Price Drops on Some Kindle Books

Readers, this post is for you. I’ve been getting some alerts for price drops this morning and thought I’d share a few of the lower priced mysteries that I thought you all might be interested in. I haven’t read all of these but I will highlight which ones I did. Please note that the deals are U.S. based and might be geo restricted. If I had my way, those two things wouldn’t be a barrier to readers accessing great books at great prices. Continue reading

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Favorite TV Series of 2014

Here’s a look back at some of memorable TV series that I watched this year. Some of you are already familiar with this list. I did add a couple of  new series to the list and some commentary on Sons of Anarchy and The Fall season two.  Continue reading

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Favorite Reads of 2014

It’s that time of year again. My reading interest for 2014 stayed focused on older mystery novels with most of them being published during the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s. I read more this year than last year since most of the books I read were confirmed classics. I did read a couple of books published in 2014 but none made the cut for the end of year list.

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And Then There Were None…

And Then There Were None aka Ten Little Indians is Ms. Christie's most difficult book and her masterpiece

And Then There Were None aka Ten Little Indians is Ms. Christie’s most baffling case and her masterpiece

And Then There Were None (1939) by Agatha Christie is a classic and a favorite among many readers in the genre. I picked it up expecting it to be a good mystery and it was a good mystery alright but it was also very dark and macabre. Based off a 1869 nursery rhyme of Ten Little Indians adapted by Frank Green, ten strangers are lured to an isolated island under pretense and are killed off one by one. The fear, paranoia and continual tension eats away at them as they try to figure out who is killing them off.

Parts of this story was fascinating. It’s told in third person narrative. The fear and mental anguish of the characters as they try to stay alive was brilliantly told. As a reader you sort of look for clues as to who could be the culprit. My brain was working overtime. I admit that the first person I picked was killed off. The second guess I had was right on the money because the clue was there all along. She nearly got me again (in 4:50 to Paddington she did get me). And Then There Were None was hard to put down once it got going. As the number of people kept decreasing, I kept turning the freaking pages. I just had to know why all of this was happening and I could not put this book down until I had all the answers. It’s been awhile since I’ve read this type of book.   Continue reading

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The Purloined Letter, Edgar Allan Poe

Another Poe read:

The Purloined Letter by Edgar Allan Poe, 1844

The Purloined Letter by Edgar Allan Poe, 1844

Read and enjoyed The Purloined Letter. The third story in a trilogy of detective stories featuring the narrator, C. Auguste Dupin. Dupin is memorable for many reasons but reading him reminds me so much of Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes. The template for Dupin’s character was molded so strongly that I can’t help but read Dupin and think Holmes. Continue reading

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Overlooked Mystery Writers

This post was completely inspired by this list from @SINCnational aka Sister’s In Crime. The (mostly) writers at Bouchercon 2014 compiled a list of some of the most underrated writers that they love that no one else has even heard of. As readers, we know we can expand on that list and then some. Every genre has under-appreciated writers. There are writers that I love that nobody has even heard of either and I’d like to share a few of them. Continue reading

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Four Book Conferences For Mystery Readers

This post was born out of my curiosity of wanting to know which book conferences were geared toward readers. I’ve never attended a book conference and would like to change that. There’s nothing better than meeting other readers and chatting books! Of course, it’s always nice to meet your favorite writers as well. Here’s what I found so far below the break regarding conferences that readers are welcome to attend. The list turned out to not be very long because quite a few of them I ran across didn’t indicate clear enough if readers could attend and get any value out of it or were directed at writers only.  Continue reading

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The Black Lizard Big Book of Locked Room Mysteries: The Murders in the Rue Morgue by Edgar Allan Poe

I’m a big fan of locked room mysteries. Are you? I was thrilled to see and immediately purchased what is said to be the most complete collection of some of the best or some of the worst (kidding) or some of the most under appreciated crime stories put together by Otto Penzler: The Black Lizard Big Book of Locked Room Mysteries. He has a few other Big Black Lizard Books that I’ve bought, namely the Pulp Fiction one. He has a collection of Christmas Mysteries too but I’m waiting on getting that one. Eh. Holiday mysteries aren’t a big favorite with me. Continue reading

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