AT THE SCENE - November 2014


Dear Friend,
We're delighted to announce the new digital edition of Mystery Scene.

Single issues and subscriptions are now available for iPad, iPhone, Kindle, and Android devices. 


This digital edition will be on the same publishing schedule as our print edition -- five times per year. As time allows, we will be making digital back issues available, too.


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Kate Stine



article1Kathleen Ernst on Laura Ingalls Wilder

Kathleen Ernst

"In my current work-in-progress, the sixth installment of my Chloe Ellefson series, my protagonist has cause to consider her favorite book. What does she reach for? Her childhood copy of Little House in the Big Woods, first in Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House series"

Kathleen Ernst's latest novel is Tradition of Deceit. (Midnight Ink, November 2014)

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


article2Beach Reads in November? Anthony Award Nominees
Bouchercon 2014 hits Long Beach, California

Curious about the books nominated for awards at Bouchercon 2014? Visit for reviews and coverage. Winners will be announced at an award ceremony taking place on November 15. This year's guests of honor are J.A. Jance and Edward Marston, with Eoin Colfer as the YA guest of honor, and Jeffery Deaver taking the Lifetime Achievement Award. Toastmaster is Simon Wood.

Reviews of nominated books at

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articlecMS Gift Guide: Blood on the Stage
Amnon Kabatchnik's series goes back to the ancient 
origins of crime and mystery in the theater

The play's the thing, wherein Amnon Kabatchnik hopes to catch the imagination of mystery geeks everywhere. Subtitled An Annotated Repertoire, Blood on the Stage: 480 BC to 1600 AD (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, $125.00) is the latest volume in Kabatchhnik's crazy ambitious plan to list and document all the theatrical milestones of "murder, mystery and mayhem" throughout history.

Other volumes have romped through the modern era (up to the year 2000, so far) but this one reaches back - way, way back - and really shows off the depth of the author's scholarship, as he tackles the earliest of theatrical murder dramas, covering everything from Prometheus Bound by Aeschylus (480 BC) to Hamlet by some cat named Shakespeare (c. 1600 AD), with well-researched entries along the way on works by Sophocles, Christopher Marlowe, Euripides, Thomas Kyd, Seneca, The Wakefield Master, and others. Bravo!

Read more reviews at

Blood on the Stage 1975-2000
Blood on the Stage 1950-1975
Blood on the Stage 1925-1950
article4Overheard: Turkey, She Cooked
Jessica Fletcher on Thanksgiving

"Thanksgiving is my favorite American holiday, warm and welcoming to everyone, a reminder of everything good about our country.... Just sitting down together for a good meal and giving thanks for all we have."
- Jessica Fletcher discussing her favorite holiday with Dr. Seth Hazlitt in A Fatal Feast: A Murder, She Wrote Mystery, by Jessica Fletcher and Donald Bain (2009)
by Oline H. Cogdill
These characters are so bad, they're good. Our pick of the best of the worst.

by Oline Cogdill
To honor the late Jeremiah Healy, his fiancée and fellow author, Sandra Balzo, along with other mystery writers set up a memorial fund at Hero Dogs, an organization that trains dogs to assist wounded veterans.

by Kevin Burton Smith

In crime pulps of the '30s and '40s there were plenty of dicks who were actually janes, defiantly holding their own in a man's world.

by James W. Hall
From page to screen, 99 times out of 100, events take a difficult turn...

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