Miss Potts is Home Again

 Because of its lack of rules and even of a standard definition, "Suspense", whether you call it psychological or domestic, was a very peculiar genre that was home to some very peculiar writers - and Jean Potts may have been the most peculiar of them all. If Ursula Curtiss as I once said occupied the … Lire la suite Miss Potts is Home Again

One Size Doesn’t Fit All

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

The Mischaracterization of Charlotte Armstrong

Perhaps one of the weirdest stories of riches to rags in the crime fiction genre is that of Charlotte Armstrong. A towering force both critically and commercially in her lifetime and a perennial Anthony Boucher's favourite, she progressively faded into obscurity after her untimely death and is now known only to the diehard vintage mystery … Lire la suite The Mischaracterization of Charlotte Armstrong

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