Category Archives: Mystery

Forgotten Book: Killer in the Rain by Raymond Chandler

this is the 259th in my series of forgotten or seldom read books Killer in the Rain by Raymond Chandler, stories originally published 1934-1941, this collection © 1964. Shown is my Ballantine Books 1977 mass market paperback This short story collection contains 8 stories: … Continue reading

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Current Reading: Brennan, North, Whitfield, Tierney

Sunshine and warm weather. Working in the garden: staking, removing two shrubs that didn’t survive the winter, weeding, trimming. Trips to the our regular nursery, trips to other nurseries, planning, planting, feeding, mulching… who has time for reading? So I have the … Continue reading

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Forgotten Book: Sergeant Cluff Stands Firm by Gil North

this is the 258th in my series of forgotten or seldom read books Sergeant Cluff Stands Firm by Gil North, Poisoned Pen Press 2016 – British Library Crime Classics – trade paper. Original publication, Chapman & Hall Ltd. 1960.  This is the … Continue reading

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Forgotten Book: Flash Casey…Detective by George Harmon Coxe

this is the 256th in my series of forgotten or seldom read books Flash Casey…Detective by George Harmon Coxe, Avon Book Company, 1946. Murder Mystery Monthly # 36. Mystery short story collection [This copy was loaned to me by Dave Lewis] Flash … Continue reading

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Incoming

Despite efforts to limit incoming, in light of having too many things already, sometimes it can’t be helped. That may be a good thing. So here’s a varied lineup of recent arrivals. The Singers of Time by Frederick Pohl and … Continue reading

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Trust Your Instincts

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 … Continue reading

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Current Reading: the reading blahs

I’ve been picking up books and putting them back down. I’ve been reading a few pages, and finding myself staring out the window. I’ve been napping, leafing through magazines, watching some TV. I’ve read maybe twenty or thirty pages in … Continue reading

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Current Reading: Lafferty, Steele, Patrick, Camilleri

I finished Six Wakes by Mur Lafferty, a locked room science fiction mystery, and I enjoyed it quite a bit. Recommend. I also read Quiet Neighbors by Catriona McPherson. This was the second book by her I’ve tried, the other being The Reek of Red Herring. … 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 In this Chester Drum adventure, Drum is hired by “the Governor” to find his adult son, who has gone missing in Spain. As the search gets … Continue reading

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Current Reading: still Lafferty, Mankell

Not a much reading progress for either one of us this last week. I’m still plugging along in Six Wakes, by Mur Lafferty, a science fiction novel that’s also a murder mystery. I’m enjoying it, but I’ve been busy with other things … Continue reading

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