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“Ruby Red” “Damn all dying clues!” (This from a policeman, viz. Lt. Christopher McKee of the NYPD, whose job it is to investigate said clues, or any clues.) “That’s one way to put it,” murmured Mr. Geoffrey Lord softly. “What’s … Continue reading
First of all–yes, I borrowed the title from the original American title of Christie’s Lord Edgware Dies. The plot, however, is far more Queenian, as you’ll tell if you read it… I hope you’re all interested; this is one of those … Continue reading
Here’s another story from the archives, this time solved by the nameless policeman narrator, with a cameo by a series sleuth of mine, Geoffrey Lord. I hope you enjoy it. “The Butler Did It!” It was just … Continue reading
Of the large number of TV detective shows that longtime friends and collaborators William Link and Richard Levinson created, Ellery Queen (1975-1976) and Columbo (1968-1978; 1989-2003) seem (to me) to be the best. Columbo, of course, is the (far) longer running and the better known–and, … Continue reading
Here we go with some more Ellery Queen–nothing wrong with that, I suppose. Today’s book, Ellery Queen’s The King is Dead (1952), has gotten a largely negative reception from mystery fans, which is (a) too bad, for it’s a fine book, … Continue reading
Finishing Ellery Queen’s The Origin of Evil two days ago and having looked through Francis Nevins’s fascinating if hagiographic overview of the Queen (and Barnaby Ross) books, Royal Bloodline, started me thinking about Queen, recently one of my favorite detective-story writers, and the Queenian worldview. … Continue reading
Random thoughts of Xavier Lechard
Detecting Great Crime Fiction
by Mike Dash
Anybody remotely interesting is mad in some way or another.
Classic detective fiction and locked room mysteries
Every Novel, Chronologically.
Spilling ink over the things that strike my fancy.
In defense of blue blood.
An Irreverent Blog of Old Movies
Stories of the strange and unusual
Idle thoughts on books and movies. Some new, but mostly old.
Living Better While Spending Less - Secrets of America's Upper Class
Classic Style Without Breaking The Bank
WRITING THROUGH THE SEASONS
...being an exploration of mid-20th Century horror paperbacks and assorted oddities.
Celebrating the golden age of Hollywood
Reviews and ramblings
Still more lazy thoughts from this one...
Reveal the Mystery
Just another WordPress.com weblog
Spoiler Free Reviews of Fair Play Detective Fiction
Enjoying mystery, crime and suspense in all media
An impossible collection
The annex to John Grant's *A Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Film Noir*