AT THE SCENE - June 2014

Dear (Contact First Name),
One of the great pleasures of editing Mystery Scene is hunting for illustrations for our many diverse articles. Film and TV stills, author photos, book jackets, maps, pen-and-ink illustrations, location shots - we've used them all and more.  
Above is 1he 1951 Bantam Books paperback edition of The Judas Cat by Dorothy Salisbury Davis, one of many gorgeous covers you'll find in our upcoming Summer Issue #135. It accompanies an appreciation of Dorothy Salisbury Davis' groundbreaking work by Sarah Weinman. 

I particularly like this style of cover from the mid-20th century. How about you? What are your favorite styles of book covers? Send us a note - or an image - and we'll do a roundup in a future issue.

In the meantime, enjoy this enews and don't miss the two contests below!


Kate Stine

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article1Rita Mae Brown on becoming a card carrying reader
Rita Mae Brown 

I received my first library card at age five. The librarian protested that I was too young for a card so my adopted mother, who was related to my natural mother (our family is mixed up like a dog's breakfast), pulled over a library chair, commanded me to climb up, grabbed a returned library book, which was Little Women, and commanded, "Read."

I did. My card, issued in haste, was much used and treasured. The first book I checked out was a small light blue book, easy to hold in small hands, Bulfinch's Mythology. I loved it then, I love it now. A copy sits on the Louis XVI desk in the living room along with a few avid cat readers...

Rita Mae Browns's latest novel is Nine Lives to Die 
(Bantam, June 2014)

"Writers on Reading" is a special ongoing Mystery Scene series available as a first-look exclusive to our newsletter subscribers.


article2Nero Wolfe: From Page to Stage
Playwright Joseph Goodrichdiscusses his stage 
adaptation of Rex Stout's The Red Box

E. J. Subkoviak  as Nero Wolfe and Sam Pearson as Archie Goodwin in Park Square Theatre's The Red Box. Photo: Petronella Ytsma.
My adaptation of The Red Box, the fourth novel in Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe series, just had its world premiere at Park Square Theatre in St. Paul, Minnesota this June. It marks the stage debut of Stout's corpulent, orchid-fancying crime solver and his irrepressible Man Friday, Archie Goodwin.

Moving the inhabitants of a certain brownstone on West 35th Street from the page to the stage was a process that's taken, from first thought to lights-up, three and a half years. The initial part of that process reminds me of the great lyricist Ira Gershwin, who was once asked, "Which comes first? The words or the music?"

Gershwin's answer: "The contract."

 (Read the full article at

Want to see the show? Mystery Scene and Park Square Theatre are giving away three pairs of tickets to the show.
To enter, email us your NAME, PHONE, and EMAIL. 

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2014 Arthur Ellis Awards
Crime Writers of Canada announces inaugural Grand Master
Robin Harlick, then president of CWC, presents
the inaugural Grand Master Award to Howard Engel.

Mystery Scene
congratulates all the award winners on their honors.

2014 Arthur Ellis Award Winners

Best Novel

The Devil's Making, Sean Haldane 
(Stone Flower Press)

Best First Novel

Bait, J. Kent Messum (Penguin Canada)

Best Novella

The Goddaughter's Revenge, Melodie Campbell (Orca Books)

Best Short Story

"Footprints in the Water," Twist Phelan (Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine)

Best Book in French

L'enfant promis
, Maureen Martineau (La courte échelle

Best Juvenile/YA

Bones Never Lie
, Elizabeth MacLeod (Annick Press)

Best Unpublished First Novel (Unhanged Arthur)
Cold Girl, Rachel Greenway

CWC Grand Master Award

Howard Engel 

Full list of Arthur Ellis Awards
article4Overheard: When Father's Day turns deadly

"[The Morrison Avenue Boys] have reunions every so many years, the ones who keep in touch. The last reunion was last Sunday, Father's Day..."

"I gather from what Janet told me that something terrible happened that night."

"It did."

- Amateur investigator and former nun Christine Bennett investigating a murder among a group of tight-knit boyhood friends from the Bronx in Lee Harris' The Father's Day Murder.

Happy Father's Day! 
contestWin a signed copy of Lis Wiehl's A Deadly Business

and be entered to win a signed copy. Contest open to all legal US residents .

New York Times
 bestselling novelist Lis Wiehl is back with another installment from her fan-favorite Mia Quinn Mystery series. The new novel, like all of the author's fiction, is inspired by her own experiences as a former federal prosecutor and daughter of a prominent FBI agent.

Wiehl is seen by millions of viewers each week in her role as a cable news legal analyst. In A Deadly Business, Mia Quinn learns that if the hours don't kill you, the accused just might.

Visit to learn more about the author's legal thrillers and other mystery novels.

Mysery Scene and HarperCollins is giving away TEN (10) signed copie of A DEADLY BUSINESS by Lis Wiehl. One book each will be sent to TEN (10) eligible respondentd drawn at random. ARV of each book: $26.99 US. Offer available to legal residents of the US only who have reached the age of majority in their state/province/territory of residence. Limit one book per household. Offer ends June 30, 2014 , 11:59 p.m. (ET). Winner will be announced and notified by Mystery Scene. Personal information is collected in accordance with Mystery Scene Magazine's privacy policy.
by Oline H. Cogdill
The author of The Prime Minister's Secret Agent decides to find out what kind of a spy her readers would be.

by Oline Cogdill
A new novelist (and a comic book writer, musician, and journalist) whose debut featuring an investigative sports reporter is set in Miami.

by Sharon Elizabeth Doyle

A groundbreaking television series about two strong, intelligent female detectives that redefined the cop show. 

by Nevada Barr
A profile of historical and romance writer Mary Florence Elinor Stewart (1916 - 2014).

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