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Mystery Scene at Bouchercon 2013
Come see Mystery Scene at Bouchercon in Albany Sept. 20-22, 2013


Fall is in the air and the Fall Issue #131 of Mystery Scene will soon be on its way to your mailbox. We're just putting the finishing touches on the issue, which includes an interview with British crime writer Mark Billingham, creator of Detective Inspector Tom Thorne, and an appreciation of Margaret Maron, whose long-running Judge Deborah Knott series (The Bootlegger's Daughter, etc.) offer a panoramic portrait of her beloved North Carolina.  


Readers of Elmore Leonard won't want to miss our look at the cultural import of this great writer's work. Plus Tom Nolan highlights five overlooked authors you should be reading right now and Kevin Burton Smith looks at the promising future of private-eye fiction. 


Bouchercon 2013, the biggest convention for crime fiction readers and writers, is happening in Albany, New York, Sept. 19-22. It's practically in our backyard, and we'll definitely be there. If you haven't registered but are interested in stopping by, walk-up day passes will be available for $80. More info at Bouchercon's FAQs page. Please stop by and say hello!  

Kate Stine
Editor in chief


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Spencer Quinn on Reading: Hardy Boys to Graham Greene
I've been reading for as long as I can remember. (No obvious jokes, please!) And look at that: I've already alienated you, breaking Writing Rule 273A(ii), namely that while it's not absolutely necessary to suck up to readers, try not to insult them.

The Four Bad Hens and Other Stories was the first book I read by myself, and of it I recall nothing, but soon after came...
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Art imitates art in the seventh of Jeff Lindsay's Dexter novels, as Showtime TV's version calls its final "Cut!" in its eighth and last season. Everybody's favorite serial killer may be severing his relationship with Hollywood on the small screen, but, on these pages, it's just beginning...

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Overheard: Sue Grafton on Kinsey the "Role Model"

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Sue Grafton

"The whole thing with Kinsey is that she's flawed and inconsistent and yet she works it out. But when people refer to her as a role model, well, that, oh my goodness, it just makes me cringe."
- Sue Grafton, on her series protagonist, PI Kinsey Millhone. Grafton is this year's recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from Bouchercon. She will be honored at rge Anthony Award ceremony on September 21 in Albany, New York.

Read more from this author in Mystery Scene "Outtakes: Sue Grafton on..." 

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Article: Outtakes: Sue Grafton on..." writing, fatherly advice, and what you can learn from toilets.  
Article: Secret Codes of the American Revolution. Kate Carlisle's Patriotic Puzzle.
Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, John D'Leo and Dianna Agron as a mafia family living under the witness protection program in France.  

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The largely unknown, but very real importance of a mathematician finds his place in history - or, at least, historical mystery. 
BlogTwo New Crime Fiction Prizes
The Pinckley Prize for Debut Novel and Pinckley Prize for Achievement from the Women's National Book Association. 
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New reads for the fall, plus online exclusive coverage. 
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Summer 2013, Issue #130
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