Trust your instincts. How often have you read a mystery in which the policeman, private detective, amateur investigator says or thinks that? Lots.
When it comes to reviewers of mystery fiction, especially older books, the instinct I trust is to pay attention to what John Norris at his Pretty Sinister Books blog has to say. So when I read his very fine piece on the Mordecai Tremaine mystery novels of Francis Duncan, I took notice.
First, I cannot urge you strongly enough to follow the link and read the post, all the way through, as the initial paragraphs may tempt you to stop, I almost did. When I finished reading the post, I ordered these three books. How could I resist?
Say no more Richard, I’m in there 🙂
You have great instincts, Richard. When I trust my instincts, it usually ends up with me saying, “Hold my beer.”
I’m not gonna hold your beer, Jerry. Find someone else, or maybe just drink it.
Very interesting. I know I had a number of Duncan books when I was buying and selling British books, but didn’t know anything about this series, and I certainly never read one.
I’m going to get to these as soon as the flood from the library recedes.
I really like the covers on those Duncan books. But, I’m going to wait until you review these books before I decide whether to buy them.
George, I’d have thought John’s review would have been sufficient, but then you know my tastes better than you know his.
Thanks for the compliments, Richard. Once upon a time I trusted my own instincts, but these days I’m having trouble believing in myself about anything. I’ve been abandoning nearly everything I’ve started writing and deleting posts in a fury before they even get published. I’m glad our tastes matched with this writer. I only wish that all of Duncan’s books would be reprinted.
Goodness! Your posts are always well-written and insightful, on interesting subjects. You’re being too hard on yourself.
Maybe now you’ll lose the blahs.
Let’s hope so.
Those covers are pretty cool.