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The Finest in Crime and Suspense Short Fiction
March/April 2024

Welcome to Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine! Discover original, spine-tingling stories by top-notch authors and new writers from all corners of the mystery genre, plus news, reviews, and more… to make your blood run cold!

The Moment of Truth
John F. Dobbyn

4th Floor Alice
Mary Angela Honerman

Booked & Printed
Laurel Flores Fantauzzo


Veil of Deception
Linda Landrigan

The Story That Won
In 250 words or less…

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Murder, Mayhem, Whodunit. 
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You can learn a lot from murder (at least, the entertaining kind you find in these pages). The psychology of the calculating criminal, the explosiveness of the crime of passion, the cool rationality of the investigator, or . . .



157 Nominations from the full breadth of mystery genres

37 Award-winning stories

Edgar, Agatha, Barry, Arthur Ellis, Robert L. Fish, Macavity, Shamus, Thriller, Anthony


Great stories of any genre are rooted in characters — well-drawn, individual, and credibly motivated…

Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine is one of the oldest and most influential magazines of short mystery and crime fiction in the world. Launched over 60 years ago, today AHMM maintains a tradition of featuring both promising aspiring writers and talented authors, spanning the full spectrum of sub-genres from dark noir to graphic works.

Meet the Who’s Who of Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine authors! View The Lineup of contributors in the current issue, see what motivates our writers, and much more.

A key element to the success of both a crime and a mystery story is misdirection: The criminal attempts to cast suspicion on others, the writer seeks to keep the reader guessing whodunit. In this issue we once again gather together tales that are anything but straight and narrow, but we won’t lead you astray in your pursuit of pleasurable reading.

In our lead story this issue, Sherlock Holmes’s chronicler, Dr. John Watson, is traveling in north Wales for the opening of the Snowdon Mountain Railway when a celebrated mountain climber, obscured by the thick mists, falls to his death in “The Mists of Yr Wyddfa” by James Tipton.

“Skeletons in the Closet”… Get the latest news, check out Editor Linda Landrigan’s blog, enjoy lively podcasts, test your mystery puzzling mettle, see if you have what it takes to be a mystery writer. It’s all here.

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The Moment of Truth
by John F. Dobbyn 

Art by 123RF

I remember waking in a drench of sweat, fear, and chills. That’s not unusual. It was Sunday morning. I slipped into the routine that was more like a sacred ritual to drive away the demons. Breakfast in my hotel room alone. A call from my manager, Miguel, to see that I could push through the fear yet another Sunday.

It was time to dress. My faithful Angelito appeared to see that every fold of my “suit of lights” was aligned to perfection.

Then a prayer to the Mother of God before the small icon in a tiny side room. READ MORE


4th Floor Alice
by Mary Angela Honerman

Art by Shutterstock

A thick fog settled into the cracks of the city, softening the angles of strip malls and superstores until Kate could see beyond the town of fifty thousand and into the deep fields of South Dakota’s prairie. March hoarfrost covered the stiff brown stubble, making the bare fields appear beautiful. They’d looked this way for a hundred years and would look the same in a hundred more. Time couldn’t touch the enduring flatness of the Northern Plains. A single tree, out of place in the vacant skyline, stood watch over the great expanse, its branches as tangled as the stories Kate’s mother, Elenor, recounted. READ MORE

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