Several years ago, Maxine (aka Petrona), set up a crime and mystery group on FriendFeed which has nearly 300 subscribers and is a chatty place for commenting on blog posts and is my first port of call in the morning. Sadly, though it's been on the cards for a while, FriendFeed will be withdrawn on 9 April. Thanks to Bernadette, we have a new home on Facebook - Petrona's Crime and Mystery Friends. It's a closed group but there are admins in all time zones so you won't have to wait long to be approved. Do join us - new members are very welcome!
Secondly, The Petrona Award judges and myself are meeting tomorrow to decide the shortlist for this year's award. All I can tell you at the moment is that it's going to be difficult to pick the shortlist and that they will all come from this list.