Mystery Scene Magazine - Summer 2022, No. 172

The latest issue of Mystery Scene Magazine – Summer 2022, No. 172 – is available at a newsstand near you. Inside is a great selection of feature articles, listed below, along with the usual book reviews and review columns, including my own column, “Short & Sweet: Short Stories Considered”.
      Read on for a snippet of what Kate Stine – Mystery Scene’s publisher and editor – had to say about this issue in her letter from the editor, “At the Scene”:

Feeling peckish? In this issue, Oline Cogdill offers a tasting menu of 10 delicious new culinary crime novels. Recently there has been an expansion into different ethnic cuisines that adds extra spice to the reading experience. Don’t miss Oline’s guide to mystery-themed cookbooks on page 30.

Craig Sisterson interviews Deon Meyer, often called the King of South African Crime Writing. When Meyer started out, though, he was on his own. “I think most crime fiction in South Africa would have been banned under Apartheid, unless the cop was, you know, an Apartheid supporter standing in support of the government,” says Meyer. “And I think very few authors wanted to write that kind of thing.” Today, South Africa has a thriving mystery writing community. Don’t miss the list of other South African authors to try on page 17.

Michael Mallory reminds us that Sgt. Joe Friday wasn’t Jack Webb’s only foray into crime. Earlier in his career, Webb starred as the world-weary and ethically-challenged Pat Novak, a struggling underdog in post-WWII San Francisco. Pat Novak, for Hire is still regarded highly by old-time radio fans and is available online and on CD. … [go here forthe rest of Kate’s words] 

You can purchase single issues at Mystery Scene’s website or (even better) start a subscription.

Summer Issue #172, Deon Meyer

Deon Meyer

A conversation with the preeminent voice of South African crime fiction.
by Craig Sisterson 

Pat Novak, for Hire

Before Dragnet’s Joe Friday, Jack Webb played a world-weary underdog.
by Michael Mallory 

The Road to Hollywood

Novelists, agents, and screenwriters weigh in on taking their work to screens large and small.
by Hank Phillippi Ryan 

Tara Moss

A bestselling author of 14 books, as well as an award-winning human rights and disability advocate.
by Craig Sisterson 

Culinary Crime

There’s always time for a snack with these cozy culinary mysteries.
by Oline H. Cogdill 

Riley Sager

A real-life man of mystery, right down to his (pseudonymous) name, this author is no stranger to the bestseller lists.
by John B. Valeri

The Brokenwood Mysteries

An unlikely global success, this quirky show offers small-town murders in bucolic New Zealand landscapes.
by Craig Sisterson

Misha Popp 

Making her debut with a “vigilante baker who kills bad men with good pies.”
by John B. Valeri 

My Book: Bayou Book Thief

Inspired by the extraordinary city of New Orleans.
by Ellen Byron 

My Book: Death in a Pale Hue

A new series sparked by an arts institution close to home.
by Susan Van Kirk 

My Book: Murder at the Menger

An intrepid journalist-sleuth returns after an eight-year hiatus.
by Kathleen Kaska 

My Book: A Sherlock Holmes Notebook

Combining two passions: Sherlock Holmes and collecting.
by Gary Lovisi 

Mystery Word Search

by Maya Corrigan

Murder in Melbourne Crossword

by Verna Suit


  1. Deon Meyer is very good. As is Roger Smith and Mike Nicol. Some good stuff from SA available.

    1. I've read a couple Meyer books and really enjoyed them, but Roger Smith and Mike Nicol are new names to me, Col.


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