GOING THROUGH PAUL HALTER’S SHORTS

Maybe it’s due to the mad whirl of school starting up again, but I’m having a hard time focusing on murder mysteries. I’ve been juggling a Carter Dickson, a Rex Stout, and a Theodore Roscoe, and I can't finish any of them. I’ve lost my follow-through! Maybe there’s just too much teacher stuff running through … Continue reading GOING THROUGH PAUL HALTER’S SHORTS

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“THE LOOK ON A PERSON’S FACE”: Christie’s Murder Is Easy

1939 marked the conclusion of the most prolific decade of Agatha Christie’s career. Coming off nine straight novels in a row featuring her Belgian sleuth Hercule Poirot (including the classics The A.B.C. Murders and Death on the Nile), Christie ended this streak with two stand-alone mysteries that shared one trait – both were concerned with … Continue reading “THE LOOK ON A PERSON’S FACE”: Christie’s Murder Is Easy

THE BLOODSTAINED PAVEMENT, PART II: Agatha Christie and Variations on the Serial Killer

Hereby stand warned: In discussing mystery fiction in any sort of depth, including plot points and motivations, certain spoilers may arise that could affect a first-time readers’ enjoyment of the books under discussion. Proceed at your own risk. The modern serial killer tale is typically a crime novel or procedural rather than a mystery, and … Continue reading THE BLOODSTAINED PAVEMENT, PART II: Agatha Christie and Variations on the Serial Killer

THE BLOODSTAINED PAVEMENT, PART I: Agatha Christie and the Serial Killer

I am honored to be included by Curtis Evans, along with Noah, Bev Hankins, Moira Redmond, Helen Szamuely, and Jeffrey Marks, all bloggers par excellence, as a member of the Tuesday Night Bloggers, in honor of that Mistress of Mystery, Agatha Christie. For those of you new or new-ish to Christie’s work, The Thirteen Problems … Continue reading THE BLOODSTAINED PAVEMENT, PART I: Agatha Christie and the Serial Killer