AT THE SCENE - March 2015


Tess Gerittsen

Tess Gerritsen, creator of the Rizzoli and Isles novels, is interviewed in Mystery Scene's Winter Issue #138.
Photo credit: Jessica Hill.
Dear Friend,
Some people are just overachievers. Take, for example, Tess Gerritsen, who is our cover interview for the Winter Issue #138 just out. First she became a doctor, then a bestselling novelist. Her popular series of novels featuring Boston homicide detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles inspired the hit TNT television series Rizzoli & Isles starring Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander.

Michael Sears had two careers before moving on to writing novels - first as an actor and then as a Wall Street trader. His financial thrillers - Black Fridays, Mortal Bonds, and the new Long Way Down - offer a tour of New York's financial district with a distinctly dramatic flair.

Speaking of drama, in this issue, Oline Cogdill reviews the new Amazon streaming series Bosch, based on Michael Connelly's bestselling novels. There are a lot of interesting new shows popping up on the various streaming services such as Amazon, Netflix, Hulu, and Acorn. In some cases, these new venues are rescuing beloved shows that aren't commercially successful enough for network or cable television. For instance, late last year Netflix stepped in to save Mystery Scene readers' favorite Longmire when it was cancelled by A&E. Shooting for a 10-episode fourth season is now underway and the western crime drama will return in the latter half of 2015. Also, we're delighted to report that Acorn TV will be offering a new season of the excellent Foyle's War.

In the next issue we'll have a round-up of interesting new and rescued crime shows and where to find them.

Stay tuned!

Kate Stine

P.S. Lis Wiehl's new thriller Lethal Beauty 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. 


article1Cara Black on Georges Simenon's Maigret

Cara Black

Georges Simenon kept his story lines simple, often using no more than a 2,000 word vocabulary and economical descriptions, keeping his stories brief to appeal to a broader audience. But deeper themes and insights into human psychology lie at the core of his characters. No penny dreadful, each Maigret novel is a quick read but makes a major impact. You can pick one up, read it, and walk away with a deeper understanding of the human psyche. His characters - from the crew at the Prefecture, investigators, and flics on their daily beat to the victims' neighbors, hotel concierges, and even Paris itself - really speak to readers.

Cara Black's latest novel is Murder on the Champ de Mars (Soho Crime, March 2015).

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


article2Cagney and Lacey, Pioneering Police Officers

To celebrate Women's History Month join Mystery Scene as we look back over 30 years ago to the groundbreaking television series about two strong, intelligent female detectives who redefined the cop show.
(Read "Cagney & Lacey: 30 Years Later")

We want to hear more about your favorite leading women in crime fiction. Share your thoughts with us at our Facebook page.

articlecWin a Signed Copy! 
Lethal Beauty by Lis Wiehl

Mia Quinn is back. And you can win a signed copy of her latest case.

Mia Quinn discovers that a series of seemingly unrelated murders are linked. How far up are the strings being pulled - and what happens when one of her own is at risk?

Three cases seem unrelated, but are they? Together, Mia and Charlie Carlson race to find the answer before another crime hits close to home.

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 April 15, 2015 , 11:59 pm (ET). Winner will be announced and notified by Mystery Scene
Portlandia bookstore owners
on crime and policing

Click to watch "Feminist Bookstore vs. The Police"

Toni (Carrie Brownstein) and Candace (Fred Armisen) of the comedy show
Portlandia interrogate two police officers who wander into their feminist bookstore Women and Women First.
Candace (filming the police with her phone camera): We're doing nothing wrong. These are police officers who want to be interrogating us and bothering us. That's great. I'm gonna do a little selfie of me just drinking tea. This is, like, aside from this.

Police Officer: I think I'm done.

Toni: Call the police.

Police Officer: We are the police.

Candace: Prove it. 
Crimelandia: Left Coast Crime 2015 hits Portland, Oregon, March 12-15. The Left Coast Crime Awards nominees are online at  

In addition to a thriving bookstore culture and a TV comedy hit, Portland is "home to the Shanghai Tunnels, Grimm, coffee and microbrewing, and one of the most scrumptious food art cultures anywhere," according to the Left Coast Crime site. 
by Oline H. Cogdill
South Florida is often the locale of choice for mystery writers P.J. Parrish to Brian Freeman to Dennis Lehane to Ace Atkins.

by Oline Cogdill
Graham Moore, Oscar winner for The Imitation Game for best adapted screenplay, is also a mystery writer and author of The Sherlockian.

by L.J. Sellers

Homeless twins inspire a story and a charity.

by Bernard Whalen and Jon Whalen
A missing girl shakes up the NYPD.

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