Kate Stine

115cover250Hi everyone!

It’s always nice to see a fellow Indiana University alum do well. Of course, there are lots of reasons besides school pride to pay attention to Michael Koryta. In a short but productive career, he’s attracted plenty of admiration for the Lincoln Perry PI novels and 2008’s Envy the Night. Koryta’s new book, So Cold the River strikes out for new territory—it’s a dark thriller with supernatural overtones, à la Stephen King. It breaks Kevin Burton Smith’s heart but even this über fan of PI fiction has to admit Koryta’s on to a good thing.

Lynn Kaczmarek of Mystery News fame returns with a profile of another bright new talent—Stefanie Pintoff. In April, Stefanie won an Edgar Award for her debut novel, In the Shadow of Gotham, and Lynn gives a big thumbs up to the sequel which revolves around the 1906 New York theater world.

Oline Cogdill has an in-depth conversation with Carolyn Hart, the bestselling cozy mystery author and an incisive commentator on the state of crime fiction and publishing. You’ll learn something—I did.

When it comes to courtroom mysteries, Jon L. Breen literally wrote the book (and later won an Edgar Award for it). His take on the just-published sequel to the classic Presumed Innocent is part of an expert examination of Scott Turow’s entire body of work. Don’t miss it! Remember Alvin Fernald and His Magnificent Brain? Steven Nester does, and so do several publishers who are retuning the whiz kid detective to bookstores. Be sure to make Alvin’s acquaintance in this issue.

And just one more thing...don’t miss Tom Nolan’s entertaining visit with William Link, co-creator of TV’s beloved Lt. Columbo.

What is that Tweeting Sound?

That would be yours truly taking part in a live tweet-along during the TV broadcast of Hercule Poirot: Murder on the Orient Express. Fans have waited a long time to see David Suchet star in Agatha Christie’s most famous story—and to celebrate, we’ll take part in Twitter commentary as the show airs July 11, 9 p.m. ET on Masterpiece Mystery!/ PBS. More details to come closer to the event—be sure to check the MS website.

Future of Mystery Scene? Discuss

Last time we asked for your thoughts on e-readers and the future of books. Now we’d like to hear your opinions on our future.

What do you want Mystery Scene to be? A guide to both new and old fiction? Or only new? Do you like the mix of books, TV, film, theater, etc? Do you want more kids’ books or graphic novels? How about games? Do you want more information on collecting?

How about the color pages? If you’d like MS to be printed entirely in color, would you pay more for a subscription?

Would you consider an iPad, website or some other type of digital subscription? Or is paper the only way to go?

Knowing what our readers want is the first step. So look at a couple of back issues, check out our website, read a newsletter or two and give it some thought.

And have a wonderful summer!

Kate Stine