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Subject: I found a new (to me) web site
Date Posted: 10/26/2010 2:45 PM ET
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In my perusing for great mysteries, I found this web site: www.mysteryplaces.net. After checking it out, I cam across several unknown to me authors that I now plan to read. Where I'll get the time, I haven't a clue! A development of PLACE is important to me in reading any book, so this site intrigued me - see what you think!
Geri (geejay) -
Date Posted: 10/27/2010 4:44 PM ET
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A new site to me and fun!

Date Posted: 10/27/2010 11:21 PM ET
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Oh, yippee -- a new web site -- because I don't spend enough time on the computer!!

Date Posted: 10/28/2010 12:39 AM ET
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Oh yes, Deb and Geri - a new site. I not only spent more time on this PC perusing it, but I spent  MONEY as well getting some of the books I found as a result! But it is fun to find yet another approach to acquiring more books!!cheeky

Date Posted: 10/28/2010 9:49 AM ET
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I checked out site and added more books to my wish list. yes

Date Posted: 10/28/2010 12:24 PM ET
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I saw that a few months ago but didn't recommend it because 1) it seems to be primarily an advertisement for Amazon (the carousel widget is an Amazon thing, and if I'm going to order books from there, I would prefer that PBS get the little stipend rather than another site) and 2) there wasn't really any information about the authors or their characters there--just a link to Wikipedia if you wanted to know more about them, and 3) Stop! You're Killing Me allows you to search for books/authors by place as well, so it just seemed kind of redundant to me.

But, that's just me...I'm trying to simplify my online time so I can have more time for actual reading, so I don't really want to be surfing around to a bunch of different places when one or two will do.

Cheryl

Date Posted: 10/28/2010 2:12 PM ET
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Cheryl, I like this site simply because the author of it is SPECIFIC about books in which the area/locale/culture is very well developed. It will save me a lot of time in the long run, I believe. BTW, I've searched for the books I ordered all over the internet - I never just go to Amazon.

Date Posted: 10/30/2010 1:15 PM ET
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New-to-me, too - thanks for posting this, Jeanne. I have a mystery-only reading friend and I'll send her the link, too.

Gail

Date Posted: 10/30/2010 5:40 PM ET
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Pretty neat site--but it's far from complete.  A lot of authors that I read aren't there.  Some I'd think would be "no brainers"...(Faye Kellerman, Jonathan Kellerman, Jeffrey Deaver, Patricia Cornwell, Linda Fairstein, Anne Perry...)

I sent in some suggestions when I was there the other day.  It'll be interesting to see if they get added and how soon they get added.  The location list at "www.StopYoureKillingMe.com" is far more comprehensive right now.

Date Posted: 10/31/2010 12:52 PM ET
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Jeanne, I understand what they are trying to say, but I guess I just think stuff like "sense of place" and "well-developed characters" are such subjective things that it would be hard to know what to include in the list. For example, they have included Lee Child's "Jack Reacher" series on this list, and he isn't even based in one place, but goes all over if I'm not mistaken. In the one book of his I read, I didn't think the sense of place was captured all that well. And there are plenty of authors I think should be there that aren't there.

The author even states that this list is HIS opinion about what he thinks is good--so even though he allows suggestions to be made, I would think they won't be added until he reads at least one thing by that author, so unless he's a speed reader, it may take a long, long time before it's actually a comprehensive list.

I personally would rather use a more comprehensive list like SYKM or FantasticFiction.co.uk that just factually tells the author, books they've written, where they're located, etc. and lets the individual person decide what's excellent and what isn't. But of course, that's just my own opinion. Diff'rent strokes and all that. :)

Cheryl

Date Posted: 11/4/2010 10:59 PM ET
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I wouldn't think that the "Jack Reacher" books should be on there either, Cheryl. I guess that what I initially did was to look for authors that I hadn't heard of before and then check some reviews of their books and that way I found what looks to me to be some real dandies. I submitted Stephen Booth to that site b/c he really goes into the Peak District in England and I love it.

Laura, I don't think you will find a lot of the more well known, popular authors on that site b/c even though the characters may be fairly well developed and known, the locations/ cultures really aren't anything unusual. Take a look at some of the books written by Colin Cotterill or Deon Meyer and you'll probably get an idea of what it is that intrigues me about these books. As Cheryl says though - "different strokes" and Vive la difference!wink

Date Posted: 11/11/2010 3:48 PM ET
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another good site to keep track of series is www.fictfact.com

this helps keep track of what book is next and what is coming out

Date Posted: 11/30/2010 9:25 PM ET
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Leslie ~ thanks for the reminder about www.fictfact.com!  I think thats a great site!

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Date Posted: 1/29/2011 3:34 PM ET
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I'm late to this parade but I love this site and it was a new one for me too!  :)