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  AT THE SCENE - Nov 2013    
After his dramatic exit in "The Reichenbach Fall," Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch) will return January 19, 2014, in Sherlock (Masterpiece Mystery/PBS).


While fans of Benedict Cumberbatch have been anxiously awaiting the return of the hit UK series Sherlock (PBS), the world's greatest consulting detective has hardly been on vacation. 

Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu continue to ring interesting changes on the classic story in Elementary (CBS), a third Sherlock Holmes film starring Robert Downey, Jr., is being written, and it's just been announced that Ian McKellen (X-Men, The Hobbit) will portray an elderly Holmes in the film adaptation of Mitch Cullin's novel A Slight Trick of the Mind

See below for a new PBS documentary How Sherlock Changed the World: His Impact on Real-Life Criminal and Forensic Investigation
Ian McKellen to play Holmes.
Why hasn't this happened
before? Credit: Gage Skidmore

And, as for books, the next issue of Mystery Scene will have reviews of several new Sherlockian titles, including Sons of Moriarty and More Stories of Sherlock Holmes edited by Loren D. Estleman (Tyrus Books), The Sherlock Files: The Official Companion to the Hit Television Series by Guy Adams (HarperCollins), and The Strand Magazine & Sherlock Holmes: The Two Fixed Points in a Changing Age by Robert Veld (Gasogene). 

Whew! That's a busy schedule for a Victorian gentleman of a certain age. But our guess is this particular gentleman won't rest as long as crime - and crime fiction - endures. 

Kate Stine
Editor in chief


C.C. Benison
C.C. Benison

Writers on Reading:
C.C. Benison on Ruth Rendell
In 1986 I hadn't written a word of fiction. I had read much fiction and, as a feature writer and arts reporter for a newspaper, I had interviewed many authors. With very few exceptions, they were gracious and forthcoming - easy interviews, though I remember now almost nothing of the content of the conversation, of the book, or even of the place we met.


But in May of that year, in the Velvet Glove restaurant of the Winnipeg Inn, I met Ruth Rendell...

Ten Lords A-Leaping by CC Benison
C.C. Benison's latest is Ten Lords A-Leaping 
(Delacorte Press, December 2013)
"Writers on Reading" is a special ongoing Mystery Scene series available as a first-look exclusive to our newsletter subscribers.


Julia Spencer-Fleming, Through the Evil Days
Outtakes: 2013 Author Give Thanks
Authors reflect on what they're most thankful for this year
Outtakes: 2013 Thank You Notes
Clockwise from top left: Margaret Maron, Loren D. Estleman, Elaine Viets, Julie Moffett, Kyle Mills, Theresa Schwegel.

November marks the arrival of Thanksgiving. In between cooking dinner, entertaining the kids home from school, and watching football games, it's time to pause, reflect, and give thanks.

SILENCING EVE by Iris Johansen
Online Exclusive Review

Silencing Eve

by Iris Johansen
St. Martin's Press, October 2013, $27.99 


Silencing Eve, the final book in the latest Eve Duncan trilogy, starts by giving readers a shock: Eve is dead. Or at least that's what her friend, Catherine Ling, believes as she heads to the forensic sculptor's funeral. But as in most Eve Duncan paranormal suspense novels, not all is as it seems, and the search is on to find Eve...
Read more the full review at 
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Overheard: Sherlock Holmes on the Science of Forensics
Sherlock Holmes working with chemical apparatus (1892), illustration by Sydney Paget. Kent State University Libraries, Department of Special Collections and Archives.

"The process... starts upon the supposition that when you have eliminated all which is impossible, then whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth. It may be that several explanations remain, in which case one tries test after test until one or other of them has a convincing amount of support."

- Sherlock Holmes describing his scientific method in "The Blanched Soldier" by Arthur Conan Doyle.


How Sherlock Changed the World
is a two-hour special airing on PBS Tuesday, November 26, 9:00-11:00 pm ET. It explores the impact of the fictional crime detective on real forensic techniques. 

Secrets of the Scotland Yard
Everyone knows Chandler, Hammett, and Macdonald, but William Ard? 
This talented writer could have been one of the greats says Kevin Burton Smith.

Author of the Gregor Demarkian series
Article: Scott Turow on Reading
Catching the Book Bug
Blog: Iceland Noir  
Iceland's first festival of crime fiction debuts in Reykjavik. Guest of honor is Arnaldur Indridason.  

BlogHalloween Reads
Charlaine Harris, John Connolly, Joe Hill and more
Reviews: More Reviews
Did you know that MS features even more reviews online?  Look for the tag "Online Exclusive." 
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Established in 1985, Mystery Scene Magazine is the oldest, largest, and most authoritative guide to the crime fiction genre. 

#131, Fall 2013

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