AT THE SCENE - June 2015

    Oliver with Summer 2015 books

Dear Friend,
Oliver, the Mystery Scene intern, is diligently inspecting a new crop of mysteries for our upcoming Summer Issue. There's lots of great books to tell you about!

Of course, there are also lots of older titles that merit attention, as well. I've recently been reading Elizabeth Daly's delightfully urbane Henry Gamadge series thanks to an upcoming article by Joseph Goodrich. 

We'd love to hear about books you would recommend, new or old - write and let us know!

Kate Stine


article1Martin Edwards on Golden Age Mysteries

Martin Edwards

Much as I love contemporary crime fiction - after all, that's what I write! - lately, I've been bingeing on Golden Age detective stories. I suppose there are three reasons for this...

Martin Edwards' latest book is The Golden Age of Murder (GP Putnam and Sons, May 2015).

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article2Scribe Award Nominees

Christa Faust
Congratulations to the nominees of this year's Scribe Awards. The International Association of Media Tie-In Writers honors licensed works that tie in with other media such as television, movies, gaming, or comic books. They include original works set in established universes, and adaptations of stories that have appeared in other formats and cross all genres. 

The Scribe Award winners will be announced at ComicCon San Diego in July. 

  • 24 - Deadline, by James Swallow
  • Murder She Wrote - Death of a Blue Blood, by Don Bain
  • Mike Hammer - King of the Weeds, by Mickey Spillane and Max Allan Collins
  • Homeland - Saul's Game, by Andrew Kaplan
  • The Killing - Uncommon Denominator, by Karen Dionne
Read the complete list nominees at


2015 Scribe Award Nominees

Please write "TOTE" in the comments field of your order.

article4Overheard: Mark Twain on the Wisdom of Fathers

Samuel Clemens (aka Mark Twain) with his wife Olivia Langdon and their three daughters

"When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years."  

- Samuel Clemens (1835 - 1910),
known as the American writer Mark Twain

Happy Father's Day to all you wise, old dads. 
by Oline H. Cogdill
Two archives of Dashiell Hammett will join James Ellroy's manuscripts, the papers of George V. Higgins, and Elmore Leonard's Hawaiian shirts at the University of South Carolina.

by Oline Cogdill
Book titles do not carry a copyright and several recent mysteries share the same title. Just shows that great minds think alike.

ArticleAgatha in Iraq 
by Mystery Scene

Among the many priceless items looted from the Iraq National Museum in Baghdad in 2003 were several that had a connection to the grand dame of mystery, Agatha Christie.

by Steve Steinbock
How G.K. Chesterton's "little priest" saved the soul of detective fiction.

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