Monthly Archives: December 2018

Reading Counts, 2018

I read 129 books this year, assuming I’ll finish the one I’m reading by the 31st. I expect I will. Here’s the breakdown: More than ever, my reading is slanted toward mysteries, with fantasy, science fiction and, surprisingly to me, … Continue reading

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Christmas Goodies – books

Each year, as expected and desired, I receive some books at Christmas. Here is this year’s bounty. All but one of these I had put on a “wish list” and those wishes were fulfilled. A very nice selection, I look forward … Continue reading

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Current Reading: Christmas Eve Reading

I’ve been reading various things, as always, and I’ll get back to those next week, but for today I decided to share with you some Christmas Eve reading. I read these, and other Christmas-themed books, each year at this time. … Continue reading

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Forgotten: A Holiday for Murder by Agatha Christie

First published in 1938 as Hercule Poirot’s Christmas, and in 1939 as Murder for Christmas by Agatha Christie. Avon Books changed the title to A Holiday For Murder in 1947. This copy: Bantam Books mass market paperback 1976, and also shown, the William Murrow trade … Continue reading

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Current Reading: Frederick C. Davis, Bob Woodward

Please Pass the Poison by Frederick C. Davis, pulp mystery, first in Bill Brent series. Brent is a tough reporter who has been forced into the role of love columnist for The Recorder newspaper. Published between 1941 and 1946, these novels … Continue reading

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Forgotten Book: Jeopardy is My Job by Stephen Marlowe

Jeopardy Is My Job by Stephen Marlowe, © May 1962, Gold Medal 1962 paperback, mystery featuring Chester Drum I picked this up at the L.A. paperback show, Lessercon, a few years back and finally got around to taking it off the shelf to read … Continue reading

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Current Reading: Lippman, Hyzy

Baltimore Blues by Laura Lippman, (Tess Monaghan #1) mystery. After reading about, and meeting, years ago, Lippman I finally pulled this first in the series off the shelf. As expected, Lippman does an fine job of establishing a sense of place, … Continue reading

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Forgotten Book: Stakeout On Page Street by Joe Gores

Stakeout On Page Street by Joe Gores Crippen & Landru, 2000 hardcover, mystery – short stories – DKA I like Gores’ DKA [Daniel Kearny Associates] novels a lot and have read them all a couple times each – or more – but … Continue reading

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Current Reading: Reavis Wortham, James Benn

Hawke’s Prey by Reavis Z. Wortham, thriller. This is the first in the Texas Ranger Sonny Hawke series. Ballard, Texas is typical small town west Texas, and not a lot happens there. But the beginning of this book changes that. A … Continue reading

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