From the rousing derring-do of Susan Elia MacNeal's WWII espionage to the thoughtful examination of China's headlong modernization in Qiu Xiaolong's Inspector Chen police procedurals to Elaine Viets' darkly amusing take on the US economy in her Dead End Jobs mysteries, this jumbo issue of Mystery Scene will kick your summer reading into high gear.
Joe Goodrich considers the stellar career of novelist/screenwriter/film director Nicholas Meyer. (This inspired me to read A View from the Bridge, Meyer's Hollywood memoir, and, in a word: fabulous!) Michael Mallory considers the career of Edgar Wallace, a huge bestseller in his day but now almost forgotten. Also, Martin Edwards chats with English mystery icon Peter Lovesey, Kevin Burton Smith surveys the best send-ups (or is that take-downs?) of detectives in literature and film, and much more.
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Editor in chief
Karin Slaughter on Reading
Gone with the Wind
by Margaret Mitchell
"Not many people think of Gone With the Wind as a mystery, but I firmly believe it belongs in that category.
"The first line of Margaret Mitchell's 1939 novel is perhaps the most artfully crafted in modern literature: 'Scarlett O'Hara was not beautiful, but men seldom realized it when caught by her charm...'"
Karin Slaughter's latest is Unseen
(Delacorte Press, July 2013)
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|Author Susan Elia MacNeal's Mr. Churchill's Secretary was nominated for two awards so far this year. Read more about her in the summer issue #130 of Mystery Scene.|
Many Nominations, Many Awards, Less Diversity?
Each year when award nominations come out, some authors' works appear on a couple of different lists. That's understandable because these are talented authors with good books.
This year there seems to be even more overlap among the various nominees. Personally, I love it when authors on my best of the year list are nominated for several awards, as happens this year... - Oline Cogdill
Overheard: Piper Kerman, ex-con and author of Orange is the New Black
Taylor Schilling as Piper Chapman, a white, middle-class prison inmate, in
Orange is the New Black premiering as a Netflix exclusive series this July.
"The journey of the sentence, everything around it, transforms [prisoners] in some way. After, you're left with the memories and other vestiges. I think going to war is probably that same type of crucible experience.... There's nothing honorable about committing a crime and going to prison, but it's still a crucible experience."
- Piper Kerman, the author of Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison, which inspired the new series of the same name debuting on Netflix this July. The television series is by Jenji Kohan, the creator behind Weeds.
: Murder She Taught: The Puzzling Career of Hildegarde Withers. The Penguin Pool Murder
is a fascinating snapshot of 1929 New York City following the stock market crash, and a remarkable document of an author's on-the-job training.
A groundbreaking cartoon and one of the coolest things ever on the tube.
Blog: Ian Fleming and Raymond Chandler.
Ian Fleming would have turned 105 years old on May 28. His birthday was discussed all over the web and on social media.
: Shamus Award Finalists
. The Private Eye Writers of America has announced the finalists for the Shamus Awards for works published in 2012.
: Summer Books.
Get your summer started with some great new reads.
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