May is Mystery Month at Booklist, and if you don’t know that by now, it’s time to come out of the witness protection program, already. Despite our own amazing coverage of crime fiction both in May and all year round, we thought it was high time to spread the love around. In “If You Don’t Know Them It’s a Crime,” we’ve invited respected magazines, websites, and blogs to make their case as to why you should read them, too. Mysteries are only a part of what Booklist does but for these publications, crime is really king. Kicking things off is Jon Jordan, co-editor-in-chief and publisher (with his wife, Ruth Jordan) of Crimespree Magazine. Jon and Ruth are celebrities in the mystery community (if you want to chat them up at Bouchercon, take a number)—and you can get a taste of their interests and obsessions by following them on Twitter at @CrimespreeJon and @MrsCrimespree.
Please describe your publication.
Crimespree Magazine is a bi-monthly print magazine. We’ve been publishing since 2004 and cover all aspects of crime fiction, even beyond books: comics, movies, TV, etc. We ship copies to eight different countries. We are also now available on Kindle and Nook.
Ruth and I met at Bouchercon in 1999—we got married a year later. We did some writing and reviewing for a few websites and decided we wanted to start our own magazine. We called some friends and scheduled a meeting at the Bouchercon in Vegas. We’ve been evolving ever since.
Who are some of your favorite authors?
If I pick living authors and leave someone out I’m a dead man, so . . . George Chesbro, Ed McBain, Robert B Parker, David Goodis, and Del Shannon.
Tell us about a recent review or article of which you’re particularly fond.
I think Ruth and Jen Forbus did a great job with the Hilliary Davidson interview in issue 46. It’s not online, so you’d have to pick up the magazine to read it.
What does the future hold for Crimespree?
If people keep reading Crimespree, we’ll keep publishing it! We are in the process of relaunching the website and folding the blog into it so it will be one stop instead of two sites.
Which other mystery magazines and blogs do you believe are must-reads?
I don’t really read blogs on a regular basis, but I check in when I see something of interest. I really enjoy Mystery Scene. We both cover the same genre but from different angles.
Contact email: Jon@crimespreemag.com
Frequency of publication: bimonthly
Cost to subscribe: $32 a year for 6 issues