Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine www.themysteryplace.com/ahmm/
The website for AHMM offers information about the current issue, excerpts from stories, reviews, author interviews, podcasts, contests, puzzles, and many other delights. I hope you’ll take some time to enjoy this site and learn more about a magazine that, as the site says, “is packed with original mystery short stories varying from short-shorts to novellas. You will find every type of mystery fiction from classic whodunits to hardboiled tales to suspense, and everything in between!” Month after month, as the site says, Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine delivers “the best mystery has to offer.”
The Short Mystery Fiction Society www.shortmystery.net
The Short Mystery Fiction Society is a discussion group for readers, writers, and others who love short mysteries. In the words of one of the society’s mottos, “Good things come in small packages—especially mysteries.” Membership is free, and the discussion is always lively.
Mystery Writers of America www.mysterywriters.org
Mystery Writers of America describes itself as “the premier organization for mystery and crime writers, professionals allied to the crime writing field, aspiring crime writers, and folks who just love to read crime fiction.” The website is stocked with information about books, authors, and contests for both readers and writers.
Sisters in Crime www.sistersincrime.org
The mission of Sisters in Crime is “to promote the professional development and advancement of women crime writers to achieve equality in the industry.” The website offers both information and inspiration; there are discussion groups for yet-unpublished writers, writers seeking agents, and others with particular interests. And you don’t have to be a crime writer—or a woman—to join Sisters in Crime.
Malice Domestic Conference www.malicedomestic.org
Over the past twenty-three years, Malice Domestic has grown to become one of the largest, most important mystery conferences in the country. Plenty of writers attend this conference held each spring in the Washington, D.C. area, but the conference is specifically geared toward fans. The program includes panel discussions on a variety of mystery-related topics; probing interviews with authors such as Mary Higgins Clark, William Link, and Rhys Bowen; a fascinating annual presentation by Poison Lady Luci Zahray; and many opportunities to mingle with both writers and readers—not to mention the diet-busting Sunday afternoon tea.
Deadly Ink Conference www.deadlyink.com/conference.html
This summer conference held in Parsippany, New Jersey is relatively new; but I bet it’s going to be around for a long time, and I bet it’s going to grow. Panel discussions, along with presentations by former police detectives and other experts, offer insights to both readers and writers. The conference is still relatively small and intimate—in my opinion, that makes it all the more enjoyable.