I am a retired librarian, who worked in both public and news libraries. If the right opportunity came along, I would consider taking it, but am happy with retirement right now.
Although some people exclude the Sherlock Holmes “Canon” from historical mysteries as a whole separate entity, I would say that the first story of this genre that I read was The Adventure of the Speckled Band.
It wasn’t until many years later in 1991 that I returned to this type of mystery by reading the Brother Cadfael series by Ellis Peters. I’ve been hooked every since and was reading about one book per week when I was working. That number has increased since I’ve retired. I admit that I am not too discriminating when it comes to the authors I read. I’ll try almost anyone. I try to limit myself to non-U.S. settings and to pre-WWI time periods, but I do make exceptions. I’ve enjoyed Larry Millett’s stories of Holmes in Minnesota, Peter Heck’s Mark Twain mysteries along the Mississippi, and Dianne Day’s Fremont Jones series set in San Francisco. And I do read other fiction and non-fiction as you can see by the books reviewed here. I get all my books and DVDs through my public library, so sometimes I’ll see a title I’d like to try, but it won’t be part of the collection. Fortunately, I have more than enough to keep me satisfied, but if you have recommendations, please pass them along.
My other main passion besides reading is sports. I rarely mix the two as I find the “wow” factor of unexpected athletic excellence to be difficult to capture in print. Throughout my life, I’ve played and coached sports: baseball, tennis, and soccer especially. Since 1981, I’ve competed in badminton tournaments around the U.S. and one of the goals of this blog is to do live posts from future events.
This blog is being written anonymously, though I imagine most of its readers know who I am. If you do, and you want to post a comment (which is most appreciated), please don’t mention my name in your message.