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Wednesday, 07 September 2016

wolfe neroRex Todhunter Stout's Fer-de-Lance introduced the soon-to-be iconic characters, elephantine sedentary deductive genius Nero Wolfe and his quick-thinking, glib amanuensis, Archie Goodwin, who narrates their investigations. Over the next four decades, until his death in 1975, he wrote, among other mysteries, 33 Nero Wolfe novels and 39 novellas. 

Beyond the Book: Nero Wolfe
Friday, 19 August 2016

bogart maltesefalcon“I started The Maltese Falcon on its way to you by express last Friday, the fourteenth. I’m fairly confident that it is the best thing I’ve done so far.” 
—Dashiell Hammett’s June 16, 1929, letter to his editor at Alfred Knopf, Harry Block.

Beyond the Book: Sam Spade
Monday, 20 June 2016

"Agatha Christie was an early presence in my life, thanks to my grandmother... a fanatical reader."

Parker Bilal on Agatha Christie
Wednesday, 18 May 2016

murdoch season3Maureen Jennings 19th-century science-minded 'tec on the big and small screen

Beyond the Book: Murdoch Mysteries
Thursday, 05 May 2016

"The first book I remember choosing for myself was the first book in the Vicki Barr mystery series by Helen Wells, Silver Wings for Vicki."

Victoria Thompson on Mystery Writer Helen Wells
Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Dilys Winn, the pioneering mystery bookseller, editor died on February 5, 2016, in Asheville, North Carolina. Winn opened Murder Ink, the very first bookstore devoted solely to mystery fiction, in New York City in 1972.

Dilys Winn’s Magical Mystery Tour
Wednesday, 06 April 2016

 the saint w haloLeslie Charteris and The Saint the first in an ongoing series about classic sleuths reappearing in new media formats

Beyond the Book: The Saint
Friday, 25 March 2016

“One particular book in my library has special pride of place, because it is the first one that I ever earned."

Michael Robotham on “The Lord of the Rings”
Friday, 04 March 2016

lutz lisa"I like to be surprised. I like to feel off-balance. I like to see humor used to undercut—but never eradicate—darkness."

Lisa Lutz on a Love of J.D. Salinger and the Unexpected
Wednesday, 10 February 2016

rose karenReading was an adventure then: pirate ships, mad scientists, shipwreck survivors, andmy very favoritea family of four sisters becoming women in the 1860s, Louisa May Alcott's Little Women.

Karen Rose on "Little Women"