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October Greetings
Kathy Reichs, Dashiell Hammett's San Francisco, Louise Penny, and the new all-color format!

Kathy Reichs

Kathy Reichs, author of the Temperance Brennan novels.

Hi everyone,

It's not unusual to come across improbably accomplished heroes in mystery novels. You know, the internationally renowned expert with a 15-page resume, an active social life, and a wildly successful sideline in the arts. What is unusual is to find an author who not only matches but far exceeds the talents of her creation.

Readers, meet Kathy Reichs.

Reichs is not only a forensic anthropologist with sterling academic credentials, her consulting work has taken her to many of the most tragic scenes of recent history - the genocides in Guatemala and Rwanda, the World Trade Center site in New York. Oh, and in her spare time, Reichs writes bestselling novels which have inspired a hit TV show for which she also consults...whew! Reichs is definitely a force of nature and we're delighted she could spare the time to talk  with Oline Cogdill for Mystery Scene's Fall Issue #116, now on the newsstands.

By the way, Reichs is looking to mentor the next generation of female crime fighters with her new Young Adult novel, Virals, starring Tempe's 14-year-old niece, Tory Brennan.

The Enola Holmes mystery series is another favorite here at Mystery Scene. Sherlock's younger sister takes her last bow in The Case of the Gypsy Good-bye by Nancy Springer, who is profiled in the Fall Issue.

Both of these young adult mysteries would make excellent presents for  young readers. Our annual Mystery Scene Gift Guide, coming in the Holdiay Issue, will have lots more ideas.

We hope you enjoy the new all-color format of the magazine!

Kate Stine

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Louise Penny on Charlotte's Web
A lifelong love of spiders... and literature

Charlotte's Web

At the age of eight I sat on the edge of my bed, reading. To this day I can feel the nubbily bedspread under my hand. My other hand held a book that I didn't yet realize would change my life. That moment would come in a few seconds. I was in my bedroom because I was always in my bedroom. It was where I felt safe.  The only place I felt secure in a world that had only ever shown me kindness, and yet I felt was scary and threatening. 

Everything scared me. Except reading. In my bedroom.

I was reading Charlotte's Web.

High on the list of things to fear was spiders. 

But in that instant three things happened. I realized that Charlotte was a spider and that I loved her. In that moment I lost my fear of spiders. And in that moment I realized that the written word was the most powerful thing in the world. It could remove a fear. How amazing is that?! But I knew something else. 

In that moment I knew I wanted to be a writer. It took 40 years, as I sifted through other fears, but finally Charlotte prevailed. And I got to be what that eight year old dreamed of becoming. A writer.

Bury Your DeadLouise Penny's latest Inspector Armand Gamache book is Bury Your Dead (Minotaur Books, September 2010).

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Dashiell Hammett's San Francisco
Revisit the City by the Bay in time for 2010 Bouchercon

In honor of this year's "Bouchercon by the Bay" (Oct. 14-17, 2010) Mystery Scene is revisiting Dashiell Hammett's home in San Francisco. Take the "Hammett at Home" tour with us here.

A SF Historical Mystery Reading List
Supernatural Season
New Halloween worthy reads at

Fiber & Brimstone    Wicked Appetite    Jack Getze ad    The Devil

Ralph Wiggum in library
Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore,
While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of some one gently rapping...

-"The Raven," Edgar Allan Poe, 1845

Read the entire poem!

Read the MS feature "Evermore: The Enduring Influence of Egar Allan Poe"
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