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Warm Up with Mystery Scene
Winter Issue #113 out now!

Randy Wayne White, P.D. James, Rupert Holmes,
Father Brown, Ross Thomas, G.M. Malliet, and more!

MS 113 Winter Issue 2010
It's cold out there!

At least it's cold here at the Mystery Scene office in New York where a foot of snow fell over the last few days. But we're looking forward to visiting Florida this winter with Sunshine State writer and adventurer, Randy Wayne White. The latest in White's Doc Ford series, Deep Shadow, arrives in March and Oline Cogdill sat down with the author to discuss Doc, fishing, archaeology, and whole lot more in the latest Mystery Scene.

Jon L. Breen reviews P.D. James' Talking About Detective Fiction and discusses other mystery writers who ventured into mystery criticism. And don't miss how another critic/novelist, G.K. Chesterton, sent forth his sleuth, Father Brown, to "save the soul of detective fiction."

More mystery from across the pond includes a profile of Agatha Award-winning writer G.M. Malliet, an Anglophile who sets her series in Cambridge. The newest installment of "Building Your Book Collection" from our American-in-Scotland contributor Nate Pederson explains how to judge a book's condition.

Also in Issue #113, a thoughtful and admiring remembrance of the brilliant Ross Thomas from Lawrence Block, as well as a look at the more romantic side of murder-finding true love at mystery fan conventions-from author Twist Phelan, and a preview of Rupert Holmes' new Broadway adaptation of Agatha Christie's Witness for the Prosecution. Thanks for making Mystery Scene part of your winter escape, and look out for a new e-newsletter exclusive coming in March.

Kate Stine

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Read Anything Good Lately?
Email us your fave raves for the "Our Readers Recommend" feature and be entered to win a free book! Congratulations to our February winner, Rick Spencer (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma), who recommended novelist Father Andrew M. Greeley and his Blackie Ryan series.
From Page to Screen: The latest films from great mystery and crime novels
Shutter Island, The Ghost Writer, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Shutter IslandShutter Island, from Dennis Lehane's book by the same name, reunites director Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio for this atmospheric thriller. Also starring Mark Ruffalo and Ben Kingsley. Read more at the MS Blog.

The Ghost WriterThe Ghost Writer
, from controversial director Roman Polanski stars Ewan McGregor as a ghost writer hired by a British Prime Minister (played by Pierce Brosnan) who uncovers deadly secrets. Read the MS review of Robert Harris' novel The Ghost here.

Dragon TattooThe Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
, a Swedish thriller from director Niels Arden Oplev, opens in select US theaters in March. Rumor is that a US Sony studios remake is already in the works. Read the MS review of Stieg Larsson's internationally bestselling novel here.

                            GK Chesterton

"The detective story
differs from every
other story in this:
that the reader is only
happy if he feels a fool."

-G.K. Chesterton, "The Ideal Detective Story,"
Illustrated London News, October 25, 1930.

Read more about Chesterton and his beloved sleuth,
Father Brown, in MS 2010 Winter #113.

Save the Date: Mystery Scene's "Meet the New Authors" Breakfast
Malice Domestic Convention, April 30-May 2, 2010
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If you're attending Malice Domestic this spring in Arlington, Virginia, be sure to come to Mystery Scene's "Meet the New Authors Breakfast." It's a great chance to learn about terrific new writers and their work. We'll save a chair and some Danish for you!
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