BAIN OF MY EXISTENCE: The Mystery Novels of Jack Vance

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

MURDER AT DUNGAREES, PART SEVEN: Professor Plum’s Secret

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

IT DON’T MEAN A THING IF YOU SLAY WITH NO SWING: Finding Murderous Inspiration from the Great American Songbook

When I’m at work, teaching drama students and musical theatre students and film students and credit recovery students (don’t ask!) and producing two musicals and one play a year and acting as department co-chair for the Visual and Performing Arts . . . well, there doesn’t seem to be much time for Golden Age anything! … Continue reading IT DON’T MEAN A THING IF YOU SLAY WITH NO SWING: Finding Murderous Inspiration from the Great American Songbook

TAKE THE Q. PATRICK CHALLENGE: The Cases of Lieutenant Timothy Trant

Sometimes our good fortune is a result of mere proximity. I discovered Carr sitting on the bookstore shelves to the left of Christie, and I found Patrick Quentin to the right of Queen. Regarding the latter: at the time, all that was available were the first six Peter Duluth mysteries, published with these nifty Avon covers … Continue reading TAKE THE Q. PATRICK CHALLENGE: The Cases of Lieutenant Timothy Trant