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Mystery Scene Magazine Issues / Re: Summer 2019 - Lori Roy #160
« on: June 17, 2019, 12:31:17 pm »
Still haven't gotten my copy of the new issue yet, but when I updated my 'review' on Goodreads for the Charlie-316 book I reviewed for the issue I got a message from one of the co-writers thanking me for reviewing the book and asking for a preview of the review. The other co-writer liked the review (though at that point, there wasn't anything there).

I've now updated that post with the link to the online version of the review which apparently went live today.

EDIT (6/20/19): I'm picking up my copy of the magazine tonight.

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Welcome and General Discussion / Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
« on: June 17, 2019, 03:48:59 am »
Hi Jim!

Wow, you have quite the resume within the mystery genre. I'm sure all the hard work organizing a Bouchercon must've been worth it once the convention went off.

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Welcome and General Discussion / Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
« on: June 14, 2019, 05:51:37 pm »
I agree with John. Every time I read an issue, the list of books I want to read grows!

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Welcome and General Discussion / Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
« on: June 13, 2019, 06:43:14 pm »
Hi, I'm Margaret! I'm a new reviewer for Mystery Scene, mostly focusing on thrillers, and a librarian. I'm currently making my way through Louise Penny's series, and absolutely love it! I'm about halfway into A Great Reckoning, which is fabulous.

Hi Margaret!

We read Louise Penny's A Beautiful Mystery for my local library's mystery book club a couple months back.


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Welcome and General Discussion / Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
« on: June 12, 2019, 05:22:53 pm »


So, who was your "first"? (Adult mystery novel/novelist, that is.)

Cheers,
Cheryl

I'm pretty sure the first adult mystery novel I read was The Hound of the Baskervilles. But I read it as a younger kid before years of schooling sapped my interest in reading for a few years.

When I finally got my love reading back after I was out of school, I think it was either Robert B. Parker, Sue Grafton and Sara Paretsky that were the first people I started reading after I was an "adult".

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What I'm Reading / Re: My latest read is...
« on: June 12, 2019, 05:18:18 pm »
Kate, I'll add it to my list. I think I saw something similar in a recent Doctor Who episode.

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Welcome and General Discussion / Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
« on: June 12, 2019, 09:23:45 am »
Yay! I love to hear that someone actually works my puzzles :) And even almost finishes them!

Well I SOMETIMES almost finish them. Sometimes it's so much torture that I give up long before then. But in a good way.

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Welcome and General Discussion / Re: Collecting? Watcha got?
« on: June 12, 2019, 09:22:40 am »
Thought it might be nice to reshare the wonderful Mystery Scene series on book collecting penned by Nate Pedersen(https://natepedersen.com/), "Building Your Own Book Collection."

https://www.mysteryscenemag.com/article/79-building-your-book-collection-part-one-choosing-a-topic

Bookmarked this to read later.

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Welcome and General Discussion / Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
« on: June 12, 2019, 09:21:33 am »
Welcome Oline and Jay!

I've met Oline, but not you Jay. Thanks for all your contributions!

Kate and I are thinking about going to a comic-con sometime this year (never been to one). Are there any good ones coming to the Northeast?

Brian

Brian,

In case you are interested and have a few minutes of free time, here's my article on the 2018 Rhode Island Comic Con.

It is a lengthy piece but I think gives a good deal of detail of what goes on and what is available to do at a comic convention.

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Welcome and General Discussion / Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
« on: June 12, 2019, 09:17:37 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" (https://www.mysteryscenemag.com/component/content/article?id=5481&Itemid=113) 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.

My boss is now here. I guess I'd better make sure that my posts aren't in need of editing!

Hi Teri, just kidding about that.

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Welcome and General Discussion / Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
« on: June 11, 2019, 07:36:05 pm »


Jay, thanks for that! For some reason I thought NY Comic-Con was in the Winter. October is good timing for us.

Brian

You are welcome. I'm trying to get to the Fan Expo Boston this year and I'm applying for a press pass through one of the other outlets I write for.

Oh, and I forgot to mention Terrificon in Connecticut August 9th - 11th.

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Welcome and General Discussion / Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
« on: June 11, 2019, 07:33:34 pm »
Hi, I'm Robin, I'm a reviewer for Mystery Scene, former bookseller, avid reader of the Golden Age ladies and in general devour whatever I can find in new traditional and historical mystery fiction. Recently I've really enjoyed Mariah Fredericks, Sujata Massey's new series, and Diane Freeman. I named my store for Agatha Christie and have a special love for her but I'm also a giant fan of Ngaio Marsh and Patricia Wentworth.  I re-read endlessly!  Something new during the day, something old at night.  Anyone else out there a re-reader?

Robin,

I suppose that I'd like to be a re-reader but I rarely get the chance because there are so many books waiting to be read for the first time in my TBR pile(s).

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Welcome and General Discussion / Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
« on: June 11, 2019, 07:31:46 pm »


When rejects of my own mystery novel equaled my age, I took that as a sign and moved on to reviewing. I also ran the Sisters in Crime clipping service for 12 years. But these days, making mystery-themed crosswords is my main contribution to the mystery community. I hope some of you will give solving them a try.

Hi Verna!

I love doing the crosswords in each issue of Mystery Scene. Now if only I was better at them. I leave them blank if I can't get them because I refuse to cheat by looking at the solution. But there are times when I get really close to completing the darn thing.

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What I'm Reading / My latest read is...
« on: June 11, 2019, 07:28:42 pm »
I'm currently working on a re-read of the Eva Gates mystery Reading Up A Storm. It's the third book in her Lighthouse Library series.

I don't typically get to do a lot of re-reading but I joined the mystery book club at my local library and this is the book of the month. I'm about 2/3 of the way through it and I still like it. I wasn't overly fond of the first two books in the series but this book is where I felt the main character FINALLY stopped being such a doormat.

I've got the fourth book in the series but haven't gotten around to reading that one yet.

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Welcome and General Discussion / Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
« on: June 11, 2019, 09:13:57 am »
Welcome Oline and Jay!

I've met Oline, but not you Jay. Thanks for all your contributions!

Kate and I are thinking about going to a comic-con sometime this year (never been to one). Are there any good ones coming to the Northeast?

Brian

Brian,

It's unlikely you'd ever meet me as I've yet to hit a big book convention. I attend book signings but that's about for getting out there in the "book world".

The New York Comic-Con is October 3rd - October 6th. You wouldn't even have to leave the state. It's a HUGE one, the Northeast version of San Diego Comic-Con which is the largest one in the world. I've never been to it though.

If you want to get out of New York, there's Fan Expo Boston which runs from August 16th - 18th. It's smaller than NYCC but still draws a good crowd I'm told. I've never been to that one.

And there's also the Rhode Island Comic-Con which runs from November 1st-3rd. That one I've been to a few times and it is pretty packed, though I don't have a number to give you an idea of how many people there are.


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