I think I've noted before that I actually only follow about three of these crime fiction blogs, and there are about a billion of them out there. Still, the two to which I do subscribe offered up the following tasty bits this week.
The Rap Sheet's daily digest alerted me to the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest, in which competitors vie to write the worst-ever opening line to a novel. B-L having been the scribbler who penned the immortal words "It was a dark and stormy night." If you want a chuckle, check it out. Almost as giggly funny as that Irish guy talking about sailing.
Looking for a lakefront getaway? Mystery Fanfare offers a likely place, site of the longest shootout in FBI history, and the demise of the infamous (according to some) Ma Barker. We were thrilled to discover the connection with our California trip, as Ma Barker was in tangentially in ca-hoots with Creepy Karpiss, denizen of Alcatraz. Ma Barker: good mom or criminal mastermind? You be the judge.
You learn all sorts of odd things when you use the Google. Who knew that there was an Alcatraz Alumni Association?