The Art of the Mystery: July 9, 2009

June 26, 2009 at 11:37 am (books, Local interest (Baltimore-Washington), Mystery fiction)

It has ever been thus with presentations, or deadlines of any kind. You think you have all the time in the world, then you take a good look at the calendar and you realize the date is fast approaching, and you are not quite ready…

Actually, things are coming along nicely with regard to

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So far,  the book list is long and lovely, and I’ve made some timely revisions to the list of websites. And now I am informed that refreshments will be on offer! So far, so good.

During the run-up to a presentation, the media almost always offers up a nice gift. It happened yet again, in the June 22 Style section of  the Washington Post. First off, there’s “Newspaper Noir,” about the problems encountered by Michael Connelly as he strove, in his latest novel,  to depict realistically – and accurately –  an industry in extreme flux.

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Meanwhile, The Scarecrow pushes to the top of the bestseller list, so don’t be too worried about Michael Connelly and his brilliant career! In our crime-fiction -loving community, the library’s lengthy reserve list on this title means a bit of a wait. What to do in the meantime? Read an earlier Connelly – I particularly enjoyed these:

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Also, Connelly is the editor of an anthology I mentioned in a previous post:


The final story in this collection, the moving “Father’s Day,” is by Michael Connelly.

Also in this same Style section is a review of Black Water Rising by Attica Locke. This piece, written by the Post’s veteran mystery critic Maureen Corrigan, addresses some interesting questions about plot and character in crime fiction.


  1. slgreatsuccess said,

    Art of the Mystery – Can you give me a little more information. Is it a book signing or conference on mystery writing?I may mention it on my own website.

    • Roberta Rood said,


      For The Art of the Mystery, I’m the sole presenter – no book signings, guest authors, or the like. For 25 years, as a member of the staff of the Howard County Library, I’ve had the chance to share my love of the crime fiction genre with numerous library patrons. The event on July 9 will be a chance for us all to get together & talk about the books & authors we love. I’ll be providing an overview of the mystery genre & handing out some book lists & other useful info, like websites & blogs. It’s very informal. I’ve done this kind of program before, & it’s usually fun for everyone, as we all share this common enthusiasm.

      Thanks for your interest.

  2. TanyaK said,

    Hmmm, that was interesting. Looks like somethings will always remain mystery.

    I myself has been trying to solve the mystery of the legend that forces you to have “earn it before

    having it”, for a wile now. Could not understand much though.

    Let me know in case you get to understand the mystery of the Old Hound and the Legend

    By the way, good writing style. I’d love to read more on similar topics

  3. Jahanavi said,

    Man, I followed that the dark truth link, and was completely in the story. Damn exciting. The latest post talks about a friend of him who’s gone missing . Somewhere on his way to Leh, India. And the guy is asking for help find it. Soundss like an online game . This looks interesting. M already hooked on.

    Hey, btw, nice post you have there – keep rocking – 😉

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