I've been incredibly fortunate to get the help of some fantastic writers -- and readers to add width and depth to the reviews on this website. Now you can find out who they are, in their own words. The aim in getting these reviewers is to give readers contrasting perspectives so that the whole shebang isn't just about what I read -- and can read -- but at least begins to encompass a wider reading world. These reviewers give their time and talent so that they can help you select a wider range of reading from an ever widening range of choices. With that said, let me introduce them....
Terry D'Auray has been an avid reader of mysteries for years. Beginning with Nancy Drew, progressing through the cozies of Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers, to the hardboiled classics of Chandler and Hammett she now focuses on contemporary writers like Lehane, Connelly, Crais, and Pelecanos.
She started collecting first edition books when someone offered to pay her more for a used book than she paid for it new. And, although she loves cats, and has two herself, she adamantly believes they have no place in mystery stories.
Katie Dean lives in England. She was educated at Clare College, Cambridge University. After finishing her first degree, she stayed in Cambridge to complete a doctorate in seventeenth-century English history. Since that time she has been working in London as a management consultant. Katie has always enjoyed writing in her spare time. She has had several poems published in anthologies and is still hoping to publish her doctoral thesis one day.
Rick Kleffel discovered a rusting Intubatron© at a swap meet in Azusa, California,which led to his interest in World War II surgical automata. His first entries in the annals of research on emerging diseases were published in obscure journals such as Grue and DeathRealm. His accusers have pointed to the very names of these periodicals as indicative of the nature of his abilities, but all of the charges levied were deemed to be erroneous and unsustainable. His commentaries on the usage of surgical automata have been published in the San Francisco Chronicle, Midnight Graffiti and OtherRealms magazines. He currently holds the Guignol Chair in the College of Automated Inter-Species Surgery for the University of California at Irvine.
Serena Trowbridge is a freelance writer living in Birmingham, UK, who has a fascination for all things Gothic (in the Ruskinian sense of the word...). One degree in English and Art History, one Masters in editorial practice, half a PhD in Victorian literature, too many years teaching the above, and a lot of patient friends who just listen!Particular interests are women's issues and fiction, and presentation and representation in art and culture.