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Off the Page is a new book blog from Sun-Sentinal writers Oline Cogdill and Chauncey Mabe. Oline explains:

For the past 12 years or more, I’ve been allowed to review mystery fiction for the Sun-Sentinel. It’s been a challenging, frustrating, rewarding, depressing and exhilarating job. And I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

Challenging to find the very best and interesting mysteries that need to be reviewed; to try to hit all the sub-genres such as thrillers, cozies ad hard-boiled mysteries. Frustrating because more than 1,500 mysteries are published a year and at the most I can only review maybe 125 of them. Rewarding to hear from librarians, bookstore owners, readers and yes, even authors, who saw that the reviews make an impact on sales or books checked out of the library.

Depressing to realize how few books I really can read and review and how so many deserving books go unmentioned, and how many undeserving books make it to the best-sellers lists.

And finally, exhilarating to be taken to different places, new situations and to consider questions of morality, corruption and how lives entwine under the guide of wonderful writers.

I’m going to be using my part of this books blogs to offer mini reviews of books, to look behind the scenes of the genre, trends, to revisit forgotten mysteries and, of course, to look at local events. And just so you don’t think that all I do is read, I’ll also talk about TV, movies, theater that sometimes will have absolutely nothing to do with mysteries.

I hope you'll go over and take a look. Without all the reviewers and readers who utilize the internet small press authors would have no chance to get the word out about their efforts.

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