When Was the Last Time That We’ve Opened a Book*

If you’re kind enough to read this blog on a regular basis, you’ll know that I don’t do book reviews. There are others a lot better qualified than I am to do that. But I do enjoy talking about books, especially with other book lovers. That’s one thing I love about the book blogging community.

Nearly five years ago, the book blogging community lost one of its dear friends, Maxine Clarke. As a way of remembering Maxine, and the contributions she made to the community, Bill Selnes at Mysteries and More From Saskatchewan made a terrific suggestion. It was his idea that different crime fiction bloggers would contribute reviews of fine crime fiction they’d read to Petrona Remembered, a rich resource for crime novels. I’m proud to say I’m contributing today.

Please pay me a visit at Petrona Remembered, where I’ll explain why I think Maxine would have really enjoyed Caroline Overington’s Sisters of Mercy. Then, if you’re so inclined, please consider contributing a review of one of your own top crime fiction reads. Maxine always liked to hear about the books people were enjoying.


*NOTE: The title of this post is a line from Into it. Over it’s Open a Book.


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11 responses to “When Was the Last Time That We’ve Opened a Book*

  1. This is such a wonderful idea, Margot. There couldn’t be a more fitting memorial.

  2. Very nice indeed, and such a good idea. Thank you, and Bill Selnes.

  3. Margot: Thank you for mentioning me. Maxine was a good friend, though we never physically met, and I am glad that you, and the other contributors to Petrona Remembered, continue to recommend books in memory of Maxine. I am sure she would have enjoyed Sisters of Mercy.

    • It’s my pleasure to mention you and your blog, Bill. You had a wonderful idea to remember Maxine. She was a good friend, and I’d like to think she’d have enjoyed the collection of reviews that are on Petrona Remembered. I’d also like to think she’d have enjoyed Sisters of Mercy.

  4. What a lovely tribute Margot and a great review too!

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  6. Keishon

    Yes, I’m late but the idea was a brilliant one. Sometimes I find myself wondering if Maxine would like this or that. I still think of her and her excellent reviews and will go through them looking for books to read from time to time.

    • I think of Maxine often, too, Keishon, and miss her very much. Often I’ll read a book and think, ‘Maxine would have really liked/not liked this one…’ And, yes, her posts are still useful! I agree, too, that Bill’s idea was an excellent one.

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