Building a Mystery

Amy Stephenson
Spooky books I love and why I love them. No procedurals (mostly).
Created 19 Aug 2020
  • Somebody's Watching Me
    10 Nov 2021 • 7 min read • 1 0
    There is an influencer on Instagram my hairdresser told me about three years ago when I started seeing her. She mentioned the influencer—let’s call her Heather—in passing, using her as one example in ...
  • Rearranging the room
    21 Oct 2021 • 3 min read • 1 0
    I love fall, but I think it’s also less that I love fall and more that I love the season change. There is the feeling of understanding that something is coming and then there is the day you wake up an...
  • Where's the Party
    15 Sep 2021 • 3 min read • 1 0
    Maybe it’s just watching the Met Gala coverage, but I miss big parties. I miss seeing people dressed up and self-conscious, the drama and the glitter. “Scared” is kind of my default state when it come...
  • Teen Noir Summer
    21 Jul 2021 • 3 min read • 1 0
    So for the past two years I’ve been trying to write a 17-year-old girl. And honestly I think it’s going okay. It’s an easy space for me to occupy because I think a lot of things get crystalized during...
  • Evangelizing
    01 Jul 2021 • 3 min read • 1 0
    Wow, hi, it’s been a minute. (Please know that I’m clenching every muscle in my body trying not to say “I’m sorry” about that.) The big news is that I have bangs now. Just kidding. Well, the bangs are...
  • I miss bars
    16 Mar 2021 • 2 min read
    You probably don’t need me to tell you about this book which is currently getting the full barrage of press treatments, but I loved it and so here I am. I blew through it in a day when I got a digital...
  • But Amy, Did You Like It?
    01 Mar 2021 • 4 min read • 1 0
    I have a lot of writing to do today, and that task feels difficult and distant and so I going to write you a newsletter and see if that dislodges something. I hope you don’t mind. This is partially be...
  • Amy 4 Amy
    01 Feb 2021 • 5 min read • 2 0
    Hi. It’s been a little while. But that’s okay. I started doing this For Fun which means that I wanted a place to go on self-indulgently about the mysteries I was reading and enjoying. Unfortunately, I...
  • Other People's Lives
    16 Dec 2020 • 6 min read
    i cleaned off my nightstand for you Hey first up: a quick thanks. I got lots of messages from folks who bought stuff from the gift guide, and I appreciate that so much. It’s a lovely feeling to yell a...
  • BaM 2020 Gift Guide
    02 Dec 2020 • 6 min read
    Hey friends, It being December and everything being stupid, here is a mystery (and adjacent) gift guide. Gift guides normally feature frontlist (books that were recently published), but I think backli...
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