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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 May 2015 

In This Issue: 

Some investigators and criminals are blessed with brains and nerve, some with sheer dumb luck. How else to explain the ability of hapless housebreakers Yarnell and Beaumont, in R. T. Lawton’s holiday burglar series, to dig themselves out of impossible situations—literally so in “Groundhog Day”—albeit none the wiser, or richer? And luck also serves efficiency-obsessed industrial engineer Vi Celucci, in Robert Mangeot’s “Two Bad Hamiltons and a Hirsute Jackson,” when it sends some counterfeit bills her way, prompting her to trace their source. 

Luck, or fate, detours Brian Ellis on his way to a regional sales meeting, but the film buff handles the resulting situation with aplomb, and a few good lines, in John M. Floyd’s “Dreamland.” The young Chinese clerk called Rabbit feels he has encountered some bad luck when a professional thief calling in his markers demands that he draft an unusual will in “Rabbit and the Missing Daughter” by Leah Cutter. And Evan Lewis has a little fun with genre conventions in his story “The Continental Opposite,” introducing young P.I. Peter Collins (whose name, in underworld parlance, means “nobody”). 

Finally, we welcome the return to these pages of Sheriff Huck Finn, Deputy Joe, and the other residents of turn-of-the-century Marquis, Iowa, in Joe Helgerson’s “The Case of Captain Nemo’s Half Brother,” in which another quirky character gets his day. 

With a lineup like this, your chance to enjoy our annual humor issue is more than just dumb luck.   

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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! 

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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.

The Continental Opposite

The Continental Opposite
by Evan Lewis
Art by Ally Hodges

Judging by the old man’s hands, I’d have tagged him at sixty. The confidence and economy of his movements might shave ten years from that, but the truth was in his eyes. Those eyes had seen Lincoln shot and Caesar stabbed, and were probably watching when Cain killed Abel. Now they were watching me, and they chilled me right down to my toenails.

I decided that thinking of him as the “old man” was an understatement. At that moment, for ever and always, he became the Old Man.

My letter informing the Grand Pooh-Bahs of Continental Investigations that the head of their Portland bureau was in bed with the mob had brought this stocky old coot to my door, and I’d brought him here to the Boom Boom Room. In this bright new year of 1953, our fair city boasted eight burlesque clubs, seventeen gambling hells, and forty-three houses of ill repute. As the sole establishment qualifying in all three categories, the “Boom” was pretty much our Grand Central Station of crime.

The Old Man fished a pack of Fatimas from his pocket, got one burning, and examined me sourly through the smoke.

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Mr. Smartphone

The Case of Captain Nemo's Half Brother
By Joe Helgerson
Art by Hank Blaustein

The whole town was watching the night Sheriff Huck shot a defenseless Captain Nemo with both barrels. Or at least everyone claimed they were there. You can’t go plugging the most famous seafarer of your time, a man who’d sailed twenty-thousand some leagues under the sea, without drawing a crowd, not in Marquis, Iowa, not in the year 1904 you couldn’t. Telling how all that came to pass is going to take some backtracking.

The first I saw of the fella calling himself Captain Nemo? He came staggering out of the river mists early one morning, wearing one of them white-knit seaman sweaters and a captain’s blue cap. His gray-shot beard was trimmed close. His complexion was pasty as a plucked rooster’s, as if he’d spent way too much time hiding from the sun. The way one of his eyebrows kept bunching up on him? I got the idea it was trying to crawl away rather than have anything to do with what he had planned.

“I’m looking for Sheriff Huck Finn,” he croaked, sounding as if he’d just hiked up the Mississippi all the way from the Gulf.

“Most likely sleeping,” I said, giving my usual answer to that request.

“Go get him then,” this fella bossed. “There’s been a mutiny.”

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Next Month in AHMM: 

Don't miss our June issue filled with mysteries from Bob Tippee, John C. Boland, Brian Tobin, Elizabeth Zelvin 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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