Wyoming is the least populous state in the US, but I would bet that C.J. Box’s novels have set more than a few mystery readers daydreaming of a new life out west. Our talk with this articulate and ardent proponent of Wyoming will only fan the flames—westward, ho!
Other treats in this issue include Kevin Burton Smith’s ode to the “Hot Rides of Private Eyes Past,” Martin Edward’s examination of Dorothy L. Sayers’ real-life detective skills, and a talk with former journalist-turned-novelist Brad Parks. Lynn Kaczmarek chats with Erin Hart about her atmospheric mysteries set in Ireland, and Brian Skupin catches up with Linda Barnes, who is making a welcome return to crime writing after ending her Carlotta Carlyle series a few years back. Old Time Radio fans will be interested in Michael Mallory’s tribute to the Inner Sanctum Mystery program.
Every issue of Mystery Scene celebrates the work of crime writers. But to do that, an- other sort of writer is required—a critic. Critics seldom get the plaudits they routinely hand out to others, but we’re happy to re-port that Oline H. Cogdill will be receiving the 2013 Raven Award from the Mystery Writers of America at this year’s Edgar Awards Banquet. Oline always brings a discerning eye and a love of the genre to her work, whether she’s writing for Mystery Scene or for her nationally syndicated review column. Well done, Oline!
Don’t miss Betty Webb’s wide-ranging conversation with Oline in this issue about the ins-and-outs of a literary critic’s life.