Category Archives: Friday’s Forgotten Book

SHOOTING STAR (1958) by Robert Bloch

Reprinted by Hard Case Crime a few years back, this was Robert Bloch’s one and only private eye novel – so of course, given his inclination towards the tongue-in-cheek, he made it a book about an investigator with only one … Continue reading

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EDWIN OF THE IRON SHOES (1977) by Marcia Muller

This was the first in the Sharon McCone series that so far has spawned 33 volumes. As debuts go this is a fairly traditional one but historically it remains a very important work as it is generally held to have … Continue reading

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DEATH AT HALF-TERM (1939) by Josephine Bell

Medical doctor and sometime sleuth David Wintringham is attending a production of Twelfth Night at Denbury, the prep school where his brother-in-law is headmaster and where his adoring nephew Alistair is studying. When the actor playing Sir Toby Belch is … Continue reading

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THE KEY TO NICHOLAS STREET (1952) by Stanley Ellin

Way before Peyton Place and the like, with this novel Stanley Ellin once again demonstrated his ability to stay ahead of the literary curve, using the investigation into a domestic death to explore the petty (and not so petty) jealousies … Continue reading

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PRISONER’S BASE (1952) by Rex Stout

The late William L. De Andrea in his introduction to the Bantam edition (on the right) singles out this particular case for Nero Wolfe and his legman Archie Goodwin for having one of Rex Stout’s best plots. It also made … Continue reading

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MY FRIEND MAIGRET (1949) by Georges Simenon

There is evil in paradise in this Maigret story, which some critics (including Julian Symons) consider to be among the best of the series (no mean feat with over 100 to choose from). It was later adapted for French TV, … Continue reading

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THE BIRTHDAY MURDER (1945) by Lange Lewis

Greatly admired by Barzun and Taylor, this sharply observed and elegantly phrased whodunit is set in the Hollywood movie colony at the height of its Golden Age. Its protagonist is Victoria, a successful screenwriter and novelist (and soon-to-be playwright) whose … Continue reading

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