The Awful Truth

Willard Huntington Wright, slightly better known nowadays as S.S. Van Dine, is a prime example of a writer going from riches to rags. While his first detective novel, The Benson Murder Case, sold by the thousands and was followed by several other best sellers, he died broke and near forgotten. Even worse, later critics and … Lire la suite The Awful Truth

Chained to the Sleuth

The news of Lee Child "bequeathing" Jack Reacher to his brother so that he can be free at last to write what he wants the way he wants has come as a surprise and a shock to many in the crime fiction community even though it demonstrates once again that a series character, while a … Lire la suite Chained to the Sleuth

The Good, The Bad and the Bland

The idea that the extraordinary narrative which has been called the Joyce-Armstrong Fragment is an elaborate practical joke evolved by some person, cursed by a perverted and sinister sense of humour, has now been abandoned by all who have examined the matter. The most macabre and imaginative of plotters would hesitate before linking his morbid … Lire la suite The Good, The Bad and the Bland

The Mystery of the Mysterious Mystery

You're really missing on something if you're not a member of the Golden Age of Detection Facebook group - first because I'm a very active poster there and second because the ratio of great posts and interesting discussions is extremely high. We even have some  controversy sometimes, though never escalating into outright flame wars - … Lire la suite The Mystery of the Mysterious Mystery