Saturday, March 05, 2011

Mystery Scene Winter #118

Ed here: I've already told editor Kate Stine that this is the finest issue of Mystery Scene I've ever read. Part of the reason I say this is because of Lawrence Block's piece about his old friend Evan Hunter/Ed McBain. There's a Proustian element to all of Block's pieces about the writers he's known over the years. He's not just recalling friends but an entire era, now unfortunately long gone. I've always felt that Block, Donald Westlake and Evan Hunter/Ed McBain were the giants. I'm glad Larry is so eloquently remembering his friends. This is only the first of two parts about Hunter. Can't wait to read the next one.

Table of Contents
Winter, Issue #118 Contents


Robert Crais: The Dudes Abide
With Elvis Cole, Joe Pike, and a large cast of continuing characters, Crais has created a world—and a new way to tell us about it.
by Kevin Burton Smith

Jill Paton Walsh: As Wimsey Takes Her
Walsh continues the adventures of Dorothy L. Sayers’ Lord Peter Wimsey, this time in a 1952 murder investigation that has its roots in Wimsey’s very first case 30 years before.
by Lynn Kaczmarek

Deadline! Journalists in Crime Films
Like detectives, journalists are often involved in ferreting out the truth and exposing wrong-doers—sometimes with cataclysmic results, as in the Watergate scandal.
by Art Taylor

The Murders in Memory Lane: Evan Hunter, Part I
Over his 60-year career, Hunter (aka Ed McBain) turned out an extraordinary volume of work, and never lost his enthusiasm for it.
by Lawrence Block

Bawdy Bibliophiles
There’s only one thing these folks like more than books...
by Stephen J. Gertz

Steve Hockensmith: Holmes on the Range
Big Red and Old Red Amlingmeyer, cowboy brothers turned sleuths.
by Cheryl Solimini

Killer Covers
These book jackets do justice to the excellent stories they promote.
by J. Kingston Pierce

What’s Happening With... K.J. Erickson
by Brian Skupin


At the Scene
by Kate Stine

Mystery Miscellany
by Louis Phillips

Hints & Allegations
2011 Edgar Award nominations, 2011 Dilys Award nominations, Lawrence Block on Reading Agatha Christie; CWA Diamond Dagger to Lindsey Davis.

The Hook
First Lines That Caught Our Attention

The Best Damn Private Eye on TV? Kalinda Sharma on The Good Wife.
Kevin Burton Smith

Writing Life: Gormania
Forgotten Book: Wild Night by L.J. Washburn, Margaret Millar, Vin Packer
by Ed Gorman

New Books
Deadly Research
by Beth Groundwater

Gertrude Stein & Ernest Hemingway, Mystery Fans
by Craig McDonald

Moments of Weakness
by Simon Wood


Small Press Reviews: Covering the Independents
by Betty Webb

Very Original: Paperback Originals Reviewed
by Lynne Maxwell

Short & Sweet: Short Stories Considered
by Bill Crider

What About Murder? Reference Books Reviewed
by Jon L. Breen

Sounds of Suspense: Audiobooks Reviewed
by Dick Lochte

Mystery Scene Reviews


The Docket


Readers Recommend

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1 comment:

Kevin R. Tipple said...

Back when I had money, this was one magazine I always looked forward to finding in the mailbox. Even if Kate Stine turned me down for a reviewer gig. lol