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by Bill Crider

It’s been a while since I mentioned Kris Writes (kriswrites.com), the Web site of Kristine Kathryn Rusch, who writes crime novels under the name Kris Nelscott. She publishes crime stories under her own name too. On her site, Rusch writes about all aspects of writing and publishing, and on Mondays she provides a free short story. This is a fine site that’s always worth a visit.

The Leslies—A First Name in Cozy Mystery (theleslies.org) is a cleverly titled new site that’s maintained by a group of women who are all named (you guessed it) Leslie (or Lesley). They are Leslie Budewitz, Lesley Cookman, Lesley A. Diehl, Leslie Karst, Leslie Langtry, Leslie O’Grady, Leslie O’Kane, and Leslie Wheeler. They’ll be posting on the blog section of the site every Monday and Thursday, and as of this writing each writer is telling the story of how she happened to be named Leslie (or Lesley), and the reasons are fun to read. One, for example, is named for Lesley Gore and one for Leslie Caron. You can read about the others for yourself, and by the time you see this, there should be more entries as well.

Another blog that’s updated on Mondays and Thursdays is Mysteries and My Musings (mysterysuspence.blogspot.com). The blogger is Ariel, and in addition to book reviews, she often has guest posts and interviews with the authors whose books she’s discussed. This makes for an interesting combination. Recently she’s featured Victoria Thompson, Darcie Wilde, and Elaine Viets.

Don Coffin, proprietor of Words and Music (wordsmusic-doc.blogspot.com), says that his blog is made up of “occasional comments on what I’m reading and listening to.”  In other words, he writes book and music reviews. You’ll find a variety of different kinds of reviews here of books old and new, from Sharyn McCrumb’s Edgar-winning Bimbos of the Death Sun from 1988 to Max Allan Collins’ Better Dead (2016). Thoughtful reviews from a thoughtful reviewer. (Disclaimer: He’s reviewed a few of my books favorably.)

Jane Ann Turzillo blogs at Dark Hearted Women (darkheartedwomen.wordpress.com). The title tells you what the blog is about, but here’s more detail: “Among the group of dangerous damsels you’ll read about are murderesses, bank robbers, gangsters’ girlfriends, pick pockets, pirates, scam artists, thieves. You might find a gypsy, a fortuneteller or a witch among the lot.” Irresistible reading.

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