Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, October 2010
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by Dell Magazine Authors
Description: The stories in this month's issue are equally divided between s eries installments and stand-alones. Readers and publishers alike enjoy series characters, but they present writers with particular challenges. Each story must be self-contained and the characters reintroduced for the sake of the first time reader, while series fans want to enjoy some character development as well as the pleasure of seeing a familiar sleuth solve new problems in his or her inimitable way.
Stand-alones are less constrained by a character's predetermined traits (not to mention the need to keep them alive for future stories) and so may offer a greater field for surprise. Our three stand-alones this month--Chris Muessig's "Winter," Naomi Bell's "Old Dogs," and Stephen Ross's "Monsieur Alice is Absent"--are united in offering characters who, for good or evil, find an inner strength.
Speaking of series characters, we're delighted to report that Jas. R. Petrin's story "Nothing is Easy" (AHMM, January/February 2009), featuring Leo "Skig" Skorzeny, has been shortlisted for an Arthur Ellis Award, presented by the Crime Writers of Canada. Congratulations to Jim!
Department: EDITOR'S NOTES: TUNE IN NEXT STORY by Linda Landrigan
Fiction: THE FARM IN RATCHBURI by Mithran Somasundrum
Fiction: WINTER by Chris Muessig
Fiction: PANDORA'S CONFESSION by Gilbert M. Stack
Department: BOOKED & PRINTED by Robert C. Hahn
Fiction: OLD DOGS by Naomi Bell
Fiction: DEATH WITHOUT PAROLE by Loren D. Estleman
Fiction: MONSIEUR ALICE IS ABSENT by Stephen Ross
Department: COMING IN NOVEMBER 2010
eBook Publisher: Dell Magazines, 2010
Filament eBookStore Release Date: August 2010
Available eBook Formats: OEBFF Format (IMP) [284 KB]
Reading time: 134-188 min.
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