Category Archives: Mystery

Forgotten Stories: English Country House Murders

English Country House Murders, Thomas Godfrey, editor, Mysterious Press, 1989, paperback, 22 short stories “There you are, after a day with overripe household bills or baby nappies, fatigued and spent. You retire to a comfortable seat in a secluded corner with a new … Continue reading

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Current Reading: The Chalk Man by C. J. Tudor

The Chalk Man by C. J. Tudor, Crown Books 2018 hardcover, mystery novel. note: This won the Barry Award for Best First Novel, was short listed for the National Book Award, and was awarded Best First at Thrillerfest. The Plot: In … Continue reading

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Forgotten Books: The Measure of Malice

The Measure of Malice – Scientific Detection Stories, edited by Martin Edwards, British Library Crime Classics series, British Library 2019 paperback Note: It’s the stories that are (mostly) forgotten, not this new publication. I really enjoy the British Library Crime Classics books … Continue reading

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Forgotten Books: The Shadow: Partners of Peril

The Shadow: “Partners of Peril by Maxwell Grant (Theodore Tinsley), forward by  Jerry Robinson, The Shadow Volume 9, Nostalgia Ventures 2007, oversized trade paper. “Partners of Peril” from The Shadow Magazine, November 1, 1936, plus “The Shadowy Origins of Batman” by Will Murray, and “Spotlight … Continue reading

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Forgotten Books: The Shadow: Lingo

The Shadow: “Lingo” by Maxwell Grant (Walter  B. Gibson), forward by Jerry Robinson, The Shadow Volume 9, Nostalgia Ventures 2007, oversized trade paper, “Lingo”, from The Shadow Magazine, April 1, 1935,  plus “The Shadowy Origins of Batman” by Will Murray, and “Spotlight on The Shadow” by Anthony … Continue reading

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Forgotten Book: John Thorndyke’s Cases

John Thorndyke’s Cases by R. Austin Freeman, originally (c) 1909 The book I’m reading: The Complete Thorndyke, MX Publishing 2018 trade paper Since I’m a fan of Sherlock Holmes, it only makes sense that at some point I’d read some of Freeman’s Thorndyke work … Continue reading

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Forgotten Book: City of Corpses by Norvell Page

City of Corpses, the Collected Weird Mysteries of Ken Carter by Norvell Page, Black Dog Books, February 2009 trade paper, 206 pages, pulp fiction. note: the scene on the cover does not occur in the book. Here are six pulp “novels” from 1933, and … Continue reading

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Forgotten Book: The Man In My Grave

 The Man in My Grave by Wilson Tucker, © 1956, Rinehart & Co. [Detective Book Club edition] hardcover mystery (other edition pictured) Wilson Tucker is known mostly for his science fiction writing. However Tucker did write a few mystery novels, and this is … Continue reading

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Current Reading: short stories

Novel reading ennui has struck me. Nothing seems to strike my fancy, and though I have some things coming from the library, and a house full of books, it seems there’s not a novel I feel like reading just now. … Continue reading

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Current Reading: Under the Cold Bright Lights

Under the Cold Bright Lights by Gary Disher, Soho Crime 2019 mystery novel. In this very nicely written mystery novel, Disher brings us former homicide detective Alan Auhl, who has come out of retirement to handle cold cases. His small … Continue reading

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