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Favorites / LGBTQ Mysteries & Thrillers
« on: June 20, 2019, 12:55:27 pm »
It's Pride month, and contributor Oline Cogdill posted a great little piece on LGBTQ novels that includes John Copenhaver, George Baxt,  Robert W. Fieseler, Katherine V. Forrest, Ellen Hart, Greg Herren, Val McDermid, Michael Nava, Abigail Padgett, Neil Plakcy, Christopher Rice, John Morgan Wilson, and R.D. Zimmerman.

But I know there are a whole lot more: Patricia Highsmith, Rita Mae Brown, Joe R. Lansdale, Laurie R. King, Sarah Waters, Gore Vidal, Renee James, Chris Bollen, Catherine Maiorisi...

Please share your recommendations here!

Mystery Scene Magazine Issues / Re: Summer 2019 - Lori Roy #160
« on: June 20, 2019, 12:42:26 pm »
For those of you still waiting for your Summer #160 to arrive (or those who don't subscribe), thought you might like a peek at one of this issue's features on circus-themed mysteries, from our terrific contributor Ben Boulden. (He's really a great guy, even though he just called us all rubes!)

Worth noting that Ben mentions the classic "Nightmare Alley" which we featured in Spring Issue #159 ("The Hypnotic Allure of Nightmare Alley" by Pat H. Broeske). After reading this, I also thought of Niall Howell's ( April 2019 noir "Only Pretty Damned." It was reviewed by Matt Fowler for us at the MS site (

Any ways, just a little something to get you all started down the big top wormhole. Enjoy!

What I'm Reading / Re: My latest read is...
« on: June 20, 2019, 12:27:59 pm »
I'm just getting started on William Kent Krueger's "This Tender Land." (Out Sept. 2019) I've never actually read Krueger before, though I've only ever heard the very best things about both his standalones and his Cork O'Connor books. I'm just a few pages in, but the writing is quite beautiful. I can see already why people care so much for his work.

If you are already a fan, I'd be curious to hear from you about why you love Krueger's books. Please share!

Welcome and General Discussion / Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
« on: June 12, 2019, 08:50:05 am »
Hello! My name is Teri Duerr and I'm a senior editor at Mystery Scene Magazine. I edit the book reviews section, put together the monthly enewsletter "At The Scene" ( and the always fun "Writers on Reading" essay series.

So happy to be a part of this forum, as one of the very best parts of my job at MS is getting to work with and speak with the mystery/crime/thriller community. Despite our community's penchant for spending a lot of time with crooks, sociopaths, and murderers, I could not imagine a kinder, funnier, more intelligent or interesting bunch of folks. Looking forward to hearing from you all here.

Welcome and General Discussion / Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
« on: June 12, 2019, 08:38:26 am »
  Anyone else out there a re-reader?

To me, not re-reading a good book is like not eating a good meal because you've had it before.

For you rereaders... A nice essay from Lawrence Block on the joys of revisiting books. Thought you might enjoy!

Welcome and General Discussion / Re: Collecting? Watcha got?
« on: June 12, 2019, 08:34:01 am »
Thought it might be nice to reshare the wonderful Mystery Scene series on book collecting penned by Nate Pedersen(, "Building Your Own Book Collection."

Favorites / ISO Favorite books or series for young readers
« on: June 12, 2019, 08:08:57 am »
Hello book lovers! I'm looking for summer reading list suggests for young readers -- picture books to YA. What are your favorites? And thanks in advance for the recs.

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