Category Archives: Books & Reading

Current Reading: Stephen Kelly, Ron Corbett

The Language of the Dead by Stephen Kelly, mystery. Bombing runs by the Luftwaffe are only the most obvious sign of conflict in journalist Kelly’s first novel. It’s July 1940. Despite the proximity of a Spitfire factory, nobody thinks there’s anything in … Continue reading

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Friday Forgotten: A Killing In Quail County by Jameson Cole

A Killing In Quail County by Jameson Cole, Saint Martins Press; March 1996) This 1996 hardcover had been sitting on the shelf since new, and I finally pulled it off the shelf in a fit of “I don’t know what … Continue reading

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Current Reading: Penzler, Penny

I’m running behind on these posts, what with the holidays and (so much) football, so these were read in December. The Big Book of Christmas Mysteries edited by Otto Penzler, mystery anthology. I did a Friday Forgotten review of this … Continue reading

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FFB: Mr Calder and Mr. Behrens by Michael Gilbert

This is a revised version of a post that originally appeared in The Broken Bullhorn Mr. Calder and Mr. Behrens by Michael Gilbert Penguin Crime, 1982 paperback “It was six o’clock, on as foul a morning as could be imagined. In Warsaw it was … Continue reading

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Favorite Books of 2018

Last week I posted my reading count (129) for the year, which for me is a good year. Today I’m sharing some of my favorite books read during the year. Note I didn’t say “best”, but rather favorite, I think … Continue reading

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Friday Forgotten: Sands of Mars by Arthur C. Clarke

Sands of Mars Arthur C. Clarke, publishing history: UK: Sidgwick & Jackson, 1951, as The Sands of Mars, US: Gnome Press, June 1952, as Sands of Mars, this copy Anchor  Permabook, 1962. Sands of Mars was Arthur C. Clarke’s first published novel. I bought this … Continue reading

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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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