There’s nothing quite like the feeling of being able to talk about a book with someone you think is going to really enjoy reading it. It’s a shared pleasure, and both people benefit. TBRs may not, but that’s another issue…
One person I very much wish were still with us to talk about books is the late Maxine Clarke, who was a true friend of crime fiction. I miss her very much and think of her often. And I know there are plenty of books that have come out recently that she would have liked.
As a way of remembering Maxine, and of sharing great crime novels, Bill Selnes at Mysteries and More From Saskatchewan had the terrific idea of a group of book bloggers sharing books they think Maxine would have liked. Ideally, everyone would take a turn throughout the year, and each review would be posted on Petrona Remembered, which is the site for terrific crime fiction. It’s set up and maintained by those of us who remember Maxine, and the real difference she made for the genre.
While you’re there, please have a look around the site. We’d love to have you contribute a review of a book you think Maxine would have enjoyed. Interested? Want to share your great find? You know you wanna! Just email me at margotkinberg(at)gmail(dot)com, and I’ll be happy to include your review!
Here’s a little about Maxine, if you’d like to get a sense of what she was like.
*NOTE: The title of this post is a line from The Monkees’ Since You Ran Away.