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Next month's issue Spring #114 is well underway here at the Mystery Scene office. Without giving too much away, we'll say readers can look forward to leaping into Lutz, promenading in Paris with Black, walking with Westlake down Murder Lane, and generally cooking up crime in the kitchen.

This month here in "At the Scene" we're also introducing a new ongoing series, "Writers on Reading," where we'll be inviting some of your favorite authors to talk about the books and writers they love. We're kicking off the series with the award-winning Carolyn G. Hart, author of the Death on Demand, Henrie O, and Bailey Ruth Raeburn series.

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Writers on Reading: Carolyn Hart
How the classic Beverly Gray novels of Clair Blank changed my life

Beverly Gray's ReporterI look back over a lifetime of reading and remember books from many wonderful writers. I learned from them all, suspense from Alexandre Dumas, courage from Louisa May Alcott, protest from Charles Dickens, the imaginable unimaginable from William Faulkner, anguish from Edna St. Vincent Millay, clear-eyed judgment from Agatha Christie. But if I peel back the years and tell the truth, the books that directed the course of my life were simply written books for girls, the Beverly Graynovels by Clair Blank. The books chart her college years and her success as a reporter and writer. These books first suggested to me that one could have a life as a writer and as a reporter. I grew up determined to be a reporter. I worked on school newspapers, majored in journalism, worked briefly as a reporter, then turned to fiction in my late twenties. Thank you, Beverly Gray.

Laugh 'Til He Died by Carolyn Hart

lyn Hart's latest from her Death on Demand series is Laughed 'Til He Died (William Morrow, April 2010).

"Writers on Reading" is a special ongoing Mystery Scene series available as a first look exclusive to our newsletter subscribers.
Spring's New TV Crime Time Premieres
New series for mystery and crime lovers

Tomothy Olivant in JustifiedJustified (FX)
Premiered Tuesday, March 16
Deputy US Marshal Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant) is an old-school lawman unafraid to drag the bad guys to tough justice. Actor Olyphant is already garnering buzz for his depiction of the strong and silent Givens, who is based on a character by Elmore Leonard.

Cast of Happy Town
Happy Town
Premieres Wednesday, April 28
Amateur sleuth and candle shop owner Henly (Lauren German) has just moved to Haplin, Minnesota - and stumbled into a host of quirky new neighbors and a murder and kidnapping investigation led by Deputy Sheriff Tommy Conroy (Geoff Stults).

The Good Guys
The Good Guys
Premieres Wednesday, May 19
The age-old pairing of the idealistic rookie (Colin Hanks) and the hardened veteran (Bradley Whitford) returns to network TV in a new police action comedy. This time the odd couple is on the soft case beat of petty crime.

 Stanley Kubrick's Lolita

"You can always count on a murderer
for a fancy prose style."

- Professor Humbert Humbert
in Lolita (1955) by Vladimir Nabokov

Lolita still from Stanley Kubrick's 1962 film adaptation featuring James Mason as Humbert Humbert and Sue Lyon as Lolita.
April Fool's Picks
Four funny reads for the jokers at heart

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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" on Saturday, May 1st. 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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