AT THE SCENE - November 2015

A collection of autumnal chills... 
Dear Friend,
November is here and the chill is setting in... For those who appreciate a delicious shiver, we thought we'd pull together a few crime and thriller novels perfect for autumn reading (pictured above).

We'd love to add your seasonal Readers Recommends to what we have here (thrillers or other genre!), so don't be shy sharing your picks on our Facebook page or via email at And, as always, if your recommendation is the featured pick in the next issue, you will earn a new hardcover release as our thank you to you.

Speaking of thank yous, Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and I personally feel I have a lot to be thankful for this past year, including celebrating ten years(!) of working at Mystery Scene. Over the past decade, I've had the chance to correspond with a great many of our readers, authors, contributors, and reviewers. I can honestly say Mystery Scene folks from any of those groups are some of the most gracious, funny, and smart (I mean really smart) people around. Thanks to all of you.

My friends and my family are always at the top of my Thanksgiving list of blessings, and after 10 years, many of the people I work with every day at MS have become my friends and my work family. I especially owe Kate and Brian a huge thanks for letting me spend the last decade reading books, meeting fascinating people, and having a whole lot of fun at "work."

Happy Thanksgiving and, as always, happy reading.

Teri Duerr
Senior Editor 


article1Lynn Hightower on Wendell Berry and
The Memory of Old Jack
Lynn Hightower

I was a 16-year-old college freshman taking every writing class on campus when I walked into Wendell Berry's Imaginative Writing class. It was a sun-drenched day in Kentucky that required air conditioning and simple faith that fall was actually on the way and we could stop sweltering and carve pumpkins in just a few weeks. Berry was a god on the University of Kentucky campus, and since I knew everything back then, I went in wondering what all the fuss was about...


Lynn Hightower's Sonora Blair Mystery series, books 1-4, were just released for Kindle by Open Road (October 2015). 
"Writers on Reading" is a special ongoing Mystery Scene series available as a first-look exclusive to our newsletter subscribers.


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25 Years of Patricia Cornwell's Kay Scarpetta
Author Patricia Cornwell
Patricia Cornwell's unflinching medical examiner Kay Scarpetta celebrates 25 years in print this year. When Post Mortem hit the bookstores in 1990, it was a revelation. As a medical examiner in Richmond, Virginia, Scarpetta and her talents at piecing together the stories behind the bodies on her examiner's table helped launch a fascination with forensic research and an entire subgenre of contemporary crime fiction. Read more about Cornwell's groundbreaking character and the 23 novels, thus far, in her series, at the Mystery Scene Blog. 

The 1990 novel that introduced Kay Scarpetta to readers. Depraved Heart (William Morrow, October 2015), the 23rd in the series, is now out.


 article7Overheard: Louise Penny in Still Life


"But in the country death comes, uninvited, during the day. It takes fishermen in their longboats. It grabs children by the ankles as they swim. In winter it calls them down a slope too steep for their budding skills, and crosses their skies at the tips. It waits along the shore where snow met ice not long ago but now, unseen by sparkling eyes, a little water touches the shore, and the skater makes a circle slightly larger than intended. Death stands in the woods with a bow and arrow at dawn and dusk. And it tugs cars off the road in broad daylight, the tires spinning furiously on ice or snow, or bright autumn leaves." 
-Louise Penny in Still Life (Thorndike Press, 2012),
a Chief Inspector Gamache novel that takes place in the autumnal countryside of the Canadian village Three Pines.

Read the archived interview with Louise Penny "Still Life With Murder" at
by Oline H. Cogdill
The Black Orchid Novella Award (BONA) is given annually by the Wolfe Pack, an organization that promotes Nero Wolfe books and novellas written by Rex Stout.

by Oline Cogdill
NBC is developing a fall 2016 drama based on Harris' bestselling Midnight, Texas series, which focuses on a town in the Lone Star state in which humans and the supernatural co-exist.

by Oline Cogdill

The Mousetrap, which opened in London's West End during 1952, has the longest initial run of any play in history, as well as the longest running show (of any type) of the modern era. Its 25,000th performance was on November 18, 2012.

by Gayle Lynds
Lynds, the author of The Assassins (2015), shares her obsession with the famed, Russian Library of Gold.

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