The Baronness and the Queen

I'm in the middle of a re-evaluation of P.D. James, at least as a short story writer (I'm not feeling ready yet for trying a novel of hers again, having not yet recovered from my two previous attempts) After reading the excellent The Part Time Job, I followed with The Boxdale Inheritance which I liked … Lire la suite The Baronness and the Queen

And Now for Some Controversy…

Controversial idea: A weak or bad plotter is not necessarily a bad crime writer. Let me explain before throwing tomatoes. It has been my credo for years that a writer should be judged after what they tried to do rather than what the reviewer would like them to do. If a crime writer is not … Lire la suite And Now for Some Controversy…

Styles, un siècle plus tard

NDLR: L'article qui suit reprend et développe des idées formulées dans ce post. Les nombreux événements qui ont marqué le premier semestre de 2020 ont largement et logiquement éclipsé le centenaire de l'un des livres les plus importants de l'histoire de la littérature policière: il y a en effet cent ans que paraissait pour la … Lire la suite Styles, un siècle plus tard

…And Justice for Almost All

I find the public passion for justice quite boring and artificial. For neither life nor nature cares if justice is ever done or not. (Patricia Highsmith) The Golden Age mystery and its later avatars are, we are told as nauseam, primarily about restoring order; a good or a bad thing depending on the speaker's ideological proclivities but everyone until … Lire la suite …And Justice for Almost All