Booked Reviews including all pertinent information about the book.
Booked Vintage Reviews of older editions (30+ years old) in my personal library.
Holiday Reads Books with a plot occurring around a specific holiday.
Mystery Extras Random posts that cannot be pigeonholed into a category.
I review mystery books in all formats. Reviews will include the format of the book and how it was received.
I have an extensive collection of crime and mystery novels from the 40s and 50s. Because of this, some of the books I review may be older editions or out-of-print editions. Publisher/publishing date/ISBN information provided in reviews will be for the version I actually read. Earlier or later editions will not be referenced unless they are essential. Older and/or possibly harder to find editions will be categorized as “Booked Vintage” instead of “Booked” to make them easier to discern from reviews of recent and still widely available books.
UPDATE: March 2019 – I am no longer accepting review copies.
I hesitantly accept review copies from publishers and authors. I began this blog as a way to share the books I enjoyed reading with others. Books that I feel readers might enjoy as well, but may not know about. I have discovered that I read more and relish writing for this blog substantially more when there is no publication deadline and/or expectation of a review hanging over my head. Thus, if I do accept a review copy, I do not guarantee it will be reviewed before the publication date or even reviewed on my site at all.
Any review I write regarding the book is honest. It doesn’t matter if I purchase it on my own or check it out from the public library or obtain it any other way; if I find things I don’t like in a book, my review will reflect that. I do not receive monetary compensation for reviews.
I review books in the mystery genre. Occasionally, I will review a non-fiction book if it relates significantly to the mystery genre, such as a biography on Craig Rice or a study of mystery novel heroines. I also read YA mysteries, but not many.
Why is there no rating system?
Every book has an audience, but sometimes I begin a book and quickly discover its audience does not include me. What doesn’t work for me, though, might not bother you. All of the books I review on my blog are roughly 3- (worth picking up) to 5- (a must read) star books. If you really need to see a rating, I do rate the same books when I post reviews on Goodreads (but only because Goodreads requires a rating). Basically, if a book is on my blog, I have read it entirely and I’m recommending it to you. Reading is a personal experience; a book that is 3-stars for me might be 5-stars for another reader. If that reader didn’t give the book a chance because I gave it only 3-stars, and missed out on a book they would have truly enjoyed, it would be tragic.