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Mystery Scene Magazine (est. 1985) offers lively, expert coverage of the entire crime, mystery and suspense field. In addition to articles, essays, profiles, and opinion pieces, the magazine offers an extensive array of audio, film, TV and book reviews.

Our regular review columns are: Small Press Reviews by Betty Webb; Audiobooks by Dick Lochte; Reference Books by Jon L. Breen; Papberback Originals by Lynne Maxwell; Short Stories by Bill Crider. In addition to all this, our Mystery Scene Reviews section covers over 50 novels per issue.

Other regular columns include: "EyeWitness, covering all things PI, by Kevin Burton Smith; and "Gormania" by former Mystery Scene editor Ed Gorman; and a humor column by Louis Phillips.

Kate Stine and Brian Skupin are co-publishers of Mystery Scene. Kate is also editor-in-chief. Brian Skupin writes the popular "What's Happening With?" column which catches up with favorite writers who've dropped out of sight for a while. Brian also runs the magazine’s extensive website.

In 2006, Kate and Brian received the Ellery Queen Award for significant contributions to mystery publishing for their work on Mystery Scene.

Mystery Scene is published five times a year. For subscription info, sample articles and our 1000+ book review database visit
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Thrillers, romantic suspense, noir, espionage or cozy - Mystery Scene covers it all. Our writers are some of the most respected critics in the business and they’re definitely some of the most entertaining. We take our fun seriously!

The following articles on books and writers have appeared in Mystery Scene. For a complete list of articles, visit our website:

"Greetings from Florida: A Visit with Carl Hiaasen," by Hank Wagner. "The Trouble with Harry: Michael Connell's Harry Bosch," by Cheryl Solimini. "The Eternal Detective: The Undying Appeal of Sherlock Holmes" by Steve Hockensmith. "This Man's Army: A Talk with Lee Child," by Kevin Burton Smith. "Charlie Chan: The Case of the Reviled Detective," by Jon L. Breen.."Let's Hear it for the Independents! Small Mystery Presses" by Mary V. Welk. "Through the Looking Glass: Interview with Ken Bruen" by Duane Swierczynski. "Margery Allingham: An Appreciation" by H.R.F. Keating. "Writers Who Blog" by Sara Weinman. "Cozy with an Edge: M.C. Beaton" by Oline Cogdill. "Collecting Dell Mapbacks" by Gary Lovisi. "Da Vinci Holdouts Hide Out" by Linwood Barclay. "Graphic Violence: New Graphic Novels" by Stuart Moore. "No Escape: Jacques Futrelle on the Titanic" by Jeffrey Marks. "Visions of Sugar Plums: An Interview with Janet Evanovich" by Art Taylor. "Digging Death: Archaeological Mysteries" by Sarah Wisseman. "The Writer's Mews: Mystery Writers and Their Cats" by Elaine Viets. "On the Road to Perdition with Max Allan Collins" by Martin Meyers.
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The following articles on TV, film and radio have appeared in Mystery Scene. For a complete list of articles, visit our website:

"Jonny Quest: Drawn to Adventure," Michael Mallory. "Ladies They Talk About: Pre-Code Hollywood and the Modern Woman," Donna Nowak. "Into the Night: Kolchak, The Nightstalker" by Dick Lochte.
"10 Great Old Time Radio Thrillers" by Tom Nolan. "Writing Nero Wolfe for TV" by Lee Goldberg. "David Simon: Creator of HBO's The Wire" by David Anker. "10 Detectives I'd Like to See on TV" by Ron Miller. "10 Great New York Crime Films by Charles L.P. Silet.

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At 2:07pm on November 24, 2009, MC - Tina said…
Underappreciated Writers (Summer' 05 Cover). That would me me. lol
At 11:03am on December 13, 2007, Kim Smith said…
I love Mystery Scene Mag~!!!
At 5:26am on September 27, 2007, Charlotte Williamson said…
I didn't know your magazine existed. But I certainly plan to buy one on my next visit to Barnes & Noble.
Thanks for putting me on your "friend" list.
At 6:29am on August 24, 2007, Dennis Leppanen said…
Hey, Mystery Scene...I love your hat. Lemme check this stuff out...
At 4:42am on August 24, 2007, I. J. Parker said…
Hi, Kate and Brian,

We met (twice) at Bouchercons. I'm so glad we meet again here.
At 3:49am on August 24, 2007, chelbel said…
Hey, thanks for making me a friend. Look forward to reading the mag now!
At 3:19am on August 24, 2007, carole gill said…
well hell there. I'm sure it's going to be a wonderful friendship!
At 2:54am on August 24, 2007, Timothy Hallinan said…
Very cool and very smart marketing. I read the magazine, on average, 3-4 times a year and always enjoy it. Proud to be a friend.
At 10:21pm on August 3, 2007, Peg Herring said…
Crimespace & Mystery Scene-what a great combination!
At 6:10am on July 30, 2007, Jackie Houchin said…
Hey, you have a great magazine, Kate & Brian. And also a wonderful review editor - Jackie Acampora!

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