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Recently, Mary Kennedy spoke with Carolyn Hart (Death on Demand series) and Donald Bain, (Murder, She Wrote series) for Mystery Scene about creating long-running characters, complex and appealing enough to stand the test of time.

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Ace AtkinsNot only was he one of the best crime writers of all time, he was—no matter the year—the hippest.

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Steve Hockensmith

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