AT THE SCENE - September 2014
Just some of the biographies and memoirs we've consulted for the upcoming issue of Mystery Scene.

Dear Friend,
We're working away on the Fall Issue #136 which will be making its way to you in a few weeks. One of my favorite articles is Jon L. Breen's survey of memoirs and autobiographies written by mystery authors. Very fun!

Here are a couple of excerpts:

"For some reason a lot of the people who read me want to explain why.... A lot more people began the autographing chat with a disclaimer.  They'd assure me they were not mystery readers.  They read my books because of the tribal cultural material intermixed with the plot line. They wanted to learn a bit about American Indians. It occurred to me that I had tapped into a mass of American readers who suffer from the same workaholic problem that besets me. Reading for idle amusement left them feeling guilty. My books, like a sausage sandwich spiced with antacid tablets, give absolution along with the sin."

-Tony Hillerman in
Seldom Disappointed: A Memoir (2001)

"I carried with me lasting memories, not all of them tragic. There was the Scottish regiment, with its khaki aprons to camouflage the front of their bright kilts, but nothing to protect the rear. There was the argument going on while I was there, between the French and the British, one of the latter regiments having brought over a pack of fox hounds. The British were playing at war, said the French. Football, and now fox hounds!


-Mary Roberts Rinehart toured the 

front lines of WWI in 1915 while on 

assignment for Curtis Publishing. 

My Story, Mary Roberts Rinehart (1931)

We'll also be talking to Louise Penny, looking at Ed Gorman's Sam McCain series, considering the excellent House of Cards starring Kevin Spacey, and much, much more.


Kate Stine

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article1Kathy Reichs on Reading, Writing & Chandler

Kathy Reichs,
photo credit Marie-Reine Mattera

"I grew up a reader. A classic flashlight-under-the-bedspread case, tearing through Nancy Drew mysteries and little blue biographies of fabulous women like Jane Adams. I loved Toby Tyler, the stories of a boy who ran away to join to the circus.

My own adventurous streak was hankering to turn 16 and get my driver's license so I could run away to...wait for it...the library. Nerdvana."

Kathy Reich's latest novel is Bones Never Lie. (Bantam, September 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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articlecCWA Daggers and Thriller Awards Announced
Congratulations to all the winners!
Antonia Hodgson won the CWA Endeavour Historical Dagger for Devil in the Marshalsea.

Announced by the British Crime Writers Association on July 1. The CWA Gold Dagger, Ian Fleming Steel Dagger, and John Creasey Dagger will be announced in October.

Endeavour Historical Dagger

Devil in the Marshalsea
Antonia Hodgson (Hodder & Stoughton)

Debut Dagger
The Movement
Jody Sabral (unpublished manuscript)

Nonfiction Dagger
The Siege: Three Days of Terror
Inside the Taj

Adrian Levy and Cathy Scott-Clark (Viking)

International Dagger
The Siege
Arturo Perez-Reverte; translated by Frank Wynne (Weidenfeld)

Short Story Award
John Harvey, Deadly Pleasures, Martin Edwards, ed. (Severn House)

Diamond Dagger
Simon Brett

Scott Turow, ThrillerMaster Award recipient


Announced July 12, 2014, by the International Thriller Writers for works published or produced in 2013.

Best Hardcover
The Demonologist
Andrew Pyper (Simon & Schuster)

Best First Novel
Red Sparrow
Jason Matthews (Scribner)

Best Paperback Novel
The One I Left Behind
Jennifer McMahon (Morrow)

Best Ebook Original
The World Beneath
Rebecca Cantrell (Rebecca Cantrell)

Best YA Novel
All Our Yesterdays
Cristin Terrill (Hyperion)

Best Short Story
"Footprints in the Water"
Twist Phelan, Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine (July 2013)

ThrillerMaster Award
Scott Turow

Silver Bullet Award
Brenda Novak
article4Overheard: Joan Rivers
Remembering Joan Rivers
"Nothing is yours permanently, so you better enjoy it while it's happening." 
- Joan Rivers (1933-2014)

Famous for her acerbic wit, satirical insight, and pioneering work as a woman in the largely male-dominated field of entertainment, the comedian was also a prolific book author, including the 2010 mystery novel Murder at the Academy Awards, cowritten with Jerrilyn Farmer.  
by Oline H. Cogdill
Tom Savage finds himself in a situation he thought he passed years ago. He can be considered a new author. Well, sort of...

by Oline Cogdill
We have a ready answer in Florida when asked what is the hottest summer month: It's September.

by Lee Goldberg

The stories you are about to read are true, the names have been changed to protect the guilty...

by Kevin Burton Smith
Three exciting new voices in the private-eye novel

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