March 2007 Blog Posts (300)

Wanted: Contributors for SHOTS EZINE

An offer to the Crimespace community:

I am looking for willing victims reviewers, and contributors for Shots Ezine. I'll be up front about this. There is no payment for reviews but you do get to keep the books; hardbacks, ARC's (proofs) or paperbacks to do with what you will afterwards. Ideally I'm after people in the UK to do the reviewing. But I will accept stories and articles from around the world. Here are our guidelines:…


Added by Mike Stotter on March 29, 2007 at 7:18pm — 6 Comments

Just a fan

Without fans...............finish this sentence.

I am not an author, a grocery list has me stumped,

But I know a good book, at that I can't be trumped.

I am not famous, and never ever will be,

But Dang, I know when I read a really good mystery.

I have spread the word near and far.

Hoping my new author becomes a star.

So, very best wishes authors,and authors to be,

Who'll buy your book? Why little ole me.

Added by Joan Hiller on March 29, 2007 at 4:24pm — No Comments

Tony's Post and Murder Visits Antigua

Hey, Tony,

Glad to see you here and thanks for posting. I have replied to several folks and apparently didn't hit the right key to "send." So I hope this post makes it. Glad to have Tony on board as one of "my friends." I'm accumulating a lot, which pleases me. I must confess that as a former kindergarten teacher, I have this compulsion to circle you all around me, and have you say something about yourself, so that others can know you and be friendly with you. Some old habits…


Added by Patricia Harrington on March 29, 2007 at 3:44pm — No Comments

Foot in the Door...

Welcome to my crimespace place. Grab a cuppa, pull up a chair and enjoy.

I write mysteries and romantic suspense and love to read. One of these days, one of my manuscripts will be published. :-)

When I'm not writing or reading, I work in a bookstore. Whooo! Books. Books. Books.

When I need a break from the books, I piddle on the violin.

I also write about what I'm reading over on blogger.… Continue

Added by Beth Walker on March 29, 2007 at 2:12pm — No Comments

I Married a Republican

By Cornelia

Considering that my childhood image of the Grand Old Party was that its members spent their abundant free time driving down America's freeways in huge cars, throwing their empty bottles of bourbon out the window while telling jokes about poor people, it seems counter-intuitive, at best, to have married one of them.… Continue

Added by Cornelia Read on March 29, 2007 at 9:11am — 4 Comments

New Books coming out

I've been very busy with two new books scheduled to come out. The Curse of Senmut: an Ardis Cole Mystery will be released in October from Mundania Press. My co-author Loretta Jackson and I are thrilled about having a paperback copy of this one, which first came out in audio. It is set in Egypt. My other soon to be released book is The Devil's Gate, which will be out the following year from Whiskey Creek Press. It's a gothic romance, one of my favorite kind of books. We're going to be starting a… Continue

Added by Vickie Britton on March 29, 2007 at 8:47am — No Comments

What's everyone working on?

I figure if perhaps I confess here what I've written most days (or not), I might be more productive.

I try to write about a thousand words a day. Usually on a

novel. But I love to write short stories, so I write on those

lots of days, as well.

My current novel, at around 20,000 words right now, is giving me a few

problems. Today I figured out one major plot point. The

next thing is to figure out why the victim was a victim, and who done

it.… Continue

Added by Jan Christensen on March 29, 2007 at 8:38am — 3 Comments

Memories of Prison

(Cross-posted from my group blog, Poe's Deadly Daughters <>)

The Maryland House of Correction in Jessup is closed at last. The 129-year-old building is empty of inmates, and its long history of riots, attacks on correctional officers, escapes and violence among prisoners has come to an end.

Years ago, when I was a young reporter on the Baltimore Evening Sun, I visited Maryland prisons to report on health care for inmates. I had been… Continue

Added by Sandra Parshall on March 29, 2007 at 5:32am — 1 Comment

Ladykiller's Early Reviews!

"Ladykiller is a fast, thrilling read!" -- Futures Mystery Anthology Magazine

"I absolutely loved Ladykiller. Excellent writers, kept you wanting to pick up the book every moment you had time to read. The book will definitely be recommended to my bookclubs and anyone else I have a chance to tell."

-- Barbara Liss, BookClubs

"Ladykiller is addictive, intense, and not for the faint of heart." -- Armchair Interviews

"I would recommend…


Added by Meredith Anthony on March 29, 2007 at 5:18am — 1 Comment

How old is your protagonist?

