A year ago, Bill Selnes at Mysteries and More From Saskatchewan came up with a wonderful plan. His idea was that we could create a body of reviews of terrific crime novels, and pay tribute to the late, and much-missed, Maxine Clarke at the same time.
What Bill had in mind was that each month, a crime fiction blogger would provide a review that would go up simultaneously on that blogger’s site and at Petrona Remembered, the crime fiction site set up in Maxine’s memory. The reviews would be of books we’d read during the year that we would recommend to Maxine.
So how did the year go? I’m delighted to report that during the last twelve months, there’ve been eleven excellent book reviews of fine crime fiction that I’m sure Maxine would have liked. To all of you who took part in this – thank you. It means more than you know that you took the time to make this happen.
So what happens now? Well, here’s the rest of Bill’s plan. We can keep this collection of book reviews going, and make sure it stays dynamic. If each of you who contributed a review last year is willing to do so again this year, we’ll have a whole new year of great book reviews to look forward to reading. And we’ll have the chance to talk about books that perhaps weren’t released last year.
How will it work? If you’ll be willing to send in a review for the same month this year that you did last year, we’re well on our way. For example, I contributed my review in August of last year, and I intend to do so again this August. If you contributed a review last year, but don’t remember which month, no worries – I have a handy spreadsheet that has all of that information. If you contributed a review last year, but want a different month this year, also fine. We can work things out. If you didn’t contribute a review last year, but want to be a part of it this year, that’s wonderful! We’d love to have you!
I truly hope you’ll consider keeping this crime-fictional fire burning. Here’s how:
Check the excellent blog Petrona Remembered. There you’ll see your own review, if you contributed one, and others’ reviews, so you’ll have a sense of what we’ve been doing. You can also check the ‘About’ page to find out a little more about Maxine if you didn’t have the privilege of getting to know her.
Decide whether you are willing and able to commit to a review this year during the same month you did last year (if you contributed), or during a month that particularly works for you (If you weren’t at the party last year but want to come along this year).
Send me an email (margotkinberg (at) gmail (dot) com), confirming the month you’d like. I’ll get right back to you about it.
Get your review ready during ‘your’ month and send it to me. I’ll take it from there.
See? Easy as!
Thanks again to all who participated last year, and let’s hope this will be another great year!
*NOTE: The title of this post is a line from The Beatles’ I’ve Got a Feeling.