You know what’s a mystery? The fact that every time I see the latest issue of Mystery Scene at the bookstore I buy it yet even though I’ve been a fan of this magazine for a while now I still haven’t subscribed. I am going to change that soon.
This latest issue has a wonderful article on the use of maps in mysteries (you can read the article online). Apparently maps were all the rage in the English Golden Age mysteries. I admit, I love seeing a map included in a mystery book too. I feel as if the writer is going out of his way to give me more clues and invites me to see the “crime scene” as he sees it.
And, now I’m on a bit of a book quest. From 1943 through 1951 maps were so popular that Dell began publishing the Dell Mapback series. These paperbacks had colorful covers and detailed and well-drawn maps on the back cover. Here’s a sample of one I found. Isn’t that cool? I haven’t run across any of these books at the used book stores but that is my new book quest. I want one.
For now it’s time for me to go through the magazine again but this time to mark the mystery books I’ll be adding to my TBR list.