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James Lincoln Warren

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"The Dioscuri Deception"
Type of work: Short Story
Published by: Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, March 1998
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Setting: 18th century England
Brief plot description: Alan Treviscoe is hired to find out who murdered a sea captain working for the Hudson’s Bay Company, and how his ship was secretly emptied of its entire cargo in less than four hours.
Character notes: Alan Treviscoe is an "Indagator of Crimes" for Lloyd's of London
 

"Black Spartacus"
Type of work: Short Story
Published by: Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, May 1999
Published by: Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine presents Fifty Years of Crime and Suspense (Pegasus, 2007)
ISBN: 1-933648-03-1
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Setting: 18th century England
Brief plot description: A boxer slave is accused of having murdered his master. Treviscoe becomes involved when it is discovered he has inherited the slave from the murdered man.
 

"An Ingraft of Evil"
Type of work: Short Story
Published by: Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, June 1999
To order: Contact Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine (see above).
Setting: 18th century England
Brief plot description: In Bath, an old doctor’s young patients are all dying after he inoculates them with live smallpox, according to contemporary medical practice. Treviscoe is himself inoculated, and soon struggles for survival. Is it foul play?
 

"The Iphis Incident"
Type of work: Short Story
Published by: Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, April 2000
To order: Contact Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine (see above).
Setting: 18th century England
Brief plot description: Treviscoe is hired to find the exiled French soldier and diplomat the Chevalier d'Eon, who has disappeared after rumors that he is actually a woman have led to a frenzy of high stakes gambling.
Character notes: The Chevalier d'Eon was a genuine historical person, and the story is based on his actual disappearance.
 

"The Dangerous Hand"
Type of work: Short Story
Published by: Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, September 2000
To order: Contact Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine (see above).
Setting: 18th century England
Brief plot description: Treviscoe is hired by one of Lloyd’s underwriters to catch a man cheating at whist, but cheating at cards is the least of what is actually happening.

"Actæon in Albion"
Type of work: Short Story
Published by: Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, October 2001
To order: Contact Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine (see above).
Setting: 18th century England
Brief plot description: A country squire in the Royal Forest of Dean is hunted and killed by his own hounds, leading to a crisis in shipbuilding timber. Treviscoe is hired by the Honourable East India Company to investigate the death.
Notes: This story was written as a tribute to the late novelist Wilder Perkins, whose detective Bartholomew Hoare was a Napoleonic-era Royal Naval officer.
 

"Miching Malicho"
Type of work: Short Story
Published by: Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, March 2003
To order: Contact Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine (see above).
Setting: 18th century England
Brief plot description: When Richard Brinsley Sheridan, the new manager of the Drury Lane Theatre, is offered a lost comedy by William Shakespeare, he asks his friend Alan Treviscoe to determine whether or not the play is genuine―and why everyone who comes in contact with it seems to wind up dead.
 

"The Apollo Progression"
Type of work: Short Story
Published by: Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, November 2005
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Setting: 18th century England
Brief plot description: The captain of a letter of marque is assassinated in Cornwall, threatening the long-awaited debut of marine chronometers on board private ships. Treviscoe is convinced that only one man was capable of committing the crime: the one man who could not have done it.
 

"Mother Brimstone"
Type of work: Short Story
Published by: Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, January/February 2007
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Setting: 18th century England
Brief plot description: Mrs. Emma Stavacre is a middle-aged widow living in London’s St. Katherine Creechurch parish. As "Searcher" for the parish, she is responsible for recording causes of death in the parish’s Bills of Mortality.  Her powers of deduction are challenged when a dead whore is found in an alley.
Notes: The unusual public office of "Searcher" was unique to London.

"Heat of the Moment"
Type of work: Short Story
Published by: Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, June 2007
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Setting: Los Angeles
Brief plot description: Carmine Ferrari and Custer Malone of the Cal Ops detective agency in Beverly Hills investigate the disappearance of a hot shot computer wiz because his mother misses him.  Also missing: several million dollars. Coincidence? Yeah, right.

"When the Wind Blows"
Type of work: Short Story
Published by: Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, October 2007
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Setting: Southern California's Antelope Valley
Brief plot description: The searing Santa Ana winds blow in a season of infant murders. Detective Doug Byrne could be too close to the case.

"Cold Reason"
Type of work: Short Story
Published by: Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, April 2008
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Setting: Beverly Hills
Brief plot description: Cal Ops is called in to document the provenance of a priceless antique watch, once the property of a brilliant chess master. When the watch goes missing and the owner turns up dead, things get interesting.

"The Warcoombe Witch"
Type of work: Short Story
Published by: Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, November 2008
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Setting: 18th century England
Brief plot description: As part of his initiation into the Lawyers Club in London,  barrister Joseph Ambury of Gray's Inn recounts the witch trial he prosecuted in Devonshire fourteen years earlier.

"Shanghaied"
Type of work: Short Story
Published by: Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, January/February 2009
To order: Contact Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine (see above).
Setting: 19th century San Francisco
Brief plot description: What if Davie Balfour of Robert Louis Stevenson's Kidnapped had lived in post-Civil War California instead of 18th century Scotland? Things might have been like this.

"Jungle Music"
Type of work: Short Story
Published by: Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, June 2010
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Setting: Los Angeles
Brief plot description: When what first appears to be a murdered prostitute turns out to be the girlfriend of a famous record producer, Cal Ops is hired to clear his name—but the Sinaloa drug cartel has other plans.

"Ten Thousand Cold Nights"
Type of work: Short Story
Published by: Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, November 2010
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Setting: An unidentified American city
Brief plot description: A grisly murder is signed in blood . . . by a man who has been dead for five centuries.

"The Satan League"
Type of work: Short Story
Published by: Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, January/February 2012
To order: Contact Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine (see above).
Setting: England, 1785
Brief plot description: A woman from Alan Treviscoe's past asks him to prove that her fiancé, found crushed to death in the center of Stonehenge, did not die in thrall to the Devil.

"Shikari"
Type of work: Short Story
Published by: Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, February 2012
To order: Contact Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine.
Setting: 19th century London
Brief plot description: Colonel Sebastian Moran recounts the truth behind "The Adventure of the Empty House" and the return of Sherlock Holmes after his supposed death at the Reichenbach Falls—and reveals a surprising revelation about Dr. John H. Watson.

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Last updated: December 25, 2011