MY END OF THE YEAR RECAP

We open with a song, sung to the tune of Sinatra’s “It Was a Very Good Year”: 2017 It was a very bad year. It was a very bad year For politics in the U.S.A. Our president’s cray-cray! His act got very old, And the GOP turned cold.   But I’d say ‘17 It was … Continue reading MY END OF THE YEAR RECAP

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READER’S CHOICE: The Detective or the Egg?

About six weeks ago, I invited the blogosphere to suggest GAD topics for a mammoth group discussion between my blogging buddies Noah, JJ and me. The response was staggering. Okay, three people replied, but they were great suggestions, and I thank you! One of them came from my online friend rkottery: “How about the role … Continue reading READER’S CHOICE: The Detective or the Egg?

THE FACE OF ME BEING MAD: The Crooked House Movie

Last week, I wrote about Agatha Christie’s novel Crooked House. I wrote about it because last year it was announced that finally – finally! – a movie would be made based on this, one of her darkest titles. The announcement came close on the heels of another revelation that Kenneth Branagh would be remaking Murder … Continue reading THE FACE OF ME BEING MAD: The Crooked House Movie

PUBLISH OR PERISH: Helen McCloy’s Two Thirds of a Ghost

I have just come off reading Noel Vindry’s The Howling Beast: very French, very chauvinistic, and very 1934 puzzle-beats-all. That means that the characters were basically cardboard cutouts, and there’s no good bemoaning this fact, it’s the way things are with most Golden Age detective fiction. If you want more focus on character, you need … Continue reading PUBLISH OR PERISH: Helen McCloy’s Two Thirds of a Ghost