Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, April 1964

Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, April 1964 -  Richard E. Decker

From the Alfred Hitchcock Introduction on the inside cover:


"Dear Friends: Just as the robin is the harbinger of Spring, so here, in this April issue, you will find robbin' and other crimes solved in mystery and suspense to presage hours of reading enjoyment."


"Other crimes solved" is an odd descriptor (and "robbin'" a terrible pun), particularly since more than one crime in the issue remains unsolved, at least from the legal point of view; the criminal revealed to the reader alone.


This introduction, penned no doubt by a staff member, perhaps even an intern, includes a blurb for "my new anthology, ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS STORIES MY MOTHER NEVER TOLD ME, which, by Jove, she never did." A reminder that these magazines served well in promoting related merchandise, including other magazines owned by the same parent company.


Marketing aside, this is an overall strong issue, highlighted by a clever Jack Ritchie piece, an excellent Lawrence Block story, and an obscure comedic treasure by David Mutch.


For my review of the individual stories, please visit Casual Debris.