Friday, July 01, 2005

Detective qualities

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"Most people I know enjoy some sort of mystery stories. My mother-in-law loved police and courtroom procedurals. My mother likes detective fiction. There are also murder mysteries, general mysteries, and hard-boiled detective stories, with protagonists such as Sherlock Holmes, Sam Spade, Amelia Peabody, Kinsey Millhone, Mamur Zapt, and Perry Mason to name a few."

  • Do you enjoy reading mysteries?
    Oh yes!

  • What's your favorite kind of mystery?
    Amateur detectives. I like the cosy type (Aunt Dimity by Nancy Atherton for example) and the old-fashioned type (Miss Marple!). I'll also happily read police mysteries (PD James is a favourite), but I'm not so keen on medical or forensic ones, or PIs.

  • Do you like plenty of blood and guts, or do you prefer the details to be left to the reader's imagination?
    I'd rather have a really puzzling mystery than blood and guts. There's enough of that in the world - I read to get away from reality.

  • Do you prefer mystery stories based in the author's time or in previous centuries?
    I often go for mysteries set around the early part of the 20th century. Agatha Christie, Margery Allingham, MM Kaye, and Elizabeth Peters are all favourites. Some were writing then and some are modern authors. I like authors writing in the here and now too - anything from the 1980s onwards. I've tried quite a few of the roman/medieval times mysteries and never got into them for some reason. Odd, as I love history.

  • Do you prefer mysteries based in your own country, or in distant lands?
    Most lands are distant now I live in NZ!! (Although Ngaio Marsh did write a few mysteries set here.) I don't mind too much - it's the writing that counts - although Elizabeth Peters' books are mostly Egypt, which is great for an ancient history fan, and the Agatha Christie's that are set abroad are favourites. I do love little English village murders though - a little English village was home for 19 years.

  • Do you like to figure out the solution, or do you allow yourself to be carried away with the story?
    Sometimes I try to figure it out, but usually I just read. I never skip to the end to see whodunnit!
  • 4 comments:

    1. The internet continues to amaze me. I was using Google to do some research on “Web Investigator” and it led me to your site. I am writing product reviews so this is not the best fit… but nonetheless I found your posts to be pretty interesting. I never would have found your site without a little misdirection in by Google... glad I did.

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    2. I am looking for some good Internet Detective resources for our ratings and review websites and believe it or not, yours popped up when I searched for "Internet Detective" blogs. After reading your posts, I can see why Google led me to your site. Even though it's not what I am looking for, I'm glad I stopped long enough to read your posts. Just thought you'd like to know….. thanks

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    3. Good Afternoon Nicki. Quite by accident I stumbled accross your post on this post. Refreshing comments like yours seem to somehow add to ones list of lifes experiences.

      I find that blogs related to detective software that have a topic around detective software type items to be informative and sometimes entertaining.

      Once again, thank you Nicki.

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    4. Hello Nicki, I find it very refreshing to occasionally find a post such as yours with a similar topic to what I was looking for. It often ads to ones list of lifes experiences.

      I tend to have a soft spot for blogs related to and /or sites that have a central theme around type items.

      Once again, thank you, hope you don't mind if I visit again sometime :-)

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