The « Progressive » Mistake

Longt-time readers of this blog (bless their long-suffering souls) know well of my pet theories and peeves. I am what one might call a "progressive" mystery reader in that while I place great emphasis on puzzle and plot I like mysteries that push the envelope so to speak, and my Books of the Year over … Lire la suite The « Progressive » Mistake

Cordial Disagreement

Long-time readers of this blog know that the differences between the Anglo and French schools of detective fiction is one of my pet subjects. Lockdowns and curfews having left me with lots of time on my hands - more than is healthy for someone my age - I spent a large part of said time … Lire la suite Cordial Disagreement

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…