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Title: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
Post by: Brian on May 18, 2019, 09:09:56 am
I'll get this started. :)

I'm Brian, and I'm the co-publisher of Mystery Scene. I love traditional fair play puzzle mysteries, especially locked rooms or other impossible situations.

In addition to the Greats (Agatha Christie, John Dickson Carr, Ellery Queen, Christianna Brand, Erle Stanley Gardner), I have a soft spot for Lee Child's thrillers, John Sandford's Virgil Flowers novels, Sarah Caudwell, John Verdon's books, The Thin Woman by Dorothy Cannell, and Vanishing Act by Thomas Perry.

Not so much on historicals, cozies, and P.I. novels, although Pronzini is great.

How about you?
Title: Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
Post by: Kate Stine, Editor on May 29, 2019, 05:08:46 pm
I'll go next. I'm Kate and I'm the editor and co-publisher of Mystery Scene. I'm a lifelong mystery fan who has also been fortunate enough to make mysteries my career. I've worked as a book editor, editor of the late, lamented Armchair Detective, editor at Mary Higgins Clark Magazine, Director of the Agatha Christie Society and, for the last 17 years, the editor of Mystery Scene Magazine.

I like to read all over the genre -- thrillers, cozies, historicals, PI, noir, suspense. Favorite authors include Ross Thomas, Dorothy L. Sayers, Donald Westlake, Raymond Chandler, Rex Stout, Agatha Christie, Mary Stewart, Sarah Caudwell, Doyle and Poe, really there's tons more.

My favorite contemporary authors are an ever-changing array. Just a very few are Lindsay Davis, Craig Johnson, Tana French, Elizabeth Hand, Jasper Fforde, Belinda Bauer, Tana French, Donna Leon, S.J. Rozan, Laura Lippman, Adrian McKinty, Attica Locke... this list could go on for days.

I hope this forum will provide a fun way to share our love for the mystery fiction genre. I'm looking forward to hanging out with all of you!
Title: Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
Post by: ocogdill on June 10, 2019, 12:32:15 pm
Hi All
Hope I am doing this right
I am Oline H Cogdill and I review mystery fiction, blog and write author profiles for Mystery Scene. I also review for Associated Press, Publishers Weekly and the Sun Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale.
So yeah, I read a lot.
And just for fun, I edit a magazine for Nova Southeastern University.
I love all mysteries and all subgenres. But my favorites are the hard boiled novels and those that take me to a different world. culture, etc.
My husband is a theater critic and theater is another passion as are dogs.
This should be fun
Oline H Cogdill
Title: Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
Post by: JRob on June 10, 2019, 05:42:49 pm
Hi all! I'm Jay and I'm lucky enough to be one of the contributors to Mystery Scene's review section. Seriously, I love getting to say and type that.

I'm a lifelong fan of mysteries and thrillers. Pretty much any kind of sub-genre can draw my interest save perhaps psychological thrillers.

I do read a lot, though probably not as much as I would like.

Besides reading, my other passions involve music/TV/movies and sports. I write for a couple of music based websites. I write CD and concert reviews for KNAC.com and write a series called The Cassette Chronicles for Limelight Magazine.com.

I've covered comic conventions and other pop culture events and items for a number of websites since 2005, though music and books are my focus these days.

I'm single and very happy about that fact. I spent 25 years coaching in the youth basketball league in my town.

Oh, and I like to pretend I'll actually write a mystery some day.



Title: Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
Post by: Brian on June 11, 2019, 06:57:44 am
Welcome Oline and Jay!

I've met Oline, but not you Jay. Thanks for all your contributions!

Kate and I are thinking about going to a comic-con sometime this year (never been to one). Are there any good ones coming to the Northeast?

Brian
Title: Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
Post by: AgathaC on June 11, 2019, 07:22:44 am
Hi, I'm happy to find this place!

Are there any other Agatha Christie fans here? I have read almost all of her books and I've never found anything else as good.

I'm going to put my favorites in the Top Ten topic.

AgathaC
Title: Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
Post by: Kate Stine, Editor on June 11, 2019, 08:23:56 am
Hi AgathaC, welcome to the Mystery Scene Forum! We just launched the forum a few days ago and you're one of our first visitors!

I'm a big Agatha Christie fan. My first "grown up" book was Murder at the Vicarage given to me by my grandmother.

Before Brian and I took over the magazine, one of my freelance gigs was as Director of the Agatha Christie Society. She had such an amazing life and career. I used to edit the quarterly newsletter and we never ran out of articles!
Title: Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
Post by: JRob on June 11, 2019, 09:13:57 am
Welcome Oline and Jay!

I've met Oline, but not you Jay. Thanks for all your contributions!

Kate and I are thinking about going to a comic-con sometime this year (never been to one). Are there any good ones coming to the Northeast?

Brian

Brian,

It's unlikely you'd ever meet me as I've yet to hit a big book convention. I attend book signings but that's about for getting out there in the "book world".

The New York Comic-Con is October 3rd - October 6th. You wouldn't even have to leave the state. It's a HUGE one, the Northeast version of San Diego Comic-Con which is the largest one in the world. I've never been to it though.

If you want to get out of New York, there's Fan Expo Boston which runs from August 16th - 18th. It's smaller than NYCC but still draws a good crowd I'm told. I've never been to that one.

And there's also the Rhode Island Comic-Con which runs from November 1st-3rd. That one I've been to a few times and it is pretty packed, though I don't have a number to give you an idea of how many people there are.

Title: Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
Post by: Verna on June 11, 2019, 09:46:31 am
Hi
I am Verna Suit and I construct the crossword puzzle found on the back page of Mystery Scene.

I began with Nancy Drew of course. In my 20s I started reading all of Agatha Christie that I could find, then moved on to PD James then John LeCarre. The world opened up once I discovered the contemporary mystery scene. Sue Grafton became my gold standard (RIP Sue), followed by Robert Crais, Elmore Leonard, Lee Child, Laura Lippman, Margaret Maron, CJ Box, Louise Penny, James Lee Burke, etc.

I enjoy thrillers, PI books, good stories, international settings, new-to-me authors, an occasional cozy, historicals no earlier than 1895. I belong to Sherlockian and Nero Wolfe societies.

When rejects of my own mystery novel equaled my age, I took that as a sign and moved on to reviewing. I also ran the Sisters in Crime clipping service for 12 years. But these days, making mystery-themed crosswords is my main contribution to the mystery community. I hope some of you will give solving them a try.

Title: Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
Post by: nyscrivener on June 11, 2019, 11:35:48 am
Good afternoon, all, and thank you, Kate and Brian, for setting up this forum! I'm Joe Goodrich, a mystery writer and a proud contributor to Mystery Scene. (I'm also a playwright.) Levinson and Link---the Columbo series, the short-lived Ellery Queen series with Jim Hutton, etc---along with S. Holmes and A. Hitchcock got to me early, and I've been a devoted fan of the genre for over four decades now. My tastes are fairly catholic, ranging from mean streets to English country house. I'll leave it at that for moment. Congrats again to Kate and Brian!
Title: Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
Post by: Robin Agnew on June 11, 2019, 02:38:04 pm
Hi, I'm Robin, I'm a reviewer for Mystery Scene, former bookseller, avid reader of the Golden Age ladies and in general devour whatever I can find in new traditional and historical mystery fiction. Recently I've really enjoyed Mariah Fredericks, Sujata Massey's new series, and Diane Freeman. I named my store for Agatha Christie and have a special love for her but I'm also a giant fan of Ngaio Marsh and Patricia Wentworth.  I re-read endlessly!  Something new during the day, something old at night.  Anyone else out there a re-reader?
Title: Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
Post by: JeffreyMarks on June 11, 2019, 03:06:12 pm

Hi

I'm Jeff Marks, one of the contributing editors. I'm the publisher of Crippen & Landru Publishers, which produces single-author, mystery short story collections.

I've written for Mystery Scene many times over the years (and I wrote for Kate at The Armchair Detective before that.) I love Golden Age mysteries, and I collect American first editions of some of my favorite writers. I've collected all the Christies in first, and now I'm working on EQ and a few others.
Title: Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
Post by: Brian on June 11, 2019, 05:19:38 pm

Brian,

It's unlikely you'd ever meet me as I've yet to hit a big book convention. I attend book signings but that's about for getting out there in the "book world".

The New York Comic-Con is October 3rd - October 6th. You wouldn't even have to leave the state. It's a HUGE one, the Northeast version of San Diego Comic-Con which is the largest one in the world. I've never been to it though.

If you want to get out of New York, there's Fan Expo Boston which runs from August 16th - 18th. It's smaller than NYCC but still draws a good crowd I'm told. I've never been to that one.

And there's also the Rhode Island Comic-Con which runs from November 1st-3rd. That one I've been to a few times and it is pretty packed, though I don't have a number to give you an idea of how many people there are.

Jay, thanks for that! For some reason I thought NY Comic-Con was in the Winter. October is good timing for us.

Brian
Title: Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
Post by: Brian on June 11, 2019, 05:30:00 pm
Good afternoon, all, and thank you, Kate and Brian, for setting up this forum! I'm Joe Goodrich, a mystery writer and a proud contributor to Mystery Scene. (I'm also a playwright.) Levinson and Link---the Columbo series, the short-lived Ellery Queen series with Jim Hutton, etc---along with S. Holmes and A. Hitchcock got to me early, and I've been a devoted fan of the genre for over four decades now. My tastes are fairly catholic, ranging from mean streets to English country house. I'll leave it at that for the moment. Congrats again to Kate and Brian!
Hi Joe, glad to see you here!

Everybody, what Joe didn't say is that he is an Edgar-award-winning playwright.

If anyone wants to hear Joe reading a terrific story he wrote for Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, you can listen here:

https://player.fm/series/ellery-queens-mystery-magazines-fiction-podcast-182925/episode-85-the-ten-cent-murder-by-joseph-goodrich-Sntri1qvuhhRmLhU (https://player.fm/series/ellery-queens-mystery-magazines-fiction-podcast-182925/episode-85-the-ten-cent-murder-by-joseph-goodrich-Sntri1qvuhhRmLhU)
Title: Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
Post by: Brian on June 11, 2019, 05:45:03 pm

Hi

I'm Jeff Marks, one of the contributing editors. I'm the publisher of Crippen & Landru Publishers, which produces single-author, mystery short story collections.

... I've collected all the Christies in first, and now I'm working on EQ and a few others.
Jeff,

All the Christies in first edition? Really? I had no idea.

Brian
Title: Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
Post by: JRob on June 11, 2019, 07:31:46 pm


When rejects of my own mystery novel equaled my age, I took that as a sign and moved on to reviewing. I also ran the Sisters in Crime clipping service for 12 years. But these days, making mystery-themed crosswords is my main contribution to the mystery community. I hope some of you will give solving them a try.

Hi Verna!

I love doing the crosswords in each issue of Mystery Scene. Now if only I was better at them. I leave them blank if I can't get them because I refuse to cheat by looking at the solution. But there are times when I get really close to completing the darn thing.
Title: Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
Post by: JRob on June 11, 2019, 07:33:34 pm
Hi, I'm Robin, I'm a reviewer for Mystery Scene, former bookseller, avid reader of the Golden Age ladies and in general devour whatever I can find in new traditional and historical mystery fiction. Recently I've really enjoyed Mariah Fredericks, Sujata Massey's new series, and Diane Freeman. I named my store for Agatha Christie and have a special love for her but I'm also a giant fan of Ngaio Marsh and Patricia Wentworth.  I re-read endlessly!  Something new during the day, something old at night.  Anyone else out there a re-reader?

