by Bill Crider
I was thinking about food today, and I was reminded that there’s an excellent blog devoted to food and crime fiction. It’s Mystery Lovers’ Kitchen (mysteryloverskitchen.com), a group blog that has “Mystery writers cooking up crime . . . and recipes!” When last I wrote about this blog in 2010, it had a somewhat different lineup of writers. At the moment the bloggers are Krista Davis (Mondays), Leslie Budewitz (first and third Tuesdays), Cleo Coyle (second & fourth Tuesdays), Daryl Wood Gerber, a.k.a. Avery Aames (Wednesdays), Lucy Burdette (Thursdays), Sheila Connolly (Fridays), and “Victoria Abbott,” who is a combination of artist and photographer Victoria Maffini and her mother, Mary Jane Maffini (Saturdays). If you like culinary mysteries and recipes, you can’t go wrong here. There are hundreds of recipes, and all of them sound delicious. With the regular updating of the blog, more are added all the time.
Crime Thriller Girl (crimethrillergirl.com) says that “By day she’s a corporate suit, but by night (and early morning) she’s a writer, avid reader, and book reviewer of all things crime thriller.” She’s an excellent interviewer too, as shown by recent conversations with Kathy Reichs and Neil White. The reviews are detailed but not spoilery, and she has guest interviews too, with photos and reports on events like the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival Harrogate. This blog is also updated regularly.
Do you like birds? And books? Then you’re in luck because there’s a blog for that. It’s Kathleen Kaska on Birds and Books (kathleenkaskawrites.blogspot.com), and the books are mostly mysteries. Sundays are for the birds, usually with photographs, and the other days are for the books. Guest authors either talk about their own books or tell about the first time they read other writers. Crime writer Earl Staggs talks about the first time he read Hemingway, for example, and Judy Alter tells about the first time she read Nancy Drew.
After all these years of doing the column, I think it’s time for a short plug for my own peculiar blog, Bill Crider’s Pop Culture Magazine (billcrider.blogspot.com). I do a piece every Friday on a “forgotten” book and every Tuesday on an “overlooked” movie. I do book reviews, post scans of paperback covers and vintage ads, post a video of the “Song of the Day,” and post links to weird news stories. Take a look.