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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 October 2015 

In This Issue: 

Disfunctional family dynamics provide rich ground for crime stories, as three of this month’s stories demonstrate. A well-off London woman hears unsettling news about her fourth husband in Neil Schofield’s “Middleman.” Two vacationing sisters skirt dangerous emotional territory in “Ross Macdonald’s Grave” by Terence Faherty. And a would-be burglar provokes unsettling memories in Bob Tippee’s “A Pushover Kind of Place.”

We’re delighted to make two introductions this month. Kathy Lynn Emerson’s new series character Mother Malyn makes her AHMM debut in “The Cunning Woman.” And we welcome Christopher Latragna, whose AHMM debut “Well-Heeled Shooters” is set on a St. Louis riverboat casino.

Also this month, R. T. Lawton continues his series featuring a Chinese youth thrust into his father’s drug trade and surviving by his wits in the jungle in “On the Edge.” C. B. Forrest returns with “The Runaway Girl from Portland, Oregon,” set in a San Francisco alley during the “Summer of Love.” And Lieutenant Cyrus Auburn and Sergeant Dollinger look into the murder of a traveling salesman in “Solo for Shoehorn” by John H. Dirckx.

Finally, we are saddened to note the passing of Maynard Allington, who died before we could publish his espionage story this month, “The Rostov Error.”

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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
Ross Macdonald's Grave

Ross Macdonald's Grave
by Terence Faherty
Art by Tim Foley

“This must be it! The man at the ticket office said it was near a buoy.”

Margaret Shilling smiled at her sister Millie, the smile a release valve for a strong desire to shake her head. The young man at the office had very obviously never heard of Ross Macdonald and had only wanted to rid himself of two middle-aged women, one excited and inquisitive, the other embarrassed and fidgety. Of course the man had used a buoy as a landmark—or did she mean seamark? What else was he going to use? A sleeping seagull? A passing whale?

Millie had meanwhile attracted the attention of the college-age couple sharing their bench. She was pointing out beyond the tour boat’s aluminum railing, which was retina-burning in the full sun, and addressing the pair as though they were two of her students.

“That’s where Ross Macdonald’s ashes were scattered. He died of Alzheimer’s in Santa Barbara in 1983. He was a famous mystery writer, as I’m sure you know. You’ve probably read his books. The Blue Hammer? Sleeping Beauty?”

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The Cunning Woman

The Cunning Woman
By Kathy Lynn Emerson
Art by Andrew Wright

England, 1571

As the apprentice of the local cunning woman, it was among Joan Browne’s duties to admit clients to Old Mother Malyn’s cottage. In the village of Bermondsey, Malyn was the person local folk turned to when they needed herbs, healing, the services of a blessing witch, or a finder of lost things. Sometimes, as was the case on this afternoon in late July, a stranger sought her help.

Joan let her grandmother’s newest client advance only as far as the small passage between the door and the tall, ornately carved wooden screen that separated it from the rest of house. She could tell that the woman was nervous. She started at the sound of a wagon passing by and her right hand clasped the edge of her cloak, the fingers clenching and unclenching on the fine black wool. Such reactions were not uncommon. People feared what they did not understand.

“May I know your name?” she asked.

“Mistress Pollard. Lucy Pollard. I come from Rotherhide.”

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Next Month in AHMM: 

Coming in our November mysteries from Joseph D'Agnese, John F. Dobbyn, Janice Law, Elaine Viets  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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