AT THE SCENE - April 2015


Dear Friend,
I think it's finally safe to say, at long last, that spring is here. For those of us on the east coast, it wasn't a moment too soon either!

We're looking forward to attending the Mystery Writers of America Edgar Awards Banquet in a few weeks. (Here is a list of the 2015 Edgar Award nominees with links to our reviews.)

Right after the Edgars, we'll be heading down to the Malice Domestic Convention in the pretty D.C. suburb of Bethesda, Maryland. Mystery Scene is sponsoring the New Authors Breakfast again this year. Hope to see you there!


Kate Stine


article1Kay Hooper on Horses and Georgette Heyer

Kay Hooper

If it hadn't been for my second-grade teacher, I might never have become a novelist. More importantly, I might never have discovered the utter joy of reading. You see, at the end of that year, she noted on my report card that my parents "might want to encourage Kay to read over the summer, as she's shown little interest in that so far."

Kay Hooper's latest novel is
A Deadly Web (Jove, April 2015).

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


article2A Perfect Pairing From Avery Aames:
Cookies and Krista Davis

What can I say? I love food. I love reading. I love reading with food in hand. I love cooking food while reading...

Reading and food simply go together for me. I'm a big fan of cozies about food, and one of my favorite culinary series is Krista Davis' Domestic Diva Mysteries.
 (Read the full article)

Daryl Wood Gerber (aka Avery Aames) is the author of the Cheese Shop Mystery series, a contributor to the Mystery Lovers Kitchen, and the author of the Cookbook Nook Mysteries.

Daryl Wood Gerber's latest book, along with coauthors Laura Childs, Cleo Coyle, BB Haywood, Julie Hyzy, Jenn McKinlay, Connie Archer, and others is
The Cozy Cookbook (Berkley, April 2015). 

articlecReel News for Mystery Readers  

by Oline Cogdill

Crime fiction novels from Olen Steinhauer and Elmore Leonard may hit movie theaters in the next couple of years. Emphasis on "may," as one never knows when it comes to filmmaking, but if these novels do become movies, we should be in for a treat.

Overheard: Cecil Day-Lewis (aka Nicholas Blake)

Cecil Day-Lewis (aka Nicholas Blake)
"We do not write  
in order to be understood;  
we write in order  
to understand."
 - Cecil Day-Lewis (aka Nicholas Blake) (1904-1972)

Day-Lewis was the Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom and the mystery novelist of 20 books under the pen name Nicholas Blake, including
A Question of Proof (1935), featuring the gentleman detective Nigel Strangeways.

April is National Poetry Month. To celebrate, we'd like to make note of more poet-authors of mystery and crime. Share your suggestions with us at our Facebook page.
by Oline H. Cogdill
Patterson has upped his donation pledge to school libraries from $1.25 million to $1.5 million.

by Oline Cogdill
Before Charlaine Harris created Sookie Stackhouse, the author had Aurora Teagarden, a sharp-as-a-tack librarian in the quiet town of Lawrenceton, Georgia.

by Kathleen Ernst

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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