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by Bill Crider

Back in September, The Nick Carter and Carter Brown Blog (suspenseandmystery.blogspot.com) celebrated its fifth anniversary with a post that included a number of book covers from Brown’s series about private-eye Al Wheeler. However, the site doesn’t restrict itself to covers of only Carter and Brown books. You can also find covers of books by Walter Wager, Ken Follett, Michael Avallone, and plenty of others. Each cover is accompanied by a printing history and a brief summary of the book.

Mike Draper is an author who also writes reviews. He says of his blog (mikedraperinguilford.blogspot.com), “I will review every book I read. My main areas of interest are: general fiction, mysteries, historical fiction, light romance, western and thrillers.” He gives his reviews interesting titles, often drawn from old pop songs but borrowing from a number of other sources as well. Recently he’s reviewed books by Nelson DeMille, Sue Grafton, and Stephen King. The reviews are succinct and include both summaries and opinions.

Killer Crafts & Crafty Killers (anastasiapollack.blogspot.com) is the blog of Anastasia Pollack, “featuring guest authors; crafting tips and projects; recipes from food editor and sleuthing sidekick Cloris McWerther; and decorating, travel, fashion, health, beauty, and finance tips . . .” It’s all there, with guest authors like Molly MacRae and Eva Gates, recipes for zucchini muffins and chocolate cake to die for, and a hint about how to repel mosquitoes with dryer sheets. Frequent updates, too.

Author D.R. Martin’s blog is Travis McGee & Me (drmar120.word press.com), which is of course devoted to John D. MacDonald’s famous series character. Martin gives his “book-by-book personal take on a character and a writer who have become very important to me, ever since a
mystery-writing teacher put me on to McGee 20 years ago.” Since Martin has already covered all the books, you can read his ruminations on them, along with his thoughts on some other McGee-related material, such as “McGee Wannabes” like Ron Ely’s Jake Sands.

If you’re a fan of noir movies, you should take a look at Gary Deane’s NoirWorthWatching (noirworthwatching.blogspot.ca). Deane is a “music journalist, radio network music and film reviewer, university film teacher, and repertory cinema programmer,” as well as a professional librarian. He’s also “the Film Noir Foundation’s unofficial ‘official’ archivist-librarian.” No wonder his blog is so interesting. Check it out. 

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