The Curious Incident of the Doggerel in the Nighttime

My fellow blogger, Helen Szamuely, posted a fascinating article about the nature of clueing in classic mysteries, much of which is lost to modern writers and readers due to the rising technology of our times. Read her post here:  http://conservativehistory.blogspot.co.uk/2015/12/some-idle-thoughts.html It inspired me to scribble a silly poem - something I do way too often … Continue reading The Curious Incident of the Doggerel in the Nighttime

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AGATHA CHRISTIE’S THE PALE HORSE

“Of course I often have a master criminal in my stories – people like it – but really he gets harder and harder to do. So long as one doesn’t know who he is, I can keep him impressive. But when it all comes out, he seems, somehow, so inadequate. A kind of anticlimax. It’s … Continue reading AGATHA CHRISTIE’S THE PALE HORSE

DO YOU SWEAR TO TELL . . . ?:Helen McCloy’s The Deadly Truth

The year is 1941, and the shadow of war encroaches on our nation from both sides. Paris has fallen, and in a few short months the Japanese will bomb Pearl Harbor. You wouldn’t know this, however, if you peeked into the windows at Blessingbourne, the Long Island estate where society hostess Claudia Bethune and her … Continue reading DO YOU SWEAR TO TELL . . . ?:Helen McCloy’s The Deadly Truth