About Me

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

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.

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’s the most beautiful place you’ve ever been? Lake Bled in Slovenia. We took several trips there during my teen years and the landscape is stunning.

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.

When you’re having a bad day, what do you do to make yourself feel better? I love revisiting Busted.

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 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.

If you could shop for free at one store, which would you choose? Powell’s bookstore. I would buy all the books…

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 day of the week? Friday.

What’s the one food you could never bring yourself to eat? Squid. I get nauseous just thinking about it.