Jeffrey Marks
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Cincinnati, OH
About Me:
I'm a mystery writer who is now focusing on the history of mystery. My books include Who Was That Lady? Craig Rice: The Queen of Screwball Mystery, Atomic Renaissance: Women Mystery Writers of the 1940s/1950s, and an upcoming biography of Anthony Boucher. I'm a contributing editor of Mystery Scene Magazine. I read a lot of Golden Age mysteries along with some favorite current day authors.
I Am A:
Reader, Writer, Critic
Books And Authors I Like:
Agatha Christie, Craig Rice, Margaret Millar, Laura Lippman, SJ Rozan, Anthony Boucher, Ellery Queen, Patrick Quentin, SS Van Dine, many others.
Movies And TV Shows I Like:
Heros, The Closer

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Special Day

There’s one day that never gets old no matter how many times I experience it. On Wednesday, I opened the door to the UPS man. While I chased down the puppy who has now learned to master stairs, I chatted with him about dogs and such. I really didn’t pay attention to the box until I got back inside, one arm around the dog, and the other around the box.

I opened it, and to my surprise, it was my copies of the Boucher biography. There’s no other sensation in life like seeing your brand…


Posted on February 10, 2008 at 9:37pm

Man's Best Friend

Last week, I shared that Ellery had hit his head on the bedframe last week and given himself a concussion. His condition improved for a few days, and then stopped. We took him back to the vet, only to learn that his balance problems had been caused by cancer. X-rays showed that he had bone cancer, which had mestastisized into his brain. The poor sweety was in a great deal of pain, and with a very heavy heart, we had him put to sleep on New Year’s Eve.

Needless to say, we’re…


Posted on January 23, 2008 at 4:11am

Third Time's a charm

I'm curently editing Intent to Sell for its third edition. Things have changed a lot since I first wrote the book back in 2001. The marketing landscape has changed drastically. I find these days that many authors are already doing many of the babystep things that I suggest in the first chapters of the book. I'm glad to see that. It raises the bar for professionalism in the field.

I'm also amazed at the technology which had developed in 7 years. Book trailers, podcasts, audio, and RSS…


Posted on December 2, 2007 at 9:10am

What to read?

Yes, it can be done.

The math teacher (aka me) is going to teach a writing lesson on detective stories to my 8th graders! For all of those who have said that it can’t be done, it is being done. They’re enjoying the lesson, which is all about having a mystery that is based in part of probability. They have to have a sleuth and a Watson, so that they can explain the probability situation to the Watson. If some of the stories are good, I am going to try to put a book of them together for…


Posted on September 16, 2007 at 1:24am

Finishing a collection

Well, it only took me 30 years and we won't mention how many dollars, but I've done it. As of today, I'm the proud owner of an American 1st edition of every Agatha Christie published. What started out as a nice way to read books, back in the 70s when hardcovers were only a few bucks, grew into a collection. I was probably 5 years and 25 books into the project before I even thought of it as one.

Many of my collections got my start back then. Craig Rice, Ellery Queen, my Van Dines, and…


Posted on June 15, 2007 at 8:54pm — 1 Comment

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At 6:58am on April 24, 2008, Jeffrey Marks said…
NIce to see you, LJ
At 12:26am on April 24, 2008, L.J. Sellers said…
Hi Jeffrey
I've been seeing your posts on MMA and thought I would introduce myself. It's always nice to put a face with someone's name.
At 1:38am on February 12, 2008, Patricia Gulley said…
Hi Mark, thanks for the invitation, I accept. I find the history of mystery interesting too.
At 5:14am on February 11, 2008, Rick R. Reed said…
Hi Mark! Thanks for adding me to your line-up of friends. I look forward to finding out more about you and your work. I hope you’ll check out my new thriller, IM, about a serial killer preying on gay men using Internet hookup sites.
At 3:56am on February 11, 2008, Caro Soles said…
HI Mark--

So sorry about Eltery! I had no idea. We went through something similar two years ago but now have two rescue dachshunds (always have dachsies) who are sheer delight! So it's a good year! Now, if I could only get some writing done...

At 2:37am on February 11, 2008, Brian L Porter said…
Hi Jefrey,

Thanks for adding me. Glad to be your friend.

Like you I've read every Agatha Christie mystery. Great Reads!

At 12:25pm on January 22, 2008, Newt Love said…
Hi! On the history of mystery topic, I've thought it would make a good book to harvest the USENET list-server archives of rec.arts.mystery for a retrospective on how the open forum of "the net" has impacted the industry and marketplace. The authors who have passed through -- some briefly, others for extended stays -- is amazing. The medium allows for writers, readers, reviewers, critics, book buyers, Indy and corporate booksellers to mix without respect to class or culture in a free-for-all nexus of crime fact and fiction.
If somebody writes it, I will buy several copies.
At 8:11am on October 18, 2007, Jeffrey Marks said…
Things are great here. Hope to talk more. I'd love to hear what you've been up to lately!
At 7:20am on October 18, 2007, Joseph Pittman said…
Hey, Jeff. Good to hear from you, and sorry for my delay in responding. I've been swamped while trying to finish up the next book! Hope things are well.
At 11:56pm on October 15, 2007, Jeffrey Marks said…
Camilla, I started to write everything I've been doing, but I thought I'd make people tired :)

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