AT THE SCENE - April 2014
A perfect spot for some springtime reading.
After a long, cold winter, spring has finally arrived. And with it, a busy book awards season from Edgars to Dilys to Leftys to Agathas. It's a great chance to plan some warmer weather reading lists. For some particularly thrilling inspiration, you may want to peruse the recently announced International Thriller Award Nominees. In fact, you can read about all the 2014 awards online at

In the meantime, we're wrapping up the next issue of
Mystery Scene, Spring #134, which we can't wait to share with you.
Until then, happy spring from everyone at Mystery Scene.

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article1Nevada Barr on Addiction
Author Nevada Barr 
Nevada Barr

In these times of loosening laws, legalization of marijuana, prevalence of binge drinking and e-cigarettes, reading has received little attention. As yet, there is no age requirement. Children as young as five or six can buy or borrow books. There is no licensing. Convicted felons, skinheads, preachers, and politicians can own and read books. In most cities reading while driving is still legal. It is time we woke up and realized: Reading is a serious addiction...


Nevada Barr's latest novel is  Destroyer Angel
(Minotaur Books, April 2014)
"Writers on Reading" is a special ongoing Mystery Scene series available as a first-look exclusive to our newsletter subscribers.


article22014 International Thriller Awards
And the nominees are...

  Author Gwen Florio
Canadian author Owen Laukkanen (best hardcover nominee)
and Delaware native Gwen Florio (best first novel nominee) 
The awards season continues with the announcement of ITW's (International Thriller Writers) 2014 Thriller Award nominees. The winners will be announced during ThrillerFest IX July 8-12 at the Grand Hyatt in New York City.

Her Last Breath, Linda Castillo (Minotaur Books)
Never Go Back, Lee Child (Delacorte Press)
Touch and Go, Lisa Gardner (Dutton Adult)
Doctor Sleep, Stephen King, (Scribner)
Criminal Enterprise, Owen Laukkanen (Putnam Adult)
White Fire, Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (Grand Central Publishing) The Demonologist, Andrew Pyper (Simon & Schuster)

Montana, Gwen Florio (Permanent Press)
Resolve, J.J. Hensley (Permanent Press)
Rage Against the Dying, Becky Masterman (Minotaur Books)
Red Sparrow, Jason Matthews (Scribner)
The Edge of Normal, Carla Norton (Minotaur Books)
Out of Range, Hank Steinberg (William Morrow)
The Intercept, Dick Wolf (Harper)

Mystery Scene congratulates all the nominees.  

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Mystery Scene 3-Part Series on Classic Radio Mysteries
A celebration of the Golden Age of radio

Mystery and crime stories were a main source of programming during the golden age of what is now known as "old-time radio" (1935 to 1960).

Well-known literary detectives from Sherlock Holmes to Mike Hammer joined a host of colleagues on radio's "theater of the mind," where listeners had the mental pleasure of providing all the scenery and other visual details. The old coast-to-coast radio networks and their weekly dramatic programs are gone, but radio drama (including mystery stories) persists here and there in America, England, and Canada.

Meanwhile, great shows from the past can be enjoyed today on audiotape, on CD, and online. Most of the shows mentioned below can be found, for sale or for free, from a variety of sources. One such vendor is Jerry Haendiges' Vintage Radio Place. And the Society to Preserve and Encourage Radio Drama Variety and Comedy (SPERDVAC) is a longstanding organization of OTR-lovers. 
article4Overheard: David Dodge's Classic Death and Taxes

"George MacLeod had a bankroll, a good-looking brunette wife, and a weakness for blondes. He was reputed to be one of the best tax men in San Francisco, and people of means paid him substantial fees to pare their income taxes down as far as they would go without giving the G-men an opportunity to talk about fraud. George was smart enough to keep business and pleasure apart; he did pretty well in both fields until he got involved with a girl who had yellow hair and tax troubles. The combination was fatal to him.
by Oline H. Cogdill
The late Robert B. Parker's novels continue to have a life of their own.

by Bill Hirschman
Bill Hirschman of Florida Theater on Stage guest blogs on murder on stage.

by Tom Nolan

Mystery and crime stories were a main source of programming during the golden age of what is now known as "old-time radio" (1935 to 1960).

by Jon L. Breen
Deborah Donnelly, Ben Elton, Kathy Lynn Emerson, and Joseph Telushi

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

#133, Winter 2014

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