As we continue our series of shout-outs to the diverse array of publications covering the mystery beat, today we catch up with Mystery Readers Journal. As editor Janet Rudolph explains, this stalwart of the scene covers a lot of ground—and, from her resume, so does Rudolph! Keep reading, mystery reader….
Please describe your publication.
Mystery Readers Journal is a quarterly, thematic mystery review in its twenty-eighth year of publication. Our themes have included art mysteries, mysteries set in France, Scandinavian mysteries, music mysteries, San Francisco mysteries, and more. Each issue contains reviews, articles, and “Author! Author!” essays in which writers weigh in on the theme of the issue. These up-close and personal contributions often make it feel like you’re chatting with your favorite writers at the bar or in a cafe. Mystery Readers Journal issues are published in hard copy and are also available as PDF downloads. Each issue runs about 84 pages. For past theme issues and tables of contents, as well as ordering information, visit our website. My audience is comprised of mystery fans and readers, writers, publishers, librarians, editors—everyone who enjoys mysteries.
Tell us about yourself.
I am the editor of the Mystery Readers Journal and creative director/writer at Murder on the Menu and TeamBuilding Unlimited. I blog daily at Mystery Fanfare and DyingforChocolate.com, have facilitated a weekly mystery book group for over 30 years, host literary salons with mystery authors, and have been a committee member on numerous mystery conventions. A long time contributor to the mystery genre, I received my Ph.D. in religion and literature, focusing on religious mystery fiction. I live in the Berkeley (CA) hills with my husband, a golden retriever, and two cats.
Who are some of your favorite authors?
P.D. James, Ken Bruen, Reginald Hill, Peter Lovesey, Peter Robinson, and Val McDermid.
What does the future hold for your publication?
We’ll be moving more toward e-publication, although we will continue to print hard copies for those who prefer them.
Which other mystery magazines and blogs do you believe are must-reads?
Magazines: Mystery Scene, Crimespree, Deadly Pleasures, Crime and Detective Stories (CADS).
Contact email: Janet@mysteryreaders.org
Frequency of publication: Quarterly
Cost to subscribe: $39 U.S. /$50 Overseas airmail. $15/PDF subscription