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Kinsey & Her: The Sue Grafton Interview

A fascinating conversation with one of the icons of contemporary mystery fiction.
by Kevin Burton Smith

Criminal Associations: Allingham, Carr & Doyle

A signed book from Margery Allingham’s library reveals a host of literary connections.
by Douglas G. Greene

Desecrating Poe

The Following, a new TV drama, crosses a line when it invokes Edgar Allan Poe as part of its glamorization of the serial killer.
by Laura Miller

Gormania: 10 Great John D. MacDonald Novels

Widely admired for his Travis McGee mysteries, MacDonald also wrote some fine standalone crime novels.
by Ed Gorman

Fave Raves of 2012

Books that linger in the mind long after year’s end.
by Mystery Scene contributors

Life Upon the Wicked Stage: Amnon Kabatchnik

A monumental work of scholarship chronicles the history of mystery theater.
by Joseph Goodrich

“3.14159” Mystery Crossword

by Verna Suit

Departments


At the Scene

by Kate Stine

Mystery Miscellany

by Louis Phillips

Hints & Allegations

Edgar Award nominations, 2013 Grand Master Awards, Every Picture Tells a Story, Dilys Award nominations, Nero Wolfe Awards

New Books

The Novelist as Grave Robber
by Holly Goddard Jones

The Babysitter’s Legacy
by Jenny Milchman

The Hook

First Lines That Caught Our Attention


Reviews


Small Press Reviews: Covering the Independents

by Betty Webb

Very Original: Paperback Originals Reviewed

by Lynne Maxwell & Hank Wagner

What About Murder? Reference Books Reviewed

by Jon L. Breen

Sounds of Suspense: Audiobooks Reviewed

by Dick Lochte

Short & Sweet: Short Stories Considered

by Bill Crider

Mystery Scene Reviews

Miscellaneous


The Docket

Letters

Our Readers Recommend

Advertising Info

Advertiser Index

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Broadcast Clues Hank Phillippi Ryan

An awarding-winning investigative journalist brings her expertise to bear on her fiction.
by Oline H. Cogdill

Books to Die For: Ross Macdonald’s The Chill

A thoughtful look at a celebrated author by one of contemporary crime fiction’s leading lights.
by John Connolly

Attica Locke

Past injustices and present inequities intersect at a Louisiana plantation in this talented newcomer’s latest.
by Oline H. Cogdill

Robert Barnard: A Talent to Entertain

An appreciation of this English author’s sharp wit and stellar plots.
by Martin Edwards

Action Figures We’d Like to See

Forgot all those plastic Luke Skywalkers and Batmen, these PIs should be action figures.
by Kevin Burton Smith

The Murders in Memory Lane: Now We Call It Mid-Century Erotica

It might not have been literature, but it was the beginning of a literary career.
by Lawrence Block

“If Books Could Kill” Mystery Crossword

by Verna Suit

Departments


At the Scene

by Kate Stine

Mystery Miscellany

by Louis Phillips

Hints & Allegations

Thriller, Dagger, Ngaio Marsh, and Ned Kelly Awards. Harper Lee Prize. Kate Carlisle on reading Prince of Tides; Bibliophile "Find the Difference Game."

The Hook

First Lines That Caught Our Attention

Gormania

Cunning and underrated: Derailed with Jennifer Aniston
by Ed Gorman

New Books

Remnants of the Civil War
by Don Helin


Reviews


Small Press Reviews: Covering the Independents

by Betty Webb

Very Original: Paperback Originals Reviewed

by Lynne Maxwell & Hank Wagner

What About Murder? Reference Books Reviewed

by Jon L. Breen

Sounds of Suspense: Audiobooks Reviewed

by Dick Lochte

Short & Sweet: Short Stories Considered

by Bill Crider

Mystery Scene Reviews

Miscellaneous


The Docket

Letters

Our Readers Recommend

MS Online

Advertising Info

Advertiser Index

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Diving For Danger

Randy Wayne White uses his love and detailed knowledge of Florida's Gulf Coast to craft riveting thrillers.
by Oline Cogdill

