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Features

Belinda Bauer

Disappointment and betrayal as fuel for mystery fiction.
by Oline H. Cogdill

Fave Raves of the Year

Mystery Scene critics recommend the best of 2016.

The Hook

First Lines That Caught

April Smith

Stymied by a writer’s strike, this successful TV writer and producer turned to novels.
by Oline H. Cogdill

Ian Rankin: Edinburgh’s Finest

A failed accounting exam led to the creation of an iconic copper.
by Andy Martin

Trials & Tribulations: Recent Legal Thrillers

They fought the law and...well, it gets more complicated from there.
by Jon L. Breen

My Book: Illicit Trade

Investigating crime at the United Nations.
by Michael Niemann

How to Be a Writer Without Writing Anything, Part One

The key is getting someone else to do the work.
by Lawrence Block

“Mystery à Clef” Crossword

by Verna Suit

Departments

At the Scene

by Kate Stine

Mystery Miscellany

by Louis Phillips

Hints & Allegations

2017 Edgar Allan Poe Award Nominations. Mystery Writers of America 2017 Grand Masters Announced.

Reviews

Small Press Reviews: Covering the Independents

by Betty Webb

Very Original: Paperback Originals Reviewed

by Lynne Maxwell & Hank Wagner

Sounds of Suspense: Audiobooks Reviewed

by Dick Lochte

What About Murder? Reference Books Reviewed

by Jon L. Breen

Short and Sweet: Short Stories Considered

by Ben Boulden

Mystery Scene Reviews

Miscellaneous

The Docket

Letters

Our Readers Recommend

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JOAN HESS (1949-2017)

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Author Joan Hess has died. A pioneer in the mystery genre and a much loved fixture at mystery conventions for decades, she was the author of forty-thre

JOAN HESS (1949-2017)

From St. Martins Press:

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