I've "internet known" Juliet Grames for many years, and she's always coming up with ways to form community around books and reading. Her newest idea is a read-along crime fiction project. I'm thrilled since the read-along she organized for Middlemarch was pretty much the most fun you can have in an online bookclub. And now, as a senior editor at Soho Press, she's decided she needs to understand more about the origins of crime fiction and its modern influences. She's inviting us all to spend a year with her doing just this. Juliet has read fifty of the classic crime novels to prepare, and she'll choose ten of them for this project. Here's a Books On the Night Stand podcast interview with her about it all.
The first read is a short story - Poe's "Murders in the Rue Morgue." The discussion will be on March 20th, but before that, also on the Soho Press Blog, Juliet will post some, probably juicy, backstory on the story.
I'm sure we'll have a great discussion of what it is in mysteries that satisfies us as readers. But also, for me, a writer who doesn't always have the strongest plots (Hah! I'm being way kind to myself here.), I'm hoping to have some of the craft rub off and into my next novel.