Building Your Book Collection, Part 3: Condition

Is that cover chipped, sunned, or foxed? Understanding a bookseller's decription of condition.
by Nate Pedersen

G.M. Malliet: Birth of a Cozy Writer

Malliet used her Cambridge education—and the Malice Domestic convention—to jumpstart her career
by Oline Cogdill

The Murders in Memory Lane: Ross Thomas

Lawrence Block recalls his friendship with the later thriller writer and considers his top-notch body of work.
by Lawrence Block

Romancing the Con

These happy couples found true love at mystery fan conventions.
by Twist Phelan

P.D. James: Talking About Detective Fiction

The grande dame of crime fiction is the latest in a long line of noted writers to turn a critical eye to the history of the mystery.
by Jon L. Breen

The Little Priest from Essex

Belying his innocuous appearance, G.K. Chesterton's modest little Catholic priest is in fact a revolutionary figure in the mystery genre.
by Steven Steinbock

Encore! Rupert Holmes Returns to Center Stage

Holmes takes on a new and exciting challenge with his stage adaptation of Agatha Christies' Witness for the Prosecution.
by Wm. F. Hirschman

Departments

At the Scene

by Kate Stine

Our Readers Recommend

by Mystery Scene readers

New Books Essays

by Kenneth Wishia, Wendy Clinch, Martin Edwards, Kris Neri, Kelly Stanley, Thomas Kaufman, and Sarah Wisseman

Child's Play: Books for Young Sleuths

by Roberta Rogow

What About Murder? Reference Books Reviewed

by Jon L. Breen

Small Press Reviews

by Betty Webb

Gormania!

by Ed Gorman

Short Stories Considered

by Bill Crider

Very Original: Paperback Originals Reviewed

by Lynne Maxwell

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Mark Billingham

A good sense of humor, strong empathy for victims, and some righteous country music keep the ever-evolving Inspector Tom Thorne at the top of his game. .
by Oline Cogdill

 

Boileau-Narcejac: The Ellery Queen of France

Little known outside France today, this wildly successful duo inspired two classic films, Les Diaboliques and Hitchcock’s Vertigo.
by Michael Mallory

Triple Threat: Ingrid Thoft, Sara Gran & Lisa Brackmann

The future of the private-eye novel looks bright with terrific new writers like these.
by Kevin Burton Smith

Hidden Gems: 5 Writers You Should Be Reading

You may not know their names—but you should.
by Tom Nolan

Margaret Maron: Tales from the Tar Heel State

Her Deborah Knott novels revitalized the regional mystery—and continue to enchant.
by Art Taylor

Why Elmore Leonard Matters

His influence as a great American stylist extended far beyond the boundaries of crime writing.
by Laura Miller

Gormania

Gun Crazy, What Doesn’t Kill Her by Max Allan Collins, Shell Scott, Stephen Marlowe, Charlie Stella
by Ed Gorman

The Hook

First Lines That Caught Our Attention

“Wolfe Pack” Crossword

by Verna Suit

Departments


At the Scene

by Kate Stine

MS Online

Mystery Miscellany

by Louis Phillips

Hints & Allegations

Thriller and Ned Kelly Awards, Harper Lee Prize, CWA Daggers

New Books

The Ambitious Card
by John Gaspard

Serial Thriller
by Reece Hirsch


Reviews


Small Press Reviews: Covering the Independents

by Betty Webb & Sharon Magee

Very Original: Paperback Originals Reviewed

by Lynne Maxwell & Hank Wagner

What About Murder? Reference Books Reviewed

by Jon L. Breen

Sounds of Suspense: Audiobooks Reviewed

by Dick Lochte

Short & Sweet: Short Stories Considered

by Bill Crider

Mystery Scene Reviews

Miscellaneous


The Docket

Letters

Our Readers Recommend

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