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Summertime and the reading is easy...


Hope this finds you enjoying your summer issue of Mystery Scene #130.
For those of you looking for even more great mystery and crime, this August "At the Scene" newsletter is packed with some great content only available at and shared here with you first.

Read on for a wonderful "Writers on Reading" essay from Nancy Martin, the author of the popular Blackbird Sisters Mystery series. There's also a timely roundup of some thirst-slaying beers - with suggested book pairings, of course. And read our online exclusive chat with the remarkable double-threat M.J. Rose, who is a bestselling author and the marketing mind behind the premier book marketing site


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Overheard: Paranoia starring Harrison Ford


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Nancy Martin on Southern Sisters Mystery Writer Anne George
"When I set out to write my first mystery, I tried to analyze the genre by re-reading old favorites - Ngaio Marsh and Josephine Tey and my beloved Mary Stewart. I also picked up books by the women who were currently leading the genre (and still are!) - Sue Grafton and Margaret Maron and Janet Evanovich and Diane Mott Davidson. But when I hit a seemingly ordinary transition passage in an Anne George novel, I had a writer's epiphany..."
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"Writers on Reading" is a special ongoing Mystery Scene series available as a first-look exclusive to our newsletter subscribers.


The Two Lives of M.J. Rose
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M.J. Rose pens the historical suspense series featuring mythologist Jac L'Etoile.

In a special August online feature, Oline Cogdill chats with the author and entrepreneur M.J. Rose.

Most days, M.J. Rose feels as if she is two people, working at two different jobs but with one common goal. There is M.J. Rose the author of 13 critically acclaimed novels, the latest of which is the historical suspense Seduction. And there is M.J. Rose, the owner of, which is considered to be the premier marketing site for authors.

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A vintage summertime Budweiser beer advertisement.

The Killer Beers of Summer
It's summer. You're by the pool or on the porch or in your comfy leather armchair with the air conditioner on high, nose-deep in the latest thriller, hanging on the psychotic killer's every gruesome act. It's hot. You need a beer. But are you really going to chase that Scandinavian noir with a Bud Light Lime-a-Rita? Really?

To complete your all-around reading experience, Mystery Scene presents a few more appropriate alternatives, from light to dark...
Read the full article on our blog at 
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Overheard: Paranoia, starring Harrison Ford 
and Gary Oldman
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Gary Oldman, Liam Hemsworth, and Harrison Ford star in Paranoia, a high-stakes thriller directed by Robert Luketic. Opens nationwide August 16. 

Jock: What brings you here Nick?

Nicholas: Lunch. Lunch brings me here...

J: Why don't we sit down together sometime?

N: You're so full of it. You sit here like you're still relevant. The truth is, I'm going to bury you. And your boy here (signals to Adam Cassidy) is going to be working for me - because working for you means he'll be working for me.

J: Don't let your lunch get cold, Nick. 
- Warring tech billionaires Jock Goddard (Harrison Ford) and Nicholas Wyatt (Gary Oldman) throw around their weight, and their corporate pawn/spy Adam Cassidy (Liam Hemsworth) in Paranoia, a summer thriller based on the novel by Joseph Finder.

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Article: Eyewitness: Chicks Dig the Cars. PIs wheelin' in style. 
Article: Edgar Wallace: The Man Who Wrote Too Much? A look at one of the most popular and prolific writers of the 20th century.
A groundbreaking cartoon and one of the coolest things ever on the tube.  

BlogJoseph Finder's Paranoia on Screen.
A review of the film starring Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman, and Liam Hemsworth. 
BlogMaigret With Michael Gambon. The old-style detective never goes out of style.
Blog: Chilling Effect of Mysteries. Tami Hoag's The 9th Girl is set in Minnesota, an area known for its cold weather. But Hoag goes a further step.
Reviews: Summer Books.
Get your summer started with some great new reads. 
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Summer 2013, Issue #130
#130, Summer 2013

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