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The Strand is the magazine for mystery fans, a full sized, full color glossy magazine that is published four times a year. Whether it is a story set in Victorian London - or a contemporary hardboiled story - The Strand has something for everyone.
Each issue of The Strand Magazine features short stories by award-winning writers such as Alexander McCall Smith, Ray Bradbury, Ruth Rendell, Edward Hoch, Peter Lovesey, Bill Pronzini and John Mortimer, plus interviews with actors and best-selling writers such as Peter Ustinov, John Gielgud, Tony Hillerman, Dick Francis, P.D. James, Anne Perry, and Stacy Keach. The Strand has a wide array of articles from our series on "The Great Detectives" to profiles of mystery authors past and present. The Strand also publishes articles about true crimes, recent articles have included a study of the Jack the Ripper murders and an investigation into the Da Vinci code phenomenon. In addition, each issue of The Strand has at least twenty book and audiobook reviews which look at the newest releases from large as well as smaller publishers.
See why the Boston Globe said, "discerning readers will enjoy knowing of this new Strand."
- Amazon Sales Rank: #542 in Magazine Subscriptions
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful.
Great Variety in a Classy Package!
By Happy Reader
This is "The Strand Magazine" rebooted, published out of Michigan four times a year. You may have heard of the original "The Strand" – published in England from 1891 – 1950. It's the magazine in which the Sherlock Holmes stories were first serialized.
I'm a long-time fan and subscriber to the new American Strand, first published in 1998. There used to be many magazines in America dedicated to publishing short stories, a good proportion of them specializing in mysteries & thrillers (and pulp). Now we're down to a handful.
And I like "The Strand". It's over sized, almost 11 ½" x 8 ½". The pages are glossy. Each issue arrives in a plastic wrapper, so the pages aren't bent around in the mail. Every style of mystery/thriller writing is covered, whether it's in the short stories themselves, the interviews, the reviews or the ads. And occasionally they offer a story that is not really a mystery, but has merit.
I have in front of me the last two issues, Oct2015/Jan2016 and Feb/May2016. I'll give you a little synopsis of what's in these two issues. Not every story is a home-run for me, but I do read each issue from cover to cover, usually 80 oversized pages. The links I've provided are to a publication by each author currently available on amazon. I included these links in case you are unfamiliar with the authors; you can check out the type of writing you may expect.
Often, the interviews are just as interesting as the stories. The interviews are all conducted by Managing Editor Andrew Gulli. You can tell he enjoys his job.
Each issue has 12-13 reviews by various mystery & thriller lovers. They are in-depth and cover, as you'd expect, mostly adult books. But they also review new publications of young adult mysteries, recorded books and DVD issues.
Last of all, I love going through all the ads in each issue, too. I always find at least three new books to order for that quarter, books I might not have otherwise come to my attention. This is good for my reading enjoyment but bad for my pocketbook.
AUTHORS OF FICTION STORIES PRESENTED
1. William Faulkner, a previously un-published one-act play
2. Andrea Camilleri Montalbano's First Case and Other Stories (Inspector Montalbano Series)
3. John M. Floyd Fifty Mysteries
4. Lyndsay Faye The Gods of Gotham (A Timothy Wilde Novel) (I've read this one - 5 stars!)
5. Alexander McCall Smith The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (Book 1) I have the whole series.
A. Dean Koontz. Great quote: "I tend to write several books from a similar approach and then move on to something I find more challenging.... I have been told at least twenty times that one book or another was so different it would blow up my career; I should have long ago been reduced to fine-grain debris, but I've hung in all this time. Which is a good thing, because I have no other talents or skills. I would have had to turn to a life of crime. And I expect my criminal aptitude would make Donald Westlake's [John]] Dortmunder look like a modern-day Moriarty."
B. A.E. Hotchner. He has had an amazing career, starting with meeting Hemingway to do an interview for "Cosmopolitan". He's published biographies, memoirs and written plays. Last but not least, he co-founded, with the late Paul Newman, both Newman's Own and Hole in the Wall Gang.
AUTHORS OF FICTION STORIES PRESENTED
1. James Thurber, a previously unpublished short story
2. Jefferey Deaver, part 1 of a 2-parter The Bone Collector: The First Lincoln Rhyme Novel Very well written, but not for the faint-hearted.
3. Max Colliins & Mickey Spillane The Big Showdown (A Caleb York Western)
4. O'Neil De Nouox The Long Cold (LaStanza Series Book 8)
5. Renee Knight Disclaimer: A Novel
A. Mark Gatiss. He is one of the co-creators and writers of the "Sherlock" British TV show starring Benedict Cumberbatch.
B. Heather Graham. A prolific writer with a couple mystery series, though she's best known for romances.
That should be enough to whet your appetite! If there is anything I'd improve with "The Strand" it is the story illustrations. They tend to be uninteresting. BUT – that is a quibble which does not wobble my enjoyment of this magazine.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
By Jean Marie Kolinofsky
I have been a fan of Strand magazine for several years. The short stories, interviews, articles and reviews never fail to entertain. It has introduced me to new authors and offered new insights for my favorite books and authors. It is one of the few magazines that has me reading cover to cover.
0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
Love love love this magazine. I had originally ordered through the company itself. Then my friend told me that if I renewed through Amazon they would send me notification of renewal date. Good deal. One less thing for me to track. If you love books, author interviews, book recommendations, and mysteries this is the best magazine on the market. I never missed a magazine through the renewal process.