One of the many Florida-set paperback originals written by Gil Brewer in the 1950s, it has a plot that mostly recycles James M. Cain’s The Postman Always Rings Twice but also adds some very effective gear changes. Roy Nichols has been to Chicago to ask his brother for a loan to save his motel, but is hitch-hiking his way back to Tampa with nothing. At a diner he catches a ride with warring couple Noel and Viv that soon turns deadly when the car crashes. You see, there’s this bag of money that everybody wants …
I submit this review for Bev’s Vintage Mystery Challenge Bingo and Friday’s Forgotten Books meme, hosted today by Todd Mason’at Sweet Freedom.
Gladys Mitchell is one of the true eccentrics of the Golden Age mystery, an author that easily divides fans of the genre, especially for her highly idiosyncratic plots and her decidedly ‘colourful’ detective. Mrs Bradley. After a couple of failed attempts to get in sync with her style in my youth, I decided to try again with Death at the Opera, reputed to be among her best. It was also adapted for the short-lived Mrs Bradley Investigates TV series, which I rather liked. The setting is a progressive school where, on the night of a staff and student performance of The Mikado, one of the cast apparently commits suicide. Only nobody there believes she would do that. And soon two further drownings follow …
I submit this review for Tuesday’s Overlooked Film / TV meme hosted by Todd Mason at his Sweet Freedom blog and Bev’s 2015 Vintage Mystery Challenge.
Today is my birthday – which means I aim no longer younger than current James Bond star, Daniel Craig. But, for as long as he plays 007 there is a little extra beat in my heart, a benign murmur telling me ‘I could be Bond, I could be Bond’. But once Craig is gone that window of opportunity shuts forever (at least the current Doctor Who star is older than me – phew!). This means I plan to make the most of him! Despite some claims to the contrary, he is apparently doing one more after this. But in the mean time … The new poster, theme song and final trailer are all out (and have been greeted with a mixture emotions, as ever). But really, what do we know about SPECTRE so far? Well …
At the end of Lightning, the previous book in the 87th Precinct series, a photo of eight black horses was sent to Steve Carella – and immediately he and his colleagues knew this could mean only one thing: the return of their arch nemesis, The Deaf Man. This book picks up almost immediately afterwards, with Carella and the squad really worried about what lies in store for them. The Deaf Man likes to tease the squad by ‘playing fair’ and providing real clues to his plan – but will they solve the riddles in time?
I submit this review for Bev’s Vintage Mystery Challenge; and Patti Abbott’s Friday’s Forgotten Books meme over at her fab Pattinase blog, which today celebrates Ed McBain.
This is a rather problematic entry in the 87th Precinct series, though outwardly it conforms to the structure of many of McBain’s efforts from the era: it begins with Monoghan & Monroe making comments in bad taste about a dead body, Carella investigates the murder, there are several unrelated subplots, a hidden pattern is discovered, culminating in a confession by the murderer during a Q&A back at headquarters. But McBain has meatier things on his mind, which can, depending on your perspective, either elevate this book or seriously unbalance it as a police procedural. Later it was turned into an okay TV-Movie that served to launch the short-lived series, Ed McBain 87th Precinct (1995-97). We begin in a park at night …
I submit this review for Bev’s Vintage Mystery Challenge; and Tuesday’s Overlooked Film meme hosted by Todd Mason at his unmissable Sweet Freedom blog; and in anticipation of Patti Abbott’s Friday’s Forgotten Books meme over at her fab Pattinase blog, which on Friday celebrates the work of Ed McBain.
This is an elegant and witty novel and it is very easy to see just why Margot Bennett was so greatly admired by the likes of Graham Greene and Julian Symons. The protagonist is Hugh, a damaged young man who fell into bad company in Paris and who, after surviving a murder attempt and several months in jail, is attempting to recede into the background. Then, in the bar of a second-rate seaside hotel, he bumps into a group of old acquaintances including an ex-lover, her husband and, maybe, the man who tried to kill him.
I offer the following reviews as part of Bev’s 2015 Vintage Mystery Challenge; and Friday’s Forgotten Books meme run by Patti Abbott at her fab Pattinase blog.
After a two-year gap Ed McBain returned to the cops of the Eight Seven with their longest case yet. Clocking in at over 300 pages, we are presented with four intersecting murder cases, all taking place during a particularly glacial February. It also sees the welcome return of Eileen Burke, one of the few recurring female cops in the series. The book was also turned into a really good TV-Movie as part of the short-lived series, Ed McBain 87th Precinct (1995-97). We begin with the death of a showgirl …
I submit this review for Bev’s Vintage Mystery Challenge; and Tuesday’s Overlooked Film meme hosted by Todd Mason at his unmissable Sweet Freedom blog.