Robin,

I suppose that I'd like to be a re-reader but I rarely get the chance because there are so many books waiting to be read for the first time in my TBR pile(s).
Title: Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
Post by: JRob on June 11, 2019, 07:36:05 pm


Jay, thanks for that! For some reason I thought NY Comic-Con was in the Winter. October is good timing for us.

Brian

You are welcome. I'm trying to get to the Fan Expo Boston this year and I'm applying for a press pass through one of the other outlets I write for.

Oh, and I forgot to mention Terrificon in Connecticut August 9th - 11th.
Title: Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
Post by: MHLady on June 11, 2019, 09:13:53 pm
  Anyone else out there a re-reader?

To me, not re-reading a good book is like not eating a good meal because you've had it before. 
Title: Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
Post by: beekay12 on June 12, 2019, 01:31:08 am
Saying HI to All. I'm Brian Kavanagh and author of the Belinda Lawrence Classic mysteries. Seven mysteries published, book eight, a work in progress. :)
Title: Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
Post by: Verna on June 12, 2019, 05:27:04 am
Yay! I love to hear that someone actually works my puzzles :) And even almost finishes them!
Title: Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
Post by: Kate Stine, Editor on June 12, 2019, 08:10:40 am
Hi Verna,
Nice to see you here. Readers, we have two of Verna's crosswords up on the website. Putting up more is on our "To Do" list. Check them out!  https://mysteryscenemag.com/fun-games?id=5564
Title: Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
Post by: Kate Stine, Editor on June 12, 2019, 08:24:58 am
Hi Robin,
Glad to see you at the Forum! I know you have a couple of blog posts waiting to be published, here's your interview of Maureen Jennings from April.

https://mysteryscenemag.com/blog-article/6421-robin-agnew

Love to get the bookseller's perspective from you. And it's particularly nice to have your expertise on cozy mysteries in the magazine.
Title: Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
Post by: TeriD on June 12, 2019, 08:38:26 am
  Anyone else out there a re-reader?

To me, not re-reading a good book is like not eating a good meal because you've had it before.

For you rereaders... A nice essay from Lawrence Block on the joys of revisiting books. Thought you might enjoy!
https://www.mysteryscenemag.com/article/3592-lawrence-block-on-the-pleasures-of-rereading
Title: Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
Post by: TeriD on June 12, 2019, 08:50:05 am
Hello! My name is Teri Duerr and I'm a senior editor at Mystery Scene Magazine. I edit the book reviews section, put together the monthly enewsletter "At The Scene" (https://www.mysteryscenemag.com/component/content/article?id=5481&Itemid=113) and the always fun "Writers on Reading" essay series.

So happy to be a part of this forum, as one of the very best parts of my job at MS is getting to work with and speak with the mystery/crime/thriller community. Despite our community's penchant for spending a lot of time with crooks, sociopaths, and murderers, I could not imagine a kinder, funnier, more intelligent or interesting bunch of folks. Looking forward to hearing from you all here.
Title: Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
Post by: JRob on June 12, 2019, 09:17:37 am
Hello! My name is Teri Duerr and I'm a senior editor at Mystery Scene Magazine. I edit the book reviews section, put together the monthly enewsletter "At The Scene" (https://www.mysteryscenemag.com/component/content/article?id=5481&Itemid=113) and the always fun "Writers on Reading" essay series.

So happy to be a part of this forum, as one of the very best parts of my job at MS is getting to work with and speak with the mystery/crime/thriller community. Despite our community's penchant for spending a lot of time with crooks, sociopaths, and murderers, I could not imagine a kinder, funnier, more intelligent or interesting bunch of folks. Looking forward to hearing from you all here.

My boss is now here. I guess I'd better make sure that my posts aren't in need of editing!

Hi Teri, just kidding about that.
Title: Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
Post by: JRob on June 12, 2019, 09:21:33 am
Welcome Oline and Jay!

I've met Oline, but not you Jay. Thanks for all your contributions!

Kate and I are thinking about going to a comic-con sometime this year (never been to one). Are there any good ones coming to the Northeast?

Brian

Brian,

In case you are interested and have a few minutes of free time, here's my article on the 2018 Rhode Island Comic Con (https://limelightmagazine.com/2018/11/11/ricomiccon2018/).

It is a lengthy piece but I think gives a good deal of detail of what goes on and what is available to do at a comic convention.
Title: Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
Post by: JRob on June 12, 2019, 09:23:45 am
Yay! I love to hear that someone actually works my puzzles :) And even almost finishes them!

Well I SOMETIMES almost finish them. Sometimes it's so much torture that I give up long before then. But in a good way.
Title: Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
Post by: dicklochte on June 12, 2019, 12:23:57 pm
Hi. I'm Dick Lochte and I write the column Sounds of Suspense, audio crime book reviews, for Mystery Scene. When the mood strikes, I also write crime fiction.  And a couple of movies that taught me how much more satisfying it is to write books. 
Title: Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
Post by: Brian on June 12, 2019, 12:45:15 pm
Re-reading ? For sure.

If I wait long enough I can re-read any Agatha Christie. (I just started After the Funeral again today because I read an old review about how tricksy it is.)

And for some reason these books are "comfort" re-reads for me:

Tour de Force by Christianna Brand -- I just cannot believe what she does in this book. I've never seen it anywhere else. (The problem is I can't discuss it without a huge spoiler)
Die Trying by Lee Child -- I don't know what distinguishes this from the other Reacher books, but I really love the fighting set pieces in this one
Vanishing Act by Thomas Perry - It is just so good
Red Dragon by Thomas Harris - I can't re-read Silence of the Lambs, but this one I can
The Thin Woman by Dorothy Cannell - so much fun!
Any Nero Wolfe - I can pick up any Nero Wolfe and read for a while and then put back down without finishing--just for the dialog

Title: Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
Post by: csol on June 12, 2019, 01:34:41 pm
Hi, there! I'm Cheryl Solimini, a long-time journalist and editor, and a I-wish-I-were-contributing-more Consulting Editor for Mystery Scene. I had the great good fortune to be with Family Circle as the publishing company was developing its Mary Higgins Clark Mystery Magazine, and acted as its first Features Editor and then as a contributing writer until its untimely demise (1996-2000, RIP). The longer-lasting pleasure of that time was working with, and getting to know, Kate Stine.

Given the privilege of writing Mystery Scene profiles and reviews over the years has not only provided a less-stalkerish excuse for me to talk to some of my favorite authors (Michael Connelly, Sara Paretsky), it has also introduced me to "new" favorites, including  Lisa Lutz, Tana French, Amy Stewart.

Not sure if my crime-fiction addiction began with TV (The Avengers, Get Smart, Honey West, Burke's Law, The Man (and Girl) From U.N.C.L.E.) or books (Bobbsey Twins, Nancy Drew, The Hardy Boys, of course), but I clearly remember my first "adult" mystery. The reclusive couple who lived on the Jersey Palisades above my childhood home  heard I was "a reader" and passed along a Richard Lockridge stand-alone. I can't remember the title but the femjep plot—a sophisticated young woman retreats to a friend's weekend place to drink and brood, only to be terrorized by the man also hiding out at the house, whose hurried plastic surgery leaves him "faceless"—certainly made it hard for this 11-year-old to return to River Heights. With my mother's help, I lobbied for, and got, permission to take out mysteries (more Lockridges, Agatha Christie, Rex Stout, Ngaio Marsh) from the adult section of our public library—a privilege that was nearly rescinded when I was overdue, by four months, for returning William Baring-Gould's two-volume The Annotated Sherlock Holmes. (Now I have my own set.)

So, who was your "first"? (Adult mystery novel/novelist, that is.)

Cheers,
Cheryl





Title: Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
Post by: JRob on June 12, 2019, 05:22:53 pm


So, who was your "first"? (Adult mystery novel/novelist, that is.)

Cheers,
Cheryl

I'm pretty sure the first adult mystery novel I read was The Hound of the Baskervilles. But I read it as a younger kid before years of schooling sapped my interest in reading for a few years.

When I finally got my love reading back after I was out of school, I think it was either Robert B. Parker, Sue Grafton and Sara Paretsky that were the first people I started reading after I was an "adult".
Title: Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
Post by: MHLady on June 12, 2019, 05:44:37 pm

So, who was your "first"? (Adult mystery novel/novelist, that is.)



The first grownup mystery I read was serialized in my mom's Ladies Home Journal.  It was about a young man posing as someone else.  I loved it then, and loved it even more when I read it as an adult - Brat Farrar, by Josephine Tey.
Title: Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
Post by: jgazis on June 12, 2019, 06:39:14 pm
I love Josephine Tey! It's sad that she didn't write more. The one that sticks in my mind the most is the one about Richard III. I didn't know about the LHJ connection, my mother used to get the magazine.
Title: Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
Post by: jgazis on June 12, 2019, 07:03:15 pm
Hello everyone,
I've been reviewing for Mystery Scene for a couple of years and really enjoy it. I confess I'm not a mystery addict in my general reading, but when I find something I like, I read all of it. Some favorites are Josephine Tey, Tony Hillerman, Dorothy Sayers, Iain Pears (both the literary fiction and the art history mystery series), Carl Hiaasen's YA environmental mysteries, the classic Thin Man movies, and the recent BBC Sherlock series as well as Elementary. When I was younger I read lots of Ellery Queen magazine, Nero Wolfe, Agatha Christie, the Three Investigators, and Simenon's Maigret series (hand-me-downs; my grandmother was a fan) and watched the Ellery Queen tv series, McMillan and Wife, and Remington Steele. Recent favorites include Julie McElwain, Sujata Massey, and historical and psychological thrillers.

I also read a variety of literary, historical, and international fiction, some sci fi and fantasy, nonfiction, memoir, and poetry. The only thing I really steer clear of is horror. I'm always up for talking about books!
Title: Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
Post by: Brian on June 12, 2019, 07:42:00 pm

So, who was your "first"? (Adult mystery novel/novelist, that is.)



The first grownup mystery I read was serialized in my mom's Ladies Home Journal.  It was about a young man posing as someone else.  I loved it then, and loved it even more when I read it as an adult - Brat Farrar, by Josephine Tey.

When I was a kid I needed glasses but nobody had realized it yet. So when I went to the library I started reading Large Print titles. At that time, in that library, it meant my choices were Agatha Christie, Ellery Queen, and Victoria Holt.

I think the first one I read was The House of Brass by Queen. (I brought Victoria Holt home for my mom.)
Title: Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
Post by: MHLady on June 12, 2019, 08:57:52 pm
The one that sticks in my mind the most is the one about Richard III.

That's The Daughter of Time.  I like it, too; I just wish some of her others got more attention, like Brat Farrar and Miss Pym Disposes.
Title: Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
Post by: MHLady on June 12, 2019, 09:05:03 pm

When I was a kid I needed glasses but nobody had realized it yet.


