Saturday, February 5, 2022

An Invitation to the new OPENING A MYSTERY blog!

Edie here! Today I'm thrilled to be able to introduce you to a new blog for mystery lovers! When I learned that our own Tim Suddeth had launched a blog for readers of mysteries & suspense, I knew I wanted to give him a big shout-out. I highly recommend OPENING A MYSTERY. So be sure to take a peek and give him our support.

by Tim Suddeth @TimSuddeth

Hello, The Write Conversation readers. Edie has given me this opportunity to invite you to visit my new blog, Opening a Mystery.

At Opening a Mystery, my goal is to share with readers and writers my love of mysteries, suspense, and thrillers. We look at the different types of crime fiction, their authors, and their main characters. I also review both older books (Think Agatha Christie and Mickey Spillane.) and current releases (Like John Grisham, who I recently did a bio on, and J. T. Ellison.)

Some people may be leery of mysteries because of the crime and bloodshed. That is one reason knowing the differences in the genres is so important because there is an enormous difference in the amount of violence and brutality the stories show. It ranges from the very popular cozies where the violence is mostly off screen and there is little to no profanity, to the hard-boiled and noir stories where you will feel you are right there on the street without any filter.

My biggest surprise so far is what I’ve learned about the authors. Most of them have had similar struggles to many, if not all of us. John Grisham had to write while practicing full time as a lawyer and his first book did not do well at all. Rex Stout and Tess Gerritsen almost quit writing because they didn’t think they were making enough money to justify the work. Can any of us relate to that?

So, whether you’re a mystery fan like I am, or you just like learning about other writers, I would love for you to drop by Opening a Mystery. Here is a link to one of my favorite stories where we learn about the career of Tess Gerritsen, the creator of the hit novel and TV series Rizzoli and Isles. The lesson I learned from her is that you can’t reach your destination if you don’t stay on the journey.

Thank you for letting me tell you about my project and if you have any questions or suggestions, let me know in the comments below. And as all ways, thank you for reading our blog. You readers are what make this site so special.


Tim Suddeth is a stay-at-home dad and butler for his wonderful, adult son with autism. He has written numerous blogs posts, short stories, and three novels waiting for publication. He is a frequent attendee at writers’ conferences, including the Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference and a member of Word Weavers and ACFW. He lives near Greenville, SC where he shares a house with a bossy Shorky and three too-curious Persians. You can find him on Facebook and Twitter, as well as at and


  1. Interesting. I write and love mystery.

  2. While not the greatest mystery and suspense fan, I'm a big fan of Mr. Tim Suddeth. Just subscribed my friend.

  3. Awesome! Looking forward to reading more of your writing Tim. :-)

  4. I'm a Tim Suddeth AND a mystery fan. Proudly just subscribed. What a great addition to my journey. I'll pass this along to all our story writers in our guild. Jay Wright; Anderson, SC

  5. Woo Hoo. I just subscribed to this new blog. Love a good mystery!

  6. Subscribing. Looks interesting.

  7. I love mysteries and suspense. I signed up!