Recommending books so good, they'll keep you up past your bedtime.
Flashlight Worthy Books has its Best of Crime Fiction 2009 list out. Peter Steinberg, one of the two principals who maintain the Flashlight Worthy Book Recommendations, asked 13 mystery bloggers to choose one crime fiction book as the Best of the Year. I was pleased to be asked to be among the list makers, but it was a daunting task. I had a Best of 2009 list on Mystery Fanfare in late December, and I included several other Best of Lists in that and in a later post. Some of the other contributors to Flashlight Worthy Books Best of Crime Fiction 2009 whom I count among my friends are: Donna Moore, Sarah Weinman , J. Kingston Pierce, and Rhian Davies ( a Twitter buddy). You're going to have to read this list in its entirety, though, because there are lots of insightful comments, as well as titles. Some really good books here! And, even one I missed. Best Crime Fiction of 2009 list
If you haven't seen the Flashlight Worthy Books site, you'll want to check it out, especially the lists of Mystery Books. There are lots of other categories.
I asked Peter Steinberg to tell me a bit about himself and why he started the website.
Peter Steinberg: Me? I'm just a book lover who thought there had to be a better way to find great books than wading through the confusing Amazon pages full of lengthy reviews.
Janet Rudolph: What do you do?
PS: I do a variety of things but most important, I'm trying to turn Flashlight Worthy into a fulltime business. I rely on the support of fans -- they make their Amazon purchases through the site. And not just books. Anything they purchase helps out.
JR: Why do you do it?
PS: Because being able to build something that people love so much is incredibly rewarding. And I love all the correspondence with authors and book lovers. Speaking of which, if there's anyone out there who wants to write a book list, my lists of
So, I guess that's a call for contributions!