by Bill Crider
It’s been several years since I mentioned Martin Edwards’ blog, the title of which is in the form of a question many writers have heard: Do You Write Under Your Own Name? (www.doyouwriteunderyourownname.blogspot.com). Edwards is himself a writer of both fiction and nonfiction, and an anthologist as well. As you might expect from someone who is a consultant for the British Library’s Classic Crime series, Edwards writes well and often about older and sometimes almost-forgotten novels, like Alan Brock’s Further Evidence or Mystery in the Channel by Freeman Wills Crofts. He also reviews current books, mostly whodunits and novels of psychological suspense, and on occasion writes about his travels and the conferences he attends. You’ll always find something of interest on this blog.
The Cozy Mystery List (www.cozy-mystery.com) is much more than a list. Instead, there are a lot of lists: authors, mystery awards, cozy-mystery recommendations, new releases, cozy-mystery series, holiday mysteries, cozy movies and TV shows, and more. You’ll also find links to a blog, author interviews, and a definition of what a cozy mystery is. In fact, you’ll find so much here that you might want to reserve a large block of time to go through it.
Bill Koenig is the managing editor at The Spy Command: A Blog about James Bond-007 and The Other Spies (www.hmssweblog.wordpress.com). If spy fiction appeals to you, you’ll enjoy the commentary here. It covers books, movies, and TV shows, and one recent post on “The Rise of the Origin Story” discusses a number of TV shows whose characters’ origins were never explained. This isn’t the fashion now, and even James Bond gets an origin story in Casino Royale. Another post takes on the “guilty pleasure” in a discussion of the movie version of Moonraker. There’s a lot more here, too, including a long list of links to other Bond-related sites.
Type M for Murder (www.typem4murder.blogspot.com) has many bloggers taking turns, ten in this case. It’s been named one of the one hundred best creative-writing blogs, so you know there’s some quality work here. Each post gives insights into the writing process, and since there are numerous bloggers writing them, you can count on differing points of view. You can also count on new content five days a week, another plus.
Bill Crider’s latest Sheriff Dan Rhodes novel is Half in Love With Artful Death from St. Martin’s Press.