Thursday, July 05, 2012

The New Mystery Scene


In This "At the Scene"

July Greetings
St. Louis Cemetery No. 1, New Orleans
St. Louis Cemetery No. 1, New Orleans

"The past is never dead. It's not even past."

Requiem for a Nun, William Faulkner, 1951

No place in the world better illustrates this sentiment than New Orleans. And no writer better captures the complexities of this singular city than
Barbara Hambly. In our Summer Issue #125, on its way to you now, Jon L. Breen offers an overview of Hambly's meticulously researched, marvelously alive Benjamin January mysteries. Although these novels are set in the 1830s, they cast a revelatory light on the New Orleans of today.

Lisa Unger
Lisa Unger
When Lisa Unger was 15 years old and living in semi-rural New Jersey, a local teenage girl was abducted and murdered. As she reveals in Oline Cogdill's profile, that long-ago tragedy is still playing out in her work today.

Ace Atkins picks up a strand of literary history withLullaby, his continuation of Robert B. Parker's Spenser mysteries. Kevin Burton Smith profiles Atkins in this issue-and gives the revived Spenser a big thumbs up.

In another article, Kevin surveys the many wonderful, long out-of-print crime novels that are suddenly available again in ebook editions. Now that's progress!

Hank Wagner profiles Tom Piccirilli whose new novel, The Last Kind Words, has at its center the twisted history of a family of criminals. (Book review also available at

Michael Mallory discusses how stars from Hollywood's 1940s heyday still shine brightly in Stuart Kaminsky's delightful Toby Peters mysteries.

Sherlock Holmes, of course, transcends time as Bill Hirschman notes in his article about the BBC's fun new TV series.

No matter where you fall on the time continuum, we think you'll find something to enjoy in this issue. Happy reading!

Best wishes,
Kate Stine

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