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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 March 2015 

In This Issue: 

The stories in this month’s issue should appeal to discerning palates. In B. K. Stevens’s “A Joy Forever,” unhappily married Gwen becomes a wonderful cook, with a specialty in comfort food. What could be wrong with that? While for more exotic fare, readers (and others) should beware the coconuts in Susan Oleksiw’s “Perfect in Every Way.”

Meanwhile, nineteenth-century ship captain Eban Hale and his sharp-eyed wife Lucinda deal with an unsavory trading partner during a voyage through Indonesia in Donald Moffitt’s “The Color of Gold.” A war-scarred veteran is further destabilized on the set of a Cold War-era horror film in Joseph S. Walker’s “Pill Bug.” An apparition in the London fog is all wrong in Tony Richards’s “The Woman in Brown,” but it’s years before anyone understands why. Mystery writer Ben Clark shows he knows a thing or two about plotting murder in J. A. Moser’s “Blueprint.”

For our mystery classic this month, Les Blatt introduces us to Average Jones in “Red Dot.” Average Jones investigates fraudulent ads—surely a hero for our own times.

Bon appetit!

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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! 


MYSTERY PLACE BOOKS announces a new DIGITAL ANTHOLOGY:
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Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine BLOG

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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. 


The digital version of Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine is now available from AmazonBarnes & Noble, Apple iPadMagzter, Google Play and Kobo.


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
Pill Bug

Pill Bug
by Joseph S. Walker
Art by Tom Pokinko

The jeep slid to a stop in the dry scrubland, the driver gaping out the front window and fumbling for his sidearm as Frank Kellner and Adam Nelson jumped from the back. Both men wore faded combat fatigues and carried M1 Carbines. They began firing into the air, aiming at the top of a telephone pole twenty yards away, the sound of their weapons oddly muted. In front of them a ruggedly handsome scientist and his perky reporter fiancée half carried, half dragged a semiconscious man in a colonel’s uniform toward the jeep, the scientist firing wildly over his shoulder with the pistol he’d taken from the colonel’s holster. They stumbled past the soldiers and shoved the colonel into the front passenger seat of the jeep. The woman climbed into the back as the scientist turned and fired.

“Go, go now!” The scientist yelled. “We’ll never stop them with bullets!”

He and the two soldiers leapt to claim their places, clinging to the side of the jeep. The driver floored it, sending a spray of sand and dirt into the air before friction took hold and the vehicle jumped forward, passing within a few feet of a dozen men clustered around a big camera on a roughly built platform.

Immediately past the platform the jeep slowed and stopped. The one man near the camera wearing a suit—thin around the elbows though it might be—spoke in a deep, accented voice. 

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Booked For Death

The Woman in Brown
By Tony Richards
Art by Linda Weatherly

I never did believe in ghosts until that fateful night.

It was nearly eleven o’clock on an evening late in October, the air noticeably chilly as I stepped out of the station, the climate starting to tip over into winter.

October 1959. I was a tall and rather gawky twenty-year-old man back then, had flown my parents’ nest some eight months back, and was living in a one-room flat above a row of local shops. Since leaving school, I’d done a variety of jobs. But recently, Ifound myself employment in the accounts section at Selfridges, the big department store on Oxford Street. And—Thursday being late-night opening—I’d not managed to leave till ten.

I was the only passenger to get off the tube at that particular stop. Back in the late fifties, you see, London wasn’t lively in the evenings in the way it manages to be today. Nobody was walking down the quiet road I was standing on. 

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Next Month in AHMM: 

More Mysteries coming in April from  Martin Limón, John C. Boland, Janice Law, Terrie Farley Moran 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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