AT THE SCENE - January 2016
winter reading in front of fire
Dear Friend,
Happy New Year! We hope your 2016 is off to an excellent start and will feature good health, good times and, of course, good books.

We're hard at work on the next issue. In the meantime, why not pull up a chair, put up your feet, and read a good mystery? You can get tips at the Mystery Scene Review Database which contains over 4,000 reviews of the best in crime fiction, audiobooks, and reference works. Enjoy!

Kate Stine


article1Joe Gannon on Kurt Vonnegut, John Steinbeck, and Dee Brown


Joe Gannon

My reading life began almost by accident one summer when I was a young corporal in the Army... But my first foray into reading was decidedly trashy: deadly gunslingers, some true crime, or sexy spies.

Still, for the Army it was pretty highbrow, as most of my buddies were crotch-deep in the paperback porn that dominated their reading lists.

Then, while home on leave, an old high school buddy just finishing at Boston College tossed three paperbacks my way and said, "Try these."

The books, in the order I read them, were: Dee Brown's history Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath, and Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five.

Joe Gannon's latest mystery is The Last Dawn (Minotaur Books, January 2016).  

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


Article3Sherlock: The Abominable Bride Now Streaming

Back from the future in the 90-minute special The Abominable Bride

Did you miss the 90-minute New Year's Day premiere of Sherlock: The Abominable Bride? Never fear; it's streaming online now through January 24 at

Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman return as Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, but with a twist: the setting is 1890s London.

Fans and critics seem split as to whether this beautifully shot, reimagining of Sherlock (yet again) is a master stroke or a monstrosity from PBS' Sherlock creators Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat. Watch it and decide for yourself.
article4Time to Turn Over an Old Cliche?

A critic takes a stand.

Oline Cogdill, Mystery Scene feature writer and blogger, offers a few New Year's resolutions recommendations for authors.

Visit the MS Blog to find out what she says, "I would like to never see in a mystery novel again..."
Agree? Disagree? Have your own addition to the list? Share your thoughts with us at our Facebook page.
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 article7Overheard: Clary Fray on hot temper and hot tea

Cassandra Clare

"I don't want tea," said Clary, with muffled force. "I want to find my mother. And then I want to find out who took her in the first place, and I want to kill them."

"Unfortunately," said Hodge, "we're all out of bitter revenge at the moment, so it's either tea or nothing."
- Fifteen-year-old Clary Fray in City of Bones, the fantasy-mystery by Cassandra Clare (Margaret K McElderry, 2008)  

Happy Hot Tea Month! Can't go wrong this winter with a steamy beverage or steamy mystery...  
by Oline H. Cogdill
July Hyzy's Foreign Eclairs is final installment about the adventures of White House Assistant Chef Olivia "Ollie" Paras.

by Joseph Goodrich
Featuring a volatile married couple as sleuths, this new series is set right in the sweet spot of the Golden Age of Mystery - England in the 1930s. 
by Lillian Stewart Carl
Creating long-running characters, complex and appealing enough to stand the test of time.

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