The AHMM Podcast Series

Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine brings you the very best of crime fiction of all subgenres, from suspense to hardboiled to cozy to supernatural to traditional whodunits. Each month we'll post a reading of a story from our archives, occasionally supplemented with author interviews. Listen to them in our podcasts. Come back frequently to check for new episodes!

rss-iconVariable Winds
by Susan Oleksiw
Susan Oleksiw, author of the Mellingham, MA and Anita Ray mystery series, reads her story “Variable Winds” from the October 2016 issue of AHMM. After the reading, the author talks about her writing, characters, and current projects.

rss-iconThe Truculent Avocado
by Mark Thielman
Texas author Mark Thielman reads his story “The Truculent Avocado” from the January/February 2019 issue of AHMM and talks a bit about his writing. Recorded at Malice Domestic 2018.

rss-icon18 1/2 Minute Gap
by Larry Light
MWA Treasurer and award-winning journalist Larry Light reads his story "18 1/2 Minute Gap" from the January/February 2015 issue of AHMM and talks a bit about the inspiration for the story and how relevant the subject is today.

rss-iconIce-Cold Murder
by Marianne Wilski Strong
Marianne Wilski Strong reads her story "Ice-Cold Murder” from the May 1999 issue and talks about the story's setting (Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania) and her current project inspired by the short fiction of Louisa May Alcott. Recorded at Malice Domestic 2018.

rss-iconSo a Man Walks Into a Bookstore
by Meredith Anthony
Meredith Anthony reads her story "So a Man Walks Into a Bookstore" from the June 2014 issue of AHMM and talks about her recent novel. Recorded at our Lower Manhattan office.

rss-iconThe Night They Burned Ms. Dixie's Place
by Debra H. Goldstein
Debra H. Goldstein reads her Agatha and Anthony nominated story "The Night They Burned Ms. Dixie's Place," and talks about her writing and current projects. Recorded at Malice Domestic 2018.

rss-iconChristmas Help
by Peter Sellers
Peter Sellers reads his story "Christmas Help" from the January/February 2018 issue, and talks a bit about the story's genesis. Recorded at Bouchercon 2017 in Toronto.

rss-iconSanta Baby
by Melodie Campbell
Multiple award winning author Melodie Campbell reads her story "Santa Baby" from the January/February 2009 issue and answers a question from editor Linda Landrigan. Recorded at Bouchercon 2017 in Toronto.

rss-iconStella by Starlight
by Con Lehane
Con Lehane reads his October 2016 story "Stella by Starlight" and answers some questions from Linda Landrigan—recorded live at Malice 2017 in Bethesda, Maryland.


Madame Selina 
by Janice Law
In our latest podcast, Lambda Award–winning author Janice Law reads the story in which her series character, medium Madame Selina, and her helper Nip first appear.

rss-iconPoor Dumb Mouths
by Bill Crenshaw
For our 60th anniversary, Bill Crenshaw reads his Robert L. Fish Award winning story "Poor Dumb Mouths," from the May 1984 issue of AHMM. 

rss-iconThe Heist
by Kevin Egan
In this episode, Kevin Egan reads his story "The Heist" from the July/August 2016 issue, recorded live in our Lower Manhattan offices.

rss-iconA Lacking for Salt
by Martha Lufkin
In our 40th podcast, Martha Lufkin reads her first published short story "A Lacking for Salt" from the September 1997 issue of AHMM.

rss-iconThe Hoard
by Chris Muessig
Chris Muessig reads his story "The Hoard" from the July/August 2014 issue, recorded on location at Bouchercon 2015.

rss-iconAcross the Salween
by R. T. Lawton
R. T. Lawton reads his story "Across the Salween," part of the Shan Army series, from the November 2013 issue of AHMM.

rss-iconThe End of the Line
by Leslie Budewitz
Author Leslie Budewitz reads her story "The End of the Line" from the December 2006 issue, and talks with Linda Landrigan about the story's inspiration and her other projects

by Eve Fisher
Eve Fisher reads her story "Drifts" from the January/February 2006 issue of AHMM. Recorded live at Bouchercon 2014 in Long Beach.

rss-iconPit on the Road to Hell
by John Gregory Betancourt
John Gregory Betancourt reads his story "Pit on the Road to Hell" from the July/August 2006 issue of AHMM.

rss-iconThe Kenduskeag Killer
by Kathy Lynn Emerson
Kathy Lynn Emerson reads her story "The Kenduskeag Killer" from the April 2005 issue.

rss-iconOne for the Road
by Gigi Vernon
Gigi Vernon reads her story "One for the Road" from the January/February 2006 issue. Recorded on location at Bouchercon 2013.

rss-iconThe God of Right and Wrong
by Steven Gore
Seth Norman reads Steven Gore's story "The God of Right and Wrong," from the January/February 2010 issue of AHMM.

rss-iconDeath at Olympia
by Marianne Wilski Strong
Marianne Wilski Strong reads her story "Death at Olympia" from the July/August 2003 issue of AHMM, selected and introduced by Linda Landrigan.

rss-iconSnake in the Sweetgrass
by Robert LoprestiRobert Lopresti reads his story "Snake in the Sweetgrass" (AHMM 12/03); its sequel appears in the January/February 2014 issue. The reading features tunes played on the fiddle and the autoharp. Check it out!

