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Rocket to the Morgue (Sister Ursula #2)

3.59 of 5 stars 3.59  ·  rating details  ·  32 ratings  ·  5 reviews
1st IPL edition paperback fine as new
Mass Market, 176 pages
Published August 1st 1997 by International Polygonics (first published 1942)
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ROCKET TO THE MORGUE. (1942). Anthony Boucher. **.
I was excited to find this paperback reprint at a used book sale, since I had never read anything by Mr. Boucher. So…? Anthony Boucher was the long-time Crime Fiction Critic for the New York Times, and was highly respected for his insight and ability to pick up on new, soon-go-be-great authors in that genre. It turns out that he was also a big fan of science fiction, which he discovered through the pulps. The year 1940 (or so) was when the pulps...more
Bev Hankins
Rocket to the Morgue by Anthony Boucher (originally published in 1942 under his pseudonym H. H. Holmes). This is another vintage mystery find in that small, heavily-loaded-with-mysteries library in small town Indiana.

It revolves around the science fiction writer's world. The now-dead author Fowler Foulkes has reigned over the science fiction world in much the same way as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Holmes have presided over mysteries. His son, Hilary, fiercely protects the intellectual property o...more
Daniel Marvello
Nov 28, 2011 Daniel Marvello rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of vintage mystery
I hate giving 1-star reviews, but "I didn't like it" is the truthful selection. This is a vintage mystery (published 1942) written in a style that didn't hold up very well over the years, in my opinion.

The choice of using a narrative voice for background information pulled me out of the story too much, and the over-the-top banter between the characters quickly became annoying. I had to give up on the book after a few chapters.
John Carter
Sister Ursula is one of detective literature's greatest proofs, along with Father Brown and Brother Cadfael, that being a devout Catholic and employing a very sharp intelligence are an ideal match and not a contradiction. It's a terrible shame that Boucher didn't write many more of her cases.
Wonderful portrait of a skiffy community, the MLS (Mañana Literary Society) in the early 1940s. Fans of PKD's Man In The High Castle will also find a very intriguing reference to said work, 20 years before it was published!
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Anthony Boucher (born William Anthony Parker White) (August 21, 1911 – April 29, 1968) was an American science fiction editor and author of mystery novels and short stories. He was particularly influential as an editor. Between 1942 and 1947 he acted as reviewer of mostly mystery fiction for the San Francisco Chronicle. In addition to 'Anthony Boucher,' White also employed the pseudonym 'H. H. Hol...more
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