Re: RARA-AVIS: Cell phones in crime novels

From: CC Publishing/Journeybook Press (
Date: 11 Apr 2003

For me, the most important change is that it makes it too easy for someone in danger to call for help. How many times can writers use the ploy of the cell phone running out of juice?

All in all, I find myself preferring stories that take place before the personal computer/cell phone age.

--John Celestri the male half of Cathie John

>From: Robison Michael R CNIN <>
>To: "''" <>
>Subject: RARA-AVIS: Cell phones in crime novels
>Date: Fri, Apr 11, 2003, 5:10 AM

> Betsy wrote:
> Cell phones have changed crime novels more than they have
> changed lives (unless you have an ailing child or parent).
> ***********
> Ain't that the truth! The ritual of trying to locate a
> phone in order to make an important call was performed
> over and over again in the pre-cell phone mysteries. It
> was often a successful vehicle for adding local color.
> miker
> --

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