One of the things I know as a reviewer is that there are huge gaps in my knowledge base. There are areas within the mystery community that I know absolutely nothing about. Considering how huge my TBR pile is these days and my various commitments, as well as the fact of the sheer study and reading involved, I am very aware that such areas aren't going to be rectified anytime soon.
Over the last several years, I have had the pleasure of very occasionally reading Barry Ergang's reviews. Simple time constraints made me miss many of them when they originally appeared. However, after reading several of them again the last couple of days, I was keenly reminded of just how good Barry is at the subtle art of reviewing. He brings a depth of insight and observation that few reviewers match and delivers a quality review each and every time.
Because of that fact, I have asked Barry to join us here and provide his quality insights on a regular basis. Much to my delight, Barry has agreed and the first of his reviews will appear early this week. Barry often reads works different from my own which means you, the reader, benefit from having yet another viewpoint of the mystery scene here.
I'm very much looking forward to this. Please join me in welcoming Barry Ergang to these pages.
Kevin R. Tipple © 2007
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