BOOKS: SUMMER CRIME: Sleuths on Site for Old Lags and Young Offenders ; Lesley Reader Investigates the Web and Cops the Most Arresting Crime- Writing Sites
Reader, Lesley, The Independent (London, England)
JUST AS crime writing expands in content, style and popularity, so the accommodating Web harbours vast numbers of sites for its readers. Authors, either singly or in groups, publishers, fans, booksellers, academics, museums and societies all have a presence on the Web. However obscure or singular your field of interest in crime writing, the chances are you'll find other like-minded souls out there in cyberspace. Below are a few sites to launch you on your way.
The Mysterious Home Page
This exhaustive guide to mystery and crime fiction on the Web offers links listed by author and character as well as type of mystery. They list a whole range of mystery categories including Detecting Duos, Grandma Gumshoes and Mormon Mysteries. If any evidence is needed about the complexity and vastness of crime fiction as a category, this is surely it. There are also links to publishers of crime fiction, awards, magazines, newsgroups and discussion groups. Keen surfers will revel in the mysterious and esoteric alleyways of the Web accessible from here. Everyone else may get overwhelmed by the sheer volume of material on offer.
This site has a temporary cyber-hiccup. However, it's definitely worth keeping an eye open and a few mouse-fingers crossed that it comes back soon. Specialising in female detectives, it is well- stocked with famous US members of the crime-writing sisterhood such as Patricia Cornwell, Sue Grafton, Sara Paretsky and Janet Evanovich. The British are well-represented by Val McDermid, Liza Cody and P D James among many, many others. This is a great site to find out more about old favourites as well as discover a few new ones. There are excellent links to individual author sites as well as plenty of book reviews, profiles and news of forthcoming titles.
Sherlock Holmes International
There are hundreds if not thousands of Web sites dedicated to the great detective, and this is one of the best. It is essentially a listing of everything available on the Web about Holmes with speedy links to most of it. If you are looking for the text of the books, articles about the works, speculation, Holmesian societies, events listings, places to visit, or if you want to know where to buy that kitsch (or perhaps remarkably tasteful) little item of Holmesian memorabilia, this is the place to start. …