My first love! I had always bought murder mysteries in a rather haphazard way (as novice collectors tend to) but when a dealer grabbed a tatty volume from my ‘£1 a book’ box with the words: “Oh, this is a bibliomystery, I’ve got someone who wants these…” I was hooked. I could guess what the word meant and from that moment on devoted a lot of time, effort and money to collecting crime fiction with a literary theme.
This put me in touch with dealers and collectors all over the world, fellow sufferers who were only too pleased to swap books, notes and images. I eventually wrote my first article for BMC about them in 2007, and have never looked back. So thanks, Jamie. You changed my life. I’ll be featuring a lot of bibs in my ‘Book of The Day’.