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Patricia Cornwell

Dr. Kay Scarpetta returns in her first case since 2016’s Chaos. Now it’s chaos of another sort—the pandemic— that is unraveling our favorite chief medical examiner’s investigation. “This may be the 25th book, but it’s really the beginning of a relaunch,” Cornwell says.
by John B. Valeri

Steve Fisher: The Man Who Wrote Too Much

If he had written less, this writer may have been appreciated more.
by Michael Mallory


The influence of this landmark TV series echoes down the decades.
by Craig Sisterson

My Book: How to Murder a Marriage

Ameliorating the dearth of vibrant, older women in crime fiction.
by Gabrielle St. George

Rhys Bowen

This writer revels in the motives and methods of bygone eras.
by John B. Valeri

Edna Ferber, Detective

Ed Ifkovic has taken the Pulitzer Prize-winning author and turned her into a resourceful sleuth.
by Jon L. Breen

My Book: Pay or Play

Creating a sleuth who has rejected modern consumer culture.
by Howard Michael Gould

Nicholas Meyer: Storyteller

He’s been a film and TV director, screenwriter, and novelist. Now he’s back with a Sherlockian jaunt.
by Oline H. Cogdill

Mystery Scene Gift Guide

All the best and most criminous loot that money can buy.
by Kevin Burton Smith

L’Amore del Mystery Crossword

by Verna Suit



At the Scene

by Kate Stine

Mystery Miscellany

by Louis Phillips

Hints & Allegations

The 2021 Anthony Awards, Shamus Awards, McIlvanney Prize, Ned Kelly Awards


Small Press Reviews: Covering the Independents

by Katrina Niidas Holm

Very Original: Paperback Originals Reviewed

by Hank Wagner and Robin Agnew

Sounds of Suspense: Audiobooks Reviewed

by Dick Lochte

What About Murder? Reference Books Reviewed

by Jon L. Breen

Short and Sweet: Short Stories Considered

by Ben Boulden

Mystery Scene Reviews



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