Kate Stine

132cover_250Hi Everyone,

Ellis Peters once commented that human goodness interested her much more than wickedness and I have a feeling that Alexander McCall Smith would agree. His No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency novels acknowledge the darker realities of life, but they also celebrate friendship, love, and kindness in way that has enchanted millions of readers worldwide. To judge by Oline Cogdill’s profile in this issue, the author is just as charming as his novels.

Jon L. Breen offers a roundup of terrific legal mysteries and Joseph Goodrich profiles Peter Quinn, whose love of New York City’s rapidly receding past is reflected in his Fintan Dunne PI novels.

Jake Hinkson considers the celebrated television series Breaking Bad and its roots in the Great Recession, gangster films such as Scarface, and the classic Western. Lynn Kaczmarek interviews Aimée and David Thurlo whose Ella Clah Navajo series is set in their beloved state of New Mexico.

Your holiday shopping will be a snap with the handy “Gifts for Mystery Lovers” by Kevin Burton Smith. (And once again I ended up with lots of treats for myself.)

As 2013 draws to a close, there’s no more pleasant way to take stock of the past year than to consider all the great books that have come through the door here at Mystery Scene. In the next isssue, our expert critics and contributors will share with you their favorite reads of 2013. And please send your own recommendations for a special edition of “Our Readers Recommend the Best of 2013.”

Wishing all of you a wonderful holiday season and a happy and healthy 2014!

Kate Stine


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