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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