AT THE SCENE - Jan 2013    
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Happy 2014! We ushered in the new year surrounded by sun, sand, and piles and piles of books. Hard to imagine anything better, right? 
Actually, there's a host of pleasures on the horizon. On TV, we're eagerly anticipating Season 3 of Sherlock (PBS Masterpiece!) starring Benedict Cumberbatch in January. Bosch, a pilot based on Michael Connelly's iconic LA detective, will stream on Amazon in February. House of Cards, a political thriller starring Kevin Spacey, returns to Netflix in February. The second season of the cult sensation Orphan Black (BBC America), starring the chameleon-like Tatiana Maslany in multiple roles, returns in April. And if you aren't already, then make it a new year's resolution to watch The Good Wife. Its barn burner of a fifth season builds on, and handily surpasses, its first four years of excellent storytelling. 
And that's just TV. There isn't time to list the books we're looking forward to in 2014  - but we'll be covering them all, as well as audiobooks, films, short stories and much more.

Here's to a great new year of entertainment!

Kate Stine
Editor in Chief 
P.S. Brian is reading Charlotte Armstrong's The Case of the Weird Sisters, in case you were wondering. 


Harry Dolan
Photo by Philip Dattillo (2008)

Harry Dolan on Reading as a Cure for What Ails You
I grew up in a small city called Rome in upstate New York, and when I was 18 I went away to college - to the Rochester Institute of Technology. My plan was to study graphic design.

I dropped out after eight weeks...

The thing I remember about that time is that I read a lot of books...


Harry Dolan's latest novel is The Last Dead Girl 
(Amy Einhorn, January 2014)
"Writers on Reading" is a special ongoing Mystery Scene series available as a first-look exclusive to our newsletter subscribers.


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Sherlock returns to PBS

Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman return as Sherlock Holmes and John Watson in three new 90-minute episodes of Sherlock, on PBS MASTERPIECE!, Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 10pm.

If you are one of the nearly 11 million viewers who tuned into the second season of Sherlock, you'll remember that the show left off with Holmes' demise in "The Reichenbach Fall."

What could possibly be next? We'll be tuning in to find out.

As in previous seasons, titles for the three episodes are inspired by Arthur Conan Doyle's classic Sherlock Holmes' tales.

"The Empty Hearse" - Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 10pm 
"The Sign of Three" - Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 10pm
"His Last Vow" - Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 10pm

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Online Exclusive Review

Silencing Eve

by Iris Johansen
St. Martin's Paperbacks, Jan. 2014, $7.19   


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 - if she is still alive - and her kidnapper, Jim Doane...
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Langton's witty Homer Kelly cozies feature a Harvard professor with wide-ranging intellectual interests and are illustrated with the author's own charming drawings.
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