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Mystery Scene Issue #127


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Hello everyone,

The upcoming Winter Issue #128 is going to be a doozy. Our conversation with crime fiction icon Sue Grafton takes some unexpected detours as she reveals the complicated family history that has informed her immensely popular Kinsey Millhone novels. You won't want to miss this one.

We'll also have Ed Gorman's take on his favorite John D. MacDonald novels. (There's a tidbit for you Travis McGee fans further down in the newsletter.) Plus, we'll look at the The Following (CBS), our critics offer their Fave Raves of 2012, Daniel Stashower discusses how Alan Pinkerton foiled a plot to assassinate President-elect Abraham Lincoln, and much more.

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Writers on Reading  

Dana Stabenow on 
The Lion's Pawby Robb White 

Dana Stabenow

There is that one book every writer can point to as the story that inspired them to tell their own. The Lion's Paw may be the first book I ever read where I looked at the author's name on the cover and wondered, "Who is this guy? How does he know all this stuff?" and more importantly, "Did he write anything else?" 


Read Dana Stabenow's 
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Dana Stabenow's BAD BLOOD


Dana Stabenow's 20th novel about the Alaskan PI Kate Shugak is Bad Blood (Minotaur Books, February 2013).

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"Writers on Reading" is a special ongoing Mystery Scene series available as a first-look exclusive to our newsletter subscribers.
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Article2Mondays Are Murder
Akashic Books launches a weekly, original online short-story noir series

Akashic Noir Series

Akashic Books, publisher of the globe-spanning 
Noir Series (including the 2013 Edgar-nominated Staten Island Noir), has announced a bevy of new features on their newly relaunched website, including a weekly noir story series Mondays Are Murder, inspired by their popular anthologies.

"Each story is an original story, and each takes place in a distinct location," said Akashic's release. "Our web model for the series (authored by many among the 800 contributors to our print series, and open for submissions) has one more feature: a 750-word limit."

Tim McLoughlin, the editor for the very first Noir Series anthology, Brooklyn Noir (2004), fittingly kicks off the online series this week with the story "Pink Houses."

Check out February's stories at
  • Tim McLoughlin (Feb. 4)
  • Julie Smith (Feb. 11)
  • Maggie Estep (Feb. 18)
  • Arthur Nersesian (Feb. 25) 
Travis McGee portrait
Travis McGee


 "Being an adult means accepting those situations where no action is possible." 


- Travis McGee in The Green Ripper (1979)

by John D. MacDonald


In 2013, Random House will begin reprinting 70 of John D. MacDonald's novels, including all of the Travis McGee mysteries, in trade paperback and ebook formats.


Who do you love?  
Nick & Nora of THE THIN MAN
Nick (William Powell) and Nora (Myrna Loy) in the Hollywood film based on Dashiell Hammett's The Thin Man
In honor of Valentine's Day, Mystery Scene would like to hear who your favorite sleuthing couples of all time are. Tweet your vote to @MysteryScene  or post your nominations at our Facebook page. One lucky lover of couples will win a free book.

Some of our favorite partners in crime...
  • Nick & Nora Charles                  
  • Fox Mulder & Dana Scully      
  • Stephanie Plum & Joe Morelli    
  • Tommy & Tuppence Beresford 
  • Marcus Didius Falco & Helena Justina
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