Alfred Hitchcock remains an influence on crime writers: February 9, 2018
The 2018 New York Times bestseller list has so far consistently featured new novels of suspense. Editor Linda Landrigan—as well as AHMM contributors S. J. Rozan, Jim Fusilli, Paul D. Marks, and Michael Mallory—weigh in at The Washington Post to talk about how Alfred Hitchcock continues to make his mark on crime writers today.
Debra H. Goldstein nominated for a 2018 Agatha Award
On January 29, Malice Domestic announced that “The Night They Burned Ms. Dixie’s Place” by Debra H. Goldstein has been nominated for an Agatha Award for Best Short Story. The tale relates a looked-over crime that took place in 1960s Birmingham, Alabama and was published in the May/June 2017 issue of AHMM. The winner will be announced during the 2018 Malice Domestic conference in Bethesda, MD.
S. J. Rozan nominated for a 2018 Edgar Award
Mystery Writers of America has announced that S. J. Rozan s “Chin Yong-Yun Stays at Home” from the January/February 2017 issue is currently nominated for a 2018 Edgar Award for Best Short Story. The title character of the story (who also features in the 2015 EQMM story “Chin Yong-Yun Meets a Ghost”) is the mother of Lydia Chin, the author’s series private detective (see China Trade). The winner of the award will be announced at the 2018 Edgar Awards Banquet on April 26.
December 2017: Bestselling mystery master Sue Grafton dies
The AHMM team was saddened to hear of the passing of famed author Sue Grafton at the end of the year. Her last book, released in August, was Y is for Yesterday. Grafton and her series character Kinsey Millhone were influential to many of the writers and readers in our community.
The Center for Fiction relocating to downtown Brooklyn
The E. 47th Street location of The Center for Fiction is now closed, in preparation for a move to downtown Brooklyn in fall 2018. The Raven Award–winning mystery collection within the Center for Fiction’s New York library holds some of the first mystery and detective novels published in Britain and the United States, as well as new fiction.
AHMM expanding social-media presence
You can now find AHMM on Twitter (@ahitchcockmm) and Instagram (@alfredhitchcockmm), in addition to Facebook (@alfredhitchcockmm). The editors will be sharing photos, insight into the editorial and production processes, links of interest, fun facts, previews of upcoming issues, and more. You can also find our sister magazine EQMM at @eqmm (Twitter) and @elleryqueenmm (Instagram).
AHMM contributor and moderator James Lincoln Warren writes about Bouchercon short-story panel
At Sleuth Sayers, James Lincoln Warren talks about the standing-room-only panel about writing short stories that he moderated at Bouchercon 2017. AHMM contributors Alan Orloff and Barb Goffman joined EQMM editor Janet Hutchings and others on the panel.
Derringer winner and three-time author of “The Story That Won” talks about AHMM’s Mysterious Photograph contest
Randall DeWitt joined AHMM at Trace Evidence to talk about his experience entering the Mysterious Photograph contest that can be found in every issue of AHMM. Find out more about the contest and see the current issue’s winning story here.
William Link to be honored as MWA Grand Master in 2018
The Mystery Writers of America have announced that, along with Jane Langton and Peter Lovesey, William Link will receive the honor of Grand Master for the upcoming year. Link, with his writing partner Richard Levinson, has contributed several stories to AHMM since 1979. The duo co-created such television shows as Columbo and Murder She Wrote. William Link is a multiple Emmy, Golden Globe, and Edgar Award winner.
Anthony Award for Best Novella given to “The Last Blue Glass” (AHMM 4/16)
In a bittersweet moment, B.K. Stevens won the 2017 Best Novella Anthony Award, given at Bouchercon 2017 in Toronto. The late author’s husband, Dennis Stevens, accepted the award at the convention’s Sunday awards brunch.
AHMM Participates in the 2017 Brooklyn Book Festival
For the fifth year running, AHMM and the rest of the Dell Magazines fiction titles had a booth at the Brooklyn Book Festival at Brooklyn’s Borough Hall and Plaza. Representing AHMM and EQMM was associate editor Jackie Sherbow.
Brendan DuBois’s “A Battlefield Reunion” wins the 2017 Shamus Award for Best Private Eye Short Story
“A Battlefield Reunion” by Brendan DuBois—the postwar P.I. tale from the June 2016 issue of AHMM—has won the Shamus Award for Best Short Story, as announced by the Private Eye Writers of America in their September 2017 newsletter.
EQMM contributor Charlaine Harris’s latest TV adaptation wraps up first season on NBC
Midnight, Texas, the NBC prime-time show based on the series of novels by Charlaine Harris has just aired its first-season finale. In July, editors Janet Hutchings, Linda Landrigan, and Jackie Sherbow attended a screening of the show’s pilot at the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens, New York. The screening and a celebration afterward were hosted by JABberwocky Literary Agency.
Remembering B.K. Stevens
It is with sadness that we note the passing in August 2017 of novelist and short-story writer B.K. Stevens. The loss is felt deeply at AHMM and throughout the mystery community, and Linda Landrigan joined Art Taylor and others at SleuthSayers to share memories of B.K.
Brian Cox’s NYT Crossword Puzzle Constructor Debut
AHMM author and former managing editor (1985-1989) Brian Cox made his debut as a New York Times crossword puzzle constructor Wednesday, July 25. You can read some insights into the puzzle in the Times’ Wordplay column here.
