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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 April 2015 

In This Issue: 

Crime may be personal, but it occurs within the context of social or cultural frictions that give each criminal act its particular character. Several of this month’s stories arise from the stresses of such cultural frictions.

In our cover story, Martin Limón introduces a new series character, Il Yong, an American soldier turned freelance security specialist who operates in the highly contested cultural zone where North Korea and China operate. Two stories are set amidst the ideological frictions of the Cold War: Terrie Farley Moran’s “On Target” and John C. Boland’s “Marley’s Lover.” And the generational frictions of the sixties drive “A Crown of Thorns” by David Edgerley Gates, set on the campus of the University of New Mexico.

In this issue we also welcome the return of some favorite characters: Madame Selina and her young assistant Nip confront a menacing apparition in Janice Law’s “The Ghostly Fireman,” Eureka Kilburn as a teen has a sense for what’s really going down in a hot environment in Jay Carey’s “We Are All Accomplices,” and those big-hearted fixers Akin and Jones zero in on scam artists in Dan Warthman’s “Mr. Smartphone.”

This month’s friction fiction will warm you in the cold season.

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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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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
On Target

On Target
by Terrie Farley Moran
Art by Hank Blaustein

I yanked the brim of my cap low on my brow and hunched my shoulders against wind gusting inland from the East River.

I felt him fall in step with me and I lengthened my stride, knowing it would be tough for him to keep up. Still he limped along as best he could.

“Dmitri, still living with your mother. A man of your age? Shouldn’t you have your own apartment, with a soft sweet woman to keep you warm at night?”

“James. My name is James.”

“Ah, you don’t need to act like such an American. Old friends know the truth.”

“Truth? The truth is I’m late for work.” I tried to walk even faster but Pavel grabbed my arm and pulled me to an abrupt stop.

“You cannot avoid your destiny. Your father’s legacy is yours alone to fulfill. Your brothers—”

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Mr. Smartphone

Mr. Smartphone
By Dan Warthman
Art by Tom Pokinko

Jones and Akin Stringfield are sitting in a black BMW 750i on Granger Place.

The BMW belongs to Konnie Kondrasin.

Akin works for Kondrasin, he’s on the payroll.

Jones is, as he puts it, officially retired, but for forty-plus years he performed certain, specialized, often messy tasks for Kondrasin as an independent contractor, and now he helps out on occasion, mostly as a mentor for Akin.

Akin picked him up about ten minutes ago at the coffee shop, Caffe Aroma, where he spends most mornings since he retired last year.

“What are we doing here?” Jones asks.

“Mr. K set up a meeting about a job,” Akin says.

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Next Month in AHMM: 

Don't miss our May issue filled with humorous mysteries from R.T. Lawton, John M. Floyd, Joe Helgerson, Evan Lewis 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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