Category Archives: Mystery

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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Current Reading: Becoming Superman

Becoming Superman by J. Michael Straczynski, Harper Voyager (Harper Collins) 2019 hardcover, 457 pages. Autobiography. J. Michael Strazinski had an especially grim childhood. His family was very poor, his father was a hateful, racist alcoholic who expressed his lifelong hatefulness … Continue reading

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Review: The Shallows by Matt Goldman

The Shallows by Matt Goldman, Forge, 2019, mystery fiction. This is the third of Goldman’s Nils Shapiro novels, and it’s another good one. The Plot: A prominent lawyer is found dead, tied to his own dock by a fishing stringer through … Continue reading

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