It’s been a while since I did a Current Reading post, and it’s good to be back. Now that we’ve gotten caught up on my past reading in the nine-part What I Read posts I can get to more recent things.
The Zanzibar Shirt Mystery and Other Stories by James Holding, Crippen & Landru; Lost Classics edition, March 23, 2018
Recently TomCat at the wrote a wonderful review of this book, which I had just finished reading. Rather than try to repeat and re-phrase his work, I’ll copy a few bits here, and encourage you to go over there for the whole enchilada.
“Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine rejected Holding’s first submission, but the second short story he mailed them, “The Treasure of Pachacamac,” was accepted and published in the June, 1960 issue of EQMM. Holding published an additional six short stories that year and, during his storied career, he would sell nearly 200 short stories to EQMM, Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, The Saint Mystery Magazine and Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine, but also published a school of children’s (detective) novels – three of them appeared in the Ellery Queen, Jr. series.”
The ten linked short stories are about Martin Leroy and King Danforth, two collaborative mystery novelists, who wrote “more than 500 mystery books” about their series-character, Leroy King, of which “over 80,000,000 copies” had been sold in every language throughout the world – which were originally published between 1960 and 1972 in EQMM.”
All ten short stories are interlinked as they take place on a cruise ship on world tour aboard a Norwegian cruise ship, Valhalla, on which the two mystery novelists and their wives, Carol and Helen, are constantly confronted by puzzling problems.” I enjoyed the book quite a bit.
What have YOU been reading lately?