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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!

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Dead Letterbox
Maurissa Guibord

Five Bullet Friday
Mary Angela Honerman

BOOK REVIEWS:
Booked & Printed
Laurel Flores Fantauzzo

EDITOR'S NOTES:
Summer Pastimes
Linda Landrigan

MYSTERIOUS PHOTOGRAPH:
The Story That Won
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In real life, many crimes are opportunistic, unpremeditated, even unintentional. But in fiction, some of the most interesting crime stories feature characters wrestling with the long-term consequences of actions. . .

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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.

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CURRENT ISSUE
Ah Summer, when any body of water offers opportunity for drowning, any mountain offers cliffs to push someone off, and any piece of sporting equipment offers potential uses not contemplated in the rules of the game. Summer offers the chance to be murdered not at home but on vacation, not cooped up inside but in the great outdoors. And with this issue, the chance to read about crime and mayhem while the sun shines and the birds sing.

Several stories in this issue bring adventure and travel to the forefront, starting with Mary Angela’s “Five Bullet Friday,” in which a travel agent’s. . .

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"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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An Inside Look

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Dead Letterbox

by Maurissa Guibord

Maggie slowed her pace as the trail reached a fork at the top of a gentle rise. She set her walking stick against the gnarled ridges of an old maple and pulled a neatly folded sheet of paper from her pocket. It should be close now. Maggie nudged her glasses lower on her nose and peered at the next set of clues over the top of the frames.

Continue to the right on the bridle trail approximately 0.5 miles until you reach an outcropping of stony ledge. READ MORE

 

 

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Five Bullet Friday 

by Mary Angela Honerman

Lucy Bell was a planner. From the first day of kindergarten, she’d planned out her clothes in advance. Monday through Friday, her room was decked out in striped leggings, solid tops, and oversized bows. Many years later, she would credit the habit with the creation of Five Bullet Friday. Five Bullet Friday was a bulleted list she posted every Friday for her staff. She kept the lists short and sweet, like herself. (She was exactly five feet tall and one hundred and five pounds. The five pounds bothered her.) The lists always started with verbs and encouraged employees to do something. A nudge in the right direction for the following week kept the team positive and upbeat. READ MORE

 





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