LOCKED ROOM TALES: Norman Berrow, Down Under and Every Which Way

This is where it all began: struck by my fellow blogger JJ’s (he of The Invisible Event) love of the impossible crime, I made a vow here to tackle four authors in his honor. John Dickson Carr, the master, is someone with whom I have long been acquainted, and I recently tackled two of his … Continue reading LOCKED ROOM TALES: Norman Berrow, Down Under and Every Which Way

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A Meeting of the Criminal Minds: A Joint Review of Alias Basil Willing (1951)

Introduction I’ve been singing the praises of Helen McCloy ever since I discovered her novels last year. I’ve read and reviewed four or five of them and am excited that she wrote 28 novels and a number of short stories, about half of them featuring her series sleuth, New York psychiatrist Dr. Basil Willing. So … Continue reading A Meeting of the Criminal Minds: A Joint Review of Alias Basil Willing (1951)

AGATHA CHRISTIE AS FEMINIST: Appointment With Death

In 1926, Agatha Christie’s husband Archie asked her for a divorce, having fallen in love with another woman. Her subsequent actions could be looked on as both revenge and empowerment: first, the famous “disappearance” which led to suspicions that Colonel Christie might have done away with his wife, and then a series of characterizations throughout … Continue reading AGATHA CHRISTIE AS FEMINIST: Appointment With Death