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Welcome and General Discussion / Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
« on: June 12, 2019, 05:27:04 am »
Yay! I love to hear that someone actually works my puzzles :) And even almost finishes them!

Bouchercon 50! / Re: Past Anthony Winners to be honored
« on: June 11, 2019, 11:03:17 am »
I was going to give B'con a pass this year but changed my mind and signed up last week. I've started reading some of the Anthony nominated books. IMHO Copenhaver's DODGING AND BURNING is a strong contender for Best First.

Welcome and General Discussion / Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
« on: June 11, 2019, 09:46:31 am »
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.

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