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.
Editor in chief
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...)
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)
"Writers on Reading" is a special ongoing Mystery Scene series available as a first-look exclusive to our newsletter subscribers.
Most Mysterious Moms
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
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
Congratulations to all the award winners.
"Ladies and gentleman, for our final trick we are going to rob a bank!"
You won't believe your eyes! Jesse Eisenberg
as an illusionist-turned-bank robber in
Now You See Me.
- Announcement from a team of illusionists with a 99-percenter philosophy of stealing from the rich and corrupt to redistribute to their audiences.
Now You See Me, opens May 31, and stars Morgan Freeman, Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco, Mark Ruffalo, Michael Caine, and Melanie Laurent.
Win Chris Culver's The Abbey and The Outsider
New York Times bestselling ebook phenomenon Chris Culver is now in print with The Abbey and The Outsider. This series features Ash Rashid, 12-year veteran of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department and one of the few Muslim-Americans on the force. He's unafraid of bending the rules in the pursuit of justice, though he's also aspiring to become a prosecutor. Enter to win both Ash Rashid series titles today.
: May Books.
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