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CrimeSpree: A Perfect 10


Monday, January 30, 2006
 
The latest issue of CrimeSpree Magazine is out (issue 10, thus explaining the title of this post), with Alafair Burke gracing the cover*. Apparently her sister Jan Burke** had to beg off at the last minute to deal with a looming deadline, so she'll be next issue's cover girl ("CrimeSpree: This One Goes To 11").

If you're not familiar with CrimeSpree, it has a bunch of regular features - news, reviews, restrospectives, fiction, etc. - but it's really built around the author profile. In fact it reads a lot like People Magazine for the murder-and-mayhem set. Jon, Ruth, and company apparently know ever single mystery author in America, and their overseas spies know the rest.

My favorite feature in this issue is the photo spread for the Dagger awards, featuring 13-year-old John Rickards in his Serious Author outfit (dark jacket, white shirt), with a beer bottle surgically attached to his hand (natch), and, apparently, the picture of a beautiful woman tattooed to his chest. So, who is she, John?

And now a brief word from our sponsors. Speaking of Friggin' John Rickards (his actual name, by the way), I thought I'd clarify the CrimeSpot.net censorship policy: as long as a blog is listed, its content will not be censored. If I decide that a blog is objectionable I'll remove it, but if you're in, it's all good. And even if I tried a dirty-word filter, I'm sure that FJR and others would just come up with some new ones.

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* Kevin Burton Smith is the centerfold.

** No, not really.

posted by Graham Powell at 9:59 AM