Amazon.com has drastically altered my life. For better andfor worse. From early childhood, I adored bookstores. Like most of you, I’ll bet, I could while away many an hour curled up in a chair (if they had any) or simply mosey back and forth along the aisles, picking up this and that, reading back covers … Continue reading OF BRADLEY, BOOKSTORES, BEV, AND AN ANNOUNCEMENT
“I know there are lots of talented bloggers in this group. I have a suggestion for a future post: A proper rebuke to Raymond Chandler's essay, The Simple Art of Murder. For those of you who haven't read it, it's 13 pages and free online as a pdf. It is a scathing indictment of everything this … Continue reading FOR THIRTEEN PAGES, THE GAUNTLET IS THROWN
Author and blogger Margot Kinberg, who comes up with something thought-provoking every . . . single . . . day . . . recently offered up a tantalizing article about illusion. Her focus was on characters in mysteries whose lives, built to varying degrees around an illusory view of the world around them, form the … Continue reading “THESE PRECIOUS ILLUSIONS IN MY HEAD DID NOT LET ME DOWN . . . “
I know, I know, friends! I was waxing reflective on Agatha Christie only the other day, and here I go again. Forgive me, but January is always a rough month to get some reading in. It’s the final stretch of rehearsals for the big school show, and this year’s entry, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, is … Continue reading REMEMBRANCE OF THINGS PAST: The Stirring of Memory in the Novels of Agatha Christie
Last month on the Facebook Golden Age Detection page, the great blogger Xavier Lechard opened up the proverbial can of worms, and I have this to say about that! First, though: if you are a GAD fan like me (and still brave membership on Facebook) yet do not belong to this amazing group . . … Continue reading SINISTER OR SILLY: When Does Agatha Go Too Far?
“Logic and reason, when not tempered with imagination and sympathy and even childlikeness, produce ruthlessness.” (Douglas Greene) A Carter Dickson Celebration continues – some would say has its legitimate beginning – with 1934’s The Plague Court Murders. After all, as I discussed in our first installment, The Bowstring Murders, written on the fly for quick … Continue reading ACDC, PART TWO: HM = History + Mystery in The Plague Court Murders
“I have seen the swallowing of jewels, a puffer fish poisoning, and a woman strangled with her own cat, but I have never seen anything like this.” (Rowan Manory) It’s no secret that I always wanted to write a mystery. I have penned a few childish things. No, literally, they were the works … Continue reading FLOOD, MUD, BLOOD: Goodnight Irene by James Scott Byrnside