I understand.  When I was in 5th grade, the school tested my eyes 3 times, but they never bothered to tell my parents.  Shortly thereafter, I complained to my mom that I couldn't read a clock on the wall.  A couple of weeks later, I had my first pair of glasses. 
Title: Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
Post by: PatBroeske on June 13, 2019, 01:14:47 am
Hi! I’m Pat H. Broeske, a loooongtime journalist specializing in Hollywood, and, in more recent years, crime. I’ve also written about the intersection of those worlds. My favorite true crime case is the Black Dahlia murder. My favorite mystery author is Ross Macdonald. I love and often write about film noir and – jumping ahead decades – have spent many late nights watching repeats of “Law and Order.” I created a Hollywood fixer who debuted in a short story in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine – and am working on further adventures of the character named Casey Cummings. (Fingers crossed!) A native Southern Californian, I appreciate great Mexican food, proximity to freeways, and am a dedicated cat lover – though weirdly, I’ve never really gotten into the various cat mysteries. You can find some of my reviews on the pages and website of Mystery Scene. Am pleased to now be part of this forum!
Title: Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
Post by: Kate Stine, Editor on June 13, 2019, 07:19:37 am
You can find some of my reviews on the pages and website of Mystery Scene. Am pleased to now be part of this forum!
Hi Pat, so glad you could join us! In addition to Pat's reviews, she also wrote the excellent "The Hypnotic Allure of Nightmare Alley" article in our 2019 Spring Issue #159. Looking forward to more articles and reviews!
Title: Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
Post by: Kate Stine, Editor on June 13, 2019, 07:44:35 am
Hi Dick, Glad you could come visit the forum! Readers, as Dick Lochte mentioned, he reviews audiobooks for Mystery Scene. (And before that we worked together at The Armchair Detective, lo those many years ago...) He has also written a terrific series of online exclusive essays called "Beyond the Book" about TV, film, and radio adaptations of popular crime fiction. Do a search on the website for these essays, you won't be disappointed!

Beyond the Book: The Saint
Beyond the Book: The Murdoch Mysteries
Beyond the Book: Sam Spade
Beyond the Book: Nero Wolfe
Beyond the Book: Richard Stark's Parker
Beyond the Book: Erle Stanley Gardner's Perry Mason
Beyond the Book: Donald Hamilton's Matt Helm
Title: Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
Post by: Margaret on June 13, 2019, 06:28:49 pm
Hi, I'm Margaret! I'm a new reviewer for Mystery Scene, mostly focusing on thrillers, and a librarian. I'm currently making my way through Louise Penny's series, and absolutely love it! I'm about halfway into A Great Reckoning, which is fabulous.
Title: Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
Post by: JRob on June 13, 2019, 06:43:14 pm
Hi, I'm Margaret! I'm a new reviewer for Mystery Scene, mostly focusing on thrillers, and a librarian. I'm currently making my way through Louise Penny's series, and absolutely love it! I'm about halfway into A Great Reckoning, which is fabulous.

Hi Margaret!

We read Louise Penny's A Beautiful Mystery for my local library's mystery book club a couple months back.

Title: Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
Post by: Kate Stine, Editor on June 14, 2019, 08:32:08 am
Hi, I'm Margaret! I'm a new reviewer for Mystery Scene, mostly focusing on thrillers, and a librarian. I'm currently making my way through Louise Penny's series, and absolutely love it! I'm about halfway into A Great Reckoning, which is fabulous.

Hi Margaret!

We read Louise Penny's A Beautiful Mystery for my local library's mystery book club a couple months back.

I'm all caught up on the Louise Penny Inspector Gamache books and can't wait for A BETTER MAN in August. I remember when I worked in book publishing and the common wisdom was that nobody would buy mysteries set in Canada...those days are over!
Title: Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
Post by: HaffnerPress on June 14, 2019, 09:25:34 am
Hiya!

I'm Stephen Haffner and in recent years I edited/published some nifty hardcover collections of crime fiction by Fredric Brown (collected mystery fiction) and Howard Browne (HALO FOR HIRE: THE COMPLETE PAUL PINE MYSTERIES), with more on the way from Fredric Brown, Henry Kuttner & Catherine L. Moore, and Donald Wandrei.

I always appreciate it when MYSTERY SCENE dips back into the past for a look at older works. The article on Leigh Brackett a few years ago was tops!

Stephen Haffner
Big Poobah
HAFFNER PRESS
www.haffnerpress.com
Title: Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
Post by: JBValeri on June 14, 2019, 11:53:45 am
Hi All!

My name is John B. Valeri, and I'm a lifelong lover of crime (fictitious, of course).

It all started with Nancy Drew, who I assumed I was going to marry -- until I came to the realization, alas, that she was not a real person. But those books served as my "gateway" to adult authors. Mary Higgins Clark was my first love. And Murder, She Wrote.

I eventually "legitimized" my fondness for murder and mayhem by making it my life's (partial) work, first with the Hartford Books Examiner column (2009-2016) and then as a freelance writer/reviewer. I currently contribute to Crimespree Magazine, Criminal Element, The New York Journal of Books, The Strand Magazine, and Suspense Magazine ... and Mystery Scene, of course!

Writing for Mystery Scene has been a dream come true. Literally. I was a fan long before I ever dared to think there might be a place for me here. And I continue to be impressed by the enormity of the coverage. Every time I read an issue my TBR pile grows. And grows. And grows. (Yours too, I bet!) It's not a bad problem to have.

Looking forward to chatting with you all here!

John
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Post by: JRob on June 14, 2019, 05:51:37 pm
I agree with John. Every time I read an issue, the list of books I want to read grows!
Title: Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
Post by: RevPhil on June 15, 2019, 05:54:46 am
Hi
For several years I've been curating Divine Detectives, an Index of crime fiction characters with religious vocations; clergy of various kinds, non-ordained professionals or laity (monks & nuns, church administrators, musicians, and others), or family members, from a variety of relions and denominations. My intent is to write a book exploring the particular issues related to religion, faith, and crime solving. With this in mind I'd like to have contact with authors whose characters would meet this distinct criteria. If you are an author or a fan with your own religious vocation, please let me know. I met a few authors at Biuchercon in St Pete last year, but would like to meet more. This overlap of Mystery, divine and terrestrial, is an unexamined but fascinating sub-genre.
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Post by: Brian on June 15, 2019, 10:42:18 am
Hi
For several years I've been curating Divine Detectives, an Index of crime fiction characters with religious vocations; clergy of various kinds, non-ordained professionals or laity (monks & nuns, church administrators, musicians, and others), or family members, from a variety of religions and denominations. My intent is to write a book exploring the particular issues related to religion, faith, and crime solving. With this in mind ...

Hi RevPhil and welcome!

Have you got the Reverend Thaddeus Dean, from The Mysteries of Reverend Dean (http://www.amazon.com/Mysteries-Reverend-Dean-Hal-White/dp/0979786355/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1206125815&sr=8-1) by Hal White on your list? I really enjoyed this one.

From Hal: "A retired pastor has seen a lot of life, and has a perspective that, for example, a lawyer or a policeman doesn’t have. That’s not to say that those professions don’t have valuable experiences, but they’re different—and I would argue, not as balanced—as a reverend. Policemen see people at their worst, and lawyers only see people vis-à-vis a specific problem they want help with. But a pastor who has seen people day-in and day-out for three decades has seen all aspects of an individual, and that gives him the kind of expansive perspective I wanted."
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Post by: Jim Huang on June 17, 2019, 03:22:44 am
I love Josephine Tey! It's sad that she didn't write more. The one that sticks in my mind the most is the one about Richard III. I didn't know about the LHJ connection, my mother used to get the magazine.

I too wish that Tey had written more!  I'm a huge fan of DAUGHTER OF TIME, which these days is I think the gateway novel for Tey lovers.  But I also think MISS PYM DISPOSES and BRAT FARRAR are especially brilliant.  I'm leading a discussion on MISS PYM in Carmel, Indiana next week (June 26 at the library) and I'm looking forward to hearing what everyone thinks about it.
Title: Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
Post by: Jim Huang on June 17, 2019, 03:36:35 am
I was supposed to introduce myself, wasn't it?  I'm Jim Huang.  I've been reading mysteries since middle school, but really fell in love with the genre when a high school English teacher suggested that I read GAUDY NIGHT, the book that really demonstrated for me to power of the genre.  Besides reading, I've edited a book review newsletter devoted to mysteries, owned a bookshop devoted to the genre, helped organize conferences (including the 2009 Bouchercon in Indianapolis), and served on the national board of Sisters in Crime.  These days, I continue to run a small press that publishes books for mystery lovers, while my day job is running the bookshop at Bryn Mawr College.
Title: Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
Post by: JRob on June 17, 2019, 03:48:59 am
Hi Jim!

Wow, you have quite the resume within the mystery genre. I'm sure all the hard work organizing a Bouchercon must've been worth it once the convention went off.
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Post by: Kate Stine, Editor on June 17, 2019, 07:04:17 pm
Hi Jim, nice to see you here! Your bio covers a lot of ground. Are you still working on the programming for the Magna Cum Murder convention in Indianapolis?
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Post by: CarolK on June 19, 2019, 11:01:13 am
Hello from Carol Kubala, retired librarian who now has time to read some of the mysteries that have been sitting on my TBR pile. I'm a fan of those that put me smack dab in the locale, nature or medical themed, realistically strong female characters, and plots that leave a trail of clues to lead me to a conclusion. I believe twists are used far too often and I really don't like to know that there may be one or more as I'm then looking for them which takes some enjoyment away from the read.

Some of my favorite series mysteries
Julia Spencer Fleming - Rev. Clare Fergusson and Russ Van Alstyne Mystery
Becky Masterson – Brigid Quinn
Craig Johnson – Walt Longmire
Amy Stewart – Kopp Sisters
Paul Dorion – Mike Bowditch
Robert Dugoni – Tracy Crosswhite
Cuyler Overholt – Dr. Genevieve Summerford

After meeting and reading Stephen Mack Jones' August Snow I'm hooked. Two other recent finds that are right up my alley and tick off many of my check-marks are Diane Les Becquets' Breaking Wild and The Woman in the Forest, and The Glacier Mysteries by Christine Carbo.
 
Due to a strong new interest in DNA and genealogy I've started to read Nathan Dylan Goodwin and Steve Robinson.

Loved Anthony Horowitz's Magpie Murders and Stuart Turton's The 7 ½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle.

I'm certain I'll never get to all I'd like to read in the mystery genre but I'd be happy to die trying.
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Post by: CarlaZ on June 19, 2019, 11:16:12 am
Hi all, I'm Carla. I'm a reader and subscriber to Mystery Scene. I like to find long-running series with strong local color and then read them all. I love the Walt Longmire mysteries by Craig Johnson set in Wyoming and Armand Gamache novels by Louise Penny set in Quebec. Also, the Guido Brunetti mysteries by Donna Leon set in Venice.

I like to collect quotes from mystery novels, films and TV. One of my favorite features in the magazine is THE HOOK! I hope to see some good quotes in the Jokes, Quotes, and Anecdotes section.
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Post by: SmartCracker on June 19, 2019, 04:01:31 pm
Hi,

I'm just a reader, living near Toronto. We have a great mystery bookstore here, if you ever visit, called Sleuth of Baker Street. We used to also have Mostly Mysteries, and there was one more for a while but I forget the name. Sleuth is a great store.

I particularly like Cara Black, Peter Robinson, and G.M. Malliet.
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Post by: JRob on June 19, 2019, 04:14:05 pm
Nice to see some new people signing up and joining in on the board here! Hi CarolK, CarlaZ and SmartCracker!
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Post by: bobmrg on June 20, 2019, 01:41:32 pm
My name is Bob Gardner, and I fit into the reader/subscriber category. I write textbooks for aspiring pilots, so no fiction involved. My list of favorite authors is long and varied; suffice it to say that when I log onto Stop, You're Killing Me, some names just jump off of the screen and onto my buy list. Marcia Muller/Bill Pronzini are favorites (she wrote me into Both Ends of the Night as an airport manager), as are Steve Hamilton, Dana Stabenow, Patricia Smiley, C. J. Box, Peter Robinson, Ian Rankin, and fellow Seattleite Mary Daheim.

