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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 August 2016 

In This Issue: 

As social creatures, we live enmeshed in a network of responsibilities to others, be they family members, friends, or colleagues. These are bonds that crime, as many of this month’s stories attest, can severely strain. The duties of friendship press against moral boundaries for two life-long buddies in Brian Cox’s “The Frozen Fiske.” An assignment to escort a WWII hero around Detroit presents an ethical dilemma for the tough-talking vice cops The Four Horsemen in Loren D. Estleman’s “Playing the Ace.” Another kind of ethical quandary faces a psychiatrist evaluating a murder suspect in Wendy Leeds’ “First, Dig Two Graves.” A young spy poses as a bookkeeper in a postwar Austrian TB sanitarium in Eve Fisher’s “Miss West’s First Case.” And two cops probe a deadly mugging in a gentrifying Glasgow in Russel D. McLean’s atmospheric “Tout.”

We also feature two bookish mysteries this month. A Louisa May Alcott aficionado is pulled into a deadly race to locate one of the author’s manuscripts in Marianne Wilski Strong’s “Louisa and the Silver Buckle.” And our Mystery Classic reacquaints readers with the gaslight era master thief Godahl, created by Frederick Irving Anderson and introduced here by Joseph Goodrich.

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“A Year Without Santa Claus?” by Barb Goffman and “A Joy Forever” by B. K. Stevens, both nominated for the Macavity Award!

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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. 

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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.

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Playing the Ace

Playing the Ace
by Loren D. Estleman
Art by AJ Frena

“Evening, Agnes.”

“Go to hell.”

“Same old Aggie.” Lieutenant Max Zagreb stepped outside the elevator and held the door for the long-legged woman in the short skirt and platform heels with a fake alligator bag slung from one bare bony shoulder. She was gaunter than the last time and seemed to have added another stratum of makeup.

He let himself into the room set aside for the Detroit Racket Squad and looked at Detective Burke stretched out on the iron-framed bed in his BVDs and white socks, arms folded behind his head, blowing cigarette smoke at the golden stain on the ceiling.

“You know, if your wife ever hires a private dick, he’ll know right where to set up shop. We didn’t chip in for this luxury suite to put scalps on your belt. It’s for interrogations the department don’t need to know about.”

“I was grilling her.”

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Louisa and the Silver Buckle

Louisa and the Silver Buckle
By Marianne Wilski Strong
Art by Linda Weatherly

I was sitting on my porch in Cape May, New Jersey, when the mailman arrived. He dropped off the usual bills, a flier for half-price burgers at a local bar, and an invitation to a Cape May event.

That invitation started it all. Or maybe not. After all, had I not been reading Louisa May Alcott, I wouldn’t have recognized the clue that told me who had done it.

No, I wasn’t reading Little Women. Not that I don’t like that wonderful novel. I reread it every two years. But this wasn’t a Little Woman year. This year, I was immersing myself in Alcott’s gothic short stories.

Ah, what a perfect day it was for the story. The rain pattered on the roof of my porch; to the left of my condo, the reds and blues of the stained-glass windows of the little Gothic church were darkening as if reflecting the mood of the story.

I gave a cursory glance at the bills and the flier, tossed them on the wicker table, and looked at the invitation. I was tempted to open it, but more tempted to continue reading. I had reached a crucial point in the story. Cecil, the protagonist, had just entered the mansion of a young cousin whose existence had deprived him of his uncle’s fortune. He is struck by her beauty and charm, but something about her plants a seed of distrust in him. 
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Next Month in AHMM: 

Coming in October 2016 more criminal diversions from Susan Oleksiw, Martin Limón, Barry N. Malzberg, Bill Pronozinand 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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