lonnie peered out beneath the sombrero. A young brunette in a plaid skirt was leading two wide-shouldered, paunchy men toward the prop house. 

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Next Month in AHMM: 

Check out our October issue with nefarious stories from Neil Schofield, John H. Dirckx, Kathy Lynn Emerson, Terence Faherty 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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