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Year Two: The Leon B. Burstein Scholarship

The MWA-NY Board is pleased to announce that the Leon B. Burstein/MWANY Scholarship for Mystery Writing is returning for a second year. The scholarship, which has been made possible by a donation from one of our members, is designed “to inspire aspiring mystery writers by offering financial support to writers who want to take a specific class, attend a conference, or do specific research as demonstrably necessary to a mystery work they are creating.” Last year, we awarded Burstein Scholarships to Becky Muth and to Mally Becker. Becky Muth is an aspiring mystery writer and the wife of a disabled fireman. In her application, she wrote: "Attending Bouchercon 2015 was a life-changing event. It defined the art of mystery writing for me in…

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Death and Taxes

Even now, with four books published and a fifth, hopefully, on the way, I worry that the IRS will look at my earnings and will decide that writing is really just a hobby. At which point, I will show them my publishing contracts, and after we’ve all had a really good laugh, I’ll explain that […]

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Hitchcock’s Average American Family

This is the second in our member-written series: My Favorite Crime Movie. Alfred Hitchcock said several times that Shadow of a Doubt (1943) was his favorite of the films he directed. The film is set in Santa Rosa, California. If I tell you that the last time I was in California, I went in search […]

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Mug Shot: Marco Conneli

Marco Conelli is a former NYPD detective and author of the Matthew Livingston Young Adult Mystery Series. His 2011 novel Matthew Livingston and the Politics of Death received the Silver Falchion award for best new mystery. Cry for Help, his first adult crime novel, introduces Caleb Alden and James Paul McCormack, two tenacious, fast-moving protagonists […]

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