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Not Quite Dead Enough (Nero Wolfe, #10)
Really two in one, and neither is up to snuff. It's as if Rex Stout took a couple of weekends out of his time working for FDR to do his thing for the ...more
Mar 25, 2011
Mar 30, 2011
By a Woman's Hand: A Guide to Mystery Fiction by Women
When I found this book, I was really excited to find that there were so many more than Agatha Christie, P. D. James and that cat woman mystery writer. ...more
Jan 1996
Oct 06, 2008
Electric City
3rd in series 1994

"Imagine a cross between Nora Charles and Kinsey Millhone, a female sleuth who walks and talks like a thirty-something Lauren Bacall
Jan 1996
Mar 27, 2009
Miss Melville Regrets (Susan Melville #1)
Well written story that is so subtly funny that I have read it twice when I needed a good laugh, a quick read, and a reminder that there's a job for e ...more
Aug 21, 2012
May 12, 2009
The House on the Roof
1935, 8th book
I actually bought the book because of the great cover art and a faint recognition of the author's name. It's the first I've read, but i
Aug 20, 2012
Mar 28, 2009
Thou Shell of Death (Nigel Strangeways, #2)
**spoiler alert** #2 in series. Originally published 1936.

WooHoo!!! I have a new favorite author to mine!
Cecil Day-Lewis (father to Daniel Day-Lewis)
Apr 10, 2011
Apr 09, 2011
A Tangled Knot of Murder
Since I knew that this was the last book in the series, I thought perhaps there would be a wrap-up. No such luck. Just another blah story, with consta ...more
Sep 15, 2012
Sep 16, 2012
Cold Smoked
4th in Jane da Silva series 1995

"Imagine a cross between Nora Charles and Kinsey Millhone, a female sleuth who walks and talks like a thirty-something
Jan 1996
Mar 27, 2009
In the Best Families (Nero Wolfe, #17)
**spoiler alert** 1950

Oh, yes! My favorite Nero Wolfe book to date. Funny, suspenseful, moralistic, pompous, satisfying. More Archie, less Wolfe. If i
Apr 15, 2011
Apr 12, 2011
Might as Well Be Dead (Nero Wolfe, #26)
#26 is a fun, quick read. I just loved the descriptions of the players, how they interacted, and how I actually guessed who-dun-it this time. (A rare ...more
Oct 21, 2013
Oct 21, 2013
A Classy Touch of Murder
I quite enjoyed this book. It's a lot more gentle in leading into letting you get acquainted with the regular characters and situations than several o ...more
Jun 09, 2012
Jun 09, 2012
A Nasty Bit of Murder
Lord Aviemore isn't the dead person. Who puts this stuff in the descriptions?

It's infanticide, and it's ugly. Really disturbing to read of the baby's
Aug 23, 2012
Aug 20, 2012
A Torrid Piece of Murder
Meh. This series is getting a little monotonous.

Jean Montrose is beginning to look like a doormat for her husband and secretary, a woman who can't say
Sep 08, 2012
Aug 20, 2012
The Tiger in the Smoke (Albert Campion Mystery #14)
14th in series. 1952.

This is Margery Allingham at her very best.

She's written 13 Albert Campion mysteries leading up to this one, and it was worth the
Sep 09, 2012
Feb 25, 2009
The Train Now Departing
**spoiler alert** Loved this. More in retrospection than while I was actually reading the two stories.

Because of time restraints, I read the second f
Aug 19, 2012
Mar 26, 2009
Photo Finish (Roderick Alleyn, #31)
I've read an analysis of the books of Agatha Christie, which counted the length of the words in the books, and the syllabic content dropped over the y ...more
Sep 18, 2012
Feb 24, 2009
The Man in the Queue (Inspector Alan Grant, #1)
After reading "Miss Pym Disposes", this was a bit of a disappointment, but understandably so, since this is her first book. I'm already seeing a patte ...more
Sep 11, 2014
Mar 28, 2009
The Complete Sherlock Holmes
Everyone, and I do mean everyone, should read at least one novel and 5 stories of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes mysteries. I was lucky to d ...more
Jan 1966
Feb 23, 2009
Amateur Night
2nd of series of 4 1993

"Imagine a cross between Nora Charles and Kinsey Millhone, a female sleuth who walks and talks like a thirty-something Lauren B
Jan 1996
Oct 11, 2008
Curtains for Three (Nero Wolfe, #18)
Very enjoyable novellas featuring one of my very favorite pairs of detectives. It's easy to see why Timothy Hutton et al. chose the third story to dra ...more
Apr 12, 2011
Apr 12, 2011
Before Midnight
What a great way to spend a few hours in the rainy springtime.n

I've heard about a tv show called Mad Men, about Madison Avenue, though I've never seen
Apr 20, 2013
Apr 18, 2013
The Winds of Change (Richard Jury, #19)
It occurs to me that reading Kathy Reichs and Patricia Cornwell has me picking other books apart for comparison.

This is not a CSI or Bones type of se
Aug 07, 2012
Jul 27, 2012
The Second Confession (Nero Wolfe, #15)
I really enjoyed this look at the "Red Menace" attitude in this one. It starts off with a bang, and has some red herrings, and not really the greatest ...more
Apr 08, 2011
Apr 01, 2011
Last Ditch (Roderick Alleyn, #29)
It's been close to 40 years since the first Roderick Alleyn book, and it shows. It still reads like a cozy, though, with a limited number of suspects, ...more
Sep 14, 2012
Feb 24, 2009
The Blue Last (Richard Jury, #17)
I was at first disappointed, then angry at the way the book ended. i was so enjoying the whole story, and I felt as if the rug had been pulled from be ...more
Aug 03, 2012
Jul 27, 2012
A Hopeless Case
1st in Jane da Silva series 1992

As with all 4 of the Jane da Silva books, I appreciate the Seattle setting, the forays into other nearby regions, her
Jan 1996
Mar 30, 2009
The Mountain Cat Murders
Rex Stout tries on a different locale, cast of characters, and feel in this one. I liked it for the change, but missed the cozy feeling I get from the ...more
Aug 10, 2011
Aug 11, 2011
Three at Wolfe's Door (Nero Wolfe, #33)
The first story was developed by Timothy Hutton into a screen version for A&E, and was all right. The second, with the dead body in the cab, made ...more
Dec 21, 2013
Dec 23, 2013
The Continental Op
Early short stories from the rightly famous author of The Maltese Falcon and The Thin Man.
I liked to see the writing style and the development of the
Mar 11, 2011
Apr 11, 2011
Tied Up In Tinsel (Roderick Alleyn, #27)
A fun read for a cloudy afternoon. Although I figured out who and why long before the end, I didn't know how and it was a little different than I thou ...more
Aug 28, 2012
Feb 24, 2009
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