Category Archives: Mystery

Short Story Wednesday – “Bug Eater” by Nathan M. Beauchamp

Story from: Oceans, The Anthology edited Jessica West, Holt Smith 2017 trade paperback, SFF anthology This is a new idea, proposed by Patti Abbott (here) that people can do a post each Wednesday about a single short story, a collection or … Continue reading

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Short Story Wednesday – “Diplomat-At-Arms” by Keith Laumer

“Diplomat-At-Arms” by Keith Laumer, from Fantastic, January 1960. Source: Keith Laumer’s Retief (Giants of Sci-Fi Collection Book 4), 2020 Kindle ebook This ebook collection of Retief stories collects the earliest 16 of Laumer’s stories featuring what will become his most enduring character. … Continue reading

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Currently… October 12

The weather turned, and it’s been very windy and we’ve had rain, which is welcome. In addition to helping put out the still-burning wildfires, it’s refreshing, Autumnal, and helps with drought. Reading: I had been reading Grant by Ron Chernow, the 1,100 + page … Continue reading

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Currently… Holmes pastiches

The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories Part XII: Some Untold Cases (1894-1902 edited by David Marcum, MX Publishing, 2018 trade paper, mystery, Holmes pastiche anthology. This, and the volume preceding it, collect 33 of the many “untold tales” from … Continue reading

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FFB: Settling Scores edited by Martin Edwards

Settling Scores edited by Martin Edwards, Poisoned Pen Press 2020 trade paper, mystery anthology of stories with a sports element, stories originally published from 1940-1975. I liked this anthology quite a bit. Rather than me blathering on about it though, I’ll … Continue reading

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Reading: short stories

I’ve been reading short stories lately, since my concentration has been iffy the last month(s). Here are the books I’m dipping into. MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories, Part XII: 1894-1902 features contributions from C.H. Dye, David Marcum, Thomas Fortenberry, … Continue reading

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FFB: In At the Death by Francis Duncan

In At the Death by Francis Duncan, (c) 1952, Penguin Random House – 2016 Vintage trade paper, mystery, #6 in Mordecai Tremaine series The Blurb: (from back cover) “When murder is afoot, nothing is as it seems. Mordecai Tremaine and Chief Inspector Jonathan … Continue reading

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FFB: The Groote Park Murder by Freeman Wills Crofts

The Groote Park Murder by Freeman Wills Crofts, First published: UK, Collins, 1923, my edition 2018 trade paper. The Blurb: “From a murder in South Africa to the tracking down of a master criminal in northern Scotland, this is a … Continue reading

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FFB: The Corpse Came Calling by Brett Halliday

The Corpse Came Calling by Brett Haliday (pen name of Davis Dresser), (c) 1942, my copy (shown) 1964 Mayflower-Dell paperback. The blurb: When an old friend calls begging to see him immediately, Mike Shayne is surprised to say the least. … Continue reading

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FFB: Deathtrap by Peter Turnbull

Deathtrap by Peter Turnbull, Severn House 2000 hardcover, mystery, police procedural. 2nd in the Hennessey and Yellich series, set in York, England. review from Kirkus Reviews: “Yet another of the author’s absorbing procedurals, this time set in the city of York, where Detective … Continue reading

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