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  AT THE SCENE - May 2013    
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 Indian Paintbrush, the state flower of Wyoming.


Hi everyone, Wyoming is the least populous state in the US, but I would bet that C.J. Box's novels have set more than a few mystery readers daydreaming of a new life out west. Our talk with this articulate and ardent proponent of Wyoming will only fan the flames - westward, ho! 

Other treats in this issue include Kevin Burton Smith's ode to the "Hot Rides of Private Eyes Past," Martin Edward's examination of Dorothy L. Sayers' real-life detective skills, and a talk with former journalist-turned-novelist Brad Parks

Lynn Kaczmarek chats with Erin Hart about her atmospheric mysteries set in Ireland, and Brian Skupin catches up with Linda Barnes, who is making a welcome return to crime writing after ending her Carlotta Carlyle series a few years back. Old Time Radio fans will be interested in Michael Mallory's tribute to the Inner Sanctum Mystery program. 

Every issue of Mystery Scene celebrates the work of crime writers. But to do that, another sort of writer is required - a critic. Critics seldom get the plaudits they routinely hand out to others, but we're happy to report that Oline H. Cogdill received the 2013 Raven Award from the Mystery Writers of America at this year's Edgar Awards Banquet. Oline always brings a discerning eye and a love of the genre to her work, whether she's writing for Mystery Scene or for her nationally syndicated review column. Well done, Oline! Don't miss Betty Webb's wide-ranging conversation with Oline in this issue about the ins-and-outs of a literary critic's life. 

Kate Stine
Editor in chief


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David Morrell on Geoffrey Household

"Your story reminds me of Geoffrey Household," my writing teacher said. I was then a graduate student at Penn State. I'd been trying various genres without success, even producing some terrible imitations of Faulkner and Joyce. One day, responding to a powerful daydream, I wrote an outdoor hunter-hunted story that made my teacher say, "You might have found your direction." He pulled a novel from a shelf and handed it to me. "I think you can learn from him." The book was Rogue Male. Its author was Geoffrey Household. My life changed. (continued...)

MURDER AS A FINE ART by David Morrell David Morrell is the award-winning author of First Blood, the novel in which Rambo was created. His latest is a Victorian thriller about the infamous Ratcliffe Highway killings:  Murder as a Fine Art (Mullholland Books, May 2013)
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To celebrate Mother's Day, Mystery Scene sat down with some of our favorite mother-daughter/mother-son writing teams and asked them to reflect on moms, writing, and reading together.

See comments from Caroline and Charles Todd, Mary Jane and Victoria Maffini, Mary and Carol Higgins Clark, and Gloria Skurzynski and Alane Ferguson.
Edgar & Agatha Award Winners
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The winners of this year's Mystery Writers of America Edgar Awards were announced May 2, 2013, at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City.

The Agatha Awards for novels published during 2012 were announced May 4, 2013, during the Malice Domestic convention.

Congratulations to all the award winners.
Winners on our blog at 
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ArticleAn A to Z Killing Spree. Author Donna Moore's ABCs of murder.
ArticleBorderlands. The Crime Fiction of Ellis Peters.
Blog: Edgar Award and Agatha Award Winners. Congrats! 
Blog: 25 Years of Malice Domestic. Celebrating a quarter century of diversity in mystery.


Blog: Margaret Maron  and Ken Follett. A look at the Edgar Award Grand Masters.  

Reviews: May Books. Explore reviews of this month's releases.


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