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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!
 

In This Issue: 

Crime is character building, at least in crime fiction, because it is characters, their dark psychologies and questionable motivations, that drive compelling stories—as the tales in this issue amply demonstrate.  

What compels a model prisoner, in Tony Richards’s “Magpie Man,” to burst out of jail just before he is to be lawfully released? What motivates a desperate woman, in Dale Berry’s graphic story “Dead Air,” to strike up a conversation with a radio DJ? Why does a detective, in Wayne J. Gardiner’s “Bygones,” return home for the funeral of his high-school adversary? 

Interpersonal entanglements complicate Charles John Harper’s police procedural “The Echoes.” A man seeking invisibility is driven from the dangerous shadows in Bob Tippee’s “Underground Above Ground.” Susan Oleksiw’s “How Do You Know What You Want” is a poignant story of a teen in foster care and the woman who tries to connect with her, and Martin Limón’s P.I. Il Yong pursues a case that takes him to the remote reaches of the Himalayas, where survival may depend on the uncertain kindness of othes, in “hominid.” 

Social institutions and conventions are questioned in Alan E. Foulds’ “Razor’s Edge” when a reporter revisits a long-ago cold case, and in Mitch Alderman’s “Bleak Future” when P.I. Bubba Simms looks into extortion among central Florida’s genteel society. An old injustice gets a fresh look in “Rough-Hewn Retribution,” Nancy Pauline Simpson’s historical set in the early twentieth century South. A homicide detective and suspect match wits in the interview room in Chris Knopf’s “A Little Cariñoso.” And a land dispute is complicated—and deadly—in Gilbert M. Stack’s British historical whodunit “Greed.” 

Watch out, these complicated characters will steal your attention—and perhaps your sympathy.

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Don't miss our award-nominated stories!

“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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Join the conversation . . . at  Trace Evidence, where Linda Landrigan and guests blog about mysteries, short stories, and the craft of writing. 


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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.

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Excerpts

The Echoes
by Charles John Harper
Art by Ally Hodges

The four quick rings of the telephone party line startled him. A shrill jangling that broke an empty silence.

Pope County Sheriff Dan Parrish, standing in his unironed uniform at the front picture window of his house overlooking Lake Minnewaska, felt a stir deep inside, a tangle of anticipation and dread. He checked his watch, careful not to spill any coffee on the living room floor. Seven fifteen a.m. Calls this early meant only one thing: Death.

Someone had died somewhere in this rural farm and lake community, but not from old age or disease, the most common ways folks passed in Pope County. Those calls usually came in at the station and were handled by his deputies.

An early call to his house meant a different kind of death, one untimely or unnatural. A car crash, maybe, from teenagers driving too fast at night on gravel township roads or alcoholic adults falling asleep at the wheel. Or a farm accident, a tractor rollover, say, or suffocation in a grain bin. Or even a seasonal death, a drowning in Minnewaska in the summer or a hunting accident in the fall.

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Bygones
By Wayne J. Gardiner
Art by AJ Frena

Max decided to go back for the funeral.

He wrestled with the decision for a few days. Stayed up later than usual. Consumed more than a few Jack Daniel’s in the process. He lived a good two day’s drive away.

He and the deceased did have a history.

But finally, it just seemed like the right thing to do.

Let bygones be bygones. 

It surprised the locals when they heard Max planned to be there. No one would have expected it. No one would have blamed him for not making an appearance. No one could remember the last time he’d been back this way.

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Next Month in AHMM: 

Look out for our May/June 2017 double issue for more exciting stories on sale April 25, 2017.



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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