Most of the suggestions I get for new/old reads come from fellow bloggers, which can lead to exciting discoveries. Sure, a lot of time is expended trying to resuscitate some British guys who wrote 700 novels and then vanished into obscurity. And there’s a wealth of potential crime queens who wrote pure gold, maybe two … Continue reading BAIN OF MY EXISTENCE: The Mystery Novels of Jack Vance
Dramatis Personae The Household Lord Benjamin Petty . . . master of Dungarees Castle Lady Henrietta “Hetty” Petty . . . his wife, a former movie star Worth . . . the butler Mrs. Jolley . . . the cook Peter Moss . . . the gardener Gladys . . . the housemaid The Guests … Continue reading MURDER AT DUNGAREES, PART SEVEN: Professor Plum’s Secret
Is your social calendar a bit light this month? Are you craving the society of irascible people? Do you fancy a peek into a 1920’s country house party where anything can happen – and where you might have a say in what follows? To be honest, I don’t know what will follow, but here is … Continue reading YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED . . .
Thanks to Curtis Evans of The Passing Tramp, I was introduced to Harriet Rutland, who had the gall to: a. be a good mystery writer, and b. only write three books. (That tends to be the sort of author Curtis comes up with!) Thanks to the folks at Dean Street Press, all three novels are … Continue reading SWING LOW, SWEET HARRIET: Blue Murder, by Harriet Rutland
WARNING: What you see before you is very long, closing in on 10,000 words. I toyed with making it a two-parter, but honestly I want to be done with it! Let it go out into the blogosphere and be read by three people. Consider it this blogger’s Hooded Gunman, my coffee table book of a … Continue reading LET’S FACE THE MUSIC AND RANK: My Top Ten Christies
Inspiration strikes a blogger in all sorts of ways. You read or watch or hear something, and it makes you want to take pen to paper and . . . oh, hell! Does anyone take pen to paper anymore? Nowadays inspiration makes your fingers itch to strike the keyboard and let the insight pour forth! … Continue reading “I’VE GOT A LITTLE LIST”
I do have a few friends who care what I have to say about movies. And yet, while I stated right at the startthat I would talk about films in this space, usually when I want to offer an opinion about something I’ve seen, I dash off a paragraph on Facebook. It seems that Ah Sweet … Continue reading KNIVES OUT: A Mystery Maven’s Perspective