AT THE SCENE - Feb 2014   
   Bosch (Titus Welliver) Amazon pilot
Michael Connelly's veteran LAPD detective is played by Titus Welliver in Amazon's Bosch now streaming for free at the website.
Did you know that Amazon is getting into the entertainment business? Much like Netflix did with House of Cards, the online retailer has decided to create its own original content and sell it through its existing website.

Today Amazon announced a slate of new pilots available for free viewing on Amazon Instant Video including one that I know will interest our readers - 
Boschbased on Michael Connelly's iconic Harry Bosch novels.

The pilot episode is very promising and Titus Welliver (The Good Wife) turns out to be a natural as the hardheaded Los Angeles homicide detective. However, Amazon is using audience numbers and viewer ratings to determine whether to produce the entire series. So if you want more Bosch, watch, rate, and share with your friends!


Kate Stine
Editor in Chief 


J.A. Jance
J.A. Jance on The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
When it came time for second grade at Greenway School in Bisbee, Arizona, there were two possible teachers - Mrs. Barker or Mrs. Spangler. I was placed in Mrs. Spangler's class, and that has made all the difference.... I had seen the movie The Wizard of Oz, but it was in reading through Mrs. Spangler's collection of books that I first encountered the book itself - and not just that one, but L. Frank Baum's other books as well....


J.A. Jances's latest novel is Moving Target 
(Touchstone, February 2014)
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article22014 MWA Edgar Allan Poe Awards
And the nominees are...

Robert Crais and Carolyn Hart are  
the 2014 MWA Grand Masters
The Mystery Writers of America has announced the nominees for the 2014 Edgar Allan Poe Awards, honoring the best in mystery fiction, nonfiction and television, published or produced in 2013. The Edgar Awards will be presented to the winners at the 68th banquet on May 1, 2014, at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City.

Sandrine's Case, by Thomas H. Cook (Grove Atlantic/The Mysterious Press) The Humans, by Matt Haig (Simon & Schuster)
Ordinary Grace, by William Kent Krueger (Atria Books)
How the Light Gets In, by Louise Penny (Minotaur Books)
Standing in Another Man's Grave, by Ian Rankin (Hachette Book Group)
Until She Comes Home, by Lori Roy (Dutton Books)

Congrats to all the nominees!

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True Detective
HBO Sundays at 9 pm (est)   
Martin Hart (Woody Harrelson) and Rust Cohle (Matthew McConaughey) are partners in HBO's new series True Detective.

In some of the best crime fiction, the detectives work the case as the case works the detectives, forcing them to evaluate their sense of justice, their moral compass, and each other.

That approach is the cornerstore of True Detective, the engrossing new HBO series that debuted in January...

Read the full review at 
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"There's a serendipity to real life that the Internet can't duplicate. Do you use the library? For anything?
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- Laura Lippman in Hardly Knew Her: Stories. Lippman is the author of the Tess Monaghan series and a special guest along with Hank Phillippi Ryan and Ace Atkins at the 2014 Sleuthfest in Orlando, Florida, February 27 to March 2. Look for more from Laura Lippman in Mystery Scene's cover feature in our upcoming Winter #133 Issue!

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New honors for the Canadian writer of the Chief Inspector Armand Gamache mysteries set in Quebec.

by Kevin Burton Smith
Ingrid Thoft, Lisa Brackmann, and Sara Gran are three new voices in PI fiction.   
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by Megan Abbott
As slick and big-studio as it is, Gilda is noir to its rotten core.  
by Gary Phillips
His long and productive life played out like one of his proletariat novels.

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Established in 1985, Mystery Scene Magazine is the oldest, largest, and most authoritative guide to the crime fiction genre. 

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