I'm ready and willing to field questions about civil aviation...communications is my specialty: I wrote "Say Again, Please - A Guide to Radio Communications."
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Post by: RayPace on June 20, 2019, 04:39:38 pm
About Ray Pace


I'm a member of the Authors Guild and the Alliance of Independent Authors. I'm founding President of the Hawaii Writers Guild, and a member of the Waimea Writers Support Group.

My works of fiction are:

Hemingway in Hawaii

Bearstone Blackie, Detective

Captain Mike's Honolulu Fright Night Tour, a ghost story.

 

My book, Hemingway, Memories of Les is a memoir dealing with my friendship with Leicester Hemingway, author of My Brother, Ernest Hemingway.

 

Some of the places I've worked as a writer:

 

Newspapers:

The Miami News, Miami, Florida

The Ft. Lauderdale/Broward Tribune, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

West Hawaii Today, Waimea, Hawaii

 

Magazines:

Miami Magazine, Miami, Florida

Florida Keys Magazine, Key West, Florida

Honolulu Magazine, Honolulu, Hawaii

Beckett Baseball,

Beckett Football,

Beckett Basketball, Dallas, Texas

 

Broadcast News and Public Affairs:

WAXY, Miami/ Ft. Lauderdale

WSBR, Boca Raton

WCAI, Ft. Myers

WIIS, Key West

KHVH, Honolulu

 

I've also worked for a consortium of record and video labels, handling publicity for the San Francisco Bay Area. The fifty labels featured jazz, country, new age, and blues. I live in Waikoloa Village on the Big Island of Hawaii.
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Post by: JRob on June 20, 2019, 06:33:32 pm
My name is Bob Gardner, and I fit into the reader/subscriber category. I write textbooks for aspiring pilots, so no fiction involved. My list of favorite authors is long and varied; suffice it to say that when I log onto Stop, You're Killing Me, some names just jump off of the screen and onto my buy list. Marcia Muller/Bill Pronzini are favorites (she wrote me into Both Ends of the Night as an airport manager), as are Steve Hamilton, Dana Stabenow, Patricia Smiley, C. J. Box, Peter Robinson, Ian Rankin, and fellow Seattleite Mary Daheim.

I'm ready and willing to field questions about civil aviation...communications is my specialty: I wrote "Say Again, Please - A Guide to Radio Communications."

Bob, I'm a big fan of C.J. Box too. I also have a great love for Mary Daheim's Alpine series. But I'm really disappointed in how her publisher is only putting her new go-round with the Alpine series out as an e-book series. I don't have an e-reader and refuse to do so. They should have a print on demand option.
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Post by: kmckee on June 20, 2019, 09:27:33 pm
Hello Mystery Scene community. 
My name is Kathy and I'm an avid reader of mysteries (and Mystery Scene).   At age 73, I can hardly remember a time when I didn't read mysteries.  I do remember "borrowing" my mother's copies of Agatha Christie and issues of Ellery Queen magazine at an early age and I was immediately hooked. I loved reading the forum introductions with lists of writers I already enjoy but also names of new ones which I am amazed not to have read. 

Won't make my list too long but writers I've enjoyed include what I consider to be classics: Agatha Christie, Rex Stout, Ngaio Marsh, Josephine Tey, and many more; contemporary writers: Sue Grafton, Sarah Paretsky, Iain Pears (wish he would write more Flavia/Jonathan art history mysteries), Martin Walker, Robert Crais, Marcia Muller, Louise Penny - and many more. 

As a newly retired school law attorney I can now indulge myself without guilt. What a delight to have this forum for mystery fans - a rich resource for more new discoveries.
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Post by: JRob on June 21, 2019, 03:47:25 am
Hello Mystery Scene community. 
My name is Kathy and I'm an avid reader of mysteries (and Mystery Scene).   At age 73, I can hardly remember a time when I didn't read mysteries.  I do remember "borrowing" my mother's copies of Agatha Christie and issues of Ellery Queen magazine at an early age and I was immediately hooked. I loved reading the forum introductions with lists of writers I already enjoy but also names of new ones which I am amazed not to have read. 

Won't make my list too long but writers I've enjoyed include what I consider to be classics: Agatha Christie, Rex Stout, Ngaio Marsh, Josephine Tey, and many more; contemporary writers: Sue Grafton, Sarah Paretsky, Iain Pears (wish he would write more Flavia/Jonathan art history mysteries), Martin Walker, Robert Crais, Marcia Muller, Louise Penny - and many more. 

As a newly retired school law attorney I can now indulge myself without guilt. What a delight to have this forum for mystery fans - a rich resource for more new discoveries.

Welcome aboard Kathy and congrats on the retirement. I'm a long way from being able to say that but I sure do wish I had the time to indulge in more reading. And I wouldn't feel guilty about it at all.
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Post by: bobmrg on June 21, 2019, 08:35:11 am
It all boils down to money. It is cheaper to publish an ebook than it is to publish a paper book. Although aviation education is a niche market, I am happy to say that my print books far outsell their ebook equivalents.
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Post by: JRob on June 21, 2019, 11:58:23 am
It all boils down to money. It is cheaper to publish an ebook than it is to publish a paper book. Although aviation education is a niche market, I am happy to say that my print books far outsell their ebook equivalents.

It may be cheaper to publish as an ebook for the publisher but they are forgetting about those of us who won't do ebooks. At least if they offered a print on demand option, they'd only print books that were bought and paid for and not have to worry  about unsold copies. Otherwise, they are simply cutting off their nose to spite their face by refusing the option of getting my money.
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Post by: Kate Stine, Editor on June 21, 2019, 01:21:12 pm
I find I don't retain information very well when I'm reading an ebook. It's also so much harder to go back and find specific points in the text, it drives you crazy. If I travelled all the time I might get an ereader but I'm very happy carrying around a book for now.
Title: Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
Post by: Brian on June 21, 2019, 01:55:21 pm
Hello Mystery Scene community. 
My name is Kathy and I'm an avid reader of mysteries (and Mystery Scene).   At age 73, I can hardly remember a time when I didn't read mysteries.  I do remember "borrowing" my mother's copies of Agatha Christie and issues of Ellery Queen magazine at an early age...

Won't make my list too long but writers I've enjoyed include what I consider to be classics: Agatha Christie, Rex Stout, Ngaio Marsh, Josephine Tey, and many more; contemporary writers: Sue Grafton, Sarah Paretsky, Iain Pears (wish he would write more Flavia/Jonathan art history mysteries), Martin Walker, Robert Crais, Marcia Muller, Louise Penny - and many more. 

As a newly retired school law attorney I can now indulge myself without guilt. What a delight to have this forum for mystery fans - a rich resource for more new discoveries.
That is a great list of writers all of whom I love--except I've never read Martin Walker.

And the reviews and blurbs look great. Thank you! Adding him to my list!
Title: Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
Post by: bobmrg on June 23, 2019, 02:57:26 pm
It all boils down to money. It is cheaper to publish an ebook than it is to publish a paper book. Although aviation education is a niche market, I am happy to say that my print books far outsell their ebook equivalents.

It may be cheaper to publish as an ebook for the publisher but they are forgetting about those of us who won't do ebooks. At least if they offered a print on demand option, they'd only print books that were bought and paid for and not have to worry  about unsold copies. Otherwise, they are simply cutting off their nose to spite their face by refusing the option of getting my money.

My publisher (Aviation Supplies and Academics) plays both sides of the street, making my books available in both formats.
Title: Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
Post by: Kate Stine, Editor on June 23, 2019, 06:47:42 pm
Hi everyone!
It's great to see you at the MS Forum. Thanks to everyone who is posting their introductions and comments, we're really enjoying hearing from you all.

If you're just lurking, why not sign up and post a hello? We'd love to have you be part of the conversation.
Title: Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
Post by: Aggie on June 29, 2019, 05:58:57 pm
Howdy Mystery Lovers!!

I am a life long reader and my favorite books are mysteries and crime novels.  I started early, gobbling up Agatha Christie, The Hardy Boys, and the Three Investigators. I moved on to many others: Stuart Kaminsky, Earl Emerson, Jan Burke, PJ Tracy, Carol J Perry ( I can't recall them all!) I currently love reading Irish and Scottish Noir, with a current obsession for Stuart MacBride.

I tend to like police procedurals, & P.I.s, with a gritty,dark edge.  8) :D

Looking forward to communicating with other fans and authors.

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Post by: JRob on June 30, 2019, 05:20:56 am
Howdy Mystery Lovers!!

I am a life long reader and my favorite books are mysteries and crime novels.  I started early, gobbling up Agatha Christie, The Hardy Boys, and the Three Investigators. I moved on to many others: Stuart Kaminsky, Earl Emerson, Jan Burke, PJ Tracy, Carol J Perry ( I can't recall them all!) I currently love reading Irish and Scottish Noir, with a current obsession for Stuart MacBride.

I tend to like police procedurals, & P.I.s, with a gritty,dark edge.  8) :D

Looking forward to communicating with other fans and authors.

Hi Aggie! I started with The Hardy Boys and The Three Investigators as well. Looking forward to reading more about what you like, particular regarding the P.I.'s with a gritty and dark edge to them.
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Post by: KiwiCraig on July 04, 2019, 03:52:11 am
Kia ora (hello) everyone,

My name is Craig Sisterson and I'm a lapsed lawyer from New Zealand, currently being a stay-at-home Dad and freelance features writer in London, UK. I've loved mysteries since I was a wee kid (started with Hardy Boys, Secret Seven, then Holmes and Poirot) growing up in the 1980s in a small town near the top of the South Island of New Zealand.

I started writing about mystery fiction for magazines and newspapers in 2008. Since then: hundreds of pieces in dozens of publications in several countries. I'm very grateful to get to be part of such a wonderful community, interviewing authors and chairing events at festivals, talking about the genre on radio, judging book awards in a few countries, and more.

I'm stoked to be a contributor to Mystery Scene in recent years. What a fantastic magazine, full of great writers and writing about our genre. For my part, I began a ways back by interviewing James Runcie (author of the Sidney Chambers mysteries, on which the hit TV show Grantchester is based) in the churchyards where the TV series is shot. In the current Summer 2019 issue I wrote a feature on Australian and New Zealand crime writing, a nod to my own heritage, as well as a few reviews.

I'm a bit of a crime and thriller omnivore, devouring a wide range of tales, from funny to dark and lots in between. I have a lot of US and British favourites, but particularly like exploring other parts of the world through great mystery storytelling.

Looking forward to chatting with other booklovers.
Title: Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
Post by: JRob on July 04, 2019, 08:14:24 am

I'm a bit of a crime and thriller omnivore, devouring a wide range of tales, from funny to dark and lots in between. I have a lot of US and British favourites, but particularly like exploring other parts of the world through great mystery storytelling.

Looking forward to chatting with other booklovers.

Hi Craig!

I've found through the books that I've been sent to review that I do invariably end up loving to read about other places in the world (that it is unlikely I'll ever actually visit) and getting to learn a thing or two about life there alongside the mystery itself.
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Post by: Mack on July 04, 2019, 12:14:21 pm
Hello, Mack here, retired librarian, and reader of crime fiction.

The first mysteries I read were the Famous Five books by Enid Blyton.

My favorite crime fiction subgenre is noir and I adhere to the Otto Penzler definition of noir.

