AT THE SCENE - March 2016
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Hello Everyone,
Spring is on the horizon and the mystery award season is upon us. You can read about the latest Agatha, Edgar, Tony Hillerman Prize, and Ellery Queen awards at our site as well as some of Mystery Scene's favorites from 2015 in "Fave Raves of the Year" featured in #143 Winter Issue of Mystery Scene.

You'll also find reviews of many of these best books of 2015 at Here are just some of the best novel nominees:

What You See, by Hank Phillippi Ryan 
The Child Garden, Catriona McPherson 
Long Upon the Land, Margaret Maron 
Bridges Burned, by Annette Dashofy

We're always interested in hearing your recommendations as well. Please send in your fave raves for our next issue. Email and you'll be entered to win a free book. 

Kate Stine

article1Lisa Lutz on a love of J.D. Salinger and the unexpected

Lisa Lutz
I have trouble encoding short-term to long-term memory. This is a psychiatrist's way of explaining that I have really crappy recall. When I read a novel I can follow the story, but afterward the details generally elude me...

I couldn't tell you the first book I read (although I recall being a huge Dr. Seuss fan), but I do retain one indelible memory from when I was 11 or 12. It was late at night, my parents were out, and I was reading J. D. Salinger's Nine Stories, specifically "A Perfect Day for Bananafish."

Lisa Lutz's latest is The Passenger (Simon and Schuster, March 2016).  

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


Article3Monday Night Crime
TV's Major Crimes and Better Call Saul

Bob Odenkirk plays Jimmy McGill, a shady lawyer who eventually becomes Breaking Bad's Saul Goodman.

Monday night television just got more fun and intelligent with the return of two series, Major Crimes and Better Call Saul. While different in many ways, both these shows make a good pairing. 

Read why Oline Cogdill loves these two great shows at
article4Online Exclusive Review: The Mystery of the Venus Island Fetish
by Tim Flannery 
reviewed by Joseph Scarpato 

After returning from a five-year stint on the fictitious Venus Island where he lived among the natives there, young anthropologist Archie Meek returns to Australia and the Sydney Museum in 1932 with a marvelous collection of artifacts, hoping for a promotion to curator and a reunion with the young woman he hopes to make his bride.

Unfortunately, things don't seem to be working out. Worse yet, something mysterious and possibly deadly seems to be going on at the museum. Several of the museum's older curators have died or gone missing, and some of the 32 human skulls on the famous Venus Island Fetish mask seem to be somewhat discolored, including one with a decayed tooth that closely resembles the tooth of one of the missing curators. Is it Archie's imagination, or is something sinister going on?
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 article7Overheard: Author Pat Conroy on Book Lovers

Author Pat Conroy passed away at age 70 earlier this month.

"You get a little moody sometimes but I think that's because you like to read. People that like to read are always a little fucked up."   
- Pat Conroy, author (1945-2016)

A straight talker, a great author, and an inspiration for one of Mystery Scene's favorite "Writers on Reading" pieces. Read Kate Carlisle's wonderful essay on Conroy and reading The Prince of Tides here.  
by Oline Cogdill
Two very different, but compelling characters from two of the best reads of the month.

by Mystery Scene
Congrats to all the nominees! 

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