The inspiration for this post came from an article I recently read on http://www.topmystery.com discussing the most famous mystery detectives. I realised that bar Sherlock Holmes I had read none of them. This made me consider the ones I was most interested in and I have picked three that I plan to read in the next year.
- Hercule Poirot – We have all heard of this detective if you haven’t read Agatha Christie the chances are you have seen some sort of film or television adaptation. The idea of a Belgian detective first created in 1920 intrigues me. The fact he was in 33 novels and more than 50 short stories also gives me lots of reading.
- Perry Mason – To be honest Erle Stanley Gardner’s detective has intrigued me ever since I discovered that Raymond Burr was the original film actor. I also understand Perry Mason was a very popular American TV show. He first about in 1933 making him 80 years old and I cannot wait to get stuck in.
- Philip Marlowe – This is where my Film Noir side shows! This hard boiled detective created by Raymond Chandler is well known in the film circuit and a total of seven books. I have seen the Big Sleep which was the first was written and think I may just load this onto my kindle…
Are there any detectives that you wish to associate yourself with?
I have been nominated for the Sunshine Award, a huge thank you to Mischievous eyes for nominating me. My post will be coming tomorrow afternoon and you will be able to see all of my nominations and the answers to all of my questions but I thought I’d share a couple of answers with you now. Remember to look back to see my answers to the rest of the questions and my nominees!
What inspired you to start blogging?
I am not sure, I think I just wanted to write about all the things that really annoyed me and then my love for books started coming through and now it’s more book blog than rant blog.
How did you come up with the name for your blog?
Well I was young and grumpy and there was a lot of things I hated (and a few I loved) and that’s how it happened.
When I write a book review, I am always as fair as possible. I won’t review a book that I haven’t finished or a book that I really didn’t like. I always make sure that I have at least one positive thing to say and I am not interested in trashing authors and the reviews are my opinion not fact.
Somebody else might read the same book and might have a totally different set of thoughts on the work. All my reviews are honest (just as I would expect from anybody else reviewing a book), I also have no wish to cause anybody offense.
As a writer I am open to criticism and at no point have I claimed to be perfect. Surely being able to take constructive criticism or being able to appreciate other viewpoints is all part and parcel of writing, blogging and reading?
After a months of phenomenal reading in January here is a small list for February reading:
- Die Trying by Lee Child
- Body of Evidence by Patricia Cornwell
- Bloodstream by Tess Gerritsen
- Watch Me Die by Erica Spindler
- The Mystery of Mercy Close by Marian Keyes
And what ever else I can get my hands on!
I came across this entirely by chance, I believe I was looking at an art blog and Shared Blogg had liked it. This blog is open to contributors all you need to do in comment on the home page post and you will be added as a contributors. This is not only a great way to get people to read your blog who may never have noticed it before but also (and actually probably my favourite thing about it) a way to find new blogs to read and new bloggers to connect with.
You can find Shared Blogg HERE.
The last couple of weeks I have spent an awful lot of time scheduling blogs on my days off as I might not have time during the week but today I am going to sit in bed drink tea and read. I may not even bother to get dressed until the late afternoon. My blogs today will seem quite short and relaxed but today that’s exactly how it’s going to be.
I will continue the playing with my emotions tag tomorrow, so look out for that. I hope anyone else who has a day off out there will be enjoying it as much as I am mine.
So after writing about MissLucy’sNails on here last week, I’ve been inspired and decided to have another go at my nails. I warn you I am not the most creative person, but I am actually quite happy with what I’ve come up with.
Also Kimberley Warren the author of Awaiting Simplicity is allowing me to show some more of her writing on the blog and I will be putting it up during the week, make sure you look out for it.