After noir, hardboiled is my next favorite subgenre but, really, I read pretty much anything except cozies.
Title: Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
Post by: RobKitchin on July 04, 2019, 12:48:45 pm
Hi, I'm Rob from Ireland. I'm a keen reader of crime fiction since my early 20s. Before that I had a thing for cold war spy novels. I mostly read noir, hardboiled, historical (esp set between 1930 and 1960), police procedurals and comic crime capers, not so much thrillers, psychologicals or cozies. I like to read crime fiction set in different countries and I'm slowly working my way round the world.

I post all my reviews on my blog 'The View From the Blue House' (https://theviewfromthebluehouse.blogspot.com/) and Goodreads and I've just passed the 1000 reviews mark. My on-going issue is wanting to keep up with the work of favourite authors and series while discovering new authors.

I look forward to the chat and also discovering new authors and books.
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Post by: KiwiCraig on July 04, 2019, 01:36:12 pm
Hi, I'm Rob from Ireland. I'm a keen reader of crime fiction since my early 20s. Before that I had a thing for cold war spy novels. I mostly read noir, hardboiled, historical (esp set between 1930 and 1960), police procedurals and comic crime capers, not so much thrillers, psychologicals or cozies. I like to read crime fiction set in different countries and I'm slowly working my way round the world.

I post all my reviews on my blog 'The View From the Blue House' (https://theviewfromthebluehouse.blogspot.com/) and Goodreads and I've just passed the 1000 reviews mark. My on-going issue is wanting to keep up with the work of favourite authors and series while discovering new authors.

I look forward to the chat and also discovering new authors and books.

Kia ora Rob, great to see you here on these forums.
Title: Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
Post by: KiwiCraig on July 04, 2019, 01:38:48 pm
Hello, Mack here, retired librarian, and reader of crime fiction.

The first mysteries I read were the Famous Five books by Enid Blyton.

My favorite crime fiction subgenre is noir and I adhere to the Otto Penzler definition of noir.

After noir, hardboiled is my next favorite subgenre but, really, I read pretty much anything except cozies.

Kia ora Mack, great to see you on here mate. And nice to have another person mention Enid Blyton - a keen US crime reader on another thread hadn't heard of her. It's fascinating to see how different authors penetrate different geographies and time periods, favourites of some are completely unknown by others.
Title: Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
Post by: Mack on July 04, 2019, 07:28:35 pm
 :) I actually read the Famous Five while living in South Aftica.
Title: Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
Post by: JIEscribano on July 05, 2019, 12:05:46 am
Hi, I'm José Ignacio, a reader of crime fiction. My book notes are available at my blog A Crime is Afoot (https://jiescribano.wordpress.com/). My tastes are quite eclectic. Actually I'm quite interested in Golden Age Detective Fiction. And without hesitation, Georges Simenon is one of my favourite authors.
Title: Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
Post by: JRob on July 05, 2019, 05:59:02 am
Hi, I'm Rob from Ireland. I'm a keen reader of crime fiction since my early 20s. Before that I had a thing for cold war spy novels. I mostly read noir, hardboiled, historical (esp set between 1930 and 1960), police procedurals and comic crime capers, not so much thrillers, psychologicals or cozies. I like to read crime fiction set in different countries and I'm slowly working my way round the world.

I post all my reviews on my blog 'The View From the Blue House' (https://theviewfromthebluehouse.blogspot.com/) and Goodreads and I've just passed the 1000 reviews mark. My on-going issue is wanting to keep up with the work of favourite authors and series while discovering new authors.

I look forward to the chat and also discovering new authors and books.


Hi Rob,

For the books I read that I'm not reviewing for MS, I also post to Goodreads, though I am nowhere near 1000 reviews like yourself. And trying to keep up with authors I like while discovering new ones is definitely a continual issue for me. Probably for most of us here.

Title: Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
Post by: JRob on July 05, 2019, 06:00:19 am
Hi, I'm José Ignacio, a reader of crime fiction. My book notes are available at my blog A Crime is Afoot (https://jiescribano.wordpress.com/). My tastes are quite eclectic. Actually I'm quite interested in Golden Age Detective Fiction. And without hesitation, Georges Simenon is one of my favourite authors.

Hi Jose! Thanks for the link to your site, I'll add it to my list of review spots to check out.
Title: Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
Post by: KiwiCraig on July 05, 2019, 10:25:10 am
Hi, I'm José Ignacio, a reader of crime fiction. My book notes are available at my blog A Crime is Afoot (https://jiescribano.wordpress.com/). My tastes are quite eclectic. Actually I'm quite interested in Golden Age Detective Fiction. And without hesitation, Georges Simenon is one of my favourite authors.

Kia ora Jose. Great to see you, Rob, and Mack all here.
Title: Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
Post by: Brian on July 09, 2019, 11:24:58 am
:) I actually read the Famous Five while living in South Aftica.

Enid Blyton was pretty popular near Toronto, where I grew up. I could always get a Famous Five or Secret Seven at the local bookstore.

I wish I still had them--didn't keep any.

Brian
Title: Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
Post by: mystery editor on July 19, 2019, 05:48:44 pm
Hi, I'm Meredith Phillips, editor/publisher of Perseverance Press, along w/ my partners John & Susan Daniel. We've been publishing traditional mysteries by established authors for 20 years now.

I began mystery reading, thanks to Mom, in the '60s w/ Agatha C and Daphne D. In the '70s PBS Mystery! inspired me to read everything by Dorothy L. My tastes continually broadened till I was reading every subgenre but hard-boiled. I wrote a mystery myself in the '80s, Death Spiral, but decided I preferred telling others how to write instead, and edited/published 9 more mysteries as a one-woman publishing house. My old writing friends the Daniels wanted a mystery imprint, so we joined forces in 1999.

My current favorites are Kate Atkinson, Peter Lovesey, Laura Lippman, Donna Leon, Sue Grafton & Ruth Rendell (RIP both), Patricia Highsmith, Laurie King--I could go on and on!
Title: Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
Post by: JRob on July 20, 2019, 07:04:07 pm
Hi, I'm Meredith Phillips, editor/publisher of Perseverance Press, along w/ my partners John & Susan Daniel. We've been publishing traditional mysteries by established authors for 20 years now.

I began mystery reading, thanks to Mom, in the '60s w/ Agatha C and Daphne D. In the '70s PBS Mystery! inspired me to read everything by Dorothy L. My tastes continually broadened till I was reading every subgenre but hard-boiled. I wrote a mystery myself in the '80s, Death Spiral, but decided I preferred telling others how to write instead, and edited/published 9 more mysteries as a one-woman publishing house. My old writing friends the Daniels wanted a mystery imprint, so we joined forces in 1999.

My current favorites are Kate Atkinson, Peter Lovesey, Laura Lippman, Donna Leon, Sue Grafton & Ruth Rendell (RIP both), Patricia Highsmith, Laurie King--I could go on and on!

Hi Meredith and welcome to the board!

I'm sadly unfamiliar with your book Death Spiral. Is it readily available? If not, can you tell me a little about it?

I'm a big fan of Laurie R. King as well. I particularly enjoy her Kate Martinelli books and of course the Mary Russell series as well.

I'm sure editing the work of others is just as difficult as writing the books yourself. Is it as fulfilling helping others shepherd their book to publication as it was writing your own?
Title: Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
Post by: KiwiCraig on July 25, 2019, 04:46:13 am
Hi, I'm Meredith Phillips, editor/publisher of Perseverance Press, along w/ my partners John & Susan Daniel. We've been publishing traditional mysteries by established authors for 20 years now.

I began mystery reading, thanks to Mom, in the '60s w/ Agatha C and Daphne D. In the '70s PBS Mystery! inspired me to read everything by Dorothy L. My tastes continually broadened till I was reading every subgenre but hard-boiled. I wrote a mystery myself in the '80s, Death Spiral, but decided I preferred telling others how to write instead, and edited/published 9 more mysteries as a one-woman publishing house. My old writing friends the Daniels wanted a mystery imprint, so we joined forces in 1999.

My current favorites are Kate Atkinson, Peter Lovesey, Laura Lippman, Donna Leon, Sue Grafton & Ruth Rendell (RIP both), Patricia Highsmith, Laurie King--I could go on and on!

Kia ora (hi) Meredith. Great stuff on the mystery publishing, that's terrific!
Title: Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
Post by: mystery editor on August 06, 2019, 04:29:29 pm
After my first post I got busy and forgot to check back, sorry! I'm not quite sure whom I'm replying to, but thanks for your replies.

About my first & only mystery, DEATH SPIRAL, Murder at the Winter Olympics--it was published in 1984, so it's not really available now. It was based on the murder of a Russian defector, and the old skating rules (school figures, etc) so it's really out of date!

I find editing others' work much more rewarding than writing my own, so I hung up that hat. We only publish established authors, so their writing is already at a high level. (The Duke of Edinburgh compared writing to self-flagellation, and I agree ;-). I still have to write catalog copy, etc., which is hard enough.

It's been 20 years now since Perseverance Press and John Daniel & Co. joined forces, and we've published over 80 mysteries. We're planning to continue as long as we can.
Title: Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
Post by: JRob on August 09, 2019, 07:05:11 am
After my first post I got busy and forgot to check back, sorry! I'm not quite sure whom I'm replying to, but thanks for your replies.

About my first & only mystery, DEATH SPIRAL, Murder at the Winter Olympics--it was published in 1984, so it's not really available now. It was based on the murder of a Russian defector, and the old skating rules (school figures, etc) so it's really out of date!

I find editing others' work much more rewarding than writing my own, so I hung up that hat. We only publish established authors, so their writing is already at a high level. (The Duke of Edinburgh compared writing to self-flagellation, and I agree ;-). I still have to write catalog copy, etc., which is hard enough.

It's been 20 years now since Perseverance Press and John Daniel & Co. joined forces, and we've published over 80 mysteries. We're planning to continue as long as we can.

Meredith, thanks for getting back to the board and for the information. I just popped over to eBay and looked to see if I could find a copy of your book. And yes there is a few, so I'm looking into picking it up! Doesn't matter if it is out of date with modern day stuff, I am just interested in checking it out.

And I'm going to have to look up Perserverance Press to see your catalog of titles to see what might strike my fancy there as well.

Title: Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
Post by: mystery editor on August 21, 2019, 04:40:56 pm
Hi JRob,

Thanks for your interest in Perseverance Press (note: only two Rs in the first word--I shouldn't have picked a name many people misspell!). My earliest books, from the 1980s and early 1990s were published by PP. In 1999 I joined forces w/ John Daniel Publishing, so many of the subsequent 80+ books are listed as PP/JD (if you're searching under the publisher name). It might be easier to check out our website:
www.danielpublishing.com/perseverance

Thanks again, Meredith Phillips
Title: Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
Post by: JRob on August 21, 2019, 04:43:03 pm
Hi JRob,

Thanks for your interest in Perseverance Press (note: only two Rs in the first word--I shouldn't have picked a name many people misspell!). My earliest books, from the 1980s and early 1990s were published by PP. In 1999 I joined forces w/ John Daniel Publishing, so many of the subsequent 80+ books are listed as PP/JD (if you're searching under the publisher name). It might be easier to check out our website:
www.danielpublishing.com/perseverance

Thanks again, Meredith Phillips

Thanks Meredith and I'll get the name Perseverance Press right now.
Title: Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
Post by: Becke Davis on December 06, 2019, 12:33:48 am

Hi

I'm Jeff Marks, one of the contributing editors. I'm the publisher of Crippen & Landru Publishers, which produces single-author, mystery short story collections.

I've written for Mystery Scene many times over the years (and I wrote for Kate at The Armchair Detective before that.) I love Golden Age mysteries, and I collect American first editions of some of my favorite writers. I've collected all the Christies in first, and now I'm working on EQ and a few others.

