"Rip-off" is actually meant to be a two part headline. To begin with the second part, I am off to the Malice Domestic conference, which runs from Friday through Sunday, featuring hundreds of authors and fans, not to mention the Agatha Awards, which will be presented Saturday night.
In my absence, let me recommend the column referenced in the first half of the headline: Mike Ripley's latest monthly Getting Away with Murder column for the Shots Crime and Thriller Ezine. As always, it is filled with news and opinions about assorted crime fiction matters based mostly in Europe. Among other points, there are several that should interest readers of classic mysteries, including word of a new book from Catherine Aird and a number of republications of vintage classics.
The Ripster, as he is known, also provides the usual insights into his philosophy, including this gem: "For those of us who are infirm, crippled by taxes or subject to a variety of Passport restrictions, crime fiction is a relatively painless way of touring the world without risking (yet again) a diplomatic incident." Point well taken. In any case, enjoy the latest column.