Some of you may be aware that I was a founding member, about a decade back, of a Facebook group called Golden Age Detection, which in turn started as an offshoot of an even older Yahoo (remember them) group by that same name, which goes back two decades now, nearly to the last century.
Because of newly imposed posting guidelines at the GAD group by the administrator there, I am unable to post more than two posts a month of what the administrator deems a "commercial" nature. This seems a unique problem for me because I write a lot of book introductions (more this year than ever) and apparently the administrator at GAD deems any post I make about a book to which I have written an introduction to be commercial and subject to deletion, even though I personally don't make any money off the book sales.
Let me illustrate the problem. Here are the books coming out soon (or have already) to which I have written introductions:
Cat's Paw, Roger Scarlett (Mysterious Press)
The John Rhode reissues (Mysterious Press)
The last Christopher Bush reissues (Dean Street Press)
The Make-Believe Man/A Friend of Mary Rose, Elizabeth Fenwick (Stark House)
The Diehard/My Brother's Keeper, Jean Potts (Stark House)
Death on Herons' Mere, Mary Fitt (Moonstone)
The Edith Howie reissues (Coachwhip)
Death of an Intruder/Twice So Fair, Nedra Tyre (Stark House)
The Beautiful Stranger/The Missing Heiress, Bernice Carey (Stark House)
Death and Mary Dazill, Mary Fitt (Moonstone)
Death Freight, Patrick Quentin (Stark House)
The Alice Campbell reissues (Dean Street Press)
The Complete Short Stories of Leo Bruce (Japan)
And that's just so far this year. There's a lot more on the way, dear readers! So as I understand it, I will not be able to post about most of these books at the GAD group, on pain of expulsion, even though I think they are of genuine interest to members of the group. Thus I decided I would have to form my own group, Vintage Mysteries, which I will administer with a gentler hand. If anyone wants to join just friend request me on Facebook (if we aren't friends already) and I will let you in. I hope other people will post there too.
I certainly enjoy talking about detective fiction, as PD James put it (and crime fiction too); but I listen as well. I'll still comment at the GAD group as long as I am able to do so, but from now on I am going to be doing most of my Facebook posting at Vintage Mysteries. If you enjoy my Passing Tramp blog, I hope that you will find your way over there, as you might like Vintage Mysteries too. But, rest assured in any event, the blog will carry on here as usual. In fact I expect to be posting here more than I have been been the last few years,