Hi Jeff! I'm so excited to see this forum, and I'm even more excited to see an old friend from the former Barnes & Noble Mystery Forum, and an avid Agatha Christie fan! If I remember correctly, your cat is named Tiglash Pileser. Awesome!
Title: Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
Post by: Becke Davis on December 06, 2019, 01:08:40 am
I'm doing this backwards - I jumped in with a reply before introducing myself. I've been a bookaholic ever since I learned to read, and a mystery devotee since I discovered Nancy Drew at age 8 or so. I didn't discover Agatha Christie until about age 15, but in the interim I fell in love with mystery short stories - especially those with twist endings, a la Alfred Hitchcock collected short stories.

I have a habit of jumping into a series willy-nilly and going back and forth until I've read them all. Currently, I'm following series by Louise Penny, Alan Bradley, Zoe Sharp, Susan Elia MacNeal, Carola Dunn and more. I'm belatedly getting into Ruth Ware's books, I've been rediscovering Simon Brett's Mrs. Pargeter books, and I'm always on the look-out for new books by Hank Phillippi Ryan, G.M. Malliet, Betty Hechtman, Lee Child, Linwood Barclay, Jeff Abbott, Duffy Brown and Molly Macrae.

In high school I discovered Mary Stewart and Evelyn Anthony, but the world-changer was when I read FUNERALS ARE FATAL by Agatha Christie. A regular babysitting client found me reading an Agatha Christie when she arrived home one night, and she dug out a box of dogeared Agatha Christie paperbacks from the 1940s and 1950s, which formed the basis of my collection. I've tried to collect both English and American versions, but I only have a few hardcovers and one or two first editions.

I have written for the landscape trade for 30 years or so, and I've written several gardening books. In the 1990s Barnes & Noble hired me to teach an online gardening course, write a garden blog and moderate a gardening forum. When the forums expanded, I was hired to moderate their Mystery Forum. I was thrilled to do that until the forums were disbanded in about 2013. A group of loyal forum members created a "B&N Mystery Forum Refugees" group on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/637616112974114/.

I love to discover new authors and classic authors I have missed. Books are my favorite subject - my grandchildren come next!

https://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/what-would-agatha-say/

https://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/did-agatha-christie-have-formula-for/
Title: Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
Post by: JRob on December 06, 2019, 06:09:59 pm
Becke,

Welcome on board here! Nice to see some new action here on the boards that's for sure.

I'm a big fan of Hank Phillippi Ryan's books and I've been lucky enough to meet her a few times at signings so I've gotten all of my copies signed by her. And she's actually introduced me to other authors when she's done interviews wit them.
Title: Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
Post by: Becke Davis on December 06, 2019, 11:29:53 pm
Hank Phillippi Ryan is awesome! I have all her books - I haven't asked her to autograph them, but I stick Christmas cards from her between the pages. She was one of the first people I met when I attended Bouchercon. I've only been there one time - it's was awesome and intimidating at the same time. I'm not a shy sort of person, but when I found myself in an elevator with Lee Child, my hands got all clammy and I was tongue-tied. A lot of people there looked familiar but I couldn't definitely place them. I would have liked them to wear full-size sandwich boards with their name and back cover jacket photos on their backs so I could identify my favorite authors without staring at them.
Title: Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
Post by: Becke Davis on December 07, 2019, 01:21:46 am
I was supposed to introduce myself, wasn't it?  I'm Jim Huang.  I've been reading mysteries since middle school, but really fell in love with the genre when a high school English teacher suggested that I read GAUDY NIGHT, the book that really demonstrated for me to power of the genre.  Besides reading, I've edited a book review newsletter devoted to mysteries, owned a bookshop devoted to the genre, helped organize conferences (including the 2009 Bouchercon in Indianapolis), and served on the national board of Sisters in Crime.  These days, I continue to run a small press that publishes books for mystery lovers, while my day job is running the bookshop at Bryn Mawr College.

Jim - I'm in awe. The 2009 Bouchercon in Indianapolis is the first and only one I ever attended. I was living in Cincinnati at the time so there wasn't a lot of travel involved. All my life I'd heard about my dad's friend Tony DelVecchio who reviewed mysteries for himself and his friends. Tony had attended almost every Bouchercon so he showed me the ropes.

I believe you attended Magna Cum Murder in Muncie the year I attended it with Duffy Brown. I was jinxed - I was fine when we set out from Cincinnati but had a raging fever by the time we arrived. Not much fun for Duffy. The flu bug, or whatever it was, didn't last long and I was able to see the Poison Lady's presentation and hang out with a couple of authors like Molly McRae. I think you were in a discussion group with Parnell Hall, if I remember correctly. (If I'm remembering incorrectly, I blame the flu!)
Title: Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
Post by: Becke Davis on December 10, 2019, 11:33:46 pm
Hi
I am Verna Suit and I construct the crossword puzzle found on the back page of Mystery Scene.

I began with Nancy Drew of course. In my 20s I started reading all of Agatha Christie that I could find, then moved on to PD James then John LeCarre. The world opened up once I discovered the contemporary mystery scene. Sue Grafton became my gold standard (RIP Sue), followed by Robert Crais, Elmore Leonard, Lee Child, Laura Lippman, Margaret Maron, CJ Box, Louise Penny, James Lee Burke, etc.

I enjoy thrillers, PI books, good stories, international settings, new-to-me authors, an occasional cozy, historicals no earlier than 1895. I belong to Sherlockian and Nero Wolfe societies.

When rejects of my own mystery novel equaled my age, I took that as a sign and moved on to reviewing. I also ran the Sisters in Crime clipping service for 12 years. But these days, making mystery-themed crosswords is my main contribution to the mystery community. I hope some of you will give solving them a try.

I am so impressed with your crossword-making skills! I'm not a very skilled crossword solver - the USA Today puzzles are about my speed.

I love your name, too. It sounds like you just walked out of a mystery novel, maybe a British-style cozy!
Title: Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
Post by: Denise on December 12, 2019, 05:32:50 pm
Hi! I'm Denise, an online friend of Becke's. I was an active participant on many of the Barnes & Noble discussion boards, where I met Becke, who was moderating the Mystery forum. When they shut the discussion boards down, I created the B&N Mystery Forum Refugees group on Facebook, so the gang would have a place to go; made Becke co-admin, and mostly handed it over to her, to continue what she'd been doing so well. Now she's a moderator here, too, so here I am!

I've loved mysteries since grade school. I was given a book of mystery stories for Christmas one year, and then started reading the Nancy Drew and Bobbsey Twins books. I love cozies, of the house party and country village type. My favorites are Grandes Dames Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers, and Ngaio Marsh. Newer(ish) series I love include Martha Grimes' Richard Jury, Carolyn Hart's Death on Demand, and Elizabeth Peters' Amelia Peabody. I also love mysteries that feature real-life authors as fictional sleuths. I have series featuring Jane Austen, the Brontes, Louisa May Alcott, Beatrix Potter, and Josephine Tey.

Nice to meet you!
Title: Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
Post by: Becke Davis on December 12, 2019, 05:47:17 pm
Hi! I'm Denise, an online friend of Becke's. I was an active participant on many of the Barnes & Noble discussion boards, where I met Becke, who was moderating the Mystery forum. When they shut the discussion boards down, I created the B&N Mystery Forum Refugees group on Facebook, so the gang would have a place to go; made Becke co-admin, and mostly handed it over to her, to continue what she'd been doing so well. Now she's a moderator here, too, so here I am!

I've loved mysteries since grade school. I was given a book of mystery stories for Christmas one year, and then started reading the Nancy Drew and Bobbsey Twins books. I love cozies, of the house party and country village type. My favorites are Grandes Dames Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers, and Ngaio Marsh. Newer(ish) series I love include Martha Grimes' Richard Jury, Carolyn Hart's Death on Demand, and Elizabeth Peters' Amelia Peabody. I also love mysteries that feature real-life authors as fictional sleuths. I have series featuring Jane Austen, the Brontes, Louisa May Alcott, Beatrix Potter, and Josephine Tey.

Nice to meet you!

Denise - I noticed a new Richard Jury book on display at Barnes & Noble, and when I Googled it, I realized I've missed a couple of newish Martha Grimes books. I know I have VERTIGO 42 around here someplace. (Books I've read are in a semi-organized system of shelving, but it's another story with books I haven't read yet.) I've read all the Richard Jury books up to THE OLD WINE SHADES (with one possible exception - THE WINDS OF CHANGE doesn't sound familiar. I might have read THE BLACK CAT, but I'm not sure about that one, either. I definitely haven't read THE KNOWLEDGE and THE OLD SUCCESS. I'll have to double-up on my reading over the holidays. (The grandkids will be out of town for a week, so I should make some progress.)
Title: Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
Post by: JRob on December 12, 2019, 06:40:04 pm
Hi! I'm Denise, an online friend of Becke's. I was an active participant on many of the Barnes & Noble discussion boards, where I met Becke, who was moderating the Mystery forum. When they shut the discussion boards down, I created the B&N Mystery Forum Refugees group on Facebook, so the gang would have a place to go; made Becke co-admin, and mostly handed it over to her, to continue what she'd been doing so well. Now she's a moderator here, too, so here I am!

I've loved mysteries since grade school. I was given a book of mystery stories for Christmas one year, and then started reading the Nancy Drew and Bobbsey Twins books. I love cozies, of the house party and country village type. My favorites are Grandes Dames Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers, and Ngaio Marsh. Newer(ish) series I love include Martha Grimes' Richard Jury, Carolyn Hart's Death on Demand, and Elizabeth Peters' Amelia Peabody. I also love mysteries that feature real-life authors as fictional sleuths. I have series featuring Jane Austen, the Brontes, Louisa May Alcott, Beatrix Potter, and Josephine Tey.

Nice to meet you!

Welcome to the Forums Denise!
Title: Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
Post by: Kate Stine, Editor on December 13, 2019, 10:07:09 am
Hi Denise,
Nice to see you at the MS Forum! I like your favorites list -- particularly the Elizabeth Peter's Amelia Peabody books. I also loved all the standalones she did of independent young women, often on a trip abroad. I used to dream of being just like them when I was a teenager. One of my favorite memories is telling Barbara Mertz (Elizabeth Peters) that over martinis at a Malice Domestic convention.
Title: Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
Post by: Becke Davis on December 13, 2019, 10:40:19 am
Good afternoon, all, and thank you, Kate and Brian, for setting up this forum! I'm Joe Goodrich, a mystery writer and a proud contributor to Mystery Scene. (I'm also a playwright.) Levinson and Link---the Columbo series, the short-lived Ellery Queen series with Jim Hutton, etc---along with S. Holmes and A. Hitchcock got to me early, and I've been a devoted fan of the genre for over four decades now. My tastes are fairly catholic, ranging from mean streets to English country house. I'll leave it at that for the moment. Congrats again to Kate and Brian!
Hi Joe, glad to see you here!

Everybody, what Joe didn't say is that he is an Edgar-award-winning playwright.

