In honor of Valentine's Day, Mystery Scene surveyed our romantic readers on their favorite couples of mystery and crime. And the winning couple is...
Join Mystery Scene Editor Kate Stine and authors Jeff Stone and Larry D. Sweazy for a panel discussion led by MS Contributor Jim Huang about "The Future of the Mystery Novel" this Saturday, April 23, at the Indianapolis Clearwater Crossing Barnes and Noble.
In a sea of change, there isn't anything that we knew about books yesterday that we can be confident will remain true tomorrow. We'll tackle a wide range of questions about how readers, writers, publishers and booksellers are adapting. We'll look at technology, of course, but especially at how technology might change the nature of the fiction itself. We'll talk about the preferences of today's readers—including young readers—and we'll look at the ways in which change is serving or failing book lovers.
Our panel features:
- Kate Stine, editor of Mystery Scene Magazine, the premier guide to the genre. www.mysteryscenemag.com
- Jeff Stone, author of the very successful Five Ancestors series of historical suspense novels for younger readers—over 500,000 copies sold. readjeffstone.com
- Larry D. Sweazy, a 2010 Best Books of Indiana nominee whose third Josiah Wolfe, Texas Ranger novel, The Badger's Revenge, was published earlier this month. www.larrydsweazy.com
The conversation will begin at noon on Saturday, April 23, at Barnes & Noble at 3748 E. 82nd St, Indianapolis. (Store map page.)
The program is sponsored jointly by The Midwest Chapter of the Mystery Writers of America and the Indiana Chapter of Sisters in Crime. The program is free and open to the public.
Hope you'll join us!
Mystery Scene is giving away a free book to one Facebook follower a week for the rest of the summer, now through September 22, 2011! Just post your favorite read to the MS Wall. We'll choose one recommendation each week and send the winner a FREE BOOK.
So zip on over to the Mystery Scene Facebook Page, and tell us what you're reading!
CONGRATS TO OUR FIRST WEEK'S WINNERS!
In our first 24 hours of the Mystery Scene Summer Book Giveaway we've received so many great recommendations that we had trouble picking just one. So, we decided to kick off this summer reading fun in style with FIVE WINNERS.
KELLEY CREASEY DWORACZYK said, "My all time favorite mystery would probably have to be Some Buried Caesar by Rex Stout. I have read and re-read this book so many times, but I will never get tired of it."
DARRELL MORING wrote to say, "A fantastic novel is In a Lonely Place by mystery writer Dorothy B. Hughes. It is a compelling portrait of a psychopathic serial killer written in 1947. It is of particular interest because the killer's psychological inner thoughts closely mirror what we know of today as to how psychopaths view themselves and the world around them."
CLAUDIA FITCH wrote, "At this exact moment I'm reading CSI: The Burning Season, but in the past week I've read Tahoe Hijack by Todd Borg, I've started A Drop of the Hard Stuff by Larry Block, and I'm in the middle of Without Fail by Lee Child. Wow!"
JACK GOODWIN recommended P.S. Your Cat is Dead by James Kirkwood saying, "Just enough desperation and just enough wonder at repeated burglaries, and then sweet revenge. But then it transforms completely into something else."
CARL CHRISTENSEN wrote, "Just finished The Silent Girl, Tess Gerritsen's first book that has a basis in her Chinese-American roots. A great read, and it was good to find that Tess did not let the TV success of Rizzoli and Isles alter her own depiction of her characters."
"Kathy Reichs: Bones and Beyond" by Oline Cogdill, William Kent Krueger interview by Lynn Kaczmarek; "Murder on the Menu" by Kevin Burton Smith; "Lester Dent: The Man Behind Doc Savage" by Michael Mallory; "The Write Stuff: Authors in Crime Films" by Art Taylor; "Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Sister" by Cheryl Solimini; "The Murders in Memory Lane: Charles Willeford" by Lawrence Block; "The Hook: First Lines That Caught Our Attention"; "What's Happening With... C.C. Benison" by Brian Skupin.
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