I got hooked on mystery magazines when, as a young lad, I spent a summer in Calgary with my baba and zaida. My zaida had an extensive library, which included a great number of mystery books and magazines. Among them was, of course, Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine. After that summer I got into the habit of reading it, buying an issue here or there whenever I came across one (and could afford it). I was reminded of this after re-reading my April 2000 issue, which has a “Mystery Classic.” First published in 1882, and later collected in 1916, Mark Twain’s The McWilliamses And The Burglar Alarm is a part of a series of humorous McWilliamses stories, but it stands nicely on its own. Its not actually a mystery, more of a humourous crime story. Its also a bit about marriage, doing the old jokes that were probably old when the story came out. But its still Twain! After a bit of digging and found a really good reading of it by Steve Erbach (check out his site for more readings)! Now I can share that with you.
Posted by Jesse Willis