SUMMER OF CHRISTIE: Dead Man’s Folly

The second title in the Summer of Christie is Dead Man’s Folly, a fête-filled mystery for Poirot. Mrs Oliver, an acquaintance of his (who also happens to be a mystery writer) asks Poirot to join her for the weekend at a country house. She has been asked to organize a scavenger hunt-style murder mystery for the…

SUMMER OF CHRISTIE: And Then There Were None

It’s the first book in our Summer of Christie! We are counting down until Sophie Hannah releases Agatha Christie’s Monogram Murders. I watched Hitchcock and read Poe, Christie and Sherlock at a young age. Weird, I know. It’s just that I was bored by books written for my “age” and I loved mysteries. I desperately…

REVIEW: THE BIG BOOK OF CHRISTMAS MYSTERIES

EDITED by OTTO PENZLER   Never was there a more apt title for a book than this.  It is huge. Penzler, pulp and crime editor extraordinaire, has complied dozens of Yuletide stories into 650 pages of deliciously dastardly holiday cheer.  He has categorized them into bunches like Traditional, Funny, Sherlockian, Pulpy, Uncanny, Modern, Scary and…

Books for Christmas

Today I’d like to highlight a few books that I’ve read recently and can recommend as Christmas gifts for the reader on your list. SHADOW WOMAN: THE EXTRAORDINARY CAREER OF PAULINE BENTON by Grant Hayter-Menzies This is a warm, vivid biography of an unusual circumstance.  Born to a wealthy and enlightened family in the late…

31 Days of Halloween — October 25, 2013

  “The oth­ers went up­stairs, a slow unwilling pro­ces­sion. If this had been an old house, with creak­ing wood, and dark shad­ows, and heav­ily pan­elled walls, there might have been an eerie feel­ing. But this house was the essence of moder­ni­ty. There were no dark corners – ​no pos­si­ble slid­ing pan­els – it was flood­ed…