by Bill Crider
It’s been about four years since I wrote about double 0 section (doubleosection.blogspot.com), and I’m glad to say that it’s still going strong with its presentation “of all things espionage—movies, books, comics, TV shows, DVDs, and everything else.” Definitely not for James Bond fans only, because when the blogger says, “everything else,” he means it. Always entertaining and fun, and the recent comments on the legacy of Robert Vaughn are well worth searching for.
The Mystery Writers of America’s Raven Award “recognizes outstanding achievement in the mystery field outside the realm of creative writing.” The 2017 winner is Dru Ann Love, a member of the Bouchercon standing committee whose blog is dru’s book musings (drusbookmusing.com). On the blog you can find lots of reviews and giveaways. The blog’s unique feature, however, is “A Day in the Life . . .” in which protagonists or recurring characters of novels give a brief glimpse into their days. These posts are written by the novels’ authors, who seem to be having a good time. Take a look at the blog, and you’ll have a good time, too.
If you’ve ever wanted to read every novel by Ellery Queen in chronological order but thought you’d never manage it, don’t worry. Jon Mathewson has done it for you, and you can read his reviews at his Web site (readingelleryqueen.com). He even throws in short stories, films, TV shows, and comic books for good measure. This is a must-read site for anyone interested in the works of Queen, as readers of this magazine undoubtedly are. You can try not to be awed by the amount of reading and work that went into it, but you might not succeed.
Defrosting Cold Cases (defrostingcoldcases.com) is the domain of the blogger known (to me, anyway) only as Alice. It’s a fascinating place to visit. There are reviews of true-crime books and mystery novels, but the real focus of the site is that it “profiles old cold cases. New technology can shed a light on these cases if we have preserved evidence. Also discussed here are wrongful convictions. If the exonerated is taken out of the equation and we have no DNA match, then absent a confession we face a cold case.” Defrosting Cold Cases has been chosen multiple times by the ABA as one of the top 100 best blogs for a legal audience, and it’s a great resource.