The Curious Case of the Detective Story Writer Who Didn’t Actually Write Detective stories

We know Carr called the genre "The Grandest Game in the World" and he certainly meant that but did he actually write detective stories? I am increasingly less sure of that, and here's why. A detective story as traditionally understood (and since the genre is very conservative, this definition still stands today with a few … Lire la suite The Curious Case of the Detective Story Writer Who Didn’t Actually Write Detective stories

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The Ten

While 2018 had its few ups and many downs like any other year, it was a very good one reading-wise as I averaged my higher number of books in nearly a decade. I won't disclose it as there's nothing to brag about - it's more a testimony to how anemic the previous years were than … Lire la suite The Ten

The Lost Art of Entertaining Crime Fiction

One of my fondest memories as both a viewer and a mystery fan occurred some years ago as I was watching the French equivalent of Good Morning America, Télématin. The show's resident book reviewer was discussing a recently published crime novel and as is now the rule when doing so, extolled its many literary virtues … Lire la suite The Lost Art of Entertaining Crime Fiction