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ArticleANovember Greetings

Hello everyone,

Well, Hurricane Sandy is gone but definitely not forgotten. Here at the Mystery Scene offices we were very lucky although we did get evacuated for a week because of the damaged "Hurri-crane" dangling over midtown Manhattan.

Our hearts go out to those affected by the storm. (And if you'd like us to redirect your subscription or put it on hold, just let us know by emailing us.) As a fundraising measure, we are going to donate all proceeds from back issue sales for the rest of 2012 to the Red Cross in aid of Hurricane Sandy's many victims. 

We're back at work on the Holiday Issue now, although it will be somewhat delayed. On the bright side, you can look forward to lots of fun articles including an interview with Michael Connelly and our annual Gift Guide for Mystery Lovers

Best wishes, 
Kate Stine

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Josephine Tey DAUGHTER OF TIME Jospehine Tey


While most of the books I read these days are either thrillers or non-fiction scientific treatises of one sort or another (an occupational hazard), I'm also a loyal fan of mysteries. As a youth, I devoured the work of Dorothy L. Sayers, Jacques Futrelle, and (no surprise) Arthur Conan Doyle. I also greatly enjoyed the canonical "locked room" stories of John Dickson Carr.  


In order for a mystery novel to find a truly permanent place on my bookshelves, it has to be utterly unique, cleverly plotted, and influential. One book that meets all these criteria, and to me remains fresh despite being well over half a century old, is The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey...


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Lincoln Child's latest book, co-authored with Douglas Preston, is Two Graves (Grand Central, December 2012).

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November films for mystery and thriller audiences

Skyfall 007 Skyfall
Opens November 9

Daniel Craig reprises his role as 007 in the longest-running espionage franchise of all time, heck, the longest-running film franchise period. We're especially looking forward to more Dame Judi Dench, whose character "M" is central to the new film, directed by Sam Mendes (Revolutionary Road, American Beauty). Bond's loyalty to his M16 handler comes into question when secrets from her past come to light. Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, and Albert Finney also star.

Hitchcock Hitchcock
Opens November 23

There is already Oscar buzz for Hitchcock, directed by Sacha Gervasi and based on the book Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho. Set in 1959 during the filming of Psycho, this clever film gives audiences a glimpse into the life of the legendary director, played by Anthony Hopkins, through his unique working and romantic relationship with wife, Alma Reville (Helen Mirren). Jessica Biel as Vera Miles and Scarlett Johansson as Janet Leigh also star as two of Hitchcock's famous blondes, with James Darcy in a nice turn as Tony Perkins.

Killing Them Softly Killing Them Softly
Opens November 30

Brad Pitt steps into the role of Jackie Cogan, the professional hit man who explains, "I like to kill'em softly, from a distance." Director Andrew Dominik's gritty and elegant cinematic adaptation of George V. Higgins' novel Cogan's Trade, follows the hit man as he hunts down three thieves after they rob a mob-protected, high-stakes poker game. Also features Sam Shepard, Ray Liotta, Richard Jenkins, James Gandolfini, Scoot McNairy, Vincent Curatola, and Ben Mendelsohn.

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Hitchcock Official Trailer 2012 - Alfred Hitchcock (Anthony Hopkins) and Janet Leigh (Scarlett Johansson)
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Don't ever buy a fake mustache at Sven's Fair Price Store... It was Casper who wanted to buy the best, most expensive mustache at Sven's.  

"Look at this, Lenny," he said to me at his birthday party. "My nana Nookums gave me four hundred dollars."

Casper's parents are hippies who don't believe in buying anything unnecessary, but every once in a while his rich grandmother gives him money and makes him promise to buy something as unnecessary as possible.

"...I'm going to buy a fake mustache."

"What? A four-hundred-dollar fake mustache?"

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-- Lenny Flem Jr. and Casper in Fake Mustache: Or, How Jodie O'Rodeo and Her Wonder Horse (and Some Nerdy Kid) Saved the US Presidential Election from a Mad Genius Criminal Mastermind (Amulet Books 2012), a children's novel for ages 8 and up by Tom Angleberger.



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