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by Bill Crider

When I took over this column from Ed Gorman ten years ago, the first blog I wrote about was Ed’s. Ed passed away in 2016, and it was a great loss to the mystery field. Not only was he a fine, underrated writer, but in any gathering of mystery writers you couldn’t turn around without bumping into someone Ed had called or e-mailed to cheer, encourage, or help. Although Ed’s gone, his blog (newimprovedgorman.blogspot.com) remains, and I hope it will be around for many years to come. If you haven’t seen it or if it’s been a while, take a look at his reviews, interviews, and commentary and remember what a great person and perceptive critic he was. Ave atque vale, Ed.

I’ve enjoyed the short stories of Catherine Dilts in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, and on her blog (catherinedilts.com/catherine-dilts---blog) she reviews short stories by other writers on Tuesdays. This valuable feature calls attention to work that might be overlooked. On Thursdays, Dilts blogs about topics that interest her, and it’s always fun to see what’s going on in the mind of a writer. Check it out.

Bookpostmortem (bookpostmortem.wordpress.com) is what the title implies, a straightforward review blog. The reviews are of books from all over the world, so there’s a fine variety. They all tell just enough about the books to pique a reader’s interest without giving away too much. I found a lot of titles of interest here that I hadn’t known about before, and it was an excellent site to broaden my reading horizons.

Sarah Ward is a crime novelist and reviewer, and her blog, Crimepieces (crimepieces.com/blog), is a review blog that, like bookpostmortem, covers novels from all over, many of them in translation. Ward is a judge for The Petrona Award for the Best Scandinavian Crime Novel, so you can find a heaping helping of reviews of Nordic crime fiction on this blog.

Fair Dinkum Crime (fairdinkumcrime.com) is hosted by Kerrie Smith and Bernadette Bean. They say that “The aim of the site is to celebrate Australian crime fiction with reviews, news, interviews and anything else we think is relevant.” They also say that they “reserve the right to designate Aussie-ness liberally,” which works just fine for me. You’ll find a lot of reviews of interest here, from authors who might or might not be familiar. Definitely worth a look.

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