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Les Blatt
Interests: Classic mystery stories, communications, writing, podcasting, blogging, traveling, social media, web 2.0
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Carr's biographer, Doug Greene, says the solution to the impossible crime, "though based too much on technical knowledge, is fairly clued." He says that Carr included Fire, Burn! on a list of his personal favorites among his impossible-crime novels.
Toggle Commented yesterday on "Fire, Burn!" at Classic Mysteries
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I've been taken to task by a former Oxonian about my pronunciation of the Cherwell (in the podcast, discussing Death on the Cherwell). I had forgotten the frequency with which the letters "er" are pronounced "AR." In this case, according to Brian Watson, who used to go punting on the river, the name should be pronounced CHAR-well. Reminds me of the apocryphal quote, "The United States and Great Britain are two countries separated by a common language." - often attributed to G. B. Shaw, although it doesn't appear in any of his published work...at any rate, thanks, Brian!
Toggle Commented Jul 27, 2015 on "Murder Underground" at Classic Mysteries
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I've only read (and enjoyed) a couple of his books so far, Yvette, but I'm looking forward to digging into the new editions - Curt's introductions are likely to be worth the price of admission by themselves!
Toggle Commented Jul 24, 2015 on Punshon Bag at Classic Mysteries
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Another interesting side note, Yvette: she was married for a while to Davis Dressler, who as "Brett Halliday" wrote a series of books about PI Mike Shayne. Looks like I have even more catching up to do!
Toggle Commented Jul 24, 2015 on "Panic" at Classic Mysteries
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Bev, I'm a little surprised it has taken me this long to find McCloy. I have some catching up to do...
Toggle Commented Jul 20, 2015 on "Panic" at Classic Mysteries
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Sam, "The Nine Mile Walk" is also being republished along with the Rabbi Small series - I'm not sure, but I believe that's the 1967 version which does include all the Nicky Welt stories. I agree completely about the stories carrying on GAD traditions.
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Crofts really was the master of the "unbreakable" alibi, which, as you say, frequently involved trains. It also required a deep faith in the ability of the British rail system to run its trains exactly according to the printed schedule - sadly something which is hardly the case today. I think you'll enjoy this one, Yvette.
Toggle Commented Jul 8, 2015 on "The Hog's Back Mystery" at Classic Mysteries
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I know there's a Leo Bruce - I think it's "Case for Three Clowns," but I'm not positive (I'm not home to check my library...sigh). I think you'd enjoy Rawson - all the books feature magic, but this one, set in a circus, is really a lot of fun.
Toggle Commented Jun 29, 2015 on "The Headless Lady" at Classic Mysteries
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Thanks, Bev. I am impressed by the uniformly high level of style and the fine planting of clues in Tey's mysteries - and that's certainly true in this one. It's an excellent book.
Toggle Commented Jun 2, 2015 on "Miss Pym Disposes" at Classic Mysteries
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Agreed completely. I hope to finish reading his non-fiction book on Golden Age authors very soon, and I'll have a post about it when I do. It - and he - are really wonderful resources.
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Yvette, I feel the same way. It's a good thing so many of these books are e-books rather than real physical volumes - at least when there's a crash, the electrons don't weigh all that much. As you say, HA!
Toggle Commented May 23, 2015 on "Dead Man's Shoes" at Classic Mysteries
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Yvette, that list never seems to get any shorter, no matter how many books we read. There are always new replacements coming along!
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D, I think that's one of the functions that e-books can serve particularly well - bringing back authors who really deserve a shot at a new audience.
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Congratulations on the new Kindle, Yvette. As to Mr. Goby's antecedents, I consider that a well-kept secret of Madam Christie... ;-)
Toggle Commented May 23, 2015 on "The Leavenworth Case" at Classic Mysteries
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The writing is florid at times, Bev, but no more so than, say, that of Charles Dickens! It's a remarkably modern mystery in many ways.
Toggle Commented May 23, 2015 on "The Leavenworth Case" at Classic Mysteries
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While his novels are enjoyable, Bev, Reggie Fortune really shone in the short stories - I think you can find several collections that are worth your time and effort!
Toggle Commented May 22, 2015 on "Call Mr. Fortune" at Classic Mysteries
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John, I haven't read "Furious Old Women" yet - another title to add to my TBR pile...sigh...
Toggle Commented May 12, 2015 on "Dead Man's Shoes" at Classic Mysteries
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Bev, I enjoy both series - this one is a little darker than the ones I've read featuring Sergeant Beef.
Toggle Commented May 12, 2015 on "Dead Man's Shoes" at Classic Mysteries
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You're right, Bev. It's never a good idea to annoy someone who knows 50 untraceable ways to kill you fictionally... ;-)
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I do think you'll enjoy it, Bev!
Toggle Commented Apr 30, 2015 on "The Sussex Downs Murder" at Classic Mysteries
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I did indeed enjoy it, Bev - I thought the writing was very good, the characters quite memorable, and the plot very clever. I also have some books that were given to me by family members and friends - I know what you mean about giving them a special place in our hearts.
Toggle Commented Apr 23, 2015 on "The Mystery of Hunting's End" at Classic Mysteries
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Agreed, Margot - the academic types and their disputes are a major part of the entertainment offered here!
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I'm afraid I don't do much here with contemporary political thrillers. Do try one of Gigi Pandian's books - I think you might enjoy it.
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Margot, I'd also compliment The Resurrected Press for their proofreading of the ebook version. I spotted only a single minor typo in the whole book, which is a remarkable achievement.
Toggle Commented Apr 6, 2015 on "The Hand in the Dark" at Classic Mysteries
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I'm glad he's staying, Joan. I enjoy his sense of humor, and I've picked up some pointers from his columns about books that might work for this site as well. Onward!
Toggle Commented Apr 2, 2015 on Ripley Rips Again at Classic Mysteries
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