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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!
AHM January/February 2017 

In This Issue: 

P.I.’s and fixers, burglars and soldiers all join together in our HOLIDAY DOUBLE ISSUE to send you the best wishes of the season! We visit winter locales past and present, chilly and tropical. Michael Nethercott takes readers back to the Fifties with a new tale featuring his Connecticut sleuths Lee Plunket and Mr. O’Nelligan, while S. J. Rozan sets her new series in Manhattan’s Chinatown with matriarch Yong-Yun. Brendan DuBois revisits a facet of rural New England life—kvetching at the town dump. Jay Carey’s Police Chief Eureka Kilburn deals with crime in a time of post global warming Sarasota, and Terence Faherty has an amusing take on Philo Vance that is set in Hawaii. In addition with we have a Mystery Classic treat: a suspenseful puzzler by Hugh Pentecost featuring hotel manager Pierre Chambrun—and you won’t want to miss Marvin Lachman’s insightful introduction for modern-day readers. Happy holidays from AHMM!

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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!

Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine Presents: 13 Tales of New American Gothic. Get your copy today!

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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.

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 & NobleApple iPadMagzterGoogle Play and Kobo.

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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Chin Yong-Yun Stays at Home
by S.J. Rozan
Art by Hank Blaustein

“It’s just, Chin Tai-Tai, I think my mother may be insane.” Having said this unfilial thing, young Lo Tau shifted self-consciously in his chair. Actually it was my chair, as we were seated in my living room. This Chinatown apartment, with the cold autumn rain now splattering on the windows outside, has been my home since I arrived in New York City three decades ago with my husband. It has now been fifteen years since my husband departed this life, leaving me to continue on without him. I was not prepared to be alone, but I believe it is true to say I have given him no cause to complain to the King of the Underworld about the way I have raised our five children. I paid the utmost attention to every aspect of their lives, even as I sewed in the factory to support them.

Nor were my own children my sole concern. I have been fortunate enough to find the time to keep my eye on the children of my husband’s cousins, giving advice where it was necessary as I know he would have wanted. In fact, when young Lo Tau appeared at my door I was glad of the distraction, as I had been worrying about Chin Man-Hu, the son of one of my husband’s more distant cousins, a young man who insists upon being called Hammer. In Chinese, also in English, he demands this name, which says to anyone around him everything they would wish to know. 

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Winter's Journey
By Richard J. Koreto
Art by Ron Chironna

Captain Edmund Winter, hidden in his wool cloak, rode around the back of the tavern to the stables, and then dismounted, leading his horse by the bridle. He saw a lone stableboy huddled in an empty stall, finishing his last bite of dinner. The boy quickly rose when he saw Winter, however, and walked outside as if he didn’t notice the heavy rain. Together, they led the horse into the stall, and Winter pushed his hood off to reveal a hawklike face, black hair, and dark eyes that seemed to take in everything instantly.

He could tell from the boy’s dull gaze that he was simple, but no matter—he saw the lad was gentle but firm with the horse, an enormous black creature. Winter had known others like the boy, those who felt a greater kinship to animals than to people. Seeing the horse would be well cared for, he pressed a coin into the boy’s hand.

“Thank you, sir,” he said, tonelessly.

Winter tossed the saddlebags over his shoulder and walked around the building into the tavern. The few men inside looked up with some surprise at the new arrival. With the violent weather making even local travel uncomfortable and dangerous, only a handful of regulars sat around drinking by the fire—men who readily braved the storm, to escape from their wives and children for a few hours.

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Next Month in AHMM: 

Check out our 2017 March/April double issue with more exciting stories!

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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