BRAD BESTS BREXIT: or, My Summer Plans

Purely by happenstance, over the last three-four years, I have embarked on two life-changing projects: I became a blogger, and I began to learn how to play bridge. So, bridge . . . well, did you know that the average age of an American bridge player is 72? A great many of the people I … Continue reading BRAD BESTS BREXIT: or, My Summer Plans

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IN WHICH FRANCIS BEEDING EMBRACES HIS INNER TONTINE: Murdered, One by One

As I stated last time, I had the great good fortune to discover that one of the books I picked up during my latest haunting at the used bookstore was also on the shortlist of my friend Bev Hankin’s TBR pile. We decided to read Francis Beeding’s Murdered: One by One at the same time … Continue reading IN WHICH FRANCIS BEEDING EMBRACES HIS INNER TONTINE: Murdered, One by One

ACDC, PART FOUR: “Don’t Wanna Be in the Room Where It Happened” in The Red Widow Murders

Before I conceived of this chronological Carter Dickson celebration, my experiences with Sir Henry Merrivale were more piecemeal. Even when I spotted and grabbed a lot of Carter Dickson novels on eBay and placed them carefully on my shelf in order of publication, I grabbed down She Died a Lady first because . . . well, … Continue reading ACDC, PART FOUR: “Don’t Wanna Be in the Room Where It Happened” in The Red Widow Murders

THOSE ELEVEN DAYS

Personal tragedy or publicity stunt? This is the question that has run circles around Agatha Christie’s fans since December 3, 1926, when Christie disappeared from her home after a fight with her husband, Archie. He had informed her that he wanted a divorce in order to marry his mistress, Nancy Neele, and when Agatha refused, … Continue reading THOSE ELEVEN DAYS

GAD = GORY AND DARK: Sarah Phelps Takes On the Establishment

The latest BBC rendition of an Agatha Christie classic , 1936’s The ABC Murders, has just dropped onto Amazon Prime. Now we forward-thinking Americans can add our two cents to the European reaction over Sarah Phelps’ treatment of the Mistress of Mystery. (I believe the words “Burn the witch and her laptop!” have been uttered in … Continue reading GAD = GORY AND DARK: Sarah Phelps Takes On the Establishment