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Welcome and General Discussion / Re: Collecting? Watcha got?
« on: June 12, 2019, 09:22:40 am »
Thought it might be nice to reshare the wonderful Mystery Scene series on book collecting penned by Nate Pedersen(https://natepedersen.com/), "Building Your Own Book Collection."

https://www.mysteryscenemag.com/article/79-building-your-book-collection-part-one-choosing-a-topic

Bookmarked this to read later.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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What I'm Reading / My latest read is...
« on: June 11, 2019, 07:28:42 pm »
I'm currently working on a re-read of the Eva Gates mystery Reading Up A Storm. It's the third book in her Lighthouse Library series.

I don't typically get to do a lot of re-reading but I joined the mystery book club at my local library and this is the book of the month. I'm about 2/3 of the way through it and I still like it. I wasn't overly fond of the first two books in the series but this book is where I felt the main character FINALLY stopped being such a doormat.

I've got the fourth book in the series but haven't gotten around to reading that one yet.

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


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




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Welcome and General Discussion / Re: Collecting? Watcha got?
« on: June 10, 2019, 05:32:05 pm »
I'm not really that much of a collector when it comes to books. I simply like to keep the books I buy after I've read them.

However, I do end up passing some on to other reader friends of mine, or donate them to the library.

Rare stuff or treasures? Nope, not really. I do like my signed copies of books when I go to book signings however. Those stay with me.

About the only thing I have that would qualify as OLD is a complete book of Sherlock Holmes stories that my dad had and gave me. The book is at least 50 years old but it is more of a sentimental treasure because it was my dad's rather than a potential financial windfall.

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Welcome and General Discussion / Re: POLL: Favorite Mystery Category
« on: June 10, 2019, 05:28:24 pm »
Another tough question.

I am not sure I can pick an answer for this one because my favorite mystery category likely depends on the type of book I'm reading at a given time. I like a number of authors from each sub-genre so it really makes it impossible to choose just one.

I will say that historical would probably rank lowest of the listed options though.

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Welcome and General Discussion / Re: POLL: Favorite Kid Detective
« on: June 10, 2019, 05:26:03 pm »
I can't really decide on which to pick in the poll.

I started with Encyclopedia Brown, had the entire blue hardcover set of The Hardy Boys and just freaking loved The Three Investigators.

The only Nancy Drew novels I read were the paperbacks published, I think, in the late 80's or early 90's where she was teamed up with The Hardy Boys. Oh, and I've read a couple of Nancy Drew series in the comics that were recently published. One was with the Hardy Boys but the other one was a solo adventure.

I'm sorry but I've never read Trixie Belden.

If forced to make a choice I will probably say The Hardy Boys because "The Shattered Helmet" is my favorite story from all of the books I've read from any of the characters.

But it really is quite a toss up.

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Mystery Scene Magazine Issues / Re: Summer 2019 - Lori Roy #160
« on: June 10, 2019, 05:21:20 pm »
I haven't gotten my issue yet but once I do, I'm sure I'll have something to say. And it's always nice to save the issue since one of my reviews will be in the magazine.

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Bouchercon 50! / Re: Past Anthony Winners to be honored
« on: June 10, 2019, 05:17:40 pm »
I'm not all that crazy about the heat of Texas, but choosing between a book convention or a trip to a place I never have had the slightest interest in visiting, I'd choose the book convention.

Yes...I'm single.  ;)

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