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At the Scene, October 2009                 Solving the mystery of what to read next!
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Lawrence Block Joins MS!
PP WebCon Online
Holiday Gift Guide
5 Spooktacular Reads
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New Kid on the Block Moves In
Lawrence Block column debuts, cover profile of
Sara Paretsky, and much more to come!

Lawrence Block with Edgar Awards
The November Holiday Issue #112
is just around the corner and Mystery Scene is pleased to announce "The Murders in Memory Lane," a new column of literary reminisces by award-winning author Lawrence Block.

This hard-hitting, whip-smart writer
will share anecdotes, insights, and appreciations of the many people he's
met in his six decade long literary career. Old fans and new will also want to check out his Mystery Scene interview in Summer #105 and a few of his previous MS book reviews here.
Sara Paretsky

Hope you're having a wonderful fall and we'll see you next month with Holiday Issue #112 featuring a conversation with private eye pioneer Sara Paretsky, a round up of the best legal thrillers, a look at TV's The Mentalist, our 2009 Mystery Scene Gift Guide, the next installment in our Building Your Book Collection series, and much more!


Kate Stine


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Poisoned Pen Web Con
Online mystery event on Saturday, October 24th
Dana Stabenow PP Web Con Guest of Honor
If you haven't already heard, Mystery Scene will be part of the world's first major virtual mystery and crime convention, which aims to bring authors and readers together online from all over the world: The Poisoned Pen Web Con (Oct. 24, 2009).

  • Live interactive events bringing together authors and others.
  • Author panels and debates in video, audio and text.
  • Author presentations on their writing in video, audio and text.
  • Coffee Shop - a live chat room where visitors can mingle with authors and one another.
  • Recorded "on-demand" video, audio presentions, and articles.
  • Video book trailers
  • Author interviews - Barbara Peters' in-depth interviews with over 80 top mystery and crime writers.
  • Goodie bag with book voucher, free e-books, and privileged interactive access to live events for all registrants.

Dana Stabenow
(pictured above) and Lee Child are the inaugural guests of honor along with "Behind the Scene" guests of honor Tom & Enid Schantz from Rue Morgue Press, Kate Miciak, editorial director at Bantam Dell, and Mystery Scene's Kate Stine! Registration and info here.

MS Blog: Killer First Impressions...
Share great first lines on the MS Blog!

Breakheart Hill by Thomas H. Cook
This is the darkest story that I have ever heard. And all my life I have labored not to
tell it.

It goes with gray clouds and heavy rain, and when I remember it, I see her feet running over sodden ground. But actually the sun was full and bright the day it happened, and the kudzu vines they found tangled around her legs were thick and green at the end of a long spring growth. In fact, the vegetation had become so thick on the mountainside by then that even from a short distance it would have been hard to hear all that went on that afternoon, all that was said and done."

                                   Breakheart Hill by Thomas H. Cook (1996)

In addition to exclusive bonus reviews, coverage of the latest mystery news, and more, the MS Blog invites readers to share their favorite opening lines from mystery, thriller, and suspense books.

To join the conversation follow the Favorite First Lines thread.
Mystery Scene Gift Guide 2009

Don't miss our 2009 Holiday Gift Guide
for both the
the nice
on your list!


Coming in
Mystery Scene's #112 Holiday Issue this November. If you're not already a subscriber, you won't want to miss it.

Happy Hallow-reads!
5 chilling picks for the spookiest of seasons

A Touch of Dead Dexter by Design Under the Dome, Stephen King The Vampire Archives.Bouchercon Ad 2009.
  • A Touch of Dead  by Charlaine Harris, Ace (Oct. '09)
  • Dexter by Design  by Jeff Lindsay, Doubleday (Sept. '09)
  • Under the Dome  by Stephen King, Scribner, (Nov. '09)
  • The Vampire Archives  ed by Otto Penzler, Vintage (Sept. '09)
  • The Gates  by John Connelly. Atria (Oct. '09)
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