Mystery Scene




Mark Billingham

A good sense of humor, strong empathy for victims, and some righteous country music keep the ever-evolving Inspector Tom Thorne at the top of his game. .
by Oline Cogdill


Boileau-Narcejac: The Ellery Queen of France

Little known outside France today, this wildly successful duo inspired two classic films, Les Diaboliques and Hitchcock’s Vertigo.
by Michael Mallory

Triple Threat: Ingrid Thoft, Sara Gran & Lisa Brackmann

The future of the private-eye novel looks bright with terrific new writers like these.
by Kevin Burton Smith

Hidden Gems: 5 Writers You Should Be Reading

You may not know their names—but you should.
by Tom Nolan

Margaret Maron: Tales from the Tar Heel State

Her Deborah Knott novels revitalized the regional mystery—and continue to enchant.
by Art Taylor

Why Elmore Leonard Matters

His influence as a great American stylist extended far beyond the boundaries of crime writing.
by Laura Miller


Gun Crazy, What Doesn’t Kill Her by Max Allan Collins, Shell Scott, Stephen Marlowe, Charlie Stella
by Ed Gorman

The Hook

First Lines That Caught Our Attention

“Wolfe Pack” Crossword

by Verna Suit


At the Scene

by Kate Stine

MS Online

Mystery Miscellany

by Louis Phillips

Hints & Allegations

Thriller and Ned Kelly Awards, Harper Lee Prize, CWA Daggers

New Books

The Ambitious Card
by John Gaspard

Serial Thriller
by Reece Hirsch


Small Press Reviews: Covering the Independents

by Betty Webb & Sharon Magee

Very Original: Paperback Originals Reviewed

by Lynne Maxwell & Hank Wagner

What About Murder? Reference Books Reviewed

by Jon L. Breen

Sounds of Suspense: Audiobooks Reviewed

by Dick Lochte

Short & Sweet: Short Stories Considered

by Bill Crider

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