by Bill Crider
Since this is the January/February 2017 issue of EQMM, it’s time to think of calendars and to remind you of Rob Lopresti’s Today in Mystery History (mysthist.blogspot.com). It was updated only intermittently toward the end of 2016, but perhaps it will return to its regular daily schedule in 2017. You’ll find authors’ birthdays, dates of first publication of famous crime stories or novels, dates well-known crime movies opened, and more. This is the kind of trivia that’s hard to resist.
At ahsweetmystery (ahsweetmysteryblog.wordpress.com), the blogger is Brad, who says that he has “been teaching Drama, Film studies and English to high school students in Northern California for the past 27 years. I have been a passionate fan of movies, mysteries and musicals for much longer than that!” The blog features lengthy entries on writers like John Dickson Carr (“You Always Remember Your First Carr”) and Agatha Christie. Fans of the Golden Age should check this one out, for sure.
J. Kingston Pierce, whose Rap Sheet (therapsheet.blogspot.com) is a fine blog that I’ve mentioned before, has a second blog called Killer Covers. (killercoversoftheweek.blogspot.com). It won’t surprise you to learn that it’s devoted to paperback covers, mostly of crime fiction. As I write this, Pierce is having a month-long celebration of the work of Paul Rader, which includes not only some wonderful old covers but also a lengthy interview with Rader’s daughter. It’s well worth searching for if you missed it when it ran, and the blog is always a visual feast.
In So Many Words . . . has an unusual address (yvettecandraw.blogspot.com), but it’s a site about books, all right. At the moment, the blogger is posting only on Fridays for the “Friday’s Forgotten Books” meme. Sometimes the books are classified as “overlooked” rather than forgotten, and the reviews have included those for Agatha Christie’s Pocketful of Rye, Eric Ambler’s A Coffin for Dimitrios, and Victoria Holt’s Mistress of Mellyn. This blog is a great place to check every Friday to be reminded of books that you don’t hear about so often these days. I’ve mentioned the “Friday’s Forgotten Books” posts here before, and if you’re interested in checking on all of them, a listing can usually be found at Patti Abbott’s blog (pattinase.blogspot.com). It’s always quite an assortment, and stopping by there every Friday is highly recommended.