Book Reviews

Incomprehensible Margery Allingham

Incomprehensible Margery Allingham

I remembered why I didn’t read many crime novels by Margery Allingham. Of the books I’ve read so far, Her writing is gibberish to me. Excepting Traitor’s Purse, that is. That book is on my list for the very reason that it’s not remotely like any others she wrote. It’s straight[Read More…]

Death At Willow Grove Amusement Park, Philly PA

Death At Willow Grove Amusement Park, Philly PA

The title-The Disappearance of Mary Young doesn’t make sense to me. Mary Young doesn’t disappear. She’s murdered. And she’s murdered in public. In a dark ride at an amusement park outside of Philly PA. Which I know for a fact is based on a real park called Willow Grove. My[Read More…]

by April 8, 2013 Book Reviews, Dastardly Deeds
Goodreads Sells Their Soul To The Devil

Goodreads Sells Their Soul To The Devil

I didn’t join Goodreads. Mostly because until recently I didn’t know what it was or what I would want to join for. Many authors and friends had suggested via facebook I should join, and that only made me less likely to do so, because I assumed it was another facebook[Read More…]

Traitor’s Purse-Best 100 Mysteries of All Time

Traitor’s Purse-Best 100 Mysteries of All Time

Traitor’s Purse  Margery Allingham   1940 Finally, I’ve reread one of my best 100, and it not only lives up to a vague memory of  greatness, it excels it. Up until this point, Margery Allingham had written rather lightweight traditional mysteries with Albert Campion as the amateur detective, and his[Read More…]

Murder Within Murder-Best 100 Mysteries of All Time

Murder Within Murder-Best 100 Mysteries of All Time

Murder Within Murder Frances and Richard Lockridge 1946 The first time I read the book, I was impressed with what I felt was new territory being explored–an old murder having a direct bearing on a recent one. It felt unique. But upon second reading for this list, I wasn’t as[Read More…]

2 Unusual Subjects

2 Unusual Subjects

I finished two crime novels around the same time. I historically never read more than one title at at time. I thought I needed complete concentration on one–or I thought I’d be cheating on the book if I read a another as well. With age, and less time, I find[Read More…]

Tik Tok of Oz (1914) by Frank L. Baum. The second "robot" to appear in popular literature.

14 Inventions NOT Available at Aunt Em’s House

  By Carrie Bailey Context changes things. In 1907, the concept of a clockwork man was innovative, a device before its time. In fact, Frank L. Baum created his character Tik Tok before the word “robot” was first used to describe “a machine resembling a human being and able to[Read More…]

by March 11, 2013 Book Reviews, News & Opinions
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The Glass Room-Should or Shouldn’t It Be a Best 100?

  The Glass Room  Edwin Rolfe and  Lester Fuller  1946 “In 1946 the phrase first appeared in the murder mystery novel Murder in the Glass Room (by Edwin Rolfe and Lester Fuller) as “you can never tell a book by its cover.” Wow, that fact, I just found, may tip the[Read More…]