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The Dead Ringer–Best 100 Mysteries of All Time

The Dead Ringer–Best 100 Mysteries of All Time

The Dead Ringer—Fredric Brown–1948–IP I thought since my last post was about collecting side show/carny books, that I’d give the synopsis of one of the 100 best mysteries, as carnys are its theme. Fredric Brown was a prolific writer. He wrote not only crime fiction, but science fiction as well,[Read More…]

Collecting Side Show/Carny Books

Collecting Side Show/Carny Books

It may seem an odd subject to want to amass titles, but for some, the quirkiness and oddities that circus sideshows and carnivals provide are fascinating subjects. I began to indulge in collecting any mystery that had a smidgen of sideshow or carny theme, and have progressed to purchasing non[Read More…]

by August 13, 2013 Book Collecting, Dastardly Deeds
The Affair at Royalties–Best 100 Mysteries of All Time

The Affair at Royalties–Best 100 Mysteries of All Time

The Affair At Royalties-George Baxt–1971-OOP I must be honest. I’ve no memory whatsoever of this book–what I mean is, I’ve no remembrance of the plot, characters or setting. The reason–I read it as a teen, and was struck enough by the story to carry around George Baxt’s name in my[Read More…]

After Life–Best 100 Mysteries of All Time

After Life–Best 100 Mysteries of All Time

After Life—Rhian Ellis–2000-available “First I had to get the body into the boat. This was more than ten years ago, and I’ve forgotten some of what came before and after, but that night and the following day I remember in extravagant detail.” I was hooked immediately from those first lines.[Read More…]

The Doorbell Rang–Best 100 Mysteries of All Time

The Doorbell Rang–Best 100 Mysteries of All Time

The Doorbell Rang—Rex Stout–1966 There are a gazillion Rex Stout/Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin novels that are superb. I chose The Doorbell Rang because of its audacious subject and the ending, which I will not be revealing. I’m not alone in loving this particular title. It’s on the list provided[Read More…]

No e-book, that's right, baby!

No E-Book For Stephen King

I tried to purchase the latest Stephen King this weekend. At an honest to goodness real live indie bookstore in N. Jersey. They were out of stock. Out of stock!! After my mouth stopped its jaw dropping, the bookman explained he couldn’t keep it in the store,  that it’s an[Read More…]

Reverend William D. Campbell 1924-2013

Reverend William D. Campbell 1924-2013

by Jas Faulkner The daily email feed from one of the local papers had two links to stories that showed the city’s religious past and present passing each other in ways that could be seen as fitting, if not entirely ironic. The first headline, listed as a top story:  Southern[Read More…]

Lucky did not get lucky with Lola.

Bichons Frises–Love Them, or Love Them

I want to hate Lucky. I really do. He’s a 20 pound hairy pee machine, whose obstinate nature will not allow him to do his business outside in the wide wilderness of a back or front yard, or even against neighborhood trees and hydrants. On paper, he looked perfect. An[Read More…]

by May 28, 2013 Miscellaneous