Wednesday, October 6, 2021


Mystery Readers Journal: Lone Star Mysteries (Volume 37:3// Fall 2021) is now available as PDF and hardcopy. If you're a PDF subscriber, you should have received download instructions. Hard copy subscription copies should arrive soon. PDF Contributor copies will go out shortly. Thanks to everyone who contributed to this issue.

Lone Star Mysteries

Volume 37, No. 3, Fall 2021

Buy this back issue! Available in hardcopy or as a downloadable PDF.


  • Welcome to Texas by Michael Bracken
  • Lone Star Dragnet—Joel McCrea as the Joe Friday of Texas by Jim Doherty
  • Watch Your Back: Bloody Mayhem Lurks Around the Corner in Small Texas Towns by D.L.S. Evatt
  • Texas, the Perfect Setting by Sandra Murphy
  • The Essential Western: The Searchers, Violence, Rescue, and Family by Jay Gertzman


  • Texas History, Mystery, and Myth by Judy Alter
  • Five (and a Half) Reasons I Love Writing Texas Ranger Books with James Patterson by Andrew Bourelle
  • Strange Beginnings: Or My Week in Another World by Kathryn Casey
  • Frank Hamer, Gus Hachette, and Me by Jim Doherty
  • Growing Up in Freeport, Texas by Les Edgerton
  • Two for Texas by Elizabeth Elwood
  • Discovering West Texas—and the Importance of a Rand McNally Road Atlas by Tricia Fields
  • Two Sides of Texas by Kaye George
  • From Westerns to Mysteries by James J. Griffin
  • West Texas by Russell Hill
  • Thunder Road by Colin Holmes
  • Deep in the Heart… by Diane Kelly
  • Death in San Antonio: Mystery Short Stories by Gay Toltl Kinman
  • The Basis for The Bottoms by Joe R. Lansdale
  • Where Jack Ryan Meets Gus McCrae by Taylor Moore
  • An Eye of Texas by Josh Pachter
  • Alright, Alright, Alright: Why I Love Setting My Mystery Series in Texas by S.C. Perkins
  • Texas Wind Revisited by James Reasoner
  • Writing About the Texas Gulf Coast by Amber Royer
  • My Grandfather and Samuel Craddock by Terry Shames
  • Tracking the Manhunter: Frank Hamer, Texas Ranger by Gene Shelton
  • My First Time by Marilyn Todd
  • Writing a Story About Texas, Even If You Don’t Live Here by Teresa Trent
  • Texas: A State of Crime by Bev Vincent
  • Never Go to a Peach Festival with Phyllis Newsom by Livia J. Washburn
  • I’m From Texas, Did You Have to Ask? by Reavis Z. Wortham


  • Mystery in Retrospect: Reviews by Lesa Holstine, Dru Ann Love, S. Lee Manning, L.J. Roberts, Lucinda Surber
  • Wearing the Cinco Peso Star by Jim Doherty
  • Just the Facts: A Ranger Hall of Fame by Jim Doherty (Online Only)
  • Children’s Hour: Texas Mysteries by Gay Toltl Kinman
  • In Short: The Private Eyes (and Others) of Texas by Marv Lachman
  • Texas True Crime by Cathy Pickens
  • From the Editor’s Desk by Janet A. Rudolph


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Themes in 2021: History Mysteries 1; History Mysteries 2; Texas; Cold Cases. 

Themes in 2020: New England Mysteries; Art Mysteries; African Mysteries; Legal Mysterie

Call for articles: We're looking for reviews, articles, and Author! author! essays. Review: 50-150 words, articles, 500-1000 words. Author Essays: 500-1000 words, first person, upclose and personal about yourself, your books, and the "theme" connection. Deadline for Texas: July 20, 2021.  

Send queries to Janet Rudolph: janet @ mysteryreaders . org

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