Four-and-a-half years ago I started How Mysterious! in response to a question posed by another public relations professor, who wanted to know how many of us who were teaching social media had ever really used it (for commercial rather than academic purposes). I decided to try, and I chose a book review blog focused on mysteries because I love to read them anyway. I added movies (and later TV shows) when I realized how hard it is to read and review more than 1-2 books a week, but expediency turned out to be lucky because of how many good mysteries/thrillers are out there.
I kept this blog going a lot longer than I had intended, because it was fun. I enjoy keeping track of what I read and interacting with other mystery readers. I love getting free books, especially when I got them earlier than everyone else(!). And I like that it encouraged me to try new authors, sub- genres, and especially countries-of-origin just to be able to share them with other people.
But, even with all of that in mind, I’ve decided it’s time to kill How Mysterious. I’ve learned what I wanted to and more, so now it’s time to put my time into other projects. (Although…I have an account on Goodreads and may review there from time to time.) Thanks to everyone who contributed to making this so much more than an academic exercise, especially Margot, Elli, Colleen, Peggy, Harvee, Dorte, Bernadette, Natalie, and Joan. It’s been so much fun interacting with you and others over books.
I thought I’d finish with a list of my most highly recommended books and movies. They’ve all been reviewed here.
From Iceland: Yrsa Sigurðardóttir, Arnaldur Indriðason
Funny: Spencer Quinn, Colin Cotterill, The Thin Man movies
Set in Northern England: Elly Griffiths, David Mark
Canadians you may not have heard of: Jill Edmondson, Elizabeth J. Duncan
Featuring strong women: Jacqueline Winspear, Laurie R. King, Alexander McCall Smith, Alan Bradley
Stand alones: Last Talk with Lola Faye, Clash of Civilizations over an Elevator in Piazza Vittorio
On TV: Wallender, The Bletchley Circle, Foyle’s War
Scandinavians: Sjöwall & Wahlöö, Jussi Adler-Olsen, Karin Fossum, Håkan Nesser
Just plain good: Benjamin Black, Louise Penny, Hitchcock movies