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  AT THE SCENE - June 2013    

Edgar Allan Poe Garden, Richmond, VA
The Enchanted Garden at the Museum of Edgar Allan Poe in Richmond, Virginia. Behind the fountain is the Poe Shrine, constructed with bricks and granite from the building in which Poe edited The Southern Literary Messenger. Admirers of Poe meet here for monthly Unhappy Hours.


Right after Malice Domestic, Brian and I took a vacation in Virginia. As we drove around that lovely state, we found much evidence of one of our favorite writers: Edgar Allan Poe. We particularly enjoyed visiting Richmond's Museum of Edgar Allan Poe with its outstanding collection of artifacts and its passionate devotion to all things EAP. The lovely Enchanted Garden, shown above, was the perfect place to spend a warm spring afternoon. We highly recommend it!

According to the Museum, Poe considered gardens to be one of the highest art forms. The Enchanted Garden is fashioned after his poem:

To One in Paradise

Thou wast that all to me, love
For which my soul did pine-
A green isle in the sea, love,
A fountain and a shrine,
All wreathed in fruit and flowers
And all the flowers were mine...
We're putting the final touches on Mystery Scene's Summer Issue which will be arriving at your doorsteps in a few weeks. Until then, this enews offers some articles and reviews to keep you entertained. Enjoy!

Kate Stine
Editor in chief


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Mystery Lovers' Kitchen:
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Despite the beginning of swimsuit season, June is the perfect month to celebrate both donuts and chocolate ice cream. (Donut Day and Chocolate Ice Cream Day, what a month!)

The authors at Mystery Lovers' Kitchen have shared a wonderful donut recipe, a fabulous chocolate peanut-butter ice cream recipe, and a hot fudge recipe to keep you properly fueled for mystery watching and reading. Do you scream for chocolate ice cream? Or do you wanna know whodonut?

Arthur Ellis Award Winners
Arthur Ellis Award

The winners for the Arthur Ellis Awards were announced at the Arthur Ellis Awards Gala, May 30, 2013.

The awards were given for the best Canadian crime writing published in 2012 in seven crime-writing categories: novel, first novel, nonfiction/true crime, juvenile, short story, book in the French language, and the novella.

Congratulations to all the award winners.
Winners on our blog at

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the prestigious awards, named after the nom de travail of Canada's official hangman. 
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Father Knows Death, released this month, is the latest in the Stay At Home Mystery series.
The dead man in the backseat of my minivan wore a T-shirt that read IT'S NOT A BEER BELLY. IT'S A FUEL TANK FOR A SEX MACHINE...

But, at that moment, I was more concerned with the blood encircling the knife in his chest, why he was in my car in the parking lot of Cooper's Market, and keeping my three-year-old daughter from seeing his corpse.
- Aaron Tucker in Stay at Home Dead (Kensington, 2012), by Jeffrey Allen, the pseudonym of Jeff Shelby, who is the author of the series featuring a stay-at-home dad.

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Winners of Chris Culver's The Abbey and The Outsider 
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Thank you to all who entered and congrats to our winners.
A look at the creator of Brother Cadfael. 
A groundbreaking cartoon and one of the coolest things ever on the tube.   
ArticleRobert B. Parker: "A Code and a Quest." He respected the genre, which is to say he respected us.
Blog: A Farewell to Southland Saying good-bye to a great cop show.


Blog: Michael Connelly on Journalism, Novels. The author reflects on his time as a journalist.  

Reviews: Early Summer Books. Get your summer started with some great new reads.


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