AT THE SCENE - February 2015


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Dear Friend,
As you have surely heard, the Case of Winter's End continues six more weeks (according toGroundhog in Chief Punxsutawney Phil). For us, that also means six more weeks of curling up in a favorite chair with a good book or film (or two, or more).

There's no shortage of worthy contenders for whiling away the last days of winter with. For starters, there's the robust nominees of Edgar, Agatha,  and Tony Hillerman awards, and you can read more about all of them at the  MS Blog.

For TV lovers, next week marks the premiere of Bosch, an original Amazon series starring Titus Welliver as the LAPD homicide detective based on Michael Connelly's books. The pilot is already available for preview online. We're curious to know how the show will be and what you think about it.

You'll also want to check out the book and film Fave Raves from Mystery Scene contributors' best of 2014 picks in our forthcoming Winter #138 Issue (out very soon). Among our experts' favorites is the film adaptation of Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn, directed by David Fincher, and starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike. There is a little something for everyone.

We would love to hear your Readers' Recommends of your favorite works of 2014. Please share your picks with us and your fellow mystery lovers at the MS Facebook page and be entered to win a free book!

To a little more winter and a lot more mystery,

Teri Duerr
Senior Editor

P.S. Terri Blackstock's new thriller Twisted Innocence is also just out, and we're giving away a signed copy. More details on the giveaway and how to enter in this newsletter or at our contest page. 


article1Michael Sears on Reading to Writing

Michael Sears

When I was very young, I dreamed of one day having a job reading. My mother, who always encouraged my voracious and eclectic taste in books, introduced me to the New York Times Book Review. "Look at all these people who get paid to read and write about books," I thought. "I could do that!"

Michael Sears' latest novel is Long Way Down (Putnam, February 2015).

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


article2Bosch Premieres on Amazon Prime

, the new series based on Michael Connelly's novels, begins streaming on Amazon February 13. The web series hits the ground running with a street chase across downtown Los Angeles that ends with a shooting.

Bosch, much like Connelly's 19 novels about his series' protagonist, is a police procedural that doubles as a perceptive character study about a man with a mission to uncover the truth, as well as a showcase for Los Angeles.

Full series premieres on Amazon Prime, February 13


(Read a full review of Bosch at

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articlecWin a Signed Copy of Twisted Innocence by Terri Blackstock

The third and final book in Terri Blackstock's Moonlighter's trilogy is now out - and you can win a signed copy.

Holly Cramer's past choices have finally caught up to her, but she never expected them to endanger her baby. A search for the father of her daughter, a dangerous man, puts her baby in harm's way when they are both kidnapped. As desperate hours tick by, dangers old and new threaten Holly and her baby, and lives are demanded as sacrifices for love. Through a complex web of mistakes and regret, redemption is the one hope Holly has left to hold on to.

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 March 10, 2015 , 11:59 pm (ET). Winner will be announced and notified by Mystery Scene
article4Overheard: Lucy Valentine On Looking for Love and Trouble

"Over the years I'd developed a high tolerance for life's little surprises thanks to my big dysfunctional (yet loving) family, well-meaning friends, and hot as hell (ha! - recently almost literally on fire) boyfriend whose heart tended to go out on a moment's notice. And, of course, there was my work as a psychic. It was my job at Lost Loves, a division of my family's matchmaking business Valentine, Inc., to use my supernatural abilities to reunite couples who'd been separated by time or distance and everything in between."  

- Lucy Valentine in
Undeniably Yours (CreateSpace, June 2014), fourth in the Lucy Valentine series by Heather Webber. Happy Valentine's Day! 
by Oline H. Cogdill
The Hillerman Prize is awarded annually to the best debut crime fiction set in the Southwest, which gives readers a new view of this region.

by Oline Cogdill
The winners will be announced at the Agatha Awards Banquet on May 2, 2015.

by Bernard Whalen and Jon Whalen

A missing girl shakes up the NYPD

by Kevin Burton Smith
In crime pulps of the '30s and '40s there were also plenty of dicks who were actually janes, defiantly holding their own.

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