Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine - May - June 2019

Publisher: Penny Publications, LLC
Category: Fiction
Language: English
Frequency : Bi-Monthly

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For over sixty years, Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine has been a foremost publishers of mystery, crime, and suspense short stories. AHMM publishes mystery fiction of the broadest range and the highest quality, featuring every subgenre of mystery fiction. Stories featured in AHMM have won dozens of awards, including many Robert L. Fish awards for Best First Mystery Short Story of the year. Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine is home to many bestselling authors, including Martin Limon, Jane K. Cleland, Loren Estleman, Rhys Bowen, and Kristine Kathryn Rusch. Starting with its January/February 2017 issue, Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine updated its annual subscription format to feature a total of 6 issues per year, all of them 192-page double issues. The new format allows for expanded articles and more special features, as well as greater editorial flexibility overall, and comes with no increase in the annual subscription price!

One of the great divides in mystery fiction is that between the professional investigator and the amateur sleuth. The interplay between vocation and avocation can unfold in any number of interesting ways, as the stories in this issue demonstrate. Whether it’s the anointed law enforcement officers whose personal passions inform their work, or the accidental sleuth whose profession sheds light on a problem, or crimes that arise from personal passions, this month’s stories reveal this complex feedback. An NYPD data analyst’s love of trivia proves anything but trivial in Joseph S. Walker’s “Bonus Round.” Sheriff “Huck Finn” returns in Joe Helgerson’s latest humorous historical, “The Case of the Thirteenth Beard.” WWI soldiers are in no mood for a joker, but Father Kiernan offers understanding in Chris Muessig’s “Finite Jest.” And a patrolman who prides himself on his knowledge of his neighborhood bumps up against the limits of that knowledge in Mark Thielman’s “Blind Spot.” A veterinarian visiting a Florida retirement village brings expertise in Terrie Farley Moran’s “Flamingo Bingo.” An unemployed columnist gets caught in a murder investigation in Melissa Fall’s “Photo Finished.” Colorado Rancher Katie discovers that someone has been trespassing on her land to plant marijuana and has booby-trapped the crop in Catherine Dilts’s story “Real Cowgirls Don’t Cry.” A cowboy and his trusted horse witness a robbery in Parker Littlewood’s “Buck and Wiley Make Their Own Luck.” Gigi Vernon’s “Thick as Thieves” takes us to eighteenth-century London as pickpockets befriend a young widow. Elizabeth Zelvin’s mystery-writing heroine hones her craft at a retreat, despite the intrusion of her ex and his young bride, in “A Work in Progress.” When an academic is murdered Steven Gore’s “Private Justice,” a detective confronts the consequences of overstepping boundaries. And in our Mystery Classic, details make up conflicting narratives in Anna Katharine Green’s story “The Thief.”

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