Tuesday, March 26, 2013

"At the Scene of the Crime" celebrates two years online!


Honestly, that's all I can say. I opened up a Blogger account and created At the Scene of the Crime two years ago today. Long-time readers might recall that my debut post was a video review, to date the only one I've done. It's also one of my very worst reviews, and I'm surprised that after a video like that I wasn't chased off the Internet by a group of irate readers armed with knives and pitchforks.

But no, the mystery blogging community is a very forgiving one, and I soon found myself doing reviews on a regular basis. I've re-discovered some old favourites, and I've found new ones. I became an avid e-book reader thanks to The Mysterious Press. I've gained an appreciation for subgenres that I may have marginalized before starting this blog. I got to virtually meet some authors that I've admired tremendously, such as Paul Halter, Peter Lovesey, and René Reouven. I finally met my match in Harry Stephen Keeler. I re-read the entire James Bond series. I've finally discovered a story about the giant rat of Sumatra that has left me satisfied! (Tune in for that within the next week.) I grew a beard and shaved it off. The blog went through two major redesigns. I even started getting enough spam comments to be forced to remove Anonymous commenting! (I apologize to all users who do not wish to sign up for a Google account, but the spam was rapidly getting out of control one week, and it was all coming from anonymous spammers. I think I removed all traces of their visits, but if you spot one of their comments lying around feel free to let me know.) In general, the last two years have been a bit of a crazy ride.

Thank you for everyone who stops in to read this blog! Your encouragement, as well as the discussions we've had (both agreements and disagreements), have helped to fuel my enthusiasm for the last two years.

Last year, to commemorate my one-year anniversary, I held a month-long celebration full of crossover reviews and articles. However, I realized that I had no way to top such a performance this year. So I decided early on that I had no intention to try. Instead, I decided to commemorate this anniversary in a smaller way. I began earlier today by posting my review of Jeffery Deaver's Carte Blanche, the very first James Bond continuation that I've read.

The second part of the celebration has been a long time coming: it's the second episode of Fair and Foul Play. This was delayed by exams and by the blog redesign, and I hope readers will forgive me. I didn't intend to have such a delay between the two parts of an episode, and it won't happen with the next episode. There might, however, be a longer delay between episodes, i.e. the end of episode 1 and the start of episode 2.

But to return to the subject at hand, I hope you will enjoy listening to the conclusion of the "mysteries in audio" segment of Fair and Foul Play. In this conclusion, I rejoin Sergio for a discussion that picks up where we left off discussing audiobooks, radio plays, and other mysteries set in the world of audio. Due to some tech issues, the images I used to illustrate the video all disappeared and I cannot explain why, but the audio itself is intact. I therefore suggest listening to this video as though it were a radio broadcast, which is only appropriate considering the subject matter. (And hopefully YouTube will be more co-operative next time!) I made some minor tweaks to the opening credits, but the show's format remains unchanged.


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    1. Sergio, thanks for visiting on this occasion. It's very much appreciated. :)

  2. Congrats on passing another milestone and welcome to the Two-Year Club. You've come a long way since the days of the JDCarr forum. One day you're curiously asking about Rex Stout and the next day you're indoctrinating crowds all by yourself.

    1. Yeah, I can hardly believe how much I've learned since then. Or rather, I can hardly believe my ignorance at that time! Having read no Michael Gilbert, no Craig Rice, no Michael Innes, no Patrick Quentin, no John Rhodes, no Donald E. Westlake, no Rex Stout... Indeed, the only thing I had going for myself was a thorough knowledge of Christie and a love of Sherlock Holmes. I'm still somewhat surprised I wasn't laughed off when I opened up shop!

      But no, I'm still here and learning more and I just hope I can entertain and inform any reader who stumbles onto my little shop on the West side of the Internet.

  3. Congratulations Patrick. That is actually quite an honour to have been going for so long. Your blog has been a very enjoyable read and I always look forward to a new post. So, in short keep up the good work.

    On a side note, I'll be interested in hearing about the version of the Giant Rat of Sumatra that has finally satisfied you.

    1. Nick, thank you for commenting. I'm glad you've enjoyed this blog before and I hope to keep it operational for a long time to come! The only question is how often I have to sacrifice part of my sanity to Harry Stephen Keeler... ;)


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