rss-iconGhost Negligence
by John Shepphird
John Cramer reads John Shepphird's Shamus-nominated story "Ghost Negligence" from the July/August 2012 issue of AHMM.

rss-iconShadow People
by Rex Burns
Rex Burns reads his story "Shadow People" from the June 2006 issue of AHMM.

rss-iconThe Method in Her Madness
by Tom Savage
Tom Savage reads his story "The Method in Her Madness" from the June 2005 issue of AHMM. 

rss-iconStrangle Vine
by Shelley Costa
Shelley Costa reads her story "Strangle Vine" from the November 2012 issue of AHMM.

by L.A. Wilson, Jr.
Recorded live at Bouchercon 2012, L. A. Wilson Jr. reads his story "Jazreen," which was originally featured in the November 1997 issue and was reprinted in AHMM's digital anthology

rss-iconThe First Day of Spring
by Howell Hurst
For this episode, we reach back in our archives to the April 1969 issue for the story "The First Day of Spring" by Howell Hurst. More than forty years after the story’s publication, Mr. Hurst is turning it into a feature-length film, also called "The First Day of Spring," set in the present. Mr. Hurst reads the story and answers some questions we had about the creative process of translating a short story into film.

rss-iconAdjuncts Anonymous
by B. K. Stevens 
B. K. Stevens reads her story "Adjuncts Anonymous" from the June 2009 issue of AHMM.

rss-iconBoundary Bridge
by Stephen Ross 
Stephen Ross reads his story "Boundary Bridge" from the March 2010 issue of AHMM. Featuring original music, written and performed by the author. 

rss-iconAfter the Fall
by Elaine Viets 
Elaine Viets reads her story "After the Fall" from the January/February 2006 issue of AHMM. Featuring a question and answer session with editor Linda Landrigan.

rss-iconThe Explosives Expert
by John Lutz
John Lutz reads his story from the September 1967 issue of AHMM. Recorded live at Bouchercon 2011. 

rss-iconThe Wall
by Rhys Bowen
Rhys Bowen reads her story "The Wall" from the July/August 2005 issue of AHMM, followed by a brief question and answer session between the author and editor Linda Landrigan.

rss-iconThe MacGuffin Theft Case
by Steve Hockensmith
What does a top secret government project have to do with the invention of pizza as we know it? Steve Hockensmith reveals all in this story from our November 2005 issue.

rss-iconAkitada's First Case
by I.J. Parker
In this Shamus Award-winning story, which takes place in 11th century Japan, law clerk Sugawara Akitada is hired by a father whose daughter has suddenly disappeared. I.J. Parker is the author of seven Akitada novels, including the just-released The Masuda Affair (Severn House).

rss-iconThe People Across the Canyon
by Margaret Millar
Douglas Greene, publisher of Crippen & Landru, reads Margaret Millar's work from her collection of stories The Couple Next Door, published by Crippen & Landru. "The People Across the Canyon" was reprinted in the November 2005 issue of AHMM as a Mystery Classic.

rss-iconFandango by Flashlight
by Molly MacRae
In this cozy, read by the author, bookstore owner Margaret Welsh has noticed books disappearing from her store's shelves over several months, and now her elephant dung garden sculpture is missing too--could the garden thief and the bookworm be the same person?
rss-iconNo Trouble At All
by Douglas Grant Johnson
A horrible crime might never have been uncovered if not for a retired schoolteacher's empathy with a young girl in distress.

rss-iconDigby, Attorney at Law
by Jim Fusilli
Jim Fusilli reads his Edgar-nominated story "Digby, Attorney at Law." 

rss-iconBetween Minke and Mayrev
by Kenneth Wishnia
Characters from THE FIFTH SERVANT continue their adventures in 16th century Eastern Europe. 

rss-iconBurning Twilight
by Kenneth Wishnia 
A lady apothecary faces community suspicion in a tie-in with Mr. Wishnia's new novel, THE FIFTH SERVANT.

rss-iconA Crust of Rice
by Martin Limón 
"A Crust of Rice" by Martin Limón is a tale of survival in the aftermath of the Korean War. A desperate young woman, Ji-na, searches for her erstwhile boyfriend, an American G.I., claiming that he beat and robbed her. She finds unexpected help in the form of Kimiko, an older and wiser "business woman." 

rss-iconThe End of the Train
by Mike Wiecek 
"The End of the Train" takes us to the Newark, New Jersey, train yards, where it appears a train loaded with dangerous chemicals has been inexplicably stolen. This story is from the June 2007 issue of AHMM. 

rss-iconKilling Time
by Jane K. Cleland 
The author herself reads her award-nominated story featuring Josie Prescott, an antiques dealer in New Hampshire. 

rss-iconIn Search Of
by Will Ludwigsen 
From the June 2008 issue of AHMM, a tight tale with a rare perspective. The story is read by actor and playwright Daniel John Kelley.



rss-icon18 1/2 Minute Gap
by Larry Light
MWA Treasurer and award-winning journalist Larry Light reads his story "18 1/2 Minute Gap" from the January/February 2015 issue of AHMM and talks a bit about the inspiration for the story and how relevant the subject is today.