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At the Scene, December 2009             Solving the mystery of what to read next!
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Season's Greetings &  Happy New Year!
Thank you everyone for a wonderful 2009

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Dear Readers,

As 2009 draws to a close, we want to thank everyone for spending another year with Mystery Scene. Despite a difficult publishing climate, 2009 was rich with excellent reads, terrific TV shows and films, fun events, and even a Poirot Award for Mystery Scene from the Malice Domestic Convention.

We would also like to take a moment to fondly remember some of the great writers that the mystery community lost in 2009, including Stuart M. Kaminsky, Lyn Hamilton, H. Paul JeffersLionel Davidson, William G. Tapply, and Barbara Parker.

A number of promising new authors debuted this year, many of whom we encountered at Mystery Scene's "Meet the New Authors" events at Left Coast Crime, Malice Domestic and Bouchercon. There are too many to mention all of them here, but we suspect you'll want to keep your eye on Attica Locke (Black Water Rising), Rebecca Cantrell (A Trace of Smoke), Lou Manfredo (Rizzo's War), Bryan Gruley (Starvation Lake), Stuart Neville (Ghosts of Belfast), Jeremy Duns (Free Agent), and Harry Dolan (Bad Things Happen) to name just a few...

Happy sleuthing and happy holidays everyone!

Kate Stine

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Holmes: A Most Singular Gentleman
Guy Ritchie's new film opening Christmas Day is just the latest incarnation of everyone's favorite 'tec.

Sherlock Holmes The Film Sherlock Holmes has never returned to the grave - for long. There have been hundreds of versions of Holmes in novels, short stories, plays, film, TV, radio, comic books, and video games, in settings ranging from the Victorian era to far into the future.

Read about some of our favorite manifestations of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's famous creation in Gary Phillip's "A Most Singular Gentleman," out now in the Holiday Issue #112 of Mystery Scene.

And be sure to check out our review of Guy Ritchie's new film Sherlock Holmes at the MS Blog.
Photo: (L-R) Jude Law as Watson, Robert Downey Jr. as Holmes, and Rachel McAdams as Irene Adler in Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes, opening Christmas Day 2009.
Sherlock Holmes New Year

"We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year's Day."

- Edith Lovejoy Pierce,
poet b. 1904

Illustration was drawn by Sidney Paget for the Strand Magazine in 1893.

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Some last minute gift picks...
Credit card lock pick gift

This $39.95 credit card lock pick set features four stainless steel lock picks tucked away in a realistic looking credit card that's only 1/8 " thick. But don't blame Santa when the TV set disappears! - Kevin Burton Smith

More gift ideas in "The 2009 Mystery Scene Gift Guide" Holiday Issue #112, now on sale.
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