Friday, November 29, 2013

Giving Thanks for the Blog's Two-Year Anniversary

I'm a week late to my blog's own second-year anniversary, but better late than never for commemorating, I suppose.

Here is my first post at The Passing Tramp, which deals with the convention of the passing tramp in mystery fiction and the Golden Age British mystery/thriller writer Jefferson Farjeon, one of my old favorites.

That last week of November 2011 I also posted more on Jefferson Farjeon and I did my Edmund Crispin series, a lengthy consideration of his life and work and a review of David Whittle's excellent (but very pricey) biography of the author (David is one of the authors who has contributed to the Douglas G. Greene festschrift, I might add):

Crispin Part One
Crispin Part Two
Crispin Part Three
Crispin Part Four

In the last two years I have had nearly 200, 000 views at this blog, considerably more last year than the year before, so some of you might enjoy looking back over the old stuff. There's a lot accumulated here over two years and I tend to skimp on labels/tags, so newcomers may miss a lot of it.

It's been fun, though I haven't always posted as much as I would like.  It's nice to know one is reaching a larger audience directly through the blog, especially when one's books tend to be a bit on the pricey side for many people.  Of course, the Doug Greene festschrift, with twenty-five essays by a distinguished group of contributors on detective fiction covering the period from 1901 to 2011, will be available next year and I will keep you posted on it (also it will be cheaper than Masters of the "Humdrum" Mystery).  There also will be some other books projects, in all likelihood, that make it into print in 2013, along with yet more book reviews and other pieces on The Passing Tramp.


  1. Congratulations and well done! And here's to many more years of your excellent blog.

  2. Nicely done, Curt (spoken from the lofty heights of a five-year-old-going-on-six blog). Your posts have been great pointers to books I should be reading and authors I need to know. And, for those who haven't read it yet, "Masters of the 'Humdrum' Mystery" should be on your TBR list. Looking forward to much more in the years ahead.

  3. Congratulations on your anniversary; I know your interesting topics and excellent choices will continue to inform and entertain your readers. Best wishes for many more years!

  4. Thanks Margot, Les, Noah, Your words are kind and your blogs have been inspiring. I'll try to have some goodies for December.

  5. Congratulations, Passing Tramp - I've picked up lots of good tips from you. Long may you continue entertaining and informing us.

  6. Congratulations! I am amazed at how quickly you read these books and write about them!

  7. Congratulations! It takes a lot of time and effort to keep a blog going.

  8. Congratulations, and I am glad you are continuing to blog and provide all this background on vintage mysteries.