If anyone wants to hear Joe reading a terrific story he wrote for Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, you can listen here:

https://player.fm/series/ellery-queens-mystery-magazines-fiction-podcast-182925/episode-85-the-ten-cent-murder-by-joseph-goodrich-Sntri1qvuhhRmLhU (https://player.fm/series/ellery-queens-mystery-magazines-fiction-podcast-182925/episode-85-the-ten-cent-murder-by-joseph-goodrich-Sntri1qvuhhRmLhU)

Congratulations on the Edgar, Joe! I grew up on EQMM, AHMM  which led to a lifelong fondness for mystery short stories.
Title: Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
Post by: Denise on December 13, 2019, 01:00:17 pm

Denise - I noticed a new Richard Jury book on display at Barnes & Noble, and when I Googled it, I realized I've missed a couple of newish Martha Grimes books. I know I have VERTIGO 42 around here someplace. (Books I've read are in a semi-organized system of shelving, but it's another story with books I haven't read yet.) I've read all the Richard Jury books up to THE OLD WINE SHADES (with one possible exception - THE WINDS OF CHANGE doesn't sound familiar. I might have read THE BLACK CAT, but I'm not sure about that one, either. I definitely haven't read THE KNOWLEDGE and THE OLD SUCCESS. I'll have to double-up on my reading over the holidays. (The grandkids will be out of town for a week, so I should make some progress.)

I had to go check, and I have them up through Vertigo 42. I had been getting all of her books from The Mystery Guild, but I guess they've stopped offering them. I've been looking for the new one, but it hasn't shown up there yet, and apparently I missed out on The Knowledge, too. I hate when they do that! The only one they didn't seem to offer before was The Five Bells and Bladebone (1987), for some reason, so I ended up having to buy it in paperback. They did the same thing with the Death on Demand series, and I don't have the final two books. I was relying on them for keeping track and seeing when there were new books in my favorite series and getting them from there, but something changed at some point, apparently. Other series I've been able to get from start to finish, though. Oh, well. I'll probably have to fill in on the missing ones with paperbacks. Strange that they dropped the Death on Demand series so close to the end, but are still offering Carolyn Hart's Ghost series as they come out.

As we've discussed elsewhere, I don't like that Harry guy that Jury meets in the wine bar, and kind of groan when I have to read those scenes. I like his dog, though! I did like The Black Cat; it was a bit different, because we sometimes got to see things through the viewpoint of several of the animals in the story, including Harry's dog (if I remember rightly). As I've also mentioned before, I am madly in love with Melrose Plant, and so my favorite in the series is The Lamorna Wink, which mostly follows Melrose, with not as much Jury (although I also like Jury a lot!).
Title: Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
Post by: Becke Davis on December 13, 2019, 02:13:46 pm
Hi Denise,
Nice to see you at the MS Forum! I like your favorites list -- particularly the Elizabeth Peter's Amelia Peabody books. I also loved all the standalones she did of independent young women, often on a trip abroad. I used to dream of being just like them when I was a teenager. One of my favorite memories is telling Barbara Mertz (Elizabeth Peters) that over martinis at a Malice Domestic convention.

That must have been the one and only Malice Domestic I attended. She did a presentation on the Amelia Peabody books. At that point, I had read all her Barbara Michaels books but none of Amelia's. I've rectified that since then - I have all the Amelia Peabody books and I've read about half of them. I used to live near the Oriental Institute in Chicago, and I thought of her whenever I visited the museum.
Title: Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
Post by: Becke Davis on January 04, 2020, 12:28:09 am
Howdy Mystery Lovers!!

I am a life long reader and my favorite books are mysteries and crime novels.  I started early, gobbling up Agatha Christie, The Hardy Boys, and the Three Investigators. I moved on to many others: Stuart Kaminsky, Earl Emerson, Jan Burke, PJ Tracy, Carol J Perry ( I can't recall them all!) I currently love reading Irish and Scottish Noir, with a current obsession for Stuart MacBride.

I tend to like police procedurals, & P.I.s, with a gritty,dark edge.  8) :D

Looking forward to communicating with other fans and authors.

I just noticed you have P.J. Tracy on your list. Count me in as a fan of theirs! I first came across MONKEEWRENCH by accident, the year it was published. The title intrigued me, so I bought it. The books are dark and sometimes gruesome, but I think I've read them all except the Christmas story on Kindle. I used to have a Nook, but I managed to fry it. I stick to paperbacks and the occasional hardcover now.
Title: Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
Post by: Molly MacRae on February 02, 2020, 09:26:20 am
Hello! Thank you, Becke, for sharing the information about this forum with me, and thanks, Mystery Scene, for creating it! I write two series - the Highland Bookshop Mysteries and the Haunted Yarn Shop Mysteries.

The bookshop mysteries are about four women, three Americans and a Scot, who reinvent their lives by buying a bookshop in a tourist town on the west coast of the Scottish Highlands. It's a bookshop! It's Scotland! What could possibly go wrong with a plan like that?

The yarn shop mysteries are about a textile preservation specialist (into things she can see, touch, and analyze) who inherits her grandmother's fiber and fabric shop in tiny Blue Plum, Tennessee, and ends up with a depressed ghost on her hands. 

I lived in Scotland in the mid-70s and in a town like Blue Plum in the 80s and 90s. Writing these books is my way of returning to places I love (and killing off a few people, too).  :)
Title: Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
Post by: JRob on February 02, 2020, 11:02:25 am
Hi Molly!

Welcome to the forums. I am sorry to say that I haven't read your work before but I'm definitely going to add the Highland Bookshop Mysteries books to the list of series I need to check out. I love series set in Ireland and Scotland and when they are set in and around a bookstore or library, so much the better!
Title: Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
Post by: Becke Davis on February 02, 2020, 11:32:48 am
Hi Molly!

Welcome to the forums. I am sorry to say that I haven't read your work before but I'm definitely going to add the Highland Bookshop Mysteries books to the list of series I need to check out. I love series set in Ireland and Scotland and when they are set in and around a bookstore or library, so much the better!

Molly - I'm trying to remember the first time we met in real life. Was it at Magna Cum Murder? I know we chatted at the one I attended where I got knocked out by some kind of 24 hour flu bug and I spent most of the conference in my hotel room. But I'm pretty sure I'd met you earlier, too. Anyway...

I think I've read all your books (except the one, maybe two that are in my ridiculously huge to-be-read pile). I especially love the Highland Bookshop series because it sounds so idyllic...and then the bodies start to drop. ;-)
Title: Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
Post by: dhaupt3 on February 04, 2020, 06:43:58 am
Hi I'm Debbie and I'm a current reviewer for Mystery Scene Magazine, Library Journal, Indie Reviews and contribute to a few other publications. I am an avid book nerd, I run a book blog, currently serve on the board of my local Library district and volunteer in other ways also to the library district. And I have a Goodreads Group General Fiction Expats formed when B&N closed the bookclubs - https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/133771
Personally I am a full time caregiver to my disabled husband enjoy spending time with my family and LOVE my doggie Pippa who is featured on my daily instagram "Our Daily Walk" posts.
I'm so excited to be here it's nice to meet you Brian and Hi (waving madly) Becke. Becke and I have known each other for many years as like her I also was a moderator for the now defunct B&N book club forums mine was called General Fiction and like Becke I enjoyed meeting and interacting with both new members and with authors.

I'm very happy to be here!
Title: Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
Post by: Becke Davis on February 04, 2020, 04:25:26 pm
Hi I'm Debbie and I'm a current reviewer for Mystery Scene Magazine, Library Journal, Indie Reviews and contribute to a few other publications. I am an avid book nerd, I run a book blog, currently serve on the board of my local Library district and volunteer in other ways also to the library district. And I have a Goodreads Group General Fiction Expats formed when B&N closed the bookclubs - https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/133771
Personally I am a full time caregiver to my disabled husband enjoy spending time with my family and LOVE my doggie Pippa who is featured on my daily instagram "Our Daily Walk" posts.
I'm so excited to be here it's nice to meet you Brian and Hi (waving madly) Becke. Becke and I have known each other for many years as like her I also was a moderator for the now defunct B&N book club forums mine was called General Fiction and like Becke I enjoyed meeting and interacting with both new members and with authors.

Debbie - It's wonderful to see you here! I know how busy you are, both at home and with all your reviewing. You have built quite a career for yourself! What books have you been reading lately? Have you discovered any new (or new to you) authors I might like? (I feel like you know my taste in books!) Have a great week!

I'm very happy to be here!
Title: Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
Post by: JRob on February 04, 2020, 04:34:45 pm
Welcome to the forum Debbie!
Title: Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
Post by: dhaupt3 on February 04, 2020, 07:04:42 pm


Debbie - It's wonderful to see you here! I know how busy you are, both at home and with all your reviewing. You have built quite a career for yourself! What books have you been reading lately? Have you discovered any new (or new to you) authors I might like? (I feel like you know my taste in books!) Have a great week!

Becke Hi, yes I have discovered some new books thanks to Mystery Scene. You would like the Maggie Hope series by Susan Elia MacNeal
Also The Irish Murder series by Carlene O'Connor
Of course anything written by JT Ellison

I love being connected again!
Title: Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
Post by: dhaupt3 on February 04, 2020, 07:05:07 pm
Welcome to the forum Debbie!

Thank you
Title: Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
Post by: Denise on February 06, 2020, 12:38:53 pm
Hi, Debbie, nice to see some of the old B&N gang finally showing up here! I think several have joined, but few have posted (just Becke, me, and now you!). I was dulcinea3 on B&N.
Title: Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
Post by: dhaupt3 on February 07, 2020, 08:08:28 am
Hi, Debbie, nice to see some of the old B&N gang finally showing up here! I think several have joined, but few have posted (just Becke, me, and now you!). I was dulcinea3 on B&N.


Hi Denise yes I remember you too, it's nice to reconnect! I brought some of my old B&N members to a Goodreads forum but its nice to see some others here too!
Title: Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
Post by: Kate Stine, Editor on February 13, 2020, 01:33:26 pm
Hi Denise, and Debbie and Molly! It's great to see you all here! Sorry I'm late in welcoming you, I'm still clearing the wreckage after finishing the Spring Issue #163. We just got our finished issues in the office so it will be arriving in mailboxes soon.
Title: Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
Post by: Becke Davis on February 14, 2020, 12:45:04 am
Hi Denise, and Debbie and Molly! It's great to see you all here! Sorry I'm late in welcoming you, I'm still clearing the wreckage after finishing the Spring Issue #163. We just got our finished issues in the office so it will be arriving in mailboxes soon.

Yay! I'm excited for the next issue to arrive. Although considering all the books I added to my wish list and my to-be-read pile after reading the last issue, I'd better read fast to make room for the books I'll be adding from the spring issue articles and reviews.
Title: Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
Post by: Becke Davis on February 21, 2020, 03:47:17 pm
My husband sent me this - apparently I'm a master of tsundoku!

https://www.treehugger.com/cleaning-organizing/tsundoku-practice-buying-more-books-you-can-read.html?fbclid=IwAR3LfydU2Ln0i4zRT4F-ZF_8tQuyGBOOrNQdXgW3mi5z_spONgDNVpknvaw
Title: Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
Post by: Kate Stine, Editor on February 27, 2020, 08:00:01 am
Ha! I have books from years ago that I'm still holding on to because I'm sure I'll have time to read them someday. Meanwhile, I keep buying and borrowing books...
Title: Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
Post by: deborahblake on February 28, 2020, 04:28:42 pm
Hi all! My name is Deborah Blake and I am the author of a number of paranormal romance and urban fantasy books. I'm now working on a new cozy mystery series for Berkley (The Rundown Rescue series) and Becke suggested I come by and introduce myself. So hello!

My favorite mysteries are those with some humor in them, like those by Donna Andrews, although I am have also read everything Dick Francis ever wrote :-)
Title: Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
Post by: JRob on February 28, 2020, 04:41:17 pm
Welcome to the forum Deborah!

