A journalist for more than 25 years, Oline H. Cogdill is a longtime mystery columnist for the South Florida Sun Sentinel and other publications. She goes through mysteries as if they were water and generally reads two to three books a week. She's been fan of the genre since she was about 10 years old and began reading her mother's collection of old mysteries. But Oline didn't start with Nancy Drew or the Hardy Boys. Instead, she started with Agatha Christie, Rex Stout and Mary Roberts Rinehart. After she read all her mother's novels, she started going through those at the library at her small hometown. (The library once called her mother to ask if it was all right if the then 12-year-old checked out an Ian Fleming; it was, her mom said.) Oline was awarded the 1999 Sun Sentinel's Pettijohn Award and the 1999 Ellen Nehr Award for Excellence in Mystery Reviewing by the American Crime Writers League.
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