Wednesday, September 8, 2010


This Week Has so Many Contributors

Sometimes things just take time to settle in. Know what I mean? Like this blog. I started it a couple of months ago, without all the pieces intact. Scoring some regular contributors -- Mary Jane Maffini for Mayhem on Mondays, and the Ladies' Killing Circle for Ladies' Killing Thursdays were the first highlights. Then came choosing names for the days' postings.

I found, much to my delight, that other Canadian mystery authors were quite willing, and even eager, to blog on Tuesdays, now known as Terror on Tuesdays. And, there are a lot of them to enlist so it should be a lively day for a long time to come.

Fridays, I kept for myself to talk about Crime on My Mind. Which means, any criminous or non, thoughts I might have. I'll try to stick to the main focus of Mystery Maven, that being Canadian crime and mystery writers and writing. But the odd time I may is my blog after all.

Weekends, I'm hoping to get into a routine of posting reviews done by me and by others. I'm working on it!

That leaves Wicked Wednesdays. It's like moving into a new house, painting most of the rooms, but leaving that final one until you see how the sun plays on the walls through a couple of seasons. Then, the colour comes to you. As has the topic for Wicked Wednesdays.

Starting next week, the plan is to have a variety of bloggers posting their comments, giving us all a taste of what this mystery world looks like from their perspective. Included will be bookstore owners, publishers, sales reps, readers, and one Wednesday each month, librarians. Probably more will be added as we go along. This reflects the diverse make-up of our industry and all play a key role in getting the words we write to the readers who read.

I hope this appeals to you as reader and I hope you'll start thinking about what you'd like to blog about, because you never know when I'll be sending you an email asking you to take on a day.

This is a community, one that is in transition and needs support and enthusiasm. So let's enjoy Canadian mystery and crime writing. I welcome you to Mystery Maven!

Do you have any suggestions for me?


  1. Thanks, Linda, for doing so much to promote the wonderful world of Canadian crime writing!

    I love the look of the lineup.


  2. Mystery Maven serves a need in the mystery writers' community and will become a site we check every day. Thanks

  3. hey, here's at least one US fan, and a guy at that amongst all you Killing Circle kids

  4. I envy you that critique group. It's hard to make connections with people close enough to you in interest and knowledge that giving and receiving feedback will be useful for all parties.