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Les Blatt
Interests: Classic mystery stories, communications, writing, podcasting, blogging, traveling, social media, web 2.0
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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 3 days ago 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 3 days ago 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 3 days ago 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 4 days ago 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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Glad you enjoyed it. I think it is one of his best.
Toggle Commented Mar 31, 2015 on "She Died a Lady" at Classic Mysteries
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Bev, I am delighted by the fact that so many small publishers are now appearing, ready to find and acquire the rights for so many fine mysteries that don't deserve what publisher Tom Schantz (I believe) once called "biblioblivion." The more, the merrier.
Toggle Commented Mar 29, 2015 on "Corpse Diplomatique" at Classic Mysteries
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Yes, the Beresfords certainly qualify, Margot. Also, as our friend Jeffrey Marks has pointed out, I could also have added Helene and Jake Justus - in fact, I mentioned them in my "Corpse Diplomatique" post earlier in the week. All wonderful characters!
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That's great news, Miranda. I'd like to read more of Ames - the Rue Morgue Press stopped after republishing the first three Dagobert and Jane mysteries, and I've never read any of the novels about Juan Llorca. I'm delighted to see more readers have the chance to enjoy these mysteries.
Toggle Commented Mar 25, 2015 on "Corpse Diplomatique" at Classic Mysteries
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They are indeed, Terry. It's true that the reader isn't always given the pertinent clues until late in the game - Dagobert is not always forthcoming with Jane and the readers. But they are funny and the mysteries are well-presented.
Toggle Commented Mar 23, 2015 on "Corpse Diplomatique" at Classic Mysteries
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Bev, it's still available from Rue Morgue Press - if you click on the link in the post, it should take you to the book's page.
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Margot, there's a lot of fascinating material here about the Minoan culture - and also a lot about Native American tribes of the Pacific Northwest...quite a combination!
Toggle Commented Mar 10, 2015 on "Murder Gone Minoan" at Classic Mysteries
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Yes, Joan, I'm waiting to see how this plays out on April 1...
Toggle Commented Mar 6, 2015 on A Farewell (?) to Ripley at Classic Mysteries
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Bev, speaking as one who is vertically challenged, I did feel compelled to read this one. As always, Craig Rice delivers - it's funny but also very dark. And I still have to try that Harold Kemp book starring the defunct dwarf...if I can find it... ;-)
Toggle Commented Mar 2, 2015 on "The Big Midget Murders" at Classic Mysteries
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