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Edgar Award Nominees Are Announced

Edgar Award Nominees Are Announced

Mystery Writers of America have announced this years nominees for the fantastic Edgar A. Poe Award. I’m familiar with Lehane, Mosley, Atkins, and maybe a few more, but their recent books haven’t been read by me. There was a time, long long ago, when I had read everything nominated, and[Read More…]

The Maltese Falcon–Best 100 Mysteries of All Time

The Maltese Falcon–Best 100 Mysteries of All Time

The Maltese Falcon—Dashiell Hammett–1930–in print This book is such a given, I thought I’d already wrote my little piece on it–but no! Anyone who hasn’t heard of the book must be living in a sad place. If you’ve not read it, only heard of it, you are living in a[Read More…]

by January 16, 2013 Book Reviews, Dastardly Deeds, Good Reads
Interviewing Dead Writers

Interviewing Dead Writers

I’m struggling to find questions for those authors who are among the living, partially because I am woefully behind in reading current mystery writers’ work. It does take a modicum of knowledge regarding a detective series, or suspense novel which one can only really get from spending time trundling across[Read More…]

by December 20, 2012 Books & Mags, Dastardly Deeds, Good Reads
Rebecca–Best 100 Mysteries of All Time

Rebecca–Best 100 Mysteries of All Time

Rebecca—Daphne Du Maurier–1938–IP I was surprised when I realized I hadn’t yet written a synopsis for this classic well-known title. Well-known if like me, you love Hitchcock and/or read mysteries. “Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again” should be in the collective unconscious by now! If you’ve never read those[Read More…]

by December 17, 2012 Book Reviews, Dastardly Deeds, Good Reads
The Daughter Of Time — Best 100 Mysteries of All Time

The Daughter Of Time — Best 100 Mysteries of All Time

 The Daughter of Time— Josephine Tey–1951–IP Practically every best list has this title on it. There’s a reason why. It’s that good, obviously, but also because it makes the case for the innocence of King Richard III who down through history has been accused of smothering his two royal nephews to[Read More…]

by December 17, 2012 Book Reviews, Dastardly Deeds, Good Reads
The latest release-on bookshelves now!

Elaine Viets–Witty Writer, Broadcaster, Newbie Private Eye–10 Questions

I don’t write reviews on amazon. OK, I wrote maybe three–but I had to be highly motivated and passionate about what I was reviewing to dip into that cesspool of bizarreness. And I was. Elaine Viets, mystery writer, had begun a new series at the time, and I was wildly[Read More…]

Pulp paperback version who lists Hopley as author, and then claims another Woolrich pen name as the real author.

The Night Has a Thousand Eyes. Best 100 Mysteries of All time

  The Night Has a Thousand Eyes—George Hopley–(Cornell Woolrich)–1948–IP Of  the numerous novels of suspense Woolrich has written and I’ve read, The Night Has a Thousand Eyescaused the most tense and angst filled moments. The uneasy reality of a Woolrich novel is the knowledge that the conclusion of the story[Read More…]

by November 27, 2012 Book Reviews, Dastardly Deeds, Good Reads
John The Eunuch and Mary Reed, Eric Mayer–10 Questions

John The Eunuch and Mary Reed, Eric Mayer–10 Questions

Ancient history is not a strong suit of mine. I enjoy it, especially when served up with mysterious mayhem and murder. Still, not having indulged in Mary Reed and Eric Mayer’s highly regarded series of John The Eunuch, I almost felt at a loss as to what questions I could[Read More…]