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What I'm Reading / Re: Quarantine Reading List?
« on: April 03, 2020, 11:55:43 am »
The mystery genre is very suited for those of us in isolation. Check out our Mystery Scene blog on April 4 for some ideas

Welcome and General Discussion / Re: Bookmarks?
« on: January 10, 2020, 06:51:03 pm »
People are always giving me bookmarks as gifts and I use them. Love them. Always rotating among the various books. I CANNOT bend pages.
For our wedding, our favors were fancy bookmarks with a saying about books and pencils. They went over big. I still hear from friends that they still have the bookmarks and still use them.

Welcome and General Discussion / Re: GENDER IN MYSTERY NOVELS
« on: January 09, 2020, 01:18:07 pm »
In answer to the question about transgender authors. Yes there are some. Jenny Boylan is one who comes to mind. She wrote  Long Black Veil.

What I'm Reading / Re: What I am Reading
« on: January 09, 2020, 11:22:46 am »
I also am fascinated by komodo dragons.

What I'm Reading / What I am Reading
« on: January 07, 2020, 06:42:29 pm »
Anyone here familiar with the work of Mindy Mejia? Quite an author to watch, I think

Welcome and General Discussion / Re: Best Mysteries of the Decade
« on: January 07, 2020, 06:37:36 pm »
This question always puzzles me, which is odd since I review mystery fiction and each year do a top 20 list for the Sun Sentinel and also contribute my favorites to Mystery Scene. So many good books and I thought 2019 was a terrific year for mysteries. I already have read a couple 2020 books that may be on my year end list.

For the 1990s I would say Michael Connelly's The Black Echo as that really got me into reviewing and Val McDermid's A Place of Execution, 1999...2 books that began and ended the 1990s

Welcome and General Discussion / Weird promotions
« on: June 20, 2019, 07:30:41 pm »
Kate, I will raise the ante on weird promotions sent to reviewers,
i have two to share.
An author whose character loved peanut butter cups sent candies along with her novel—not a pretty sight when that package sat on the loading dock for several days in the Florida heat.

The worst was a huge package—I remember the postage alone was more than $20—that included a small cardboard casket in which nestled the novel. It was beyond creepy.

Top Ten Lists / Re: Top 10 Locked Room Novels
« on: June 10, 2019, 12:46:57 pm »
Good List

Mystery Scene Magazine Issues / Re: Summer 2019 - Lori Roy #160
« on: June 10, 2019, 12:45:43 pm »
Haven't gotten my copy yet but sounds like another stellar issue. Lori Roy was great to speak with. Love dong the profiles for Mystery Scene

Bouchercon 50! / Re: Past Anthony Winners to be honored
« on: June 10, 2019, 12:43:54 pm »
Paris? Dallas? Paris? Dallas? I would choose Paris but that is just me.
I love Bouchercon and has only missed 2 in 24 years. I will be there and I believe there are plans to have such a display. If so, will try to take a photo

Welcome and General Discussion / Re: Collecting? Watcha got?
« on: June 10, 2019, 12:39:39 pm »
I am actually trying to find a market for my first editions. These are not current ones but those 10, 20 years old.

Welcome and General Discussion / Re: POLL: Favorite Mystery Category
« on: June 10, 2019, 12:37:53 pm »
Not sure if whodunit or thriller is my favorite. I love cozies but gravitate more toward the harder edge ones

Welcome and General Discussion / Re: POLL: Favorite Kid Detective
« on: June 10, 2019, 12:35:53 pm »
I wish I could vote on this but I never read children's mysteries. I went straight to Agatha Christie, Rex Stout and a variety of small hard covers that were published during the late 1930s and 1940s. I still have most of those.

Welcome and General Discussion / Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
« 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

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