Flashback: FOOTPRINTS: The Secret of Father Brown

Originally published in issue 3. FOOTPRINTS: The Secret of Father Brown by Ruth Jordan One of the true joys of my young reading life was the day I graduated from the Encyclopedia Brown stories to those of G.K. Chesterton. There is magic in a young reader’s heart and to this day I remember the wonder I felt when my Grandmother Flannery deemed me to be mature enough for the world of Father Brown and Flambeau. G.K. Chesterton was a renaissance man caught up in the beginnings of the industrial age. Born in 1874 in the city of London, Chesterton was a gifted scribe and a great thinker. An influence within not only the world of mystery, but also...

Lawrence Block Interview teaser

This is an excerpt from Crimespree 54’s cover story with Lawrence Block. The issue is out now.   Ruth Jordan : What made you come back to Bernie? Lawrence Block: I’d always hoped to. I’ve always enjoyed writing in his voice and seeing the world through his eyes. But wanting to isn’t enough to make it happen. I’m spoiled, and have been for some time; i.e., I can’t write something unless it’s working for me. And the several attempts I made at an eleventh Burglar book just didn’t work. Even when the scenes and dialogue worked, the book just didn’t go anywhere. I had far too many false...

Good-Bye Sookie, It’s Been Nice!!

Lego build and photos by Ruth Jordan

Flashback: Hail Margery! Feb22

Flashback: Hail Margery!

From issue 9, November/December 2005 Hail Margery! There is a woman of mystery. I believe she is universally loved. I know she is universally respected. When I think of the people within the mystery community I can go to with a problem or for advice, or maybe just a jaw, her phone or e-mail is one of the first to come to mind. I am not unique in this feeling. It is shared by thousands within the mystery community. That’s right, thousands. Her name is Margery Flax. Margery Flax is the biggest fan that mystery has. She is one of the most efficient office managers in the history of mankind. Toiling away day after day in the national offices of...

FLASHBACK: Bill James Interview

Originally run in Crimespree Magazine issue 3, Oct 2004 Crimespree Spotlight on Author Bill James By Ruth Jordan The special thing about crime fiction is that there is within the field something for everyone. As a crime fiction reader one of my great joys has been those moments when a book carries me away to the point where I feel everyone who reads within the genre owes it to themselves to read a certain book or author. Bill James is one of those special authors. With a singular voice and unique perspective of the crime fiction form he has been writing a series for the past twenty years that somehow remains just under the mainstream radar....