Friday, February 26, 2010

Mystery Bytes: Mystery news, reviews, links: February 26

Mystery Bytes is an occasional summary of news, reviews and links for the Mystery Community.

If you're reading this blog, you know that Mysteries Still Matter; nevertheless, you'll want to read Julia Keller's article Why Mysteries Still Matter in the Chicago Tribune.  In the article, she reviews
several mysteries including Belinda Bauer's Blacklands.  She writes:

Because mysteries have always been among the most popular of literary genres, coming out in favor of them is about as courageous as, say, standing firmly and four-square on the side of ice cream. Who's going to argue with you? But these days, mysteries do more than ever. They don't simply entertain. They are the places in which we routinely deal with issues of class, race, ethnicity and religious belief, and with questions about authority and responsibility.

Read the entire article HERE.

NewsBiscuit: The news before it happens...has a brilliant satire on fictional detectives. Detective with no personal demons sues for unfair dismissal. If you're a Jane Austen fan, you'll want to read this. Police Vow Crackdown on Jane Austen "coquette" culture.
The British Library online has an incredible new UK Web Archive, offering permanent access to thousands of UK websites for future generations. Those would be websites ending in .uk. Read the article here.

The website Court Reporter has a post on 50 Best Blogs for Crime & Mystery Book Lovers. We're not on it, but that's o.k. Most of my friends are. I also found a few I haven't seen. Definitely check this out HERE.

Julia Buckley at Mysterious Musings interviews UK author John Harvey on the publication of his 100th novel, Far Cry.

Ed Thomas: R.I.P., the force behind the wonderful mystery bookstore Book Carnival in Orange County.

Henning Mankell talks with Nicholas Wroe at the Guardian about his latest novel, the Man from Beijing and his writing life.

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