Can you tell a little bit about this new cozy series you are writing?
Title: Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
Post by: Becke Davis on February 28, 2020, 11:24:33 pm
Hi all! My name is Deborah Blake and I am the author of a number of paranormal romance and urban fantasy books. I'm now working on a new cozy mystery series for Berkley (The Rundown Rescue series) and Becke suggested I come by and introduce myself. So hello!

My favorite mysteries are those with some humor in them, like those by Donna Andrews, although I am have also read everything Dick Francis ever wrote :-)

Yay! Thanks for stopping by, Deborah! I'm pretty sure I have all Deborah's paranormal romance and urban fantasy books on my keeper shelves, and I'm excited to add the new cozy series to my collection. I don't think there is a release date yet for the first in her Rundown Rescue cozy series. Deborah, I hope you'll come by to tell us more about this series and let us know when it's available for preorder.

I'm a huge fan of Dick Francis' books (even though there is now some controversy about how much or how little his wife (and son) contributed to those books.

I bet we have a lot of Donna Andrews fans here, too - she has a huge following!
Title: Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
Post by: Brian on March 28, 2020, 01:53:34 pm
Hi everyone!

I see we have a lot of new members signing up in the last little while, which makes sense in these strange times.

Please say Hi when you get a chance and tell us about your favorite mystery book, or movie, or TV show--or ask for a recommendation--or anything.

We all need more diverting things to read right now.
Title: Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
Post by: Hannah Adams on April 02, 2020, 01:10:01 am
Hi! I'm looking for ways to keep communication lines open while I'm cooped up for the foreseeable future. I'm healthy right now except for allergies.

Reading lots of mysteries these days. I just finished Face of a Killer by Robin Burcell. Right now I'm reading Thunderstruck by Erik Larson.

I'm looking forward to your recommendations.
Title: Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
Post by: JRob on April 02, 2020, 05:40:46 am
Welcome aboard Hannah.

And yes, with allergy season upon us it is going to be a hellacious time for all.
Title: Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
Post by: Hannah Adams on April 02, 2020, 07:12:59 pm
Welcome aboard Hannah.

And yes, with allergy season upon us it is going to be a hellacious time for all.

I'm washing my hands a lot but with the high pollen count, I'm having a hard time keeping my hands away from my eyes.  Not sneezing too much, at least.

Good luck fighting off your allergies!
Title: Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
Post by: Becke Davis on April 06, 2020, 03:52:34 pm
I want to say Hi and Welcome to all of you who are new to the forum. Reiterating what Brian said, you're all welcome to start topics, suggest features and we're always interested in hearing about what you're reading.
Title: Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
Post by: mwbworld on May 20, 2020, 07:37:48 am
Hi all,

I just joined (and just subscribed to Mystery Scene Magazine) and figured that I'd go and introduce myself for what's it worth.

I'm more on the newbie side to mysteries (more of a SF&F person over the years) but I've always followed a bit.   Thanks to the Covidication of our lives I've been watching more especially since subscribing to Britbox where I roared through Vera and am working my way through Inspector Morse as well as Dalziel and Pascoe.  I've historically been a fan of shows like classic Columbo and the 1970s all too short Ellery Queen tv series.  And I have a lot of love for the classic Hollywood comedic mysteries like the Thin Man movies and ones that I'd be less brave enough to admit this early on!   ;D   Because of my interests in things French and Japanese - I do follow some mystery shows and books along there as well.

On the reading front I do things a bit less but it's slowly growing.  Generally I read in ebook form and/or get from the library then only buy the print version when I think I'll be wanting a more permanent copy (or find a good deal on something I want) since space is precious.  I started as a child with Alfred Hitchcock and the Three Investigators (aka Jupiter Jones...) and over the years I've read Rabbi Small, Perry Mason, Ellery Queen, Charlie Chan, Nero Wolfe and Sherlock Holmes, 'natch!  Probably the most recent one I've read and really liked was M.B. Shaw's Murder at the Mill.  I've periodically (pun so intended) read Ellery Queen's and Alfred Hitchcock's magazines (not currently subscribing since I'm way behind in my reading there.)  Recently I bought my first print mystery which I'll looking forward to sitting down with soon is the The First Rumpole Omnibus.

So that's medium of it (not short and not, hopefully, too long) of it.  So still very much on the newish side but hope to learn more!
Title: Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
Post by: JRob on May 20, 2020, 11:15:23 am
Hi all,

I just joined (and just subscribed to Mystery Scene Magazine) and figured that I'd go and introduce myself for what's it worth.

I'm more on the newbie side to mysteries (more of a SF&F person over the years) but I've always followed a bit.   Thanks to the Covidication of our lives I've been watching more especially since subscribing to Britbox where I roared through Vera and am working my way through Inspector Morse as well as Dalziel and Pascoe.  I've historically been a fan of shows like classic Columbo and the 1970s all too short Ellery Queen tv series.  And I have a lot of love for the classic Hollywood comedic mysteries like the Thin Man movies and ones that I'd be less brave enough to admit this early on!   ;D   Because of my interests in things French and Japanese - I do follow some mystery shows and books along there as well.

On the reading front I do things a bit less but it's slowly growing.  Generally I read in ebook form and/or get from the library then only buy the print version when I think I'll be wanting a more permanent copy (or find a good deal on something I want) since space is precious.  I started as a child with Alfred Hitchcock and the Three Investigators (aka Jupiter Jones...) and over the years I've read Rabbi Small, Perry Mason, Ellery Queen, Charlie Chan, Nero Wolfe and Sherlock Holmes, 'natch!  Probably the most recent one I've read and really liked was M.B. Shaw's Murder at the Mill.  I've periodically (pun so intended) read Ellery Queen's and Alfred Hitchcock's magazines (not currently subscribing since I'm way behind in my reading there.)  Recently I bought my first print mystery which I'll looking forward to sitting down with soon is the The First Rumpole Omnibus.

So that's medium of it (not short and not, hopefully, too long) of it.  So still very much on the newish side but hope to learn more!

Welcome aboard mwbworld!

One of my first mystery loves was The Three Investigators as well so you are in good company on that front. I'm also a big fan of Sherlock Holmes. I haven't read any of the Charlie Chan stories in print but grew up as a huge fan of the movies. I did buy a collection of the first year of the newspaper strips that were done featuring Chan though.

I read science fiction and fantasy when I was growing up as well. I don't read much at all in the fantasy genre anymore though. On occasion I read a Star Trek prose novel (and comics along with Star Wars comics too). The one "hard" science fiction series I've stuck with though is David Weber's Honor Harrington series.

I hope you find lots more mysteries to love by reading the board here and trying out different titles we talk about.
Title: Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
Post by: Becke Davis on May 22, 2020, 09:31:04 pm
Hi all,

I just joined (and just subscribed to Mystery Scene Magazine) and figured that I'd go and introduce myself for what's it worth.

I'm more on the newbie side to mysteries (more of a SF&F person over the years) but I've always followed a bit.   Thanks to the Covidication of our lives I've been watching more especially since subscribing to Britbox where I roared through Vera and am working my way through Inspector Morse as well as Dalziel and Pascoe.  I've historically been a fan of shows like classic Columbo and the 1970s all too short Ellery Queen tv series.  And I have a lot of love for the classic Hollywood comedic mysteries like the Thin Man movies and ones that I'd be less brave enough to admit this early on!   ;D   Because of my interests in things French and Japanese - I do follow some mystery shows and books along there as well.

On the reading front I do things a bit less but it's slowly growing.  Generally I read in ebook form and/or get from the library then only buy the print version when I think I'll be wanting a more permanent copy (or find a good deal on something I want) since space is precious.  I started as a child with Alfred Hitchcock and the Three Investigators (aka Jupiter Jones...) and over the years I've read Rabbi Small, Perry Mason, Ellery Queen, Charlie Chan, Nero Wolfe and Sherlock Holmes, 'natch!  Probably the most recent one I've read and really liked was M.B. Shaw's Murder at the Mill.  I've periodically (pun so intended) read Ellery Queen's and Alfred Hitchcock's magazines (not currently subscribing since I'm way behind in my reading there.)  Recently I bought my first print mystery which I'll looking forward to sitting down with soon is the The First Rumpole Omnibus.

So that's medium of it (not short and not, hopefully, too long) of it.  So still very much on the newish side but hope to learn more!

Welcome! Reading in the time of coronavirus is as weird as everything else is, but I think mysteries can also be a stress-reliever. Thanks for mentioning Rabbi Small - I'd forgotten Harry Kemelman's Rabbi books (FRIDAY THE RABBI SLEPT LATE and so on). I was completely hooked on those back in the day. If I can find a couple, they'd be fun to read again.

I hope you enjoy the Rumpole Omnibus. I'm a huge fan of the Rumpole books and the British TV shows.

You're off to a good start with the mystery shows. Other British mystery shows I would recommend: Lewis, Endeavour, New Tricks, Midsomer Murders, Murder City, Death in Paradise, Murder in Suburbia, Silent Witness, and so on.

Let us know if you come across any books or shows you particularly enjoy. Thanks for joining us!
Title: Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
Post by: Hannah Adams on May 23, 2020, 11:53:00 pm
Hi all,

I just joined (and just subscribed to Mystery Scene Magazine) and figured that I'd go and introduce myself for what's it worth.

I'm more on the newbie side to mysteries (more of a SF&F person over the years) but I've always followed a bit.   Thanks to the Covidication of our lives I've been watching more especially since subscribing to Britbox where I roared through Vera and am working my way through Inspector Morse as well as Dalziel and Pascoe.  I've historically been a fan of shows like classic Columbo and the 1970s all too short Ellery Queen tv series.  And I have a lot of love for the classic Hollywood comedic mysteries like the Thin Man movies and ones that I'd be less brave enough to admit this early on!   ;D   Because of my interests in things French and Japanese - I do follow some mystery shows and books along there as well.

On the reading front I do things a bit less but it's slowly growing.  Generally I read in ebook form and/or get from the library then only buy the print version when I think I'll be wanting a more permanent copy (or find a good deal on something I want) since space is precious.  I started as a child with Alfred Hitchcock and the Three Investigators (aka Jupiter Jones...) and over the years I've read Rabbi Small, Perry Mason, Ellery Queen, Charlie Chan, Nero Wolfe and Sherlock Holmes, 'natch!  Probably the most recent one I've read and really liked was M.B. Shaw's Murder at the Mill.  I've periodically (pun so intended) read Ellery Queen's and Alfred Hitchcock's magazines (not currently subscribing since I'm way behind in my reading there.)  Recently I bought my first print mystery which I'll looking forward to sitting down with soon is the The First Rumpole Omnibus.

So that's medium of it (not short and not, hopefully, too long) of it.  So still very much on the newish side but hope to learn more!

Nice to meet you, world. I've seen some of these TV shows and read books about some of the detectives you mentioned. I'm a big fan of Columbo, and I like Monk, too. Even though Monk drives me a little crazy, I like the way he always solves the crimes. I wish they showed reruns of those Ellery Queen episodes.
Title: Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
Post by: adela06 on June 11, 2020, 04:31:08 am
I am passionate about mystery movies, books and more recently about spirituality, manifestation and the power to attract.


Title: Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
Post by: Hannah Adams on July 26, 2020, 09:50:53 pm
Hi Adela - It sounds like you have an interesting taste in books. What are some of your favorites?
Title: Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
Post by: Becke Davis on September 06, 2020, 09:15:37 am
I am passionate about mystery movies, books and more recently about spirituality, manifestation and the power to attract.

Thanks for joining us, Adela! What are some of your favorite mystery movies and mystery books? New ones, old ones - it doesn't matter.

Do you have plans for the rest of the long weekend?