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Recently, Mary Kennedy spoke with Carolyn Hart (Death on Demand series) and Donald Bain, (Murder, She Wrote series) for Mystery Scene about creating long-running characters, complex and appealing enough to stand the test of time.

Writers on Reading
Ace Atkins

Ace AtkinsNot only was he one of the best crime writers of all time, he was—no matter the year—the hippest.

Author Essay
Steve Hockensmith

hockensmith_steve"I know it’s probably coming a bit late to be of any use to you, but here’s a little trick I’ve picked up: It’s easy to fake your way through a book report. And you don’t even need Cliff’s Notes to do it."

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On Tuesday—Sept. 1, 2015, for those of you reading this later—Lisbeth Salander, that much tattooed “girl” and journalist Mikael Blomkvist make their return in a new novel wi

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From the land Down Under come the 2015 Ned Kelly Awards. Actually, these come from the Australian Crime Writers Association.

And this is the 20th anniversary of the Ned Kelly Awards, which are Australia

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Characters in long-running mystery series become more than something on a page—they become as familiar to us as friends.

It’s almost as if we want to read that annual novel to check with these charact