Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Mystery and Writing Group Blogs

By Joyce Tremel

This is our first installment of essential blogs for mystery writers covers group blogs. Note that this list only touches on a few of the many wonderful group blogs out there. We will list more in the future. I promise!

Working Stiffs—“Where Crime Writers Talk About Life, Work, and Murder.” Created by Pittsburgh SinC members, it has expanded to include writers from all over. I’m one of the founding members and the current blog administrator.

Poe’s Deadly Daughters—“A Blog For Mystery Lovers.” Posts on PDD are an interesting mix if craft and the writing life and often features visiting authors on the weekends.

Murderati—“Mysteries, Murder and Marketing.” One of the first group mystery blogs. It features a nice mix of craft, books, and personal essays.

The Lipstick Chronicles—“Just keep reading and no one gets hurt.” TLC has undergone many changes over the years but has never lost their focus of entertaining readers. Ask a long time TLCer what IOCHFTS means.

The Kill Zone—“Insider perspectives from today’s hottest thriller and mystery writers.” This is another blog that mixes posts on craft with entertaining stories of the writing life.

Criminal Minds—“A virtual panel.” This blog is a little different. Each blogger answers the same question posed to them that week.

The Cozy Chicks—“Cozy up to some killer books.” The Cozy Chicks post about the writing life. They say, “Grab a cup of coffee, pull up a chair and join the conversation.”

Jungle Red Writers—“Writing well is the best revenge.” You’ll recognize all these Sisters in Crime. They blog about writing—and everything else.

Hey, There’s a Dead Guy in the Living Room—“Mystery writing from idea to bookshelf.” Nice mix of posts from writers, booksellers, and even a slithery agent.

Killer Hobbies—These writers write about… what else? Hobbies of course!

The LadyKillers—“An unsuitable blog for a woman…” A blog for readers and writers of crime fiction.

Can you think of any other group blogs? Feel free to share them with us in the comments section.

(Fear not, we'll feature single blogs in the coming weeks.)

Don't miss tomorrow's post, when Lisa J. Jackson tells you how to organize the blogs you read!


Leighton Gage said...

Folks with a taste for travel might enjoy ours:

There are five of us, and each contributes once a week on an item of cultural, or historical, or human interest in one of the countries we write about.
Saturdays are for guests, and we welcome them.

Norma said...

Wow! A link to today's post goes in my favorites. Now I'll find all these blogs to check every day (that is, when I have time).

Clare2e said...

Just a little BSP:

10 members of the local New York Tri--State chapter blog together at

Vicki Lane said...

The Stiletto Gang is another...

Mary Saums said...

The Femmes Fatales are Charlaine Harris, Kris Neri, Elaine Viets, Dana Cameron, Toni Kelner, Hank Ryan, Donna Andrews and myself. Check our blog at

for musings on writing, reading, the publishing world and fitting all those into real life when it's already overbooked. :)

JB Lynn said...

Personally I'm a fan of

Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

There's also where the characters take over the blog, and where 6 mystery authors dish up mystery and delicious recipes!

Linda Leszczuk said...

I've added this post to my favorites list. Some of these I already follow but others are new to me and I'll enjoy checking them out. Thanks for the list.

Pari Noskin Taichert said...

There are so many wonderful mystery and writing group blogs, we're honored you included us in this piece.

Thank you,
Pari Noskin Taichert, founder
(and chair of Left Coast Crime Santa Fe -- March 24-27, 2011)

Libby Hellmann said...

Don't forget THE OUTFIT:

We're 4 years old and until last year, Sara Paretsky was with us. Now we are Barb D'Amato, Laura Caldwell, Jamie Freveletti, Michael Dymmmoch, Libby Hellmann, Bryan Gruley, David Ellis, Marcus Sakey, Kevin Guilefoile, and Sean Chercover.

We blog about crime, writing, and Chicago. And we enjoy having guests as well.

Beth Groundwater said...

And don't forget Inkspot, where Midnight Ink's authors take turns posting at: