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At the Scene, August 2012                  Solving the mystery of what to read next!
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In This "At the Scene"

August Greetings!

Is there anything better than a big stack of books, a cold glass of lemonade, and a long summer afternoon? We've got a couple of great suggestions for your to-be-read pile in this newsletter, including a review of MS reader favorite Tana French's latest Broken Harbor

Senior editor Teri Duerr has pulled together some interesting new and returning TV shows for your summer viewing pleasure. Personally, I can't wait to see what happens on Major Crimes, given that it's a spin-off of the truly excellent The Closer.

And we think you'll enjoy Kate Carlisle's thoughtful essay on Pat Conroy's The Prince of Tides, a book that made a big impact on her own development as a writer. After reading it, I added Conroy's book to my own teetering to-be-read pile.

And if you're having trouble keeping track of all the books you already own, may we suggest Organizing Crime Classics: The Mystery Company's Guide to Timeless Series? This spiral-bound guide offers complete booklists, in series order, of over 200 classic mystery series, including Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe, Ed McBain's 87th Precinct, Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple, and Ellis Peter's Brother Cadfael. I keep this handy little guide with me while visiting bookstores or browsing online. It's saved me from purchasing duplicates and helped me easily identify the next book I want to read in a series.

Right now, Mystery Scene is offering this book FREE if you subscribe for three years. (Renewals will be added to the end of your current subscription.) The details are at the end of the newsletter.

However you manage it, we hope you have plenty of relaxing reading time this month. See you in September!

Best wishes,
Kate Stine


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Writers on Reading  

Kate Carlisle on The Prince of Tides

Pat Conroy The Prince of Tides, first edition  

















The first time I read Pat Conroy's The Prince of Tides was a revelation to me. An awakening. Right from the prologue, I was captivated by Conroy's masculine lyricism, his masterful blend of toughness and sensitivity, his descriptions that were at once tender and macho. "I was born and raised on a Carolina sea island and I carried the sunshine of the low-country, inked in dark gold, on my back and shoulders."


The story is phenomenal and bizarre, compelling, weird, complex, internal. But it's the prose that swept me away, not the plot.


(Read Kate Carlisle's essay at





Kate Carlisle's latest book is Peril in Paperback (Signet, August 2012). 

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


article2August Crime Time TV
New and returning series roundup

Major Crimes on TNT Major Crimes, TNT, Aug 13

Viewers may be saying good-bye to Brenda Leigh Johnson and The Closer this month, but TNT is hoping fans will stick with the spin-off series Major Crimes, starring Mary McDonnell as Captain Sharon Raydor as she steps up to lead the LAPD team for a new series of investigations.  
More info & listings

Grimm on NBC
Grimm, NBC, Aug 13
Portland homicide Detective Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli) and his sarcastic and other-than-human friend Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) are back for a second season investigating crimes committed by fairytale creatures and monsters in this police procedural with a twist.

Copper on BBC America
Copper, BBC America, Aug 19

Irish-American detective and former boxer Kevin Corcoran (Tom Weston-Jones) walks the beat in 1864 NYC searching for answers to the murder of his daughter and the disappearance of his wife in this atmospheric crime drama from the minds of Emmy® Award-winner Tom Fontana (Homicide) and Will Rokos (Southland).


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PRIVATE GAMES by James Patterson
I look up into the night sky, feeling storms rising in my head, and understanding once again that I am superior, superhuman, imbued with forces that go back thousands of years.

"For all true Olympians," I vow, "this act of sacrifice marks the beginning of the end of the modern games."

Then I wrench the old man's head back....



- From Private Games, a 2012 London Olympics thriller by James Patterson and Mark Sullivan (Grand Central, 2012)  




MS Online Exclusive Review
Broken Harbor by Tana French 

 Broken Harbor by Tana French Tana French

In need of a breezy beach read? "Look elsewhere, old son," as Mick "Scorcher" Kennedy of Dublin's Murder Squad might say. You won't find safe mooring in Broken Harbor. Tana French's latest is a bracing gulp of sea air-a contemporary police procedural / psychological thriller that delivers all the humor and pathos, sidetracks and straightaways of classic, spellbinding Irish storytelling.
Read the full review at


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