Thursday, November 05, 2015

Ten Years of The Bunburyist.

Elizabeth Foxwell in an investigative mode.
It's hard to believe that 10 years ago today, I clicked the "Publish" button, and this blog began. I thought a blog could provide visitors with a way to learn about the contents of Clues: A Journal of Detection; read about neglected mystery works; and find links to interesting aspects involving the history of mystery, detective, and crime fiction—especially vintage audio and video. Although I tend not to receive a lot of comments, people seem to like what they see. Statistics indicate that the blog receives more than 5000 hits a month and has 59 loyal followers.

Sadly I have needed to reduce the number of posts per month because of my publishing and job commitments, as well as the work entailed for my new blog on American women in World War I.

The following are the top 10 posts of The Bunburyist based on views. Do you have other favorites?

The Top 10 Posts on The Bunburyist, 2005–15:

10. "Fri Forgotten Books: Charlotte Armstrong's The Chocolate Cobweb (1948)"

9. "Clues 31.2: Collins, Harvey, Highsmith, Parker, South African and Spanish crime fiction"

8. "Cornerstone: The Horizontal Man, by Helen Eustis"

7. "Fri Forgotten Books: The Mystery of Central Park, by Nellie Bly (1889)." After I posted about this rare book and mentioned it on a women's studies listserve, the Library of Congress digitized its copy and made it available via the Internet Archive.

6. "A Jury of Her Peers" (on the first U.S. female jurors)

5. "Dr. Barbara Mertz, Trailblazer"

4. "The Dude Abides: The Big Lebowski and The Big Sleep"

3.  "Cornerstone: Re-Enter Sir John (1932)"

2. "'The Grave Grass Quivers,' by MacKinlay Kantor (1931)"

1. "Dozen Best Detective Stories Ever Written"


Bill Crider said...

Congratulations on the milestone. I'm a faithful follower on Feedly, so I never have to miss a post.

Elizabeth Foxwell said...

Many thanks, Bill!!

BVLawson said...

Ditto to what Bill said! So happy you're still able to continue blogging despite the busy schedule. Really enjoy the blog. :-)

Elizabeth Foxwell said...

Appreciate your support, BV!

Martin Edwards said...

Congratulations from me too. This is an excellent blog, and among many strong contenders, I'd pick out your piece about the debate between John Wyndham and Elizabeth Ferrars about the future of the detective story as perhaps the most fascinating of all.

Elizabeth Foxwell said...

Thanks, Martin. The Wyndham-Ferrars debate in print was certainly an interesting interlude---one that I came across when I was following up on some matters for the E. X. Ferrars companion. For those who haven't read it: