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Our May/June issue is heavy on humor, but balanced with darker tales and topped off by several voices new to us. A perfect medley of crime. On the lighter side is Jeff Cohen’s dad-to-be/comedy theater proprietor, who has doubts about the hospital staff in “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Girl!”; and Neil Schofield’s ex-D.I. Harry Tattersby and his side-kick, who plumb their underworld connections to break up a gang of underaged thieves in “Tattersby and the Silence of the Lumbs”; and Catherine Dilts’ scheming Granny cleans up in “Unrepentant Sinner.” A tired comedian in a Borscht-belt resort frames John C. Boland’s story “The Kubelsky Block,” featuring perceptive widow Tamar Gillespie, and even draws a few laughs. Messing with the toughest man in Halifax, Skig Skorzeny, is dangerous, especially when his mechanic Creepy Culbertson has his back in Jas. R. Petrin’s “Money Maker.” Two commuters on the graveyard shift bond over their fondness for mystery novels in Christopher Latragna’s story “The Loneliest Night of the Week.” Detective Dollinger and Detective Lieutenant Auburn puzzle what happened to cause the death of a man found with a cryptic message in his pocket. We welcome three newcomers this issue. SJI Holliday’s Scottish Sergeant Davie Gray, who spends his vacation investigating a murder in “Home from Home,” is featured in a trilogy of novels including Damselfly. Retired Judge Debra H. Goldstein—author of Maze in Blue and Should Have Played Poker—writes “The Night They Burned Ms. Dixie’s Place,” which takes place in Birmingham during the Civil Rights era. Los Angeles native Paul D. Marks has had a long career in film directing and writing; he is also the author of White Heat and many short stories. His story “Twelve Angry Days” recalls the old Henry Fonda film, but with a very different outcome. In addition, Jason Half introduces one of his favorite mystery classics, “Daisy Bell” by Gladys Mitchell.
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!