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by Ken Bruen Calibre rockets through the story of a group of cops (ala McBain’s 83rd Precinct) in London and the criminals they encounter.  Its characters are sharply drawn and distinct, and its dialog really pops.  If Bruen’s other books are half as enjoyable as this one, he’s got a new fan. The killer and […]

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Bodies Are Where You Find Them (3)

My third, and perhaps coolest, definitely oldest, copy of Bodies Are Where You Find Them. Check out the other two copies I own.

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That’s a lot of detectives!

The Longman Anthology of Detective Fiction edited by Deane Mansfield-Kelley and Lois A Marchino I’m using this book in my Literary Genres: Detective Fiction class this semester, so I skimmed it to determine which readings to assign, and now I’ve been reading it thoroughly as the class works their way through it. Lots of good […]

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Good detectives don’t believe in coincidence

Today is the first meeting of my detective fiction class. Here’s the OED word of the day. Coincidence? I think not. clueful, adj. DRAFT ENTRY Mar. 2006 Brit. /kluf()l/, U.S. /kluf()l/ [< CLUE n. + –FUL suffix, in sense 2 after CLUELESS adj.] 1. Full of clues; informative, revealing. rare. 1921 B. RUCK Sweet Stranger […]

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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

by Stieg Larsson I’m torn here, because there’s a lot I like about this book, but I’m not sure how to talk about it without ruining it, and if you like mysteries, I want you to go read it. Larsson’s mystery involves several stories on top of one another, each with its own intricacies and […]

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Arsene Lupin: the George Lasenby of Gentleman Burglars

The Hollow Needle: The Further Adventures of Arsene Lupin by Maurice LeBlanc; narrated for Librivox by various readers The second novel in the Arsene Lupin series by Maurice LeBlanc finds the master thief and head of a criminal underground hunted not only by his old police nemesis and by the copyright-avoidingly-named Homlock Shears, but also […]

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The Murder of Roger Ackroyd

by Agatha Christie The only Christie novel to make the 1000 books you must read before you die list, Ackroyd serves as a metonym for every Christie novel, or at least every Poirot novel. It’s skillfully written, with a wide net of characters, an intriguing puzzle mystery with plenty of side distractions (affairs, debts, scoundrels, […]

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Campion: Look to the Lady

To further cement my place in your heart as a big ol’ nerd, I’ve started watching another BBC mystery adaptation series. This time it’s Campion, starring Peter Davison. Look to the Lady is the first in the series, and was made in 1989. Davison and Brian Glover are a winning combination as the dashing, jaunty, […]

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Crusader’s Cross

by James Lee Burke; narrated by Will Patton Crusader’s Cross is another Dave Robichaux novel, the one before Tin Roof Blowdown, I believe. It’s only the second of the series I’ve read, but delightful still. The novel focuses on two cases: the 30-year-old disappearance of Dave’s brother’s hooker girlfriend and a series of murders occurring […]

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Foul Play

We enjoyed this outing from early in the careers of both Goldie Hawn and Chevy Chase. It’s a strange movie, with a schizophrenic attitude that’s hard to place. Foul Play tells the story of a lonely librarian and a police detective who fall in love as they try to uncover the assassination plot in which […]

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Dividend on Death

A Mike Shayne Detective Story by Brett Halliday Dividend on Death is the first Mike Shayne detective novel (I believe there were some short stories before this book). Its central mystery involves an elderly man on the brink of death, his wife (who’s murdered), and her daughter by a previous marriage who may or may […]

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Stranger in Town

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Mum’s the Word for Murder

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Blood on Biscayne Bay

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Bodies Are Where You Find Them

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