I finished three books yesterday. It might have been more, but I ran out of crayons.

   It’s taken a while to figure out the new WordPress editor, but with a couple of workarounds to compensate for their mostly expletive deleted system, I’m now able to add both images and videos to the posts on this blog again. In fact, please go back and revisit all of the posts following the short hiatus of a week or so back. You’ll see them all in a brand new light.

   Another problem solved but not yet implemented is the matter of images missing from pre-transition posts. Some people see them. Others don’t. They are still there, but in some haphazard Internet manner, your browser may not recognize them. The solution is easy but time-consuming. I have to go into HTML mode for the posts with problems, and add a jpg extension to the code for the image. Easy, as I say, but not the most fun in the world.

   Just got the word from Mark that everything but two images has made the transition over. I think there’s been an upgrade to WordPress in the meantime, as this editing page is different, but I can handle that. Otherwise all of the links, embedded videos and so on are here at the new location safe and sound. Three cheers to Mark and his colleague at school Nate!

   To a new hosting system, that is. If all goes well, everything on this blog will show up on the new site just as it is right now with (fingers crossed) nothing lost.

   I don’t know whether the blog will be visible while the transition is taking place, or if everything will disappear for a while until we’re back again. I suspect the latter, so if that happens, please don’t panic. I’m not sure how long it will take, but everything should reappear as soon as the transfer’s done.

   My thought is that everything online is only temporary.

   That particular concept was thoroughly tested yesterday. You may not have noticed, but this blog was all but offline for 24 hours beginning Thursday night. Nothing disappeared, thank goodness, but I couldn’t access any of the management tools for the blog, including editing and posting. No one could leave comments, either. (If you tried and failed, please try again.)

   I can’t explain things I don’t really understand myself, so I won’t go into details, but my son-in-law Mark says it was a “database server error.”

   While working our way through that, Mark discovered that there is a new hosting plan scheduled to take effect on March 28, after which certain incompatibilities (which I won’t even try to get into) will mean that all 13 plus years of blogging here on M*F will disappear. There may be an extension of the date, and (who knows) the “incompatibility” issue may be worked out, but in the meantime, I will be doing my best to back up and preserve as many of the thousands of posts as I can.

   If worst comes to worst, I will most certainly start over again. There’s only so much reading and watching I could do without being able to write about it all too, and I know that holds true for the many other contributors to this blog as well.

   And while I’m busy backing up an archive of the “Best of Mystery*File,” regular blogging will go on as usual. Count on it!

   Time for my semiannual mystery hardcover and paperback sale. The prices on the sites below are those as offered on Amazon. If ordered from me directly, take discounts of 10 to 40 percent.


         Trade Paperbacks


   If you’re like me, when you read James M. Cain’s classic novel The Postman Always Rings Twice the first time, or even if maybe you saw the movie before reading the book, and put it down or got up from watching, didn’t you kind of wonder, where the postman was? Did you miss something? I did.

   Here, finally is the answer. (Follow the link.)

   As some of you may know, I have been selling books on Amazon for as long as third party sellers have been allowed to do so there. Sales are decent there for recent books. Unfortunately, older books do not do nearly as well there. I have several thousand older mystery and western hardcovers that I would like to find new homes for, and to that end, I’ve just posted a first list of them online.

   To facilitate moving them out, I hope, I’ve priced them at half of what I believe is are “current market values,” as determined by doing some comparison shopping at

   Some are extremely scarce and are priced accordingly, but many of them are $5.00 each, which is less than many new paperbacks at Barnes & Noble.

   Here’s the link to my first online list, with many more to come:

   I hope you’ll take a look!

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