From the Crime-Does-Pay Files

Over the course of the past several days, Beneath the Stains of Time was picked by two fellow bloggers as one of the best mystery/crime blogs of 2012 and I want to thank them for keeping this niche on the digital crime circuit in mind when they gave out the awards. Sergio from Tipping My Fedora, which turned two this month, and Pierce from The Rap Sheet honored me with the title and was somewhat surprised by the latter – ‘cause the content of our blogs run in completely different directions. But I definitely appreciate it!

Now it's up to me, in turn, to name the next recipients and I have decided to not go for the usual suspects that already procured several nominations.

The List (in no particular order):

And the obligatory rules: 

1 Select the blogs you think deserve the ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award

2 Write a blog post and tell us about the blogs you have chosen – there’s no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ them with their award.

3 Please include a link back to this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award at The Thought Palette. and include these ‘rules’ in your post

4 Let the blogs you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the ‘rules’ with them

5 You can now also join the Facebook group – click ‘like’ on this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012Award Facebook group and then you can share your blog with an even wider audience

6 As a winner of the award – please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award – and then proudly display the award on your blog and sidebar

A regular review will be up ASAP.


  1. Good show, TomCat! Congrats to you and to those you passed on the award.

  2. Hmm. How does the content of our respective blogs run in "completely different directions"? We're both writing mostly about crime and mystery fiction. And I always appreciate your contributions to the subject.

    Jeff Pierce
    Editor, The Rap Sheet

    1. Well, yes, we’re both writing about crime and mystery fiction, but I always felt there’s a cosmos of difference between the contemporary thrillers that you mainly blog about and the (neo) classics that I’m hooked on. I always feel lost when I walk into a bookshop and glance at the crime section.