On February 3, 2006 author John Rickards launched the Mystery Circus.
When I asked John to explain what the Mystery Circus is and why he did
it he said, “It's an attempt at a kind of central hub/community
for all that's cool in crime fiction. Pointers to what's good and what's
interesting, with a creator-led community behind it. Which sounds very
high and mighty, but basically means a forum with a high proportion
of writers as opposed to readers and a good signal-to-noise ratio.”
The Mystery Circus has quickly become a busy hub of communication, primarily
between mystery authors, but readers and aspiring authors are encouraged to participate
as well. The topics cover a broad range of subjects, from the not-so-serious “Fuck” thread
to the discussion about what it means to “rise above the genre” and
the participants include well-known American and British authors, as well as
a number of new authors with books coming out this year and next year.
In addition to being an active forum, Mystery Circus features a home page that
has a number of articles on it discussing writing and mystery-related topics.
You can check out Mystery Circus by visiting: http://www.mysterycircus.com
ABOUT THE REVIEWER
Sandra Ruttan has just signed a deal for the release
of her first novel, Suspicious Circumstances, in November 2006. A
to Spinetingler Magazine, her work can also be found in the May/June
and July/August issues of CrimeSpree
For more information about Sandra visit her
website or her blog