Real-life private eyes Colleen Collins and Shaun Kaufman, who operate the blog Guns, Gams and Gumshoes, chose the "Best of 2011: Five of Our Favorite Private Investigator Sites."
There have been several fine anthologies published in the last couple of years to benefit various charities. The latest is Off the Record, with 38 writers from both sides of the Atlantic crafting 38 short stories based on classic song titles. All proceeds will be donated to two children's literacy charities. Patti Abbott (who contributes one story for the project), had guest blog posts from two authors included in the book, Benoit Lelievre and Les Edgerton, discussing the story behind their story.
The Q&A roundup today features Brett Battles (Jonathan Quinn and the "Cleaner" series) talking with the Sons of Spade blog. The Read Me Deadly blog has an interview with Libby Fischer Hellman, author of a series with Ellie Foreman, a video documentarian, and another with Georgia Davis, a police officer turned private eye.
Spinetingler magazine is open again for submissions, and they're making a few changes for 2012, including accepting flash fiction and publishing groups of six stories together in Kindle "issues" before they are posted on the site.
In case you missed the winners of the Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Awards nominees, the Murder, Mystery & Mayhem blog has the lists for you in the various crime fiction categories.
If you're in the northern Virginia area, you can catch the next free Café Scientifique in Arlington, with Kevin McElfresh, Ph.D. presenting "Forensic Genetics – The Reality of Genomic Science at a Crime Scene," a discussion on how the application of DNA technology to forensic testing in the late 1980's transformed the justice system.
If you want to solve a mystery without leaving the comfort of your desk, try your hand at decoding the Voynich Manuscript. Dating from the 15th or 16th centuries, the manuscript has befuddled countless academics with its botanical, figurative, and scientific drawings and an unknown language. Now, the manuscript has been posted online, and you can check it out on your own.