Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine Vol. 8 No. 8 Aug. 1963
Alfred Hitchcock: Dear Readers (Hitch writes about freeing The Birds.)
Lawrence Block “Good for the Soul”
Carroll Mayers “A Piece of the Action”
Robert E. Alter “Killer in the Dark”
Murray Goodwin “A Good Man”
Clark Howard “The Little Things”
Richard Hardwick “One Man’s Family”
Lawrence Treat “Homicide, Maybe”
Nedra Tyre “Murder Between Friends”
Hilda Cushing “She is not My Mother”
A.R. Cooper “Brain Teaser”
Bryce Walton “Shakeup”
Fletcher Flora “Dinner Will Be Cold”
Each story includes an illustration by Marguerite Blair Deacon
Editor and Publisher: Richard E. Decker
Managing Editor: G.F. Foster
Associate Editors: Victoria S. Benham, Pat Hitchcock, Ned Benham, Donald C. Dilworth
Art Director: Marguerite Blair Deacon
128 pages, 35¢
From the Potpourri section of The Misadventures of Ellery Queen anthology edited by Josh Pachter and Dale C. Andrews:
Grand Master Lawrence Block provides “The Death of Mallory Queen,” which first appeared in Futures Mystery Jan/Feb 2006. Publisher Mavis Mallory urges Leo Haig, a detective second only to Nero Wolfe, and his assistant Chip Harrison, to save her from what she firmly believes is her impending murder. When and where? At the upcoming twenty-fifth anniversary celebration of Mallory’s Mystery Magazine. Who and how? She provides an impressive list of frienemies; all with good reason to want her dead. And it’s no surprise when she dies, but the fun here is in both the telling and the solution to the crime. Block’s tale is witty, light, and highly entertaining.
Cover image from Galactic Central.
This review continues on May 8 . . .