So, what’s 2017 been like? Well, about this big as James Stewart might have said in that dark example of Film Noir that bizarrely seems to everyone’s favourite feel good Christmas movie … And on the mystery front? Well … I managed to participate in both the Golden and Silver Vintage Mystery Challenges set by Bev at My Reader’s Block as well as Todd Mason’s Tuesday’s Overlooked Film meme and Patti Abbott’s Friday’s Forgotten Book celebration over at Pattinase – special thanks to all of these fine folks for looking after us. But who else has helped make this a memorable year?
As ever, special thanks to Colin of the fab Riding the High Country for being such a good bloke; to the Puzzle Doctor and Curtis Evans of The Passing Tramp for flying the flag for GAD so tirelessly; Mike Ripley for the scabrous off-site conversations – hope you get better soon mate; Karen’s wonderfully entertaining ramblings; Elgin’s Dark Times; Steve and his Puzzles for helping me get the ball rolling; the ultra prolific Margot Kinberg of Confessions of a Mystery Novelist for her tireless support; the super-industrious Brad and his Sweet Mysteries and JJ and his Invisible Events; John F. Norris of Pretty Sinister Books remains a massive source of enthusiastic information and we are all in his debt; John Grant, he of Noirish and much more besides; and the world would be much less fun without the blogging of Moira of Clothes in Books); Admiral Ironbombs of Battered, Tattered, Yellowed and Creased; Carr aficionados The Green Capsule and Dan keep warning readers; Prashant at Chess, Comics and Crosswords; TracyK of Bitter Tea and Mystery; Jeff (aka Kenji’s Dad) of The Stalking Moon; TomCat of Beneath the Stains of Time; Matt’s Crime Time; Neeru of a hot cup of pleasure; and Yvette and her evergreen in so many words … have also all been incredibly supportive – I salute you all.