Steven Saylor, Peter James; and further recollections of Crimefest 2011

September 3, 2011 at 12:32 pm (Anglophilia, Book review, books, Mystery fiction, To Britain and back 2011)

In a recent post about lunch with some book-loving friends, I mentioned having recently read a new Gordianus the Finder story that appears in the July/August issue of Fantasy and Science Fiction.   I first heard about this story at Crimefest in May, specifically at a panel discussion entitled “An Affair To Remember: A Walk […]

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“In Name Only: Forgotten Authors” – a Crimefest panel discussion

July 30, 2011 at 12:05 pm (books, Mystery fiction, To Britain and back 2011)

I liked each of the panel discussions I attended at Crimefest; one that I particular enjoyed was entitled “In Name Only: Forgotten Authors.” Participants were Peter Guttridge, Caroline Todd, Sarah Rayne, and Adrian Magson. Martin Edwards served as participating moderator. The purpose of this panel was to recommend worthy crime fiction titles and authors of […]

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John Franklin Bardin’s The Deadly Percheron; with thanks to Crimefest 2011 in general and Peter Guttridge in particular

July 24, 2011 at 6:05 pm (Book review, books, Mystery fiction, To Britain and back 2011)

Ah,yes: The Deadly Percheron. The what? A Percheron is a type of draft horse originating in the province of Le Perche, in France. An informative (and refreshingly poetical) piece on the breed’s history can be found on the site of The Percheron Horse Association of America. In Bardin’s novel, this animal – and I mean […]

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Reading To Save My Mind

May 27, 2020 at 10:50 pm (Book review, books)

As of the start of Lock Down – March 10 here in Maryland, if memory serves – we all knew we were going to have to develop strategies for staying sane. Mine, unsurprisingly, was to disappear into books. Below are the results: BOOKS READ SINCE 3/10 Contemporary Crime Fiction Children of the Street and Murder […]

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‘–a man as close to godhead as any mortal who had ever lived–could such a man be alive one moment…and dead the next?’ – The Throne of Caesar by Steven Saylor

May 4, 2018 at 12:59 pm (Book review, books, Historical fiction, Italy, Mystery fiction)

  The Throne of Caesar begins in this wise: Once upon a time, a young slave came to fetch me on a warm spring morning. That was the first time I met Tiro. Gordianus hastens to inform us that this was a long time ago. Now, Tiro is no longer a slave. He is a […]

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A fourth quick commendation: Dead Man’s Grip by Peter James

October 18, 2012 at 10:54 pm (Book review, books, Mystery fiction, The British police procedural)

I meant to include a fourth title in the post immediately preceding this one: An accident involving multiple vehicles results in the death of a university student, and Detective Superintendent Roy Grace of the Sussex constabulary catches the case.  Carly Chase, a busy single mother on her way to work, had swerved to avoid hitting […]

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Crime fiction titles destined for classic status

August 21, 2012 at 11:00 am (books, Mystery fiction)

What would such  a list look like?      The July 27 Wall Street Journal Weekend Edition featured John Lanchester’s selection of five mysteries that will stand the test of time. (You’ll have to take my word for it that that was the exact title of the article – the online iteration rather annoyingly bears […]

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The Pale Horse by Agatha Christie: a book discussion. Part One: background (but first – a heartfelt digression)

July 15, 2012 at 1:52 pm (Anglophilia, Book clubs, books, Mystery fiction, Travel) ()

As last Tuesday night’s meeting got under way, we members of Usual Suspects were treated first to a recap of Marge’s recent and  rather fabulous trip to England. Not only did she savor the many joys of literary London, she  also attended a star studded Crimefest Convention in Bristol. This is the same event that […]

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A (welcome) return to the Lake District: The Hanging Wood by Martin Edwards

April 30, 2012 at 1:11 am (Book review, books, Mystery fiction, The British police procedural)

   The Hanging Wood is the fifth entry in the Lake District series of novels by Martin Edwards. This ongoing narrative features two exceptionally attractive protagonists, DCI Hannah Scarlett and Daniel Kind. Hannah heads up the Cold Case Team for the Cumbria Constabulary. Daniel is an historian, formerly at Oxford; he has also gained a […]

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2011: Best Reading in Crime Fiction

December 9, 2011 at 4:30 pm (Best of 2011, books, Mystery fiction)

It’s that time of year again….          Here is my favorite crime fiction for the year 2011, in no particular order: Endless Night, Five Little Pigs – Agatha Christie Willful Behavior -Donna Leon The Deadly Percheron – John Franklin Bardin Stagestruck – Peter Lovesey Body Line – Cynthia Harrod-Eagles Savages – Don Winslow […]

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