AHMM at Bouchercon 2017
This year, editor Linda Landrigan and associate editor Jackie Sherbow, along with EQMM editor Janet Hutchings, will travel to Toronto for the 48th Bouchercon World Mystery Convention: Passport to Murder. Linda will appear on “The Twisted Panel” (Saturday, October 14, 10:00 a.m.). At the Nero Wolfe Banquet (Friday, October 13, 6:30 p.m.), Jackie will reprise her toast to Rex Stout from the 2016 Black Orchid Banquet. The results of the Anthony Award will be announced on Sunday, October 15; nominated is B.K. Stevens for her story “The Last Blue Glass.” EQMM will be honored for distinguished contribution to the genre with panels and a celebratory event Thursday evening.
B.K. Stevens nominated for an Anthony Award
“The Last Blue Glass” by B.K. Stevens, from the April 2016 issue of AHMM, has been nominated for the Anthony Award for Best Short Story, to be given during Bouchercon 2017 in Toronto. The Anthony Award is named for the late Anthony Boucher (William Anthony Parker White), well-known writer and critic from the New York Times, who helped found the Mystery Writers of America. You can read the story here.
Brendan DuBois nominated for a PWA Shamus Award
The Private Eye Writers of America have nominated prolific short-story writer and novelist Brendan DuBois’s gripping June 2016 AHMM story “A Battlefield Reunion” (set in Boston just after WWII) for a Shamus Award for Best Private Eye Short Story. The PWA was founded in 1981 by Robert J. Randisi, who also created the Shamus Awards. The awards will be announced in September via PWA newsletter.
Linda Landrigan Appears at MWA-NY Fiction Writers Conference
Linda Landrigan participated in a discussion entitled “Final Tips Before You Hit Send” at the Mystery Writers of America New York Chapter’s Fiction Writers Conference in Stamford, Connecticut, on June 3, 2017. Joining her to provide guidance for submitting writers were, among others, celebrated authors and Edgar nominees Lyndsay Faye and Reed Farrel Coleman. The conversation was led by author, editor, and instructor Charles Salzberg and was part of a full day of programming. See more about MWA-NY.
The Stone House Redesigned in Time for Mystery Classic Feature
AHMM author, professor, and playwright Jason Half updated his Daisy Mitchell tribute site The Stone House in time for the appearance of her story “Daisy Bell” in our May/June 2017 issue, in the Mystery Classics department.
Mystery Week in NYC and Bethesda
Agatha Award Nominee Linda Landrigan, along with EQMM editor Janet Hutchings, attended the Malice Domestic conference in Bethesda, Maryland, following the Spring 2017 Edgar week festivities in NYC. At Malice, AHMM was delighted to celebrate an Agatha Award nominee – Virginia novelist and short-story writer B.K. Stevens – for her chilling tale “The Last Blue Glass.” Linda moderated the Short Story panel at the convention. Check out the photo gallery of Edgar week events at EQMM’s blog Something Is Going to Happen.
Terrie Farley Moran wins the Derringer Award
In May, The Short Mystery Fiction Society awarded Terrie Farley Moran with the Best Novelette of 2016 Award for her story “Inquiry and Assistance”! The Depression-era gumshoe tale by the Agatha Award winning author appeared in the January/February 2016 issue.
AHMM stories shortlisted for the Derringer Award
Five AHMM stories received 2017 Derringer Award nominations from the Short Mystery Fiction Society: “Beks and the Second Note” by Bruce Arthurs (December 2016 issue); “The Cumberland Package” by Robert Mangeot (May 2016 issue); “The Chemistry of Heroes” by Catherine Dilts (May 2016 issue); “Inquiry and Assistance” by Terrie Farley Moran (January/February 2016 issue), and “The Last Blue Glass” (April 2016 issue). Links to interviews with our finalists can be found at the AHMM Trace Evidence blog.
Linda Landrigan Moderates Crime Panel at New York Society Library
On February 16, 2017, three acclaimed mystery writers discussed New York City as a setting for crime fiction, historical or present-day, with editor Linda Landrigan as moderator. The panelists were critically acclaimed author Lyndsay Faye, Edgar Award winner Stefanie Pintoff, and accomplished novelist Radha Vatsal.
Steve Liskow Wins the Black Orchid Novella Award
Steve Liskow — author of the Woody Guthrie series and Edgar and Shamus Award finalist — garnered his second Black Orchid Novella Award on December 3, 2016, to become the award’s first repeat winner. His winning puzzler “Look What They’ve Done to My Song, Ma” further develops his Detroit P.I. and the tight cast of characters forming the up-and-coming rock band Promise, and will appear in the July/August issue of AHMM (on sale June 20, 2017). Learn more about the award here.
Added August 18, 2017: Read about details of Steve’s writing process for this series at the Trace Evidence Blog.
Black Orchid Novella Award Celebrates its 10th Anniversary
Every year in conjunction with The Wolfe Pack, AHMM presents the winner of the Black Orchid Novella Award contest, given to a novella best exemplifying the tradition of Rex Stout’s Nero Wolfe series. To celebrate the 10th year of the award, on December 3, 2016, past winners joined us at Trace Evidence to share their experiences.
AHMM Celebrates Sixty Years
To celebrate our 60th anniversary, AHMM included a special supplement in its December 2016 issue, featuring reminiscences from longtime authors and others associated with the magazine’s history. Prolific and award-winning author Doug Allyn joins us at Trace Evidence for the occasion to talk about how winning the Robert L. Fish Memorial Award has affected him. Plus, the December 2016 issue boasts a killer anniversary cover.