What got me thinking about this was a great line I heard recently, about Queens being the new Brooklyn. That reminded me of a line that comforted me a lot a couple years back, about 60 being the new 30. And that made me think about how Archie Goodwin in the Nero Wolfe books used to refer to women he considered slightly over the hill as "on the shady side of 30." I suspect I'm not alone in finding the 20s the less interesting side of 30, and hardly anybody thinks 35 or even 40 ushers in middle… Continue

Added by Elizabeth Zelvin on March 29, 2007 at 5:15am — 10 Comments

Queer Up North and hobnobbing with the stars ... almost

A fairly relaxed day today. It feels soooo good to get my luggage back. Everything feels much calmer, as if I’m really here now rather than being in transit. Hmm. Maybe I do attach too much importance to my things after all. But they’re my things. Thank goodness it’s counselling tomorrow, eh? I obviously need the input.

And the office is glad I’ve got my case, as it means I can finally donate the Madeiran honey cake to the National Office Cake Shortage Society. Hmm. It’s lovely too…


Added by Anne Brooke on March 29, 2007 at 5:06am — No Comments

Support the Independents

This is my first "post" since joining Crime Space, and I'm probaby preaching to the choir (sorry for the cliche) but it's something that needs to be said.

I had an event at the Mystery Company in Carmel Indiana this past week, along with several other writers, and we had over 70 people in attendance. This was due, in no small part, to the efforts of store owner Jim Huang.

Jim has been a big (and early) supporter of mine as I suspect he has with many of you. And Jim is only one…


Added by Brandt Dodson on March 29, 2007 at 4:51am — No Comments

A Hell of a Woman

After a surprising eleventh hour invite, it looks like my short story “Cutman” has been accepted for publication in the forthcoming Busted Flush antho A HELL OF A WOMAN: An Anthology of Female Noir, edited by Megan Abbott. “Cutman” is about a very butch female cutman (the person who stops cuts from bleeding during a match) and a girl boxer. My Helen Nielsen piece will also appear in the same anthology. I don’t have a pub date yet but I’ll post it… Continue

Added by Christa Faust on March 29, 2007 at 3:50am — No Comments


Hi folks,

Today I'm blogging about a blog. I've joined a great band of authors in a team blog called Acme Authors Link. Our members write in such diverse fields as mystery, humor, romantic suspense, and romantic comedy, even a how-to book on writing.

I've just posted my blog contribution today. It's about how much I hate & love writing.

I invite you to stop by and visit at ACME AUTHORS LINK…


Added by Morgan Mandel on March 29, 2007 at 3:16am — No Comments

Some Thoughts About Scenes

A tidbit from James Scott Bell's book Plot & Structure. "Most

often, the best way to create a memorable scene is to intensify the

clash. Two characters oppose each other. They have the strongest

possible reasons to do so."

It took a long time for me to internalize this lesson. In my earlier

stories, there is a lot of physical movement of the characters, as a

substitute for plot movement. Similarly,… Continue

Added by Michael Carr on March 29, 2007 at 1:54am — No Comments

This one's for Swierczy

I just heard that I've made possibly my most remarkable foreign sale of all. (And believe me, if you've read my stuff you'll know that any foreign sale for me is remarkable.) The Polish edition of Asimov's science fiction and fantasy mag will publish my short story SOME HELP FROM STANLEY (which first appeared five years ago in The Third Alternative). It's really a noir story, with the added "sf" element that the disembodied voice of Stanley Kubrick plays a part.

Anyway, for this I…


Added by Charlie Williams on March 29, 2007 at 12:30am — No Comments

How I learned to write (an ongoing series)

I used to read the Hardy Boys and Sherlock Holmes. That inspired my love

of mysteries. But I'm realizing more and more that after elementary

school, I didn't read many books until college. The occasional Michael

Crichton, sure, but otherwise, not too much.

What I did read, however, was comic books. Spider-man, Batman, X-men, whatever. I

devoured them. I could remember reading the same story arcs several

times a month. And while I didn't realize it at the… Continue

Added by Dave White on March 28, 2007 at 9:52am — No Comments

Helen Nielsen

I’m writing a short piece on 50’s era pulp mystery author Helen Nielsen. My fixation on Nielsen started because of this photo on the back of the Dell edition of DEAD ON THE LEVEL (aka Gold Coast Nocturne):

I just love that challenging, tough guy stare. She looks like she could take more than half of her male contemporaries in a fair fight.

I could go on, (and on and on) but I’m saving it for the write up. I’m… Continue

Added by Christa Faust on March 28, 2007 at 8:43am — No Comments

Finding Time to Read

I was just about to make a big book order when I asked myself the ol' question: When will I have time to read all these books?

Added by Gerald So on March 28, 2007 at 7:11am — No Comments

Luggage? You must be joking ...

Bloody BA. Bloody BA courier. What the bloody hell do they think they’re doing?? Honestly, they’re so thick they couldn’t stuff a bloody luggage trolley up their own arses and turn it. And how I wish I could do the deed for them – that would be sooooo satisfying. We waited up till nearly 11.30pm last night for the non-existent ruddy delivery, and I am shattered today as I then lay awake worrying about it. Their bag-tracking system & website information is…


Added by Anne Brooke on March 28, 2007 at 6:26am — No Comments

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