Time was at a premium all this week, so I didn't get the reading done that I usually do. So, I thought I'd do something a little different with the small amount of time I have when I'm writing this late in the evening. I'm going to share the blog links for five of my favorite people who tend to write predominantly about crime fiction. There are lots of us out there who love crime fiction, and love to talk about it. And, I adore the Jungle Red Writers site, probably my favorite out there. But, today I'm going to talk about blogs written by individuals. I regularly check out these five blogs.
Let's start with Jen Forbus. I think Jen and I have been corresponding the longest, and we're both from northern Ohio. Jen writes Jen's Book Thoughts where she reviews crime fiction, interviews authors, and introduces readers to authors we might not have discovered. Jen's the one who first introduced me to Craig Johnson's Longmire books. And, over time, she has had some original ideas as to blog features. I love her Five on Friday feature where she asks an author five questions.
Wish me luck on this one. While I was writing this post, Meanderings and Muses wouldn't load for some reason. Kaye Wilkinson Barley writes this blog, a friend I've never met, but I love. She and I are rooming together for Bouchercon in 2015, though. Kaye writes some reviews, some comments about life, and she's funny, thoughtful, witty, and sometimes angry. I love her. And, if you've ever read Kaye's blog, you've "met" her adorable Corgi, Harley Barley. This year, Harley teamed up with Kaye for the book,
My Name is Harley and This is My Story. Kaye is also the author of Whimsey, a novel of magical realism. (And, if I really love a book, I could almost bet money that Kaye will too.)
My best friend from Arizona, Chantelle Aimee Osman, writes The Sirens of Suspense. It's "An Anthony Award-nominated website on all things mystery". Chantelle features blogs, reviews, interviews and giveaways on her site. She spotlights authors who often are new to me.
Kevin's Corner is by friend and reviewer Kevin Tipple. Kevin features book reviews, links to some other terrific blogs, giveaways, and sometimes roundups of other crime fiction news, as well as guest posts.
And, then there's Mystery Fanfare, written by the seemingly indefatigable Janet Rudolph. No one has the news in the mystery field any sooner than Janet. She also writes the Dying for Chocolate blog. She's the editor of Mystery Readers Journal, and director of Mystery Readers International. She is the writer/producer for Murder on the Menu. Janet covers everything mystery on her site; news, events, books, mystery cartoons. I'm in awe of Janet and her work.
Every one of us puts a little different slant on our blogs. I probably spotlight cozy and traditional mysteries more than the others do. And, I review a little of everything, with a focus on mysteries. If you're a mystery lover, you might want to check out these other five blogs.