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All in the Execution

Buried secrets percolate to the surface, plans and machinations go awry, and the perfect murder may be anything but. Just ask Charles, who’s planning to kill his wife in B. K. Stevens’s “The Tourist,” or the handsome star who finds himself in the sights of the mob in Dave Zeltserman’s “Lulu and the Heartbreaker.” Meanwhile, a Roman girl’s plot nearly upsets her sister’s betrothal in William Burton McCormick’s “The Three Camillas,” and a young boy’s recognition of a horse once stolen from his uncle inspires a plan to pay back old debts in R. T. Lawton’s Armenian trader story “The Horse.”

When an unfiled intelligence report of a congressman’s affair with a Russian agent surfaces, retired spy Charles Marley is called to investigate its provenance in “Marley’s Mistress” by John C. Boland. A journalist sniffs out some inconsistencies in an old story of a jazz musician killed defending a woman in Paul D. Marks’s “The Past is Prologue.” An archeological dig unearths more than old bones in Michael A. Black’s “Carnivores and Herbivores.” A seedy amusement park in central Florida has its own hidden depths, as one teen employee discovers in Dayle A. Dermatis’s “Pirate Pete’s.”

Eighteenth century medium Madame Selena is summoned to tony Newport, Rhode Island on the eve of the America’s Cup race, but a murder during her séance sets her on a course for the truth in “A Fine Nest of Rascals” by Janice Law. Coroner Mary Deventer and her bright, budding-detective daughter Ashley probe the truth of a popular math teacher’s suicide in “Who’s Counting?” by John H. Dirckx.

And we’re delighted to reveal our 2018 Black Orchid Novella Award winner with a publication of “Minerva James and the Goddess of Justice” by Mark Bruce.

Our summer double issue brims with examples of bad behavior badly done that will successfully delight our most discerning readers.

Look for our July/August 2019 issue on sale at newsstands on June 13, 2019. Or subscribe to AHMM in print or in a wide variety of digital formats.