The Impossible Originality

"Never write the same book twice" was the motto of the late Mark McShane, and he mostly lived by it for all his writing career. Sure not everything he wrote was the stuff of immortal masterpieces (though a lot of it is) but he always or nearly always kept his promise to not repeating himself … Lire la suite The Impossible Originality

I Know What You Did… and I Don’t Care

One of the minor inconveniences of reading mysteries almost exclusively over a long stretch of time (thirty years in this blogger's case) is that you're becoming harder and harder to fool (also to please, but that's another matter) While a few masters of the form elevate plotting to fine art and remain mostly unpredictable, most … Lire la suite I Know What You Did… and I Don’t Care

And Now For More Controversy…

I've just finished Ely Griffiths' Edgar winner The Stranger Diaries and found it a pleasant, if not groundbreaking, read. What I liked best about it was its unpretentiousness. Diaries unlike some of its recent predecessors makes no attempt at "transcending the genre" and avoids any overt political or social agenda: It is a mystery plain … Lire la suite And Now For More Controversy…