AT THE SCENE - September 2015
Walt Longmire in LONGMIRE season 4

Absaroka County Sheriff 
Walt Longmire (Robert Taylor) returns in season four of Longmire (Netflix) based on Craig Johnson's bestselling novels.
Dear Friend,
Wyoming sheriff Walt Longmire is a huge favorite with Mystery Scene readers, whether he's upholding the law in Craig Johnson's bestselling novels or in the TV series starring Robert Taylor.  

The highly anticipated fourth season of Longmire just premiered on Netflix, and in our upcoming Fall Issue, we'll be talking to both the author and the actor about the perils and pleasures of dramatizing a Western classic. 

That and much more is coming soon. In the meantime, here's a handful of interesting articles to keep you entertained.

Happy reading!

Kate Stine
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article1Reed Farrel Coleman on Holding Writers Close  

Reed Farrel Coleman 

I have my favorites, authors in the genre whose books I look forward to with great anticipation because I know their work will transport me. You will know their names: Daniel Woodrell, Megan Abbott, Philip Kerr, Don Winslow, Ken Bruen, SJ Rozan, Dennis Lehane. The list is longer, but not very much longer.

Reed Farrel Coleman's latest book is Robert B. Parker's The Devil Wins (Minotaur Books, July 2015). 

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


article2All-Star Detecting With Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, literally, doesn't look up to many, but he is seen here giving props to The Great Detective, sculptor John Doubleday's Sherlock Holmes near 221B Baker Street in London.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's name is synonymous with NBA basketball. He is a true global icon who is famous for his indefensible skyhook and who remains the NBA's all-time leading scorer with 38,387 points. But the six-time NBA MVP is also an ardent activist for education, a documentarian, and an author.

This September, Abdul-Jabbar ventures into crime fiction with the debut of Mycroft Holmes (Titan), coauthored with Anna Waterhouse. It is  the first of an intended series featuring the other Holmes, Sherlock's big brother. Read our interview with the NBA legend as he discusses his lifelong love of all things Sherlock. 

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's debut mystery is
Mycroft Holmes (Titan Books, September 2015).

Read our interview with the author at
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article3Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist Return

That much-tattooed "girl," and journalist Mikael Blomkvist make their return in a new novel The Girl in the Spider's Web, a controversial continuation of Stieg Larsson's Millennium Series under the pen of David Lagercrantz.

Like Larsson, who passed away in 2004, Lagercrantz is a Swedish journalist and author who has worked as a crime reporter.

Mystery Scene blogger, Oline Cogdill, makes a case for passing on Salander's latest adventure in lieu of revisiting Larsson's originals.

 Read Oline's Op Ed at the Mystery Scene Blog 
A question for Mystery Scene readers: Will you be buying and/or reading this new continuation of the story? And why? 
 article7Overheard: Bradley Cooper in Limitless

Bradley Cooper (left) guest stars as Eddie Morra in the new CBS series Limitless, a spinoff of the 2011 film about a mysterious drug that expands the limits of the human mind. The series stars Jake McDorman as Brian Finch, an NZT user who is recruited by the FBI to fight crime.

"You see that guy? That was me not so long ago. What kind of guy without a drug or alcohol problem looks this way? Only a writer." 
-Eddie Morra (Bradley Cooper)
in the 2011 film Limitless

Limitless, starring Jake McDorman  and Jennifer Carpenter, premieres on Tuesday, September 22 on CBS. It's one Mystery Scene's picks for the best of the new fall TV season.
by Oline H. Cogdill
Farnsworth's The Eternal World follows a group of 16th-century conquistadors who discover the fountain of youth.

by Oline Cogdill
Set in a quiet, but deadly, New Zealand town, The Brokenwood Mysteries are now available from Acorn.

by Verna Suit

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

by Jack Getze
The gangster's black limousine pulled to the curb in front of my father-in-law's contracting office. Three very large men came inside and made my wife's father go for a ride...

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