This post is bilingual. Please scroll down for the English-language version. Je finis à l’instant ou presque « La Fuite des morts » de Vindry et que dire d’autre sinon que c’est un chef-d’oeuvre absolu. J’avais été déçu par mes deux dernières rencontres avec le juge Allou, mais Vindry retrouve ici les sommets de « La Bête hurlante » … Lire la suite Noël, Noël!
So 2019 is ending and I’m back once again with my Top 10 reads of the year. Same old, same old, you probably think – and you are wrong. The exercise this year was unusually trying and difficult for me first because of the number of candidates (2019 was a great year overall with very … Lire la suite The Ten, 2019 Edition
I have frequently written on how unavailability hurts the legacy and prospect of many a once-famous mystery writer. French impossible crime master Noel Vindry used to be my favourite example of this but I’m glad to report his best work is now available again in both French as ebooks and in English thanks to John … Lire la suite Remember My Forgotten Writer
Our old friend Received Wisdom has it that the French don’t like traditional mysteries and never did – noir to them is the thing, and they have no patience for that tedious, boring British cosy stuff. France is, after all, the country where writers like James Ellroy or Dennis Lehane enjoy their biggest sales. French … Lire la suite The Curious Case of the Reception of the Humdrums in France
The definition of the Golden Age and how long it lasted are issues I’ve been pondering for years. I first outlined my thoughts in a well-received series in which I tried to distinguish between the different stratas of the period but while I still think there is merit to this approach I also think it … Lire la suite One Size Doesn’t Fit All
We’re nearly two months away from 2019 and while there’s still time enough for a last-minute upset it seems likely that my Book of the Year will be either Hilda Van Siller’s The Widower or Jennie Melville’s Nell Alone with Noël Vindry’s La Fuite des Morts and Charlotte Jay’s A Hank of Hair as possible outsiders. This gives me … Lire la suite A Morbid Taste for Obscure Old Books