AT THE SCENE - August 2015




Dear Friend,
It's high summer and the perfect time to kick back, grab a cold drink, and reach for a great book.

If you're looking for suggestions, check out our jumbo Summer Issue #140 with hundreds of reviews and recommendations for your reading pleasure.

At our website, be sure to visit out our blog where Oline Cogdill shares news, articles, and book, TV and film reviews three times a week. 

We're also very active on Twitter and offer daily recommendations on great books and other news of interest to crime fiction fans. Our handle is @MysteryScene and we'd love to see you there!

And if you've read something terrific, we would love to hear about it. Please email your fave rave to the "Our Readers Recommend" feature and we'll publish it in our print edition. Not only will your fellow mystery fans thank you, but you'll also be entered to win a free book.

Happy reading!

Kate Stine


article1Linda Castillo on Cormac McCarthy and The Road

Linda Castillo

There are only a handful of books that have haunted me after I finished. Books that stayed with me in some profound way for days or weeks or even years after I closed the cover.

The Road by Cormac McCarthy is one of the most powerful books I've ever read...

Linda Castillo's latest book is After the Storm (Minotaur Books, July 2015). 

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


article22015 Ngaio Nominees and Thriller Award Winners

Dame Ngaio Marsh (1895-1982), known as one of the queens of crime along with Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers, and Margery Allingham, was a New Zealand crime writer of 32 mystery novels
Ngaio Award Nominees Announced

The Ngaio Marsh Award is given annually for the best crime, mystery, or thriller novel written by a New Zealand citizen or resident. The award will be presented at a WORD Christchurch event in September.

  • Five Minutes Alone, Paul Cleave (Penguin NZ)
  • The Petticoat Men, Barbara Ewing (Head of Zeus)
  • Swimming in the Dark, Paddy Richardson (Upstart Press)
  • The Children's Pond, Tina Shaw (Pointer Press)
  • Fallout, Paul Thomas (Upstart Press)

Read more at 


Congratulations to the 2015 Thriller Award Winners
The International Thriller Writers announced the 2015 Thriller Awards in New York City last month.
  • Best Hardcover - The Fever, Megan Abbott (Little, Brown & Co.)
  • Best First Novel - The Weight of Blood, Laura McHugh (Speigel & Grau)
  • Best Paperback Original - Moonlight Weeps, Vincent Zandri (Down & Out Books)
  • Best Short Story - "The Last Wrestling Bear in West Kentucky," Tim L. Williams (Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine)
  • Best YA - Nearly Gone, Elle Cosimano (Kathy Dawson Books)
  • Best eBook - Hard Fall, C.J. Lyons (Legacy Books)
Read the full Thriller Awards list at
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article3"An Expert Witness" Crossword Correction

Due to an editing error, the crossword grid and solution to the "An Expert Witness" puzzle in our Summer Issue #140 were incorrect.

Our apologies to the many fans of Verna Suit's excellent puzzles. There are many more to come!

Kate Stine
Editor in Chief 
 article7Overheard: Megan Abbott in The Fever

Megan Abbott

"It was the best night ever. And they hadn't talked about any of it since."  

The Fever

to Megan Abbott, Best Novel Thriller Award winner for The Fever

by Oline H. Cogdill
Alex Marwood's novel is slated for a film adaptation.

by Oline Cogdill
An independent crime publisher founded by writer and publicist with a passion for great mysteries.

by Verna Suit

The corrected grid and solution to Issue #140's puzzle. 

by Mary Kennedy
Creating long-running characters, complex and appealing enough to stand the test of time.

Reviews: More Reviews
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