The time has come…

“The time has come,” the Walrus said

To talk of many things.”

Lewis Carroll, “The Walrus and the Carpenter”

The publishing world – and indeed the world in general – has undergone a lot of upheaval in 2020. Closing publishers, COVID-19, delayed book releases, the works. And now there’s one more change.

The end of Mysteristas.

You read that right. This is the last post to Mysteristas, our farewell.

Yes, it’s April 1. No, this is not a joke.

Mysteristas goes back to May 2012 – almost seven years. In that time, we’ve seen a lot of changes. Members have come and gone, some of us have gotten book deals, some of us have lost publishers, we’ve changed our formats and approaches (Twitter chats, Facebook chats, themed blog posts). But as they say, all good things must come to an end. Over the past few months we’ve struggled as life trumped blogging and our ability to give proper “care and feeding” to this blog. With heavy hearts we decided to shut things down.

This was not a decision we made lightly. Seven years is a long time. We’ve met a lot of wonderful people here – readers and other writers. We’ve forged online friendships that translated to real-world joy when we met up in person at conferences or book events. But a body can only be spread so thin and most of us have reached that point.

We hope that you will keep in touch with us via our websites or other social media (see the About page for links).

We hope to see you sometime in the future, when COVID-19 is a memory and we can get back to something resembling “normality.” Until then, we wish you the best and hope you find enjoyment not only in our books, but in the books of all the wonderful authors who’ve been our guests over the ages.

As Peg Brantley always says, “It’s all better with friends.”


The Mysteristas

22 thoughts on “The time has come…”

  1. So sorry. I totally get it, but will miss you. Love and luck – and good health! – to all the Mysteristas. Thanks for seven great years.

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  2. What a great farewell, Liz.

    I’d like to thank you for taking the helm and steering us so ably through the years. It’s been a fun and fruitful time.

    To my fellow Mysteristas, past and present, I want to share how much I will miss you all. We need to keep in touch and meet up at conferences and such.

    To our readers, thank you so much for your loyalty and insightful comments. I’ll miss you all and hope to meet you in person.

    To the future. May it be bright and beautiful!

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  3. I’m so sorry to read this, but I understand. These times are throwing us unexpected challenges. I hope our paths will cross (as well as our computer lines) in the future. Keep writing and we’ll keep reading.

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  4. Wishing you all stay safe and well–and that on down the road you return as the Mysteristas. One of the few blogs I read daily. You’ve added a great deal to the mystery community and have now retired with grace.

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  5. The Mysteristas are an amazing bunch of women and it’s one of the joys of my life that I can call myself one. I’ve been thinking about this verse from Ecclesiastes a lot lately, wondering, when everything is said and done and we return to our new normal, what will we keep and what will we leave behind in our lives? What will take on new importance and what will we shed as unimportant or unnecessary? I know we’ll hold tight to those friendships we’ve formed here and elsewhere. And we’ll laugh and plant and dance and embrace, that I’m sure of.

    For every thing there is a season, and a time for every purpose under the heaven:
    A time to be born, and a time to die;
    A time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
    A time to kill, and a time to heal;
    A time to break down, and a time to build up;
    A time to weep, and a time to laugh;
    A time to mourn, and a time to dance;
    A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
    A time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
    A time to get, and a time to lose;
    A time to keep, and a time to cast away;
    A time to rend, and a time to sew;
    A time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
    A time to love, and a time to hate;
    A time of war, and a time of peace.

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  6. We will miss you, Mysteristas, and your thoughtful, inspiring, and often funny posts. But we are NOT saying good-bye: See ya on the flip side!

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  7. Thanks, Liz for a lovely farewell post and taking over the helm so ably and willingly. Thanks to Cynthia Kuhn, Diane Vallere, and Kristi Belcamino for welcoming me into this amazing group. Thanks to all Mysteristas, past and present, for your friendship, lessons, support, encouragement, and laughter. I’ve had an amazing time with all of you! Much love and best wishes to you all – I’m still hoping for a Mysteristas gathering someday!

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  8. So sorry to hear this. This was my fave mystery blog. I want to thank all of you so much for your insights, writing advice and for helping me introduce Natalie McMasters to the world. Should any of you feel the urge, my blog at is open for guest posts. You can follow me on FB at, instagram and twitter @3mdetective, and tumblr at

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  9. My heart is both heavy and full reading this. I’ll SO miss our time here together, but I’m grateful for the lasting friendships we’ve forged. I think Dr. Seuss had it right when he said, “Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.”

    Looking forward to seeing you online and–hopefully one day soon–in the real world. I love you all.


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  10. I have enjoyed my time here on Mysterious. thank you so much for inviting me, as a reader, to your wonderful group. You can find my blog “Looks at Books” where I talk about about books I have read here 3no7.wordpress , and you can find me on Facebook by searching for “” Keep reading, keep writing; keep in touch. I have had a great time, thanks for your friendship.

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