Hello mystery buffs! There is a month for logging your progress and reading whatever you like. I like to keep the review pages of my whole trio open for a few months anyway. I hope you’re looking forward to the end-of-year prize draw on January 31! I haven’t heard anyone mention the prize point table I used since the latter half of last year. I think it’s straightforward but if it doesn’t appeal to you, I will just give an entry to all participants. All you had to do was join me to be eligible but I would like to hear from you, to know you’re with me. This is an ideal time to share progress.
Last year, someone won who had removed her blog. She had commented a time or two in early months but I don’t think she returned to blogging. Part of the point of events and prizes, along with sharing a year with you that you enjoy, is differentiating myself and attracting members in subsequent years. I don’t consider it a waste and think of it as a thank-you treat. She e-mailed excitedly and might mention our groups in some other platform like Twitter. However you can see I would rather award someone who is still here.
It isn’t about finishing. As you will see in the 2016 posts I am in the middle of preparing, our level charts are going to become cute progress markers, instead of minimum requests. My circles will be all about YOU telling me how many you have read and giving you a warm, comfortable home base for whatever you accomplish. However we can’t get any laxer than that, so a word from you all that you have seen these updates would be wonderful.
I am eliminating that problem in the new year too, using e-mail to sign-up instead of a linky button. I’ll list guests on a page, by country, which will be nice. All discussions and events are voluntary but sometimes my posts are informational or clarify things. A quick note to tell you there is a relevant post, means never again posting anything that is solely seen by crickets. In fact, a guest can easily let me know by e-mail that have moved to France. That would be awesome because there’s an Yves Rocher perfume I can’t find in Canada. It’s called “Cantate”, for those who want to know. Instead of being floral based, it smells like candies. I’ve had it a good 20 years and only sparingly wear it every second or third year. I think I’ll sprinkle some on now!
While we’re digressing, I need of a room fragrance called “PECAN CARAMEL” that should be easier to get. It was made by Avon, sold by Regal, but didn’t appear in catalogues I saw after. This scent proves the concept of aromatherapy because I feel happy and stress free the moment I spray it. I have far less left than I do of the Cantate perfume. Probably because I spritzed it liberally, before not seeing a way to obtain any more. Just putting it out there, should my readers have bloodhound shopping skills!
I thought it would be fun to report that the highest quantity of reviews in “MY KIND OF MYSTERY“, is in letter A-C. It has 77 reviews and the next highest, D-F, has 45. Those who don’t review only have to drop off a list of finished titles at any of this group’s pages: the review page, the Mother page, or this one. I hope you take advantage of our alphabetized format, which makes it easier to spot authors you like.
Did you have noteworthy experiences? I discovered books I love by Simone St. James, Wendy Webb, Karen White, and Augusta Huiell Seaman; who published them one-hundred years ago. Happy anniversary to my favourite, “The Boarded-Up House”! It’s free for “Kindle” and is veritably my kind of mystery: about exploring an oddly empty mansion, instead of hinging on crime. It’s excellent! I was surprised to find I disliked Margery Allingham and Dorothy L. Sayers’s first novels but am assured regarding the latter, that succeeding novels are much better. I hope the same can be said of Marion C. Beaton, whose first Hamish Macbeth novel I loathed. This is a case in which I collected, I would say more than twenty of her works; some of them first editions! I didn’t feel like trying the sequel this year but will get it out of the way soon. I may well like her Agatha Raison series better too. I have loved an author whose first book I disliked, have you? I gave Juliet Blackwell a second chance and she became a top favourite, no less.
Tell us honestly: when you dislike a book other people like, do you wonder if it’s you, or whether people give out five stars too easily and aren’t discerning? However I have defended Karen White as well as Lyn Hamilton, whose series some people vent terribly about, which I love for reasons I am able to thoroughly cite. In those cases too, I think they missed what was gifted and different about those books I loved.
Lastly: an extra name in the bowl will be given to everyone who guesses the book that served as our “MY KIND OF MYSTERY” banner this time! Answer with a comment on any of our mystery pages, if you figure out the name and publishing year. If you really don’t know, say that in a comment. It’s close enough to January 31 that I might as well furnish a hint. Thank you all for being a part of this with me. Every comment and expression of pleasure has meant something to me. Yours sincerely, Carolyn.