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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 November 2016 

In This Issue: 

Criminals and writers often employ misdirection, as a number of this month’s stories demonstrate. In S.L. Franklin’s “A Precautionary Tale,” private eye R. J. Carr’s client is a victim of such misdirection when his snow shovel is stolen and used in a murder. In Eric Rutter’s spy story “Proof” two veteran spies reconnect following careers spent in lies and misdirection. In Diana Deverell’s “Opening Day, 1954,” a rookie policewoman must evaluate the credibility of a bomb threat received at a busy theme park. And in Stephen P. Kelner, Jr.’s “Death at the Althing,” Thorbjörn is tasked with redirecting the grievances of two bickering elders at the ancient Icelandic proto-parliament known as  the Althing.

Meanwhile, David Edgerley Gates’s fixer Mickey Counihan shows that an indirect approach is sometimes more effective in “Stone Soup.” An unhappy wife engages in the most familiar of marital misdirection in “Pisan Zapra” by Josh Pachter. And Randy Davison finds his life in need of any direction in Eve Fisher’s Laskin, South Dakota–set “Iron Chef.”

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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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Death at the Althing
by Stephen P. Kelner, Jr.
Art by Tim Foley

“Hrolf, are you mad?” I tugged my beard to give my fist something safer to do than punch my cousin. “Do you want to resolve this case or not? If we fail the legalities, the chieftains on the Law Court will hammer you! And if you want to fight it out instead, Gisli has too many armed men on his side.”

I’m a big man, and most couldn’t stop me on the rare occasions when I rant, but all my cousin Hrolf the Flame-Eyed had to do was slam his staff on the ground. The iron-shod wood made chips fly and the rock of Thingvellir ring. Then he pushed himself up onto his good leg and hobbled over to me, which ensured that I wouldn’t keep shouting at him . . . right away.

“Thorbjörn! I didn’t ask you to explain the case to me,” he growled. “I asked you to be my arbitrator. Fine. Go find a way for Gisli and me to talk it out.”

“I would if I could! You know Gisli is a hothead—he’s a friend of mine, but truth is truth. He’s impossible!”

“Speak to his arbitrator, Leipt-Egil Björnsson.”

I threw up my arms. “I don’t know him!”

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Iron Chef
By Eve Fisher
Art by AJ Ferna

In Laskin, South Dakota, the Davisons have always been the equivalent of the Sopranos, just not so organized. It’s simply assumed that a Davison will start criminal activity early and stick with it unless, like John Davison, they have a knack for marrying money. Randy Davison, nephew of Siv, grandson of Dave, great-grandson of Ole, didn’t have much of a chance.

Not that Randy wanted one. In junior high, he was a thin, twisting otter on lit basketball courts and through dark basement windows, landing feet first almost every time. His education ended his freshman year of high school, when his cousin introduced him to meth. By the time he was eighteen, his good looks were melting away in skin sores and lost teeth, and his vocabulary was pretty much variations in F Major. His mother wept as he was handcuffed after being sentenced to prison, but Randy’s response was, “What’s your problem, Mom? I finally did something you told me to do—I’m going to the pen.”

Siv Davison backhanded him. “Dumb-ass.”

“You’re not gonna do something about that?” Randy shouted at the sheriff. “He hit me, and I’m all cuffed up. I can’t even defend myself!”

“Get him outta here, will you?” Siv said, and for once Sheriff Hanson was happy to comply with a Davison request.


Next Month in AHMM: 

Coming in December 2016 our 60th Anniversary Issue, with stories from from Lawrence Block, Ron Goulart, John Lutz, Kathryn Rusch 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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