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At the Scene, Holiday 2010                     Solving the mystery of what to gift next!
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Laurie R. King on Reading
Overheard: Playing Claus
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Happy Holidays!
Laurie R. King on Jane Langton, Gift Ideas for Mystery Lovers, MS Holiday Gift-away and more.

Hi everyone,

We wanted to thank you all for one of our best years ever at Mystery Scene. We've had a great time in 2010 finding fun books, TV shows, movies, and other criminal delights for your entertainment.

So why not share the fun? In this newsletter, we've pulled together ideas for all the mystery lovers on your holiday gift list and provided links to even more ideas on our website. Lead your friends and family into "a life of crime" - they'll thank you for it!

Kate Stine

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Marcia Muller Coming Back    Dennis Lehane Moonlight Mile    Iris Johansen's Chasing the Night    Lee Child Worth Dying For

Laurie R. King on Jane Langton's

The Diamond in the Window
Noble children, nutty relatives, and magic realism

Jane Langton's The Diamond in the WindowI must have read Jane Langton's The Diamond in the Window shortly after it was published, in 1962. I was ten years old. It changed my life.
The novel has everything one could possibly want in a tale: noble children,
both present and long lost; a mad uncle and a beleaguered aunt; historical truth and philosophical speculation; an exotic Indian prince and the solid Americana of Concord, Mass. (Old North Bridge; Emerson, Thoreau, and Alcott.) Today, the adventure they are all caught up in would be called magical realism. Langton's deft touch manages to build a story both lighthearted and frightening - darkly, creepily frightening - and the whimsical ink drawings by Eric Blegvad are perfect (make sure you get an illustrated edition.)

If any book made me a writer, it is this one.

The amazing thing to me now is, the book holds up. Most of the fiction we
loved as children goes flat under adult eyes, when cliché and bad writing make one wince, and regret. Not this one. I read it aloud to my own kids 20 years ago, I still read it from time to time, and love it. It's all about the architecture: not only the house itself - "a great wooden Gothic-Byzantine structure, truly in need of painting" - where the key to the mystery is found, but the very real architecture of Eleanor and Edward's inner world. The Diamond in the Window is a child's book, and an adult's book - it is a reader's book. It is also, most emphatically, a writer's book.

Laurie R King's God of the HiveLaurie R. King's latest Mary Russell - Sherlock Holmes book is The God of the Hive (Bantam 2010).

"Writers on Reading" is a special ongoing Mystery Scene series available as a first look exclusive to our newsletter subscribers. Next month: Alex Kava.

David Morrell's The Nake Edge

Overheard - Playing Claus: Authors Give Gifts to Their Own Sleuths

"I would give Gumdrop Coal
a Chihuahua lamp."

- Ken Harmon, author
The Fat Man: A Tale of North Pole Noir

Lauren Willig The Mischief of the Mistletoe    Sally Goldenbaum A Holiday Yarn    Shirley Rousseau Cat Coming Home    Anne Perry A Christmas Odyssey

More gift ideas for detectives from their creators online

Playing Claus Part One

Playing Claus Part Two

Mystery Scene Gift Guides
Killer gift ideas online and in our Holiday Issue #117

Sherlock Holmes Personalized Novel

For The Sherlockian
$29.99 Sherlock Holmes Personalized Novel

More like this at MS Gift Guide: Holmes for the Holidays

Bored to Death Season 1

For The TV 'Tec
$39.98 Bored to Death: First Season

More like this at
MS Gift Guide: DVD Picks

For The Spy Kid
$9.00 LED Black Cat Rechargeable Light

More like at
MS Gift Guide: Spy Kids

For The Crime Boss
$18.00 Fisticup Brass Knuckle Mug

More like this at
MS Gift Guide: The Crime Boss

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