|New Kid on the Block Moves In|
Lawrence Block column debuts, cover profile of
Sara Paretsky, and much more to come!
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.
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!
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Poisoned Pen Web Con
Online mystery event on Saturday, October 24th
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 (1996)
"This is the darkest story that I have ever heard. And all my life I have labored not to
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
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.
Don't miss our 2009 Holiday Gift Guide
for both the
on your list!