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What ever happened to Liz?

Yes, we are alive! It has been a while since we posted and we apologize for the absence of new material. But sometimes life interferes with blogging…

One of our good friends has written a play and Liz is playing one of the major roles in it. She has the part of a loud, outspoken, and sarcastic woman – it was practically written for her! She is rehearsing four nights a week and hasn’t had the time to write any reviews. But she has been reading and will write them up in the next few weeks as the play wraps up. Right now she is looking for the perfect purse to use onstage. Something that will accommodate a bowling ball and coordinate with all four of the costumes she appears in. You would think this was the search for the Holy Grail.

I do know that she is very excited about the boxes arriving from SOHO Press. Their new Constable line of books is delighting her. She found time to buzz through the new Donna Andrews, and she practically danced when the Neil Plakcy book arrived. It is terrible when she misses her cues while reading backstage during rehearsals.

And Liz is also thinking about her next round of library talks. She did a series of six at local libraries about some less well-known mystery authors this spring and they were very well received. The far-ranging discussions ran so long after her talks that the librarians were practically pushing the groups out the door at closing time. She has been asked to prepare another presentation on Michigan mystery authors for the fall, so if you have some to recommend – or mysteries set in Michigan by out of state authors – be sure to let us know.

We had intended to host another Summer Mystery Reading Challenge until Liz took this role in the play, but we realized that we wouldn’t be able to kick it off in time. I am helping with rehearsals and publicity and Emily is on the stage crew, so we are all living at the theater during these final weeks. We hope that you will adopt the spirit of the challenge on your own and discover some “new to you” mystery authors. This blog and the interaction we have had with both readers and authors on the internet has exposed us to so many new and wonderful books and we hope you have benefited from the experience, too. When the final curtain falls, we will be back with a new round of reviews and we will get everything caught up then. In the meantime, tell us what you have been reading in the last few weeks. There are a bunch of new books coming out this summer – what are you looking forward to? Or are you discovering some classic mysteries for the first time? Leave a comment below so we know what to read next!

Bob

Comments

Comment from Jack Getze
Time: June 13, 2008, 4:03 am

I hope this play is a mystery. I’d hate to imagine our Liz throwing out lines in a musical comedy. Well, I guess the good news is that Liz and Bob and are NOT flying around the country inside a tornado, which is what a few of us thought. Have your ears been buzzing? We miss you!

Comment from Pat Reid
Time: June 13, 2008, 7:11 am

What Jack said. Glad everything is okay.

Comment from Chris Grabenstein
Time: June 13, 2008, 8:41 am

Ah, reminds me of so many summers I spent doing shows! I’d love to do it again.

Chris Grabenstein

Comment from Clea Simon
Time: March 31, 2009, 12:58 pm

Glad all is well and that you’re simply busy!

As far as new books go… hmmm…. I have the new Donna Leon and I’m getting the new Sarah Waters. That should hold me for a few days.

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