My name is Aidan and I having been writing about my experiences of mystery and suspense fiction at Mysteries Ahoy! since 2017.
I am a librarian in my mid-30s, originally from the UK, who has been living in the United States for over a decade.
I first discovered mystery fiction in my early childhood through series like The Three Investigators, The Secret Seven and The Five Find-Outers which I found at my local library. After drifting away in my teen years I rediscovered mystery fiction as an adult when I started reading I. J. Parker’s Akitada series which was set in feudal Japan.
Since then my tastes have widened significantly. These days I can often be found loudly extolling the virtues of the inverted mystery and I have found myself developing passions for Golden Age detective fiction and impossible crime tales. I remain game for pretty much any type of crime read though and I like to try to push myself out of my reading comfort zone.
If you have questions or want to reach out to me, you can find me on twitter @mysteriesahoy or contact me via the email form on this site (under About on the main menu).
Getting To Know Me
Where are you from? I grew up in Cornwall in the South West of England.
What are your earliest literary memories? Picking out Meg and Mog books from the picture book racks at my local library on weekends with my mother. The first book I remember sitting down to read independently was The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe after seeing the BBC adaptation and that pretty much kickstarted my love of reading.
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? Robin Hood. The cute and charming Disney fox version though…
What’s your Favourite Book? Wuthering Heights is probably still my favorite though I really admire Ira Levin’s mystery A Kiss Before Dying and that would be a very close second.
Who is your favorite crime author? This is a really tough one to answer as I am always finding and falling in love with new authors. Christie is probably my most read, although I have more reviews of Bellairs on this blog. I would say that I probably feel most attached to I. J. Parker’s Akitada mysteries so let’s plump for those!
What was your first mystery story? Either Enid Blyton’s Five Find-Outers series or The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.
Who is your favorite sleuth? Akitada. The characterization is rich and convincing. It is one of those series you have to read in order to really appreciate the way the character and his household develop.
Have you ever met a crime writer? Other than my father? While I have met some writers, almost all of those meetings are from outside the genre. I get far too shy when meeting those whose work I love.
When do you write your blog posts? I try and write them as soon as possible after finishing a book. Typically that is later at night.
Have you ever tried writing your own mystery? I have. I am. I will.
What’s your favorite food? Tteokbokki.
What’s your favourite ice cream flavor? I actually don’t really care for ice cream. Rum raisin, peach or black raspberry are my go-tos if I have to though.
What’s your most embarrassing childhood memory? I never did anything embarrassing in childhood…
Perhaps throwing a pool cue through a glass window while trying to recreate the javelin event when I was about four. Certainly it’s the one that gets brought up most often.
What are your 3 Favourite Movies?
1. The Third Man
2. The Seventh Seal
3. High and Low
What was the first concert you went to? It was Supergrass playing at the Eden Project.
Which countries have you been to? Other than the UK and the USA, I have visited Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia and Hungary.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be? Jeju Island in Korea. I would love to visit the lava caves and Gimneyeong Maze Park.
What accomplishment are you most proud of? I am very proud of my family and the person my daughter is growing into. It’s mostly her but I am happy with my own small part in it.
Recently she has started taking her own interest in mystery stories which has been the source of much delight!
When you’re having a bad day, what do you do to make yourself feel better? Buying books is the obvious answer. I love to browse bookshops like my relatively local store or a secondhand bookshop for older titles and pick out something appealing. As you can see from the state of my TBR Pile, purchases far exceed my ability to read them.
Obviously in person shopping is out of the question at the moment so I have had to find other, more homebound ways to destress. In particular, I love revisiting Busted and watching episodes of Running Man – two variety shows from Korea.
Using one word, how would you describe your family? Cozy.
What is the scariest movie you’ve ever seen? I try to avoid scary movies but I still get creeped out by thinking about The Witches.
If you could shop for free at one store, which would you choose? Powell’s bookstore. I would buy all the books…