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by Bill Crider

It occurs to me that I’ve been somewhat remiss in that I’ve never mentioned that this magazine has a blog, and a good one. It’s called Something Is Going to Happen (somethingisgoingtohappen.net), and it’s written by various contributors to EQMM and other notables, and there are even occasional contributions from editor Janet Hutchings. Recent posts include “Clayton Rawson, a.k.a. the Great Merlini” by Clayton Rawson, Jr.; “Musings on the Egg and the Detective” (with recipes!) by Mark Evan Walker; and “Those Wonderful Skeletons in Our Closets” by Suzanne Arruda. There’s even one by me.

To give equal time, I’ll mention that Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine also has a blog, Trace Evidence (trace-evidence.net), where “editor Linda Landrigan and her guests blog about mysteries, short stories, and the craft of writing.” Robert C. Hahn has written about reviewing mysteries, Kevin Egan has explained why writing what he knows isn’t always easy, and Rob Lopresti has even contributed a short story based on a current scam. And of course there’s more.

While I’m at it, I should mention that you can “like” both magazines on Facebook if you participate in that interesting community. EQMM can be found at facebook.com/elleryqueenmm, and AHMM is at facebook.com/alfredhitchcockmm. You’ll find good things at both places, including links to the latest podcasts.

This hasn’t been a paid commercial, by the way. This is just me, giving you information you might want to have.

Past Offences (pastoffences.wordpress.com) “exists to review classic crime, with ‘classic’ meaning books originally published before 1987.” You can find reviews of books like Hillary Waugh’s Last Seen Wearing and Agatha Christie’s Mrs. McGinty’s Dead. As it happens, these two were part of the blog’s 1952 Book Challenge, for which bloggers who accepted it read and wrote about crime fiction published in that year. The next year to be taken up, as of this writing, is 1958. There are links to those reviews on Past Offences, and they’ll lead you to other interesting blogs.

P.J. Bergman presides over The Locked Room (thelockedroom.com), which is about exactly what the title says: locked-room mysteries. If you like “impossible” crimes with locked rooms, this is the place to go. You’ll find reviews of both novels and short stories, and as a bonus you get the occasional post on locked-room mysteries in real life.

Bill Crider’s latest Sheriff Dan Rhodes novel is Half in Love with Artful Death from St